About Us

Your small, independent hostel in Halifax's vibrant North End

Welcome to Halifax Backpackers

Halifax Backpackers offers an authentic Halifax experience to travellers from around the world. Located in Halifax’s vibrant North End, it’s just a five-minute walk from our comfortable hostel to the Halifax waterfront and all other major amenities.

As a small, independent hostel, Halifax Backpackers embodies the grassroots community spirit that makes Halifax unique. We believe in inexpensive backpacking and positive communal experiences. We offer private and dormitory rooms at reasonable prices, and we provide free linens, Wi-Fi, maps and information. Stay for a night, a week or several months – we’re happy to have our historic building be your home away from home.


10 out of 10

Owner is amazing, place is clean, Cafe is great. Loved my stay

From Hostelworld.com, Sep 20, 2021
9.7 out of 10

My first time staying at a Hostel alone, and I’m happy I did it! the location is perfect, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The cafe downstairs is a perfect spot to hang out for a slow morning, or listen to the live music on Saturday night.

from Hostelworld, Sep 3, 2021

In your room

  • Pillow, duvet and freshly laundered bed linens
  • Power outlets for charging your devices
  • In-room locker for storing your belongings
  • Fast, free Wi-Fi

In common areas

  • Shared, single occupant bathrooms and showers
  • Fully equipped, eat-in kitchen
  • On-site coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Additional storage lockers ($10/day) for excess baggage or bulky items
  • Patio area with BBQ (summer months)
  • Fast, free Wi-Fi


  • On-site café, licensed bar and restaurant
  • Fast, free Wi-Fi
  • Maps, information and informed staff
  • No curfew
  • Plentiful nearby parking: on the street or in a monitored lot
Visit our on-site café

Halifax Backpackers is also the location of Alterego’s, a fair-trade café that is a stalwart of the local scene. Wake up with a cup of coffee and an epic breakfast sandwich, or grab lunch to take with you on your next adventure. We also offer catering. Email
halifaxbackpackers@gmail.com for more information.

Looking for something to do?

Our friendly, well-informed staff are here to help you connect with all the city has to offer – and sometimes that’s very close to home: Friday and Saturday nights see us hosting a variety of evening events – from poetry slams to dance parties – in the café.

Check-in and check-out

Check-in time is 2 p.m.
We’re happy to arrange a late check-in for a $10 fee. Email halifaxbackpackers@gmail.com to set it up.
Check-out is 11 a.m.

ID please

All guests must provide a valid government ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) and a valid credit card upon arrival, as well as a $20 (cash) key deposit.


Cancellations are fully refundable with 48 hours notice. Guests who cancel with less than 48 hours will be subject to our strict cancellation policy and will be charged for their entire stay.

Guest Conduct

We strive to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for our guests. We don’t have a curfew, but we do expect guests to keep quiet hours after midnight. Please ensure that you conduct yourself reasonably and responsibly, and refrain from disturbing other guests. Failure to adhere to this requirement may result in you being asked to leave the hostel, in which event all charges and additional charges shall become immediately payable.