Our Little Motorcycle Haven

July 25, 2018

Well… the word is getting out about how the team here at The Haven  not only rides a few Thumpers and some super speedy rockets, but we also have secure motorcycle storage, wash stations, tools and some great banter. Also, being advocates for our country, lake, and boarding states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, we are Ride Lake Superior approved.  Let me leave it to this amazing guest review by our new friend Garth Twitchell as he sends out the following note to BMW. Also… see the following  link to the article by Ontario Tourism and What a Ride.

“On my way back from the MOA rally in Des Moines I traveled north and spent two nights at The Haven Hostel in Thunder Bay and really enjoyed the experience.  I had one of the 3 private rooms each with it’s own en-suite and queen bed.  Beautiful rooms for $90.00 a night plus taxes. Rooms with bunk beds (4 to a room) are $45.00 a night, Pods are $40.00 a night (6 to a room), and the pods are oriented that you enter into the end as opposed to the side with a bunk bed.  All bunks and pods have privacy curtains and a lockable locker is provided.  The shared washrooms are large and spacious with separate showers.  Newly opened this spring it is run by Holly Watson a motorcycle enthusiast and world traveler that rides a BMW F650GS and her business partner Paul Pepe who has a Ducati and a KLR.  Parking your motorcycle inside their secure locked garage is $5.00, well worth it, I never had to worry about my RT the whole time I was there.  You can have access to the garage between 07:00 and 22:00 when staff are there.  Hot water, a pail and rags to wash your bike are provided free.  The staff will do a load of laundry for you for $6.00 a load, it is returned to you all neatly folded.  Located in the downtown Port Arthur section of Thunder Bay, lots of restaurants, the famous Finnish restaurant The Hoito which has been open since 1918 and the waterfront are all in walking distance.  Breakfast is provided for all guests and there is a full kitchen if you want to get into using your culinary skills.  It is a hostel and there are no TV’s and no plastic cutlery or paper plates, real cutlery and dinnerware are provided, just wash what you use and return it clean.  While there are no TV’s the WiFi is strong and fast and staying at a hostel is about engaging with the other guests.  You might even take Holly’s dog “Boss” out for a walk.  Recommended as a motorcycle friendly accommodation at “Ride Lake Superior” they are active on Facebook and other social media.  I’m looking forward to a future stay at The Haven Hostel when I’m through Thunder Bay again.  Check them out at thehavenhostel.ca and when you go there, make sure you flop onto the #bigassyellowcouch and sign the wall with the date of your stay and your home town.  Look for my signature on the wall, it’s there!”

Please also see the following link from our friends of Ontario Tourism.

https://www.northernontario.travel/motorcycle-touring/haven-hostel-in-thunder-bay-a-hub-for-outdoor-adventurers

 

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