Located up in the Pacific Ranges of British Columbia's Coast Mountains, the little town of Whistler has developed into one of Canada's top mountain resort destinations. Home to around 11,000 people, Whistler is only a small place but attracts more than 2 million annual visitors, with people coming from all over the globe to enjoy the skiing and snowboarding of the local resorts, as well as the mountain biking, hiking, and other activities of the summer months.

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Whistler has been ranked as one of the top skiing destinations in all of North America and was even featured in the 2010 Winter Olympics, hosting various events like luge, skeleton, and bobsled. The Whistler and Blackcomb mountains tower over the city, which is a charming and friendly place with some interesting places to check out and good quality bars and restaurants too.

If you're heading to Whistler but don't necessarily want to pay the resort prices for accommodation, you'll be happy to hear that this little Canadian resort town is also home to several highly rated hostels. These hostel locations provide both shared and private rooms, as well as additional amenities and services like free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, communal kitchens, and more. Find out more about the best Whistler hostels below.

- HI Whistler - 1035 Legacy Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1, Phone: 604-962-0025

HI is one of the leading names in the hostel world, with this network of Hostelling International locations existing all around the world and all aiming to offer the same high standards of service and comfort for all guests. You'll receive a warm welcome at HI Whistler and be guaranteed a great stay, with this hostel being nicely located in the old Athletes' Village from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In fact, the hostel itself was used to house some of the athletes back during the big event and has since been converted.

The room rates are very low at this Whistler hostel, making it one of the most attractive options in the Whistler area for people who want to keep the costs of their Whistler vacations down. The hostel itself features both private rooms and dorms, all furnished and decorated simply but to a good standard. The hostel also features a large laundry area with washers and dryers, a huge dining space with lots of tables and chairs, a cafeteria, a media center room, and a wonderful outdoor deck offering amazing views of the mountains, perfect for BBQs in the summer.

- Whistler Lodge Hostel - 2124 Nordic Dr, Whistler, BC V0N 1B2, Phone: 604-932-6604

Surrounded by pine trees and amazing views of the mountains all around, the Whistler Lodge Hostel combines the comforts of a classic, rustic ski lodge with the convenience and low prices of a hostel to create a really great place to stay. This hostel is situated on Nordic Drive, not too far from the center of town, so it's a good place to stay if you want easy access into Whistler to visit the town's unique cultural locations and restaurants. It's only a couple of miles from key natural places like Whistle Mountain, the Blackcomb ski area, and Alta Lake too.

The rooms and dorms at the Whistler Lodge Hostel are wonderfully laid out and decorated to a very high standard, with classy bunk beds and storage spaces available in the dorms. Bed linen and towels are provided, and you'll also find a few extras in the rooms like rails to hang your clothes and a little reading corner too. As a lodge, you'll find a large lounge space with a big fireplace in the heart of this hostel, which is a great place to hang out with your friends and other guests. There's a huge dining table here too and communal kitchen facilities to cook up some meals, as well as a small laundromat area with washers and dryers. Other bonuses of this Whistler hostel include a hot tub and sauna, perfect for warming up after a day on the slopes.

- Alpine Lodge Hostel - 8135 Alpine Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8, Phone: 604-932-5966

Located up on Alpine Way, a few minutes north of Whistler itself, the Alpine Lodge Hostel is a super place to stay if you want to explore the local areas like Wedge Park and Green Lake. Lost Lake is nearby too and the Blackcomb ski area is only a few minutes away by car, so this hostel is in a nice spot overall, but you will need to travel a couple of miles to actually get into Whistler and check out the sights of the little town and local community.

This hostel features classic, lodge-style accommodation and decoration. There's a huge fireplace and nicely decorated lounge area as you enter the hostel, with lots of comfortable chairs around for those moments when you want to relax. You'll also find an outdoor deck area with tables and chairs for BBQs and evening hang-out sessions with your friends. Other facilities include a hot tub, free Wi-Fi access for all guests, and free breakfast too, with the rooms and dorms themselves featuring simple wooden furniture and cozy decoration.