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Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel: Your Base Camp for Adventure

by Karen Ung
Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel offers cozy accommodations in the heart of Kananaskis Country.

We had been curious about Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel for years, but thought the private rooms only accommodated 3 people. Imagine our delight when we discovered 2 adults + 2 kids can stay in a private room! We just found a new base camp for adventure!

Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel
Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel

It’s dusk when we arrive and Manager, Anita Szuster is getting a fire going in the living room while two families prepare dinner in the kitchen. As we unpack and settle in, skiers and ice climbers return from mountain adventures, hungry but happy. “I feel like I just ran a marathon – without training!” Stefan says of his first ice climb of the season (200 metres in -30C!).

Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel Living Room
Tucked unassumingly between the Bill Milne and Skogan Trailheads,
Kananaskis Hostel is a lot bigger (and nicer) than it looks from the outside. 

Of all the wilderness hostels in Alberta, Kananaskis Hostel is the most luxurious with showers and electricity. Anita confesses to being a foodie and it shows in her well appointed kitchen with all the cookware you need to prepare a gourmet meal. Thoughtful items like cooking oil, pancake syrup, tea and coffee are available for all to enjoy.

After our totally-not-gourmet dinner (good ol’ mac and cheese), we curl up by the fire to play cards. The frigid weather has resulted in some cancellations, so there’s lots of space in the common areas. Our girls are soon playing with the other kids as we chat with fellow guests. Everyone here has a common goal – to get away from the city and enjoy nature – so conversation flows easily. We discover that most of the guests are local, but a few are from Germany!

Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel Dorm Room
Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel Dorm Room

Our two-night stay flies by despite the chilly weather. We hike to Troll Falls, cross country ski, and downhill ski, dine in Kananaskis Village, and start planning our next trip.

Things to Do During Your Stay at Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel

WINTER FUN: From snowshoeing and ice skating, to ice climbing and fat biking there is something fun for everyone! To make the most of your stay at Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel, check out my story: 10 Things to Do This Winter in Kananaskis Valley.

Bill Milne Trail, Kananaskis Valley
Cross country ski the Bill Milne Trail!

SUMMER FUN: In summer, hike Troll Falls, Ribbon Creek, or Centennial Ridge Trail, bike the Bill Milne Trail (our favorite paved bike trail in Kananaskis), go fishing at Mount Lorette Ponds, or explore nearby Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Check out my camping and recreation guide for Peter Lougheed Provincial Park for more information.

Centennial Ridge, Kananaskis Valley
Centennial Ridge, Kananaskis Valley

Know Before You Go

Clean and cozy Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel accommodates 41 people in (all male or all female) dorm rooms and 3 private rooms. Bedding and towels are provided.

The private rooms sleep 3, but an extra mattress can be provided for a family with 2 young children. The private rooms are pretty tight for 4 people, so don’t overpack!

The hostel has electricity, a full kitchen, fireplace, and showers. There is also a fire pit and outdoor volleyball court outside.

Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel Private Room
Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel Private Room

Getting Here

Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel is located 100 km from Calgary. Take Highway 1 / Trans Canada Highway west to the Highway 40 South / Kananaskis Trail exit. Continue for 23 km. At the signs for Nakiska and Delta Kananaskis Lodge, turn right onto Mount Allan Drive. Take your first left onto Centennial Drive, then first right onto Ribbon Creek Road. The hostel will be on your right.

For More Information

To book your stay or get more information, visit Hostelling International Canada – Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel.

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