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“Fantastic hostel - great location with a really helpful and knowledgeable manager”

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HI Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel
Ranked #10 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Banff
Reviewed 15 August 2014

As a family we stayed here for 1 night as we travelled through the Icefield Parkway. It's a special place. As you might expect the facilities are basic- but the setting is perfect. As a family of 4 we had one room which was fine for us. There are no showers but we used the sauna- you jump in to the Creek when you get too hot and sweaty - you quickly cool down!
There's also a fire pit - which means you can sit out by the campfire chatting late in to the night. The manager, Ken, is really knowledgeable about the whole area and is willing to give advice if needed.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

I have been to HI hostels in many countries, and Rampart Creek is one of the best. It's in a perfect location for ice climbing. In summer it would be ideal for cycling, hiking, mountaineering and other outdoor activities. It's a long way from any cities, so the skies are dark and the stars are spectacular.

The bedrooms are small, but the beds are comfortable, the heating works well (kept us warm in temperatures as low as -35 C) and there's plenty of storage space. The kitchen is very well-equipped which is just as well as there's nowhere nearby to eat, so you're going to have to cook your own food. No showers, but there is a sauna! The manager, Ken, is friendly and has the right combination of efficiency and flexibility for a location like this. He made a lot of effort to help us when two of our team were climbing Polar Circus.

The only downside is the outhouse toilet. It's perfectly clean, but it's quite a thought to use an outhouse when it's -30 C!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

No shower.
Dorms only, nice ones though (up to 6 people).

Everything else was there.
Kitchen was neat and warm.
Same comment for the lounge.

The warden turned the sauna on the night we werer there.

Behind the hostel, there is a nice litle walk with great views on the valley.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I was a little hesitant staying here...I like my showers! But the hostel is fantastic! I stayed here as part of a Moose Network tour and it was definitely one of the best hostel's I stayed in. It is very clean and obviously well taken care of and the owner is obviously very proud of it. Kitchen is spacious and more than adequate. Nice hike to the top of the hill. Even though it rained the night we were there we had great fun.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Another wilderness hostel in the middle of nowhere. This place is amazing. The don't have shower, but there is a sauna close to the river. You can get water from the river, heat it, have a "shower" and sauna at the same time. Kitchen and rooms are clean and organized. Good place to stay when alone or with friends. Since they only have dorm rooms and wouldn't say this is a good place for couples.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

Really friendly folks and perfect wilderness feel with some nice comforts.

*GORGEOUS Location!
* SAUNA!
* Glacier fed stream
* Volleyball (I saw the court but didn't use)
* Communal Campfire
* Communal Kitchen
* The most immaculate outhouse I have ever seen! It was brand new, had solar panels to light the area and hand sanitizer.

The setup certainly drives communal activity, we were quickly engaged with all the other folk there talking about everyone's adventures and telling stories. Staff is super helpful, knowledgeable and friendly!

I also went from the sauna to the freezing stream! If you really have to it's possible to bath in the sauna but that means some work on your part.

The low rated review in spanish is defintely outdated.

Room Tip: Beds are short, taller folks may want to try to get a bed were their feet can hang off. I'm 6...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and did some day ski-touring from the hostel. The location is excellent, in the middle of the mountains with a heap of options of places to go. The hostel has a big kitchen and common room. The bunk rooms are not overly large, but there weren't a lot of guests and the manager spread the visitors out between them so we got one to ourselves. It was very warm, with plenty of bedding. There was running water and LED lighting. So it was far more comfortable than i was expecting of a wilderness hostel and great value for money.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Ice Field Parkway, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
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Ranked #10 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Banff
Price Range: £16 - £37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — HI Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 24
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