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Persons: 1
Category: Backpacker Hostel
Host ID: 40431
Region: Alberta

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Last Updated: July 13, 2018

This wilderness backpackers hostel is located 32km South of Jasper on the Icefields Parkway. The hostel is situated in a forest about 0.5km from the impressive and powerful Athabasca River Waterfalls and surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, the Rocky Mountains.

This is a wilderness hostel comprised of 5 beautiful cedar log cabins, the hostel is pretty cool! It`s important to know that this hostel is in the wilderness, so good clothing and good shoes or boots are necessary. A strong interest in hiking and the wilderness isn`t absolutely necessary but it will make your time more enjoyable. There is world class hiking in the area, swimming and cliff jumping in a nearby lake and lots of wildlife (bears, wolves, cougars, elk and more...!).

The hostel has 2 private rooms and 2 coed dormitories. The kitchen is in a very large cabin that also has a lounge. The kitchen/lounge cabin is open 24 hours. Did I mention it`s a great kitchen? It`s very good and spacious with 2 stoves, 2 fridges and massive log tables!

Volunteers are welcome (please email or phone first!) and would be asked to do about 2 hours work a day in exchange for a free bed in one of the dormitories.

Work would consist of outdoor and indoor work.
Outdoor work could consist of working in the forest (helping to move lumber, chopping firewood, litter pick-up and maybe some landscaping).
Indoor work could consist of normal cleaning duties (cleaning dorms, folding blankets, cleaning the kitchen and so on) and other cleaning tasks such as washing walls and anything else that needs to be done. You should be in reasonably good shape as some of the work could entail heavy lifting.

The Manager (that`s me, Jeff) is easy-going and won`t work you too hard. I want you to have a good time and enjoy what you do here.

A car is a good idea to have, but if you don`t have one, that`s ok, as rides can be arranged. Sorry, there are no buses that come to the hostel. Hitch-Hiking is very common in Jasper and you may try that as well (it`s legal to do it). Jasper National Park is one of the largest parks in Canada, so you will find having your own vehicle very helpful!

Please remember, this opportunity is only for a bed in a dormitory. You will have to provide your own food.

Please also know that this hostel does not have showers or regular washrooms. Our toilets consist of "outhouses" (small little buildings with just the basics: toilet and toilet paper). To shower, you will have to go into the larger hostel in Jasper. You can use the showers there for free!

In certain situations, the hostel may be completely full for a night or two. If this happens, I may have to arrange a sleeping spot for you in my cabin, which has a couch that folds out into a bed. Or, you may wish to stay at one of the other hostels in Jasper.

Thanks for reading this and hope to see you sometime!

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