The Haven Hostel | Thunder Bay, Ontario

PRIDE today, PRIDE forever

A safe haven with acceptance and understanding. Our community is celebrated and we are proud to be inclusive.

Highest rated group and team accommodation in Thunder Bay

Book ahead for your sports team or wedding party! Spots fill up fast!

Modern and unique
private rooms

Amazing mattresses, ensuite bathroom, full amenities and good company

One of a kind rail-style bunks for four

Just another unique design for the family when you privately rent!

Big pod style dorms for individuals or private groups

A safe haven for all ages to feel right at home

All the amenities of home and more

Kitchen, book nooks, dining area, lounge area and more




Looking for the perfect place to stay while in Thunder Bay, Ontario? Whether you're by yourself, with family, friends, your team, or here for an event in Thunder Bay, The Haven Hostel has everything you could ask for. The city's first downtown hostel accommodation arrived in spring 2018. Located in 'Port Arthur', one block from Lake Superior and even closer to the unique art, entertainment and culinary infusion that is the north shore. Our main mission is to have our guests having the best local experience possible. Superseding backpacker haven's far and wide, let us set you on the right adventure.

This massive 8000 square foot building offers an 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.

Despite COVID-19 we have battled one of the biggest storms to date! Yet we have come out stronger and safer than ever. Over the past four years we are proud to say we have seen visitors from over 50 countries. Now we have seen even more beautiful domestic travelers going deeper into the mystique of this massive country we call home. Whatever the case may be, let our family help you rock your travel experience in whatever way the world allows.


We are all about safe travels

The Haven Hostel has been awarded a #SafeTravels Stamp, which is recognized globally for adopting proper, standardized health and hygiene protocols.

Coffee and Tea all day or get out of my way
Pet Friendly Main Floor Suite
Ride Lake Superior Approved

Not only do we have amazing Queen Rooms with beautiful ensuites, but we also have Male and Female Rail Car Style and POD dormitories, a Fire pit, Courtard, Kitchen, The works



Thunder Bay, located on the shores of Lake Superior, is where adrenaline junkies thrive, foodies gorge, and musicians and artists become one with the downtown.



Check out our discounts page often to get the best deals! Comes complete with puppy cuddles on arrival.



Our customers have some great things to say about their stays! To write your own review, or to view more, visit our google listing:

  • Having never stayed in a hostel, I was very pleased with how nice the Haven was. Holly and her staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful to me and my... read more

    Mike Havey Avatar Mike Havey
    September 25, 2023

    I can't agree more with other people saying it's a hidden gem! The place is just awesome. The industrial-modern look is very appealing. The place is trendy, cozy and also super... read more

    Ariane Pomminville Avatar Ariane Pomminville
    September 16, 2023

    Amazing experience! I spent a night on the way to Calgary from Toronto. Great atmosphere, great Vibe ! Better than hotel . Holly makes delicious pancakes!

    polski3267 Avatar polski3267
    September 13, 2023

    This might be one of the best hostels ever… truthfully I wouldn’t know, because I have definitely not been to as many hostels as the operators of the space. So... read more

    Kevin Bryan Avatar Kevin Bryan
    August 11, 2023
  • What a gem! Highly recommend! Our family of 5 stumbled upon Haven Hostel online and jumped at the chance to stay! The fun and welcoming vibes made us all feel at... read more

    Andrea Magill Avatar Andrea Magill
    August 3, 2023

    I had a great time in Thunder Bay and at Haven Hostel. I was given good food recommendations and received several brochures for historic places to visit and things to... read more

    J. Sully Avatar J. Sully
    July 29, 2023

    Wonderful staff. I probably asked them 10 requests and they were happy to do everything. There was a mix-up with the beds and they swiftly made accommodations. Charming interior. Immaculately clean. Area... read more

    Rhys Williams Avatar Rhys Williams
    June 14, 2023

    I got stranded in Thunder Bay for a family emergency and felt totally lost. I was referred to this place for accommodations. Considering I was in such a... read more

    June 3, 2023
  • What an amazing stay! This place is highly recommended. Staff are so sweet and kind. One of the best hostels I've stayed in. Absolutely sparklingly clean, comfortable and cozy. Within... read more

    Emily Lloyd Avatar Emily Lloyd
    May 22, 2023

    Where do I start, without getting sappy, I lived here for 4 months and I could not have asked for a better place to live. The private rooms were absolutely... read more

    G Grewal Avatar G Grewal
    March 20, 2023

    Stay here last summer. Very clean and comfortable hostel.

