The Haven Hostel | Thunder Bay, Ontario

our SAFE haven is OPEN

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rent the whole hostel!

Perfect for all private groups. sleeps 26! private rooms, dorms, breakfast, courtyard, BBQ

modern industrial style private rooms

memory foam mattress, ensuite bathroom, breakfast

one of a kind rustic dormitories and POD bunks

Now at 50% Occupancy for your comfort

all motorcycle junkies welcome

we are ambassadors for Ride Lake Superior equipped with secure garage storage


Hello & Welcome!

Thunder Bay’s first downtown hostel accommodation! Located in Port Arthur, one block from Lake Superior and even closer to the unique art, entertainment and culinary infusion that is the north shore. Our main mission is to have our guests having the best local experience possible. Superseding backpacker haven's far and wide, let us set you on the right adventure.



We offer unique male and female POD dormitory options, inspired from our friends in Edinburgh Scotland; mixed rail car style dormitories, and of course, private options.



Thunder Bay, located on the shores of Lake Superior, is where adrenaline junkies thrive, foodies gorge, and musicians and artists become one with the downtown.



Looking for a little adventure when you stay with us? We offer ice climbing, skiing (downhill and cross-country), sailing and rock climbing packages!



Our customers have some great things to say about their stays! To write your own review, or to view more, visit our google listing:

  • review rating 4  Such cool ambience..feels like a cafe rather than a hostel.

    thumb Harsh H

    review rating 5  Great little place. I booked one of the queen rooms for one night. The room was super clean. Staff were friendly, nice and helpful. The only problem for me was the shower room which was a bit small for my big proportions 🙂

    thumb Arash Ghafari

    review rating 5  Awesome place had a one night stay in the queen rooms pretty amazing ambience in the lounge and the room was clean and the restrooms as well .breakfast is served till 10 it’s like magically food is present in the kitchen. Real nice feel in the place . Secure as well like how innovative they were with all the details in the hostel. Wish them all the best will be hoping to visit again

    thumb Mohammed Latifi

    review rating 5  Great little place. I booked one of the queen rooms for one night. The room was super clean. Staff were friendly, nice and helpful. The only problem for me was the shower room which was a bit small for my big proportion 🙂

    thumb Arash Ghafari
  • review rating 5  This is better than any hotel I've ever been to! It feels so homey the moment you walk in, and the beds and the commons and the food are all amazing! Not to mention the staff, who treated us like a friend they've knows for years 🙂 I love the style, I love the openness, i love the whole vibe! This is a must stay place if you're going to canada!! Not to mention you get loads of discounts on things like rock climbing and biking! It's right downtown too so you're a walk away from so many cool things, and the marina has loads of stuff to do! I encourage everyone to check this place out!

    thumb Tiffany Rose

    review rating 5  Stayed shortly before Christmas to relax and get some early shopping done, SO relaxed we were and the early breakfast available got us off to a great start! Highly recommended for any travellers ease.

    thumb angel onofriechuk

    review rating 5  The Haven Hostel accommodated our group of 30 wonderfully! Starting with the communication exchanges for booking the entire hostel for the weekend, we received excellent service from start to finish. The space and location are amazing and we particularly loved the outdoor space as well as the #bigassyellowcouch! The private rooms, dorm rooms and washrooms were clean, spacious & modern. The communal space on the main floor was perfect and more than met our needs as a large group! The food was amazing and staff were excellent throughout our stay. The location in downtown Port Arthur was great and made it easy for walks to restaurants and shopping. Our group only had great things to say about our stay at The Haven Hostel and we would recommend it to other large groups looking for accommodations in Thunder Bay! Thanks The Haven Hostel! Danielle & Nick and friends & family July 5-7, 2019

    thumb Danielle Covello

    review rating 5  While I did not intentionally book the Haven Hostel, I'm sure glad that I did! Yasmine at the front desk was very helpful in that she was able to accommodate a last minute booking and correct my error from a third party site. The facilities were of a standard far greater than I expected of a hostel. The decor and communal spaces were excellent. I met one of the owners, and he was an excellent ambassador for not only the hostel, but for the local businesses in the area as well. Everything was immaculately clean and well designed. I have stayed in far more expensive hotels that are of inferior quality. I should add that I was travelling with a 6 yr. old, and that the entire team made us feel welcome in a family environment.

