World Traveller's Fraternity
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World.Traveller's.Fraternity - WTF indeed! Amazing hostel, amazing find! Aug 16, 2014
Deep in the heart of mainland Canada, one finds the goodness that is Jasper National Park. Deep in the heart of Jasper National Park, one finds the (touristy) goodness that is Jasper town. And on this town, a few miles into the area where it gets a little "suburby" is a house with its white picket fences that looks plain as vanilla and perhaps housing a bunch of Oprah watching 70 yr old grandmas....but you're wrong!
Because this, my friends, is my latest discovery! The World Traveller's Fraternity is a hostel that's garnered a kind of underground following the last few years to anyone who's visited Jasper. Run a by a husband and wife Mike and Ashley (who look to be in their mid 30s, not a day older) and who also love the whole backpacker thing, this hostel is just what the doctor ordered. They live in the house upstairs and the basement is converted into the hostel - one room has 6 beds and the other is a private room. There's common kitchen, a remarkably nice lounge room with loads of brochures on Jasper, great wifi, and they've even got a nice stocked kitchen with spices and stuff.
What's even more interesting? Well, save for the "reception hours of 9a-12p", they're not even there. You're sent a code to open the door and everything is kind of honour system including a little box where you drop your remaining balance off. Same goes for laundry.
It's hard to fault this hostel. The only two is that the beds aren't in tip top shape. They creak like there's no tomorrow, and particularly horrid for the folks sleeping in the lower bunker.
The next is the family dog! Yes, I know most "westerners" are generally dog-friendly and don't mind new dogs jumping all over them in affection (provided they have no allergies). But a few of us (Asians) raised in communities with stray dogs can be scared of dogs, and hence not a good idea to let the dog running loose in the backyard. You never know what sort of people and fear you get.
But that's just nitpicking... overall a very nice hostel and I'd whole heartedly recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in Jasper for a good price, close to the city centre yet safe and quiet.
Part of the Canada (Alberta - Banff and Jasper National Parks) travel blog
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