Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #7

Like the crazy canuck that I am
here are my belated vacation suggestions.
I am providing a list of the best hostels and locations in Canada.
Many of us will be sticking closer to home this summer due to the high cost
of petrol, so here are some economical yet fantastic places to stay.
Staying in a hostel isn't just for teenagers. My daughter and I travelled
around Canada during her Highland dancing days and stayed at many of these
hostels for as little as $12.00/night, in a private room. While she was under twelve
my daughter stayed for free.
1. Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec: situated on top of a cliff overlooking the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. My daughter and I tried to go whale-watching while we were here but it was too foggy during our stay. (We were successful while staying on Cape Breton Island two years later!)
2. Why not stay in a heritage building in downtown Victoria, B.C. for as low as $18.00 a night. Do I sound like a travel agent? You won't regret it!
3. Wentworth, Nova Scotia. Can I just say here that I love Nova Scotia with all of my heart, except for the part I will always reserve for Alberta (see #4)!
4. There is no place on earth more beautiful than "Kananaskis Country" unless its Nova Scotia (see #3)! This was the most rustic of the hostels I've stayed in and it was my favourite. My daughter and I played all day in the creek nearby creating a new tributary we named after ourselves (check out "Harrison Creek" when you visit!) all the while keeping one eye out for bears. I lived in Alberta for a year a lifetime ago and will never stop yearning to be back amid the magnificent Rockies.
5. Lennox Island is part of Prince Edward Island and is the place to visit if you enjoy sea-kayaking and inexpensive accomodations that are breathtakingly! ($20/night)
6. I can't say enough about the quality of the Auberge de Jeunesse in downtown Montreal. We were attending a national competition at the Sheraton Hotel which was located only a block away. I think I paid $10.00 a night and my daughter stayed for free. Needless to say we had a lot more fun shopping than our friends who were paying $200+ at the Sheraton!
7. Can you believe this place? Located at Pointe-a-la-Garde on the shore of the Baie des Chaleurs on the Gaspe Peninsula (just across the bridge from Campbellton, New Brunswick) this castle-like hostel was quite the experience. We stayed in an octagonal tower room and ate every home-cooked meal in a banquet hall lit only by candlelight. Our host who built the castle with his father, cooked & served every meal himself (authentic Quebecois cuisine). Around the table guests were present from all over the world and many an interesting story was shared. Be prepared to hike and enjoy the amazing views. On our last night guests took turns spooking each other with scary tales while the seemingly pre-arranged thunder crashed and lightning flashed & then we dashed (sorry, couldn't help myself!) back to our tower while the wind howled to find that the hydro had gone out - we shivered and huddled together for warmth and protection from the ghouls in our beds and agreed this was the best holiday ever!
8. You could stay in a doghouse in Quebec City and be happy, but luckily you don't have to. This hostel was ranked in the top 3 of all North American hostels in 2005. If you are still pondering where to go this summer put Quebec City at the top of your list. This summer they are celebrating the 400th anniversary since the founding of the city. Sounds like a party to me!

9. Whale watching, canyonning, hot tubs on the beach, the very best of the Gaspe Peninsula close at hand. Spectacular! In winter, the mountains are close by for skiing and the hot tubs are still in use.
10. This hostel at Banff was newly built when I was there and top-notch. It has an excellent restaurant and so much to do close by. Hot springs, hiking around Lake Louise, cable cars up into the mountains, lots & LOTS of wildlife. You can't go wrong visiting the Rockies.
11. What vacation in Canada would be complete without a visit to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island? This hostel (home) is gorgeous - hardwood floors, cherry banisters, bay windows, home baking for breakfast - more like a cozy bed and breakfast.
12. Here's a hostel I'd love to visit - the northernmost hostel in Canada located in Dawson City, Yukon. Go panning for gold, visit a gold mine, paddle the Klondike River, enjoy native arts and crafts. This is one place you won't soon forget.
13. Edmonton, Alberta: we loved this hostel! And we loved Edmonton! My daughter was dancing at the West Edmonton Mall which is THE largest mall in North America and the 4th largest in the world. Not that I'm advocating malls but this place has an ice rink, a water park, a hotel, an amusement park complete with roller coaster, a submersible submarine, indoor golf, movie theatres, petting zoo (etc etc) and over 800 stores and services. My favourite part was Bourbon St. which is of course based on New Orleans. When you're stuck in one location for a week with 100's of children (dancers) this was a pretty entertaining spot.