    thumb Adrian Beers
  • review rating 5  My first hostel visit and loved it. Really clean and well taken care of. Walking distance to a lot of restaurants and bars.

    thumb Patrick Proulx

    review rating 5  It was very comfortable I felt like I was at home. Very friendly people and a good breakfast. Will stay again!

    thumb CJ Simmons

    review rating 5  This place has a European flair! It reminded me of my travels in Europe and hosteling over there! Really enjoyed seeing travellers from around the world using our local hostel. Great job done on it! Great service! Thank you!

    thumb Julia Mallouk

    review rating 5  Had a great stay at The Haven Hostel. A lot of heart has been put into this place, and it adds a lot to the community. Paul is a font of local info if you can catch him, and the location is central in an up and coming area.

    thumb Dan Shilensky
  • review rating 5  Place was extremely clean, beautiful, excellent amenities, and the included breakfast was delicious. Check-in/check-out was seamless and the staff were accommodating for me given I was looking for a quiet space to study. Lots of great places to eat in the immediate area, and overall a pleasure to stay here. Good price, and I would be happy to stay here again in a heartbeat!

    thumb Pierce Remler

    review rating 5  The Haven Hostel exceeded my pre conceptions. Great service from all staff from check in with Holly. Clean dorm room that had plug ins, small shelf, light & fan in each bed pod. Very comfortable bed & pillow with very spacious shared washroom & private shower rooms. Excellent breakfast both mornings with ample choices very all. The common room was nicely furnished & comfortable. I felt like a guest at my buddies house as I felt that comfortable. My stay was part of a training group which required last minute accommodations. I admit I was a little sceptical when advised where we were staying but would definitely return. Keep up the great work Holly, Paul and staff.

    thumb Roy Harten

    review rating 5  This hostel absolutely exceeded any hostel I've been too. Fantastic, clean, well decorated and they even make you breakfast! Come and see Holly and The Boss.

    thumb Helena Maur

    review rating 5  I had a superb time here. Definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a warm, cozy place to rest. Breakfast is included and the staff are friendly and very welcoming!

    thumb Julien Suta
  • review rating 5  Great customer service, private rooms and atmosphere. You will not be disappointed. A must try! Boss, the dog, is the cutest!

    thumb Loredana Le Donne

    review rating 5  Awesome hostel, felt welcome right away. Staff was friendly and very helpful. They helped me when my car would not start in the morning. Bed was very comfortable with a curtain for privacy. Common areas where great with plenty of space to sit and talk to people. Very clean. Strongly recommend.

    thumb Michaël Tremblay

    review rating 5  I've stayed any many hostels around the world and this one is top notch by any standard. The amenities are what you would expect from what would be advertised as a 'flash packers' in some other countries. Location is perfect. All the best restaurants and pubs are within walking distance, as is the marina and lake Superior. Lots of great live music venues in the area too. Highly recommend!

    thumb James Foulds

    review rating 5  Excellent in every sense of the word. Now my go-to place for visits to Thunder Bay. Cheaper than any hotel you'll stay at, located in a great side of town, and you won't regret it. Whether you a book a private room or a pod, you're guaranteed a good night's rest and you for $40-$90 you really can't go wrong.

    thumb Bradley Best
  • review rating 5  I've been here 3 times - absolutely fantastic hostel. Spacious, clean, capsule style rooms, great breakfast, and owners that really care about their craft and making sure you have a great stay. Look at their perfect 5 star record! (as of this review 2018.09.22) Highly recommend for cheap but great accommodation in TBay.

    thumb Adam Fundytus

    review rating 5  I have experienced hostels in London, Paris, Brussels, Lisbon, Porto, Seville and I find it shocking to discover that one of the best (if not THE BEST) exists here in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Beautiful kitchen, lounge area, great water pressure in the showers, a book share and even a garage where you can rent bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boards... This is clearly a hostel made by travellers for travellers. If your passing through Thunder Bay you SHOULD stay here. Seriously stellar place.

    thumb Josh Millard

    review rating 5  I rarely give 5 stars. The staff was great, the service is great. The accommodations are excellent. Very awesome vibe from this place that entices you to stay longer. The common area is swank, and kitchen is super well set up. Our private room with bathroom was clean and exactly that, private.

    thumb Martino Pacuetti


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