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Hostelling International – Canada

Hostelling International – Canada (HI-Canada) is an organization providing youth hostel accommodation in Canada. It is a member of the Hostelling International federation.


  • History 1
  • Modern hostelling 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Youth Hostelling movement began in 1909 by Richard Schirrmann, a German schoolteacher. Disrupted by World War I it was not until the 1930s that the concept reached other countries. Following the launch of youth hostel associations in several European countries in 1930–1932 the idea spread across the Atlantic Ocean. Canada was slightly ahead of the United States and the Canadian Youth Hostels Association was founded in 1933[1] (the American Youth Hostels Inc was not formed until 1934[2]). North America's first hostel opened in 1933 at Bragg Creek near Calgary, Alberta.[3]

A National Office was established in Calgary but moved to

  • Hostelling International Canada Official Site
  • Auberge internationale de Québec

External links

  1. ^ "HI-Canada: Hostelling History". Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "HI-USA Who We Are". Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Sanderson, Kay (1999). 200 Remarkable Alberta Women. Calgary: Famous Five Foundation. p. 95. 
  4. ^ "Glenbow Museum: Canadian Hostelling Association". Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "HI-Canada: Network of Hostels". Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Hostels in Canada". Retrieved 24 April 2009. 


See also

Today HI-Canada's national office is in Ottawa and the association has 55 hostels[5] in all the provinces except Nunavut and the Northwestern Territories.[6] Over 270,000 overnight stays are recorded in Canadian hostels each year.[5]

Modern hostelling

and to its current name in the 1990s. [4]

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