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Our Story

The HI Montréal Hostel was the first urban HI hostel in Canada. It opened in 1966, just in time for Montréal’s Expo 67 and was initially located at 3514 Aylmer Street, close to McGill University.

In 1994, it moved to a larger location at 1030 Mackay Street – the site of a former hotel, Château Napoléon.

The hostel now has 55 rooms and can accommodate up to 232 people. It caters to people of all ages, from backpackers and students to groups and families. Our vision is that hostelling is about choosing a way of travelling that focuses on experiences and people.

With this in mind, we strive to provide the best Montréal experience to all guests by building a quality program of daily activities led by our team, partnering with awesome local events that we feel embody what this city is all about and hiring fun-loving, friendly staff who love travelling and sharing their best tips about Montréal.

As a not-for-profit organization and part of the Hostelling International network, HI Montréal is dedicated to the following mission:



The HI Network

Hostelling International is a network of nearly 3,900 hostels in 64 different countries. It‘s one of the largest membership organizations in the world with over 3.7 million members across the globe.

In Canada, HI is represented by more than 50 hostels from coast to coast. From the urban jungle to the rustic wilderness, no matter your travel style, HI Canada has you covered. All HI hostels in Canada are inspected each year to ensure they meet HI’s high standards of cleanliness, security, available amenities, and sustainability. So whether you’re staying in a yurt by the sea, a modern private room in the big city, or a shared room at the base of a mountain, you can sleep easy knowing you can expect a consistent level of service across the country.

HI knows that hostelling is about more than having an affordable place to rest your head at the end of a busy day of exploration. Hostels are an integral part of your adventure. Through organized activities and special programs, HI brings together like-minded travelers from all walks of life. While staying at a HI hostel, you will meet new people, discover different cultures and customs, and maybe even learn more about yourself too.

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