Canadiana Backpackers

42 Widmer Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2E9, Canada
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Cosy Haven for Backpackers

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 3, 2010

Stupidly enough, I came to Toronto with some hastily scribbled directions to the hostel, the name of the hostel, but no street address nor phone number. Got off at the correct subway stop, couldn't recognise tram stops (yes, 1st time out of Asia); when I finally found one, another lady there said it wasn't far and I could walk instead of waiting. To cut a long story short, I detoured all over the place and methinks took about 45 mins of walking instead of perhaps 15!
I stayed in a 4-bed female dorm for 2 nights in early Oct 2009. Price was 29 CAD per bed per night.
On both nights I was the last one to come back to bed (in the wee morning hours) and the earliest one up packing and changing the next morning at around 0600! My roommates must've hated me. :( Unfortunately it had to be that way since I barely had about 42 hours in total to spend in Toronto, so I had to make the best of the time.
Bathrooms and toilets (some are together, some are separate) are conveniently located just outside the dorm rooms. Hot showers anytime I liked -- and I usually showered in the wee morning hours!
Bed linen is provided, you'll have to pay a small deposit (refunded when you return the bed linen to the laundry basket) and DIY.
There's free breakfast, IIRC from 0900 onwards, so I never had the chance to enjoy it... what a pity! But there're always bagels, spreads, fruit, muesli bars and such (for a pretty reasonable price) right opposite the reception counter, at the common area. IIRC a bagel plus a spread was 1 CAD. Coffee and tea are always free, take your pick of beverage and a mug from the kitchen area, boil your own water and you're ready to go.
There're always travellers hanging around chatting in the spacious common area, which unfortunately I didn't have the chance to experience.

Unique Quality: When you check-in you'll receive a voucher for 30 mins of free Internet on the hostel computers.
Coin phones are available on the ground floor and basement level -- I tried the one next to the computers on the ground floor and it was spoilt. Ate up my coin and being a penny-pincher (typical poor Asian going to a Western country!) I asked the reception for a refund. I think they were somewhat taken aback and perhaps a little unwilling, but I got my refund.

Directions: Nearest subway stop is St.Andrew's. The hostel website has pretty detailed directions on how to reach the hostel (http://www.canadianalodging.com/directions.php) from various entry points of Toronto.

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cool city vibe and friendly hostel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 16, 2006

Wake up on a quiet side street in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District!!

Take a short walk (three blocks) to the CN Tower, the Skydome (Rogers Centre), and Toronto's trendiest street, Queen Street West. All around us are pubs, clubs, and restaurants.

Set in restored 1880 Victorian townhouses with high ceilings and hardwood floors, we offer: air conditioning, a free pankcake breakfast, free wireless internet, a fully equipped kitchen, a 18 seat movie theatre, a large lounge and outdoor patio with barbeque.

I stayed for 2 nights, 10 min walk to CN tower, even though, don't underestimate the difficulty of finding ur way around toronto.

Unique Quality: Events every day, free wireless internet, cheap food, great staf..

Directions: GENERAL We are located on Widmer Street, which runs north on the east side of the Holiday Inn on King Street. We are at 42 Widmer St.—just one block North of the Holiday Inn. It's approximately 1 minute walk.

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Really good bathrooms!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 4, 2006

I stayed in Canadian Backpackers for the duration of my stay in Toronto and was the main reason it was such a great stay. The guys + gals were very friendly. The place was clean, great facilities (especially the big bathrooms - and lots of them) really cosy too. They do allsorts of nightly shinannigans that get you closer to the real Toronto and to the fun to be had.

Unique Quality: Warm, cosy.
Great Bathrooms.
Free Wi-Fi Internet access
Table Tennis

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Toronto Best Hostel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 28, 2006

When i arrived at the hostel i was made to feel so welcome, and to be honest i needed it after a 8 hours flight and 2 hours in immagration, the thing that i admire about this hostel is that it has a warm family feel to it, everyone does things together from watching movies to playing board games on a week night, you feel like your apart of something special and thats what i admire most about the hostel i have stayed in many hostels on my travels but this one is far the best i have ever stayed in.Every moring theres free pancake breakfast untill 10.30 make sure u wake up early if not they get eaten, you know how hungry backpakers can be, the hostel also arranges pub crawles on a saturday night and Basketball tickets for a low price which is a great way to meet people and get to know the city better. also its located in the best part of toronto near china town and queen street!!

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Toronto

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 16, 2006

My favourite place to stay in the vicinity of downtown Toronto. Near city buses, subway, restaurants, cafes, mall, cinemas, VIA train, Bus Depot(GreyHound)...

Unique Quality: You can stay for one night, weekly, monthly. Cooking facilities, fridge, laundry room, TV room...
Prices are very reasonable, owners used to be backpackers...

Directions: Steps away from...
CN Tower (world's tallest free standing structure) - 3 blocks
SkyDome (home of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Argonauts) - 3 blocks
Paramount IMAX theatres - Across the street

Home for the Traveler

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 18, 2004

Taking another member's advice, I stayed at Canadiana backpackers Inn in Toronto - loved it!!! The staff were fabulous and provided lots of fun activities. Check them out....

www.canadianalodging.com

Unique Quality: A cinema!! Projector, huge screen, and seating recylced from an airplane. Sits about 16. You can watch your own, borrow one from the staff, or sign-up for the 'movie nights'.

Directions: Entertainment District

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