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 the premier communal experience 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 unique 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 Owners

When push comes to shove and two dreams merge for a downtown hostel and gear rental shop in your downtown core, these are the two that made it finally happen!

Holly Watson

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 @ ridinglakesuperior.wordpress.com), 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 ; )

Paul Pepe

Owner & CFO

Paul is the architect behind Get Out Gear Rentals. The shop, 20 years in the planning, is currently under construction in the secret other half of The Haven that will have all the rental gear for all levels of energy. A lover of all things outside who loves his city, he’s the proud owner of two fast and adventure oriented motorcycles.  Paul knows how to get out and get people moving and he will gladly find a way to ensure you are having the best time and connected to the outdoors, no matter what your skill level is. The shop will offer bike rentals (fat tires, mountain and cruisers), helmets, camping kits, paddle sports, skates, maps, safety kits, the list goes on!

Paul is also an avid motorcyclist and big fan of riding pavement, gravel and ice around Lake Superior.  He loves welcoming riders from all over the world and is a big ambassador for the lake and getting more on two wheels exploring it.   If you haven’t guessed already, this is how your operators have met. Bringing their passions together that complement each other perfectly! Holly has joined the ranks of being a moto ambassador of the Ride Lake Superior circle tour alongside Paul, and they are both creating something big together!

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