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Reviewed 15 September 2017

If you love fresh air, incredible scenery, and stepping back in time this could be the place for you.

This is a WILDERNESS Hostel, you share a single bunk in a room with other people from around the world. The only heat comes from a wood stove. There is no running water, only enough electricity for a few lights (if the sun was shining on the solar panels) and a couple of outhouses.

You are perched high in the mountains about 30 minutes from Jasper. Once it gets dark it is really dark. You need a flashlight to find your way to the outhouse. Part way there turn off your flashlight and spend minutes or hours watching the countless stars above you, with the only sound you'll hear is the sound of your own breathing.

The communal kitchen is the heart beat of the hostel, where you will meet people of all ages from around the world. You are completely cut off from the digital world (no cell phone reception, nor wifi) so you get to step back in time, and interact with people, engage in interesting conversations, play cards, or compare stories of wildlife encounters or the most interesting trail explored that day.

If you want modern conveniences this is NOT the place for you!

If you want a clean, warm , dry place to spend the night, surround by unsurpassed mountain scenery, and you enjoy meeting and actually interacting with interesting people this is the place for you. Way more fun than any hotel in Jasper.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Thank 328burkharde
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

On a recent 8-day trip to Banff, Jasper, and Yoho, we stayed in five different hostels, two of them HI wilderness hostels. HI Mt. Edith Cavell was my favourite of all of them, even though it has minimal facilities. That's because Ernie, the warden-manager, has figured out how to make the "wilderness" experience comfortable and communal. The two sleeping cabins are large and well heated by woodstoves, so even with 16 or 20 people in each, they don't seem at all crowded. The kitchen cabin is well organized and a very welcoming place to sit and chat with fellow hostellers from all over the world. The pit toilets are immaculate, quite a feat! And there's a massive tank of water in its own separate building from which you can fill hydration packs and pots, or drawa an infinite supply of water for washing-up.

Walk outside in the dawn and you'll be greated by the massive sun-tinged twin peaks of Mt. Edith Cavell rising before you, and just 2km down the road, you can take the trail to the base of the Angel Glacier and read about the massive fall of ice from the Ghost Glacier that wiped out many of the facilities in 2012, and decimated the glacier itself (or you can just ask Ernie about this). The same trail leads to the much-lauded Cavell Meadows. Another trail from the hostel itself leads into the stunning Tonquin Valley.

Even though you're in the "wilderness" here, you're only 25 minutes from Jasper. And Ernie, who's affable, kind, and humble, can give you lots of advice about the many, many things to do.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Norbert_Halibut
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Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We had a really nice experience with the Hostel! I can really recommend this Hostel for outdoor adventure lovers. Everything necessary for a cosy night in the mountains is provided. Ernie's stories are amazing!

Stayed: July 2017
Thank Ruth D
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

A jewel in the crown of the Rockies with it's undoubted star James the manager; a more interesting, conscientious and helpful person would be difficult to find. The location is fantastic with a brilliant walk near by past Angel glacier and a summit ridge through the meadows. The hostel is kept immaculately with James's miracle being the outhouse (long drop) which smells ' beautiful'! Shared a night lying on benches by a fire to see a meteor shower will live long in the memory. As will sharing a BBQ with James and fellow guests

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

No shower, no running water and little electricity as in typical mountain hostels but it has been a great experience overall. There are 2 dorms of 16 beds, it is clean, and the kitchen is very well equiped. We have had a lot of very good tips for our trip.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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