    Stasi Avatar Stasi
    March 10, 2023

    Charming clean and safe! Staff were helpful and friendly. Great location.

    Vera Kevic Avatar Vera Kevic
    February 10, 2023
  • Really enjoyed my staying at Haven Hostel. Comfortable and clean room, friendly staff

    Samba Swing Avatar Samba Swing
    December 10, 2022

    So much nice things to talk about !!!!! I love the interior design and decoration of the private room very much. I also like the comfort of the mattress, I wish... read more

    Jimmy Zhu Avatar Jimmy Zhu
    November 10, 2022

    Welcoming vibe with very informed staff. The private room was great, and the bed was super comfy, didn't want to get out of it. The hostel felt secure, would visit... read more

    Hazel Molnar Avatar Hazel Molnar
    November 10, 2022

    After a long day of travels we checked in to our private room. Check in we were greeted by friendly staff who made it quick and simple. Staff showed us... read more

    Taylor Bedwell Avatar Taylor Bedwell
    October 10, 2022
  • Okay. I’m conflicted with my review of this hostel. The amenities, price, and cleanliness were all amazing. The bed was stupidly comfy for $60/night. However, I was not impressed by the... read more

    Düde Avatar Düde
    October 10, 2022

    What a place. Holly and her team are great people. Friendly and conscientious. Beautiful well kept interior with all the amenities you could ask for. In the heart of downtown... read more

    Alastair Day Avatar Alastair Day
    October 10, 2022

    Stayed in a private room for two nights. Everything was meticulously clean with a warm shower and comfortable bed! The common spaces were practical and nice aswell. There was a chalkboard... read more

    Filip Hasson Avatar Filip Hasson
    October 10, 2022

    We were just stopping for the night, and this was a fantastic place to stay. Save yourself from the sketchy hotels in town and come here instead!! This hostel is... read more

    Felix Larouche Avatar Felix Larouche
    September 10, 2022
  • We're so lucky to have gotten a room at The Haven. Not only was it incredibly clean, but all the staff were endlessly kind and helpful. It's the perfect stop... read more

    Shauna Miller Avatar Shauna Miller
    September 10, 2022

    Clean and quiet with a great common area set-up. Hostel staff were very helpful both over the phone and in person. The local recommendations in the front desk... read more

    Alexandra Avatar Alexandra
    September 10, 2022

    It was a first time experience with stay at hostel for me. I was so lucky. Pretty nice, clean place and friendly staff. Thanks for everything.

    Ahmet Bük Avatar Ahmet Bük
    September 10, 2022

    I needed a place to stay for the evening in a pinch and everything from the phone call to book the room to staying in the immaculate and well kept... read more

    Brady Zelenka Avatar Brady Zelenka
    August 10, 2022
  • We loved this place and its staff!! Lovely atmosphere, super clean, safe vibes, on-site laundry service, and kind people. Enjoyed sitting around the fire with other visitors and staff. Thanks... read more

    Brin S Avatar Brin S
    July 10, 2022

    The staff does your laundry so it gave me lots of time to do other things. I also loved the kitchen because I got to cook so I saved money... read more

    Nina Gamble Avatar Nina Gamble
    July 10, 2022

    On of the best hostel I ever been. Great people at front desk. Lovely concepts for everything. Place full of positive energy ♡ had an amazing sleep such beautiful rooms

    Ruth Simoes Avatar Ruth Simoes
    June 10, 2022

    Friendly staff, nice private bedroom and nice location. The common areas were clean and the kitchen is fully equipped. Sad we did not get to meet the dog.

    Quentin Guillot Avatar Quentin Guillot
    June 10, 2022
  • I rarely put a five stars but it is really deserved!!! It exceeded expectations for me! Everything was perfect. I really liked the attention on the bed with earplugs and chocolate!... read more

    Dorine Allali Avatar Dorine Allali
    November 18, 2021

    Let me tell you this place will blow your mind. The service is excellent, place is very clean, and rooms are awesome. I highly recommend the stay over a hotel