Another cool reason for travelling to northern Canada in the summer is the longer days. I was able to sit outside in the hostel's courtyard reading past 10 o'clock at night. I really appreciated that after long days of entertaining the kiddies!

22 comments:

Jewelgirl said...

I enjoyed your photos! My tween
is studying Canada right now at
school. Thanks for sharing all of
them! I also enjoyed the purple/blue flower and woods
photos!

YellowRose said...

Some interesting info there! I have never stayed at a hostel. You make it sound adventerous!

Happy TT!

Brenda ND said...

The mountain at the beginning is just beautiful! Happy TT!

Chelle Y. said...

It looks like something from a movie!

http://www.chelleyoung.com/index.php/archive/thursday-thirteen-109-thirteen-things-wonderful-things-about-being-a-mom/

Hootin' Anni said...

I would've really enjoyed #7 to be sure. But then, I'd be looking for my knight in shining armour too.

My 13 this week is misnomers, can you think of any to add? Come by if you can.

SandyCarlson said...

I love your country. Just to stand there and breathe is enough.

B Boys Mom said...

Your places look very nice. I just don't like cold and have a hard time going north. I'm in Michigan. Happy TT

Sassy Mama Bear said...

I would love to make that trip, to visit them all, as you mentioned the gas costs are keeping us closer to home this summer though.
Happy TT, hope you'll visit my 32nd TT...Housework, Quoth the Mama, Nevermore at The Cafe.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

What absolutely neat looking places! I'd love to stay in some of those, myself. In fact, staying in hostels is a great idea. I'm sort of sorry I didn't look into it before I booked our summer vacation.

Oh, well. Next year.

Happy TT!

Sue said...

#7 is just too cool!! Our country RAWKS!!! :)

Happy TT and thank you for stopping by!

Celticlibrarian said...

I adore Victoria. Obviously I need to plan another trip there now. Happy TT!

Grandmother Wren said...

Lovely! Thank you for visiting my TT, allowing me to discover you. I'll be back

Lori said...

Wow, #7 looks really cool. Great list and thanks for the info and for stopping by. Happy TT:)

MamaGeek said...

Wow, I so want to visit there. Those shots were STUNNING!

the teach said...

Hazel, all good suggestions, I think. I'll use them when I visit Canada the next time! :)

BTW I have never seen such beach formations as the ones you show on Lake Erie!

storyteller said...

I enjoyed your T-13 and have it bookmarked for future ‘travel’ reference. Thanks for your excellent suggestions. Once again, I ignored the ‘official theme’ for T-13 and wrote about what I’ve been learning in my Photoshop class, but my two Haiku Friday posts (one on each blog) actually ‘illustrate’ what we’ve done thus far.
Hugs and blessings,

No Nonsense Girl said...

I loved Riviere du loup but for the best and cheapest whales sightings, you have to come to Grande Bergeronnes, near Tadoussac. It's some type of federal park, for a cheap 7$, you have a day pass to access the park and you will see tons of whales and belugas. :)

And you tell me if you come that close to my little place again. I mean, it's hours away from here but not that bad.

I posted a question for you on my blog today. A parish related one.

:)

Vixen said...

I want to travel Canada so badly. These are all so helpful. The mountains in #4 are so very, very beautiful. Stunning actually.

Have a great week.

Pretty Life Online said...

WOW! great place to spend a vacation...thanks for sharing happy TT! mine's up too..

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