Located straight downtown, we are in the heart of the city. Walking distance to bars, live music venues, Churchill Square, restaurants, shops and many of Edmonton's festivals, you're in the centre of it all.

We are currently renovating our new facility at 10526 Jasper Avenue (old CKUA building)!

2 grocery stores within walking distance

Sobeys grocery store 1 block away, great for convenient and quick access to good eats! Save-On-Foods, it's a bit further, but also alot cheaper! The 4 block walk might be worth it!

Whyte Avenue

Edmonton's trendiest and funkiest Ave. is also a quick jaunt from the hostel whether you're in the mood to walk, bus, taxi or LRT-it there! We're a block away from the Central LRT station (Light Rail Transit - Edmonton's version of the subway!) which connects to the University of Alberta, the Commonwealth stadium, Rexall Place (home of the Edmonton Oilers) and the rest of downtown.

A major transit stop is located just a few blocks away which provides service to almost anywhere in Edmonton! There's also an express bus to West Edmonton Mall that you can catch a block away and it only takes 25 minutes!

Here on a work visa?

If you're here on a work visa, through SWAP or the Work in Canada (WiC) Program, staying with us is a great choice! We're only 4 blocks away from Canada Place, the Service Centre, where you can organize your SIN card and everything else you may need to get the job hunt started!

We're also close to a variety of banks so setting up a Canadian account should be a breeze! Staying so close to the Service Centre will make your transition into Canada so much smoother!

We also have a number of long term rooms that we rent to work visa guests and international students.  Ask at the front desk if there is availability and at least it gives you a chance to check out Edmonton without the stress of having to find an apartment right away.

How to get here

Airport: Take the Sky Shuttle Downtown ( and request to be dropped off at GO Backpackers Hostel. $18 one way, takes about 45 minutes. A taxi will cost you about $60. Go for the cheaper option! It's easy!

Greyhound Station: 8-minute walk! When you come out of the station doors, you'll be on 103rd street. GO south until you reach 100th Avenue. Turn left. Walk a block and look out for our sign. We'll be on your right hand side. It's also a quick 3-minute taxi ride (should cost you about $7)

Red Arrow Bus: 2 blocks away - literally a 3 minute walk! GO east on 100th Avenue. We'll be on your right at the curve of 102nd street!

Train Station: Walking isn't really an option, but a taxi ride should get you to us in about 12 minutes (should cost you about $15-$20). If you're a transit taker, hop onto bus #12 to Kingsway Garden Mall, then switch to bus #9. Get off the Edmonton Journal Building and walk 1 block west, turn right on 102 street and we'll be directly in front of you (a little to your right!)

Parking: If you have your own vehicle, we have a limited amount of parking directly in front of us.  Cost is $5 per day (best deal downtown).  You can also park for free at any of the parking meters from 6 PM to 9 AM each day as well as all day on Sundays and holidays.  There is also free parking about 3 blocks from us down the hill if you are willing to search for empty spots and then hike back to the hostel.