Canadiana Backpackers Inn
42 Widmer St., Toronto, Canada

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Lonely Planet described us as 'Toronto's best run hostel...a sure fire winner, with a great location in the Entertainment District of downtown Toronto'.

Hostelworld users have honoured us several times at the Hoscars, giving us the Best Hostel in North America (2003), 3rd Best Hostel in North America (2006) and the Best in Canada (2006).

Welcome to Toronto's award-winning and most unique hostel!

There's a 10 ft Mohawk Indian in the lounge, a totem pole on the patio and each room is named after a great Canadian (everything from Bryan Adams to Neil Young). Every morning there's a free pancake, toast or bagel breakfast and a choice of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

Located right downtown in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District, the hostel is a short walk to the CN Tower, the Air Canada Centre, the Theatre District and some of Toronto's best shopping districts, bars, and restaurants.

We offer accommodation to suit everyone, from private rooms (single and double) to quad rooms (four people to a room) to female-only rooms. All the rooms are spacious with thick, comfortable mattresses and extra-big wooden bunk beds. Fresh linen and towels are provided for free and there's locker facilities for your stuff!

The hostel also offers 24-hour reception, air-conditioning, a free pancake breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free coffee and tea, a large outdoor patio, an 18-seat cinema, a fully equipped kitchen and day trips to Niagara Falls.

At Canadiana you never need to feel alone. Every night we organize an event, from pub crawls to barbeques served on our outdoor patio.

Our wonderful events will help you make the most of your time in Toronto!

Mondays have Monday Madness, killer pool and table tennis tournaments!
Tuesdays feature a tour and tasting at the Steam Whistle Brewery ($). And our free BBQ!
Wednesdays there's a free tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario followed by Movie night in our cinema with free popcorn!
Thursdays we have karaoke at 10 p.m.
Friday is Wine & Cheese Night (free).
Saturdays are for the pub crawl (free entry at all bars, $2.50 mixed drinks & $12 pitchers).
Sunday is Free bowling or Canoeing in Toronto Harbour ($)!

We offer discounts for ISIC, BUNAC/SWAP, VIP Backpackers, and Hosteling International cardholders.

If you read the guidebooks, you will see that for style, service, and atmosphere no other place in town compares. Here is what the guidebooks have to say:

'The super-friendly Canadiana Backpackers Inn is in quiet, charming Victorian houses with a great location in the Entertainment District'.
Lonely Planet, 2001.

'An assortment of young adventurous professionals populate the Canadiana, whose wooden beds and Victorian facade create a calm refined atmosphere. Its central location is near several hot nightclubs.' Lets Go, 2002.


  • 24 Hour Reception 
  • 24 Hour Security 
  • Adaptors 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Airport Transfers 
  • BBQ 
  • Bicycle Parking 
  • Board games 
  • Breakfast Included 
  • Cable TV 
  • Card Phones 
  • Common Room 
  • Currency Exchange 
  • Fax Service 
  • Free City Maps 
  • Free Internet Access 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Hairdryers 
  • Hairdryers For Hire 
  • Hot Showers 
  • Housekeeping 
  • Internet Access 
  • Jobs Board 
  • Kitchen 
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Linen Included 
  • Lockers 
  • Luggage Storage 
  • Meals available 
  • Outdoor Terrace 
  • Parking 
  • Pool Table 
  • Reading Light 
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities 
  • Tours/Travel Desk 
  • Towels for hire 
  • Towels Included 
  • Vending Machines 
  • Washing machine 


From Pearson Airport:
By Airport Shuttle: Take the Airport Shuttle Bus to the Hyatt Regency on King St. The Canadiana is one block North of the Hyatt Regency on King at 42 Widmer St. Travel Time: 50m, Total Cost: $26.95.

By Public Transit: Board the 192 bus at the airport and take to the terminal 'Kipling'. From Kipling take the green subway line Eastbound to St.George (transfer station). At St. George transfer (easily) to the yellow line Southbound to St.Andrew. Get off at St.Andrew and walk west along King St. to Widmer St. then North on Widmer St. to #42 (the hostel). Travel time: Approx. 1h, Total cost: $3.00/adult, $2.00/senior, $0.75/child.

By Taxi: Travel Time: Approx. 20m, Total Cost: Approx. $60.

From the bus terminal:
On foot: Exit main entrance onto Bay Street and turn right. Walk South on Bay St. until Richmond St. and turn Right. Continue West along Richmond until Widmer St. Turn left on Widmer St.(we are #42). Travel Time: 20m.

By Public Transit: Exit the main entrance and walk a 1/2 block South to Dundas St. & Bay St. Take the #6 bus South (ask the driver for a transfer ticket) and get off at Queen St. Then take streetcar #501 West and get off at John St. Go South on John St. and take the first right onto Richmond St. then take the next left onto Widmer St. We're #42. Travel Time: 20m, Total Cost: $3.00/adult, $2.00/senior, $0.75/child.

By Taxi: Travel Time: 10m, Cost: Approx. $12.

From Union (Train) Station:
On Foot: Exit main entrance of Union Station and walk Northbound on Bay St. till Adelaide St. Follow Adelaide St. West to Widmer St. Turn Right and you'll see us (#42). Travel Time: 15 m.

By Public Transit: Take the subway Northbound to St. Andrew (one stop). Walk West along King St. and turn right onto Widmer St. (we are #42). Travel Time: 15m, Total Cost: $3.00/adult, $2.00/senior, $0.75/child.

By Taxi: Travel Time: Approx. 7m, Total Cost: Approx. $10.

Feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail if you have any questions!