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HI - Prince Rupert

167 3rd Avenue East, Prince Rupert, V8J 1K4, Canada

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HI's northernmost hostel! Mystical old-growth forests, stunning hiking & kayaking, and lots of wildlife: We are where the wild things are!

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Prince Rupert Hostel

Hostel Prince Rupert

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

A fantastic location in the heart of the downtown Prince Rupert tourism district of Cow Bay. This facility offers travelers a range of accommodations to suit budget and taste. We offer dorm beds, private rooms with shared bathrooms and private en-suite bathrooms.

Our reception is happy to help suggest and arrange for attractions and tours in the area.


Prices are non-member prices

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  • Limited
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Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


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  • Limited
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Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 5 stay free.
  • Supplements to rates quoted apply to guests aged or more.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - Less than 500 m

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports Equipment Storage - Golf
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

From 08:00 to 22:00
From 08:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1.250.624.2334

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary (5 to 10km)
  • Metlakatla Wilderness Trail (2 to 3km)
  • North Pacific Cannery Museum (Nat. Historic Site) (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



A nice traditionally organised hostel in a relatively far out location as the word "Pioneer" in its name suggests . The staff always dealt with any problems/requests quickly. Space for hostellers with their own two/three man tents in an overflow area on the lawn if all the beds have been booked. The only drawback I found was that a decision appeared to have had been made not to provide a brush in any of the lavatories, that I did not take up with them.


Avatar for Richard


Wed 31 Aug 2016

The attitude of a member of staff was extremely mercenary ,after checking out I was informed that I would be charged 10$ to sit in the hostel even though it was raining heavily. This has soured my experience of using HI Hostel .


Avatar for peter


Fri 31 Jul 2015

We appreciate your feedback on our 10CAD day rate and are sorry to hear that this small fee for using our facilities soured your experience. For most hotels, guesthouses and Bed&Breakfasts it is more than common that you are expected to leave the premises after you checked out in the morning. We stored your luggage FREE of charge until your ferry left at night. We are more than happy to accommodate guests who would like to continue using our facilities after check out for a couple of hours to wait for their ferry/plane, etc. but there is a small fee involved for this. Our 10CAD day rate is charged for guests who would like to use our facilities (i.e. use of bathrooms, showers, kitchen, communal area with TV and internet/Wifi, etc.) AFTER they checked out in the morning. We do not consider a 10CAD fee exorbitant or mercenary. This small fee is simply to cover our expenses for the use of our facilities for another couple of hours after your check out. It is pretty much the same you would pay for a muffin plus coffee at a coffeeshop (excl. tipp) if you decided to hang out there for about 6-8 hours to wait for your ferry.

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HI-Prince Rupert,

Sun 02 Aug 2015

Sehr schönes Hostel mit sauberer Küche und gemütlichem Garten/Terasse. Die Zimmer und Duschen sind sehr schön und blitzblank! Es ist auch sehr ruhig und nah an der tollen Cow Bay gelegen. Ich würde sofort wieder im HI Prince Rupert übernachten, definitiv eines der besten Hostels, die ich kenne!


Avatar for Valerie


Tue 14 Jul 2015

I always stay at Pioneer when I'm in Prince Rupert. It is very clean and friendly and just up the block from Cow Bay and a couple blocks from downtown. It's a great location. The guests are fun, too, and you can usually find someone to go for a cup of coffee or a hike.


Avatar for Jennifer


Tue 24 Sep 2013

perfektes Hostel mit Abholservice von der Fähre


Avatar for David


Sat 31 Aug 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (Less than 500m)
  • Cycle trails (500m - 1km)
  • Golf course (1 to 2km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (1 to 2km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (1 to 2km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • National / State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (500m - 1km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (1 to 2km)
  • Wooded Area (500m - 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

The drop off point for the airport is located downtown Prince Rupert in the Highliner Hotel. This is 5 blocks away - about a 10 minute walk or $6 taxi fare distance.
The drop off point for the Greyhound Bus is located downtown Prince Rupert in the Highliner Hotel. This is 5 blocks away - about a 10 minute walk or $5 taxi fare distance.
BC and Alaskan Ferry terminals are located in the same area as the VIA Rail Station. This is 5KM from the hostel. If you are arriving into Port with your own vehicle follow highway 16 into downtown Prince Rupert. At the 4-way stop turn right onto 3rd Ave. Follow through 2 sets of street lights. We are the 2nd Building on the left hand side after the 2nd set of street lights.
Skeena Taxi (250) 624-2185 (they only accept cash!)
Alternate Transport
The Hostel is located in the Cow Bay Tourist District of Prince Rupert at the bottom of 3rd AVe East. Fantastic location central to the grocery store (1 block) the waterfront (1 block)and the Visitor's Info Centre and Museum (2 blocks) Parking is available on the street in front of the hostel. The area is free to park and safe.
Arriving into Prince Rupert on highway 16 you will turn right onto 3rd Ave East. We are the bright blue building 2nd on the left after turning onto 3rd Ave East
The Via Rail is located in the same building as the BC Ferry terminal. This is 5 KM from the hostel.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba / Snorkelling
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

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