The Haven Hostel | About | Thunder Bay, Ontario


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Our Story

The Haven Hostel has been a ten year dream in the making that has finally become a reality.

226 Ambrose was found during the hunt for the perfect Hostel Location over a one year span. A massive 8000 square foot building offering am affordable and exciting  group/team and event experience, while also boasting Bohemian Chic styled private hotel rooms right in Thunder Bay’s downtown core. The hostel is Inspired by first hand hostel experiences in the United Kingdom and Central America, complete with the first ever POD style dormitories in Ontario! Our mandate is to take all that we know of our city, surrounding areas and wild travel experiences, and share them with our guests, and maybe even participate.


Meet the Team

Simply for the love of eachother's company and excellent hospitality with our guests, we have formed quite the little family! From becoming roommates, to studies at Lakehead University, and nomadic travels from the dirty south, we have found one another!


Owner/Founder & CEO

Holly is the visionary behind the Haven who spent most of her twenties travelling around the world with her main focus on spanish speaking countries in Central America from Belize to Panama. Her travels were afforded by being submersed into the hostel culture, quickly learning you can still have an upscale stay in a budget accommodation that enables you to get out into the surroundings and do what she loves best; being an adrenaline junky (or journaling and drinking espresso). If you have any questions about rock climbing in the area, stand up paddle boarding, short and scenic motorcycle trips, or the long haul around Lake Superior (check out her blog @, she can get you sorted and would love nothing more than to talk shop. Maybe if you are lucky…. She can make you one of her favorite Mexican tacos ; )


Designer and Dream Maker

Hanuman drifted in on the wind one day as a guest lending a hand here and there until one day it was realized he was an integral part of the family. With a wide range of experiences and interests he finds a way to bring our dreams to reality.

He resides in-house, so if you need assistance or just someone to talk to he is always available.


 Head Fungineer

Yaz is known as one of the Hostels "Fun-gineers"! She's more than happy to show anyone all of the fun restaurants, cafes, stores and more around downtown Port Arthur. Since she's our evening staff, she'll be there to help out with any questions or advise you may need so don't hesitate to ask her anything! 🙂

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