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Canadiana Backpackers Inn

42 Widmer St., Toronto, Toronto, Canada
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  • 80%Value For Money
  • 85%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 81%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

Hostelworld says:

Canadiana Backpackers Inn is a comfortable, chilled-out and social hostel located in central Toronto just five minutes' walk from CN Tower, the Goethe-Institut and Chinatown. This clean hostel features a free pancake breakfast and nightly activities with tours, parties, dinners and more, making it easy to meet other travellers and get to know the city. We like their friendly and very helpful staff who are a wealth of advice.

Property Information:

Lonely Planet described us as 'Toronto's best run hostel...a sure fire winner, with a great location in the Entertainment District of downtown Toronto'.

Hostelworld users have honoured us several times at the Hoscars, giving us the Best Hostel in North America (2003), 3rd Best Hostel in North America (2006) and the Best in Canada (2006).

Welcome to Toronto's award-winning and most unique hostel!

There's a 10 ft Mohawk Indian in the lounge, a totem pole on the patio and each room is named after a great Canadian (everything from Bryan Adams to Neil Young). Every morning there's a free pancake, toast or bagel breakfast and a choice of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

Located right downtown in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District, the hostel is a short walk to the CN Tower, the Air Canada Centre, the Theatre District and some of Toronto's best shopping districts, bars, and restaurants.

We offer accommodation to suit everyone, from private rooms (single and double) to quad rooms (four people to a room) to female-only rooms. All the rooms are spacious with thick, comfortable mattresses and extra-big wooden bunk beds. Fresh linen and towels are provided for free and there's locker facilities for your stuff!

The hostel also offers 24-hour reception, air-conditioning, a free pancake or bagel breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free coffee and tea, a large outdoor patio, an 18-seat cinema, a fully equipped kitchen and day trips to Niagara Falls.

At Canadiana you never need to feel alone. Every night we organize an event, from pub crawls to barbeques served on our outdoor patio.

Our wonderful events will help you make the most of your time in Toronto!

Mondays have Monday Madness, killer pool and table tennis tournaments!
Tuesdays feature a tour and tasting at the Steam Whistle Brewery ($). And our free BBQ!
Wednesdays there's a free tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario followed by Movie night in our cinema with free popcorn!
Thursdays we have karaoke at 10 p.m.
Friday is Wine & Cheese Night (free).
Saturdays are for the pub crawl (free entry at all bars, $2.50 mixed drinks & $12 pitchers).
Sunday is Free bowling or Canoeing in Toronto Harbour ($)!

We offer discounts for ISIC, BUNAC/SWAP, VIP Backpackers, and Hosteling International cardholders.

If you read the guidebooks, you will see that for style, service, and atmosphere no other place in town compares. Here is what the guidebooks have to say:

'The super-friendly Canadiana Backpackers Inn is in quiet, charming Victorian houses with a great location in the Entertainment District'.
Lonely Planet, 2001.

'An assortment of young adventurous professionals populate the Canadiana, whose wooden beds and Victorian facade create a calm refined atmosphere. Its central location is near several hot nightclubs.' Lets Go, 2002.
Best For: Central Location, Events

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    Very helpful with a great location also very clean, safe and good atmosphere.
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    Very Good Hostel, Great location, definitly the best place to stay in Toronto
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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • DVD's
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Jobs Board
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Reading Light
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine

Hostel Awards

  • 2007 Hoscar Winner
  • 3rd
  • Continent Winners North America
  • 2007 3rd Continent Winners North America

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  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Not Included

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Things to Note

Check- in is anytime after 2pm, check- out is anytime before 11:00am . Tax rate is 13% , payable upon arrival will be added to your booking. We accept cash, visa or mastercard. Government issued photo ID is required to check-in and guests must be from outside the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Cancellations must be notified directly to the accommodation provider no later than noon the day before arrival, failure to do so will result in one night’s charge.

Canadiana Backpackers Inn Located at 42 Widmer St., Toronto, Toronto.
Canadiana Backpackers Inn
Toronto ON M5V-2E9 42 Widmer St., Toronto
84% 1538
43.6480318 -79.3919706
Canadiana Backpackers Inn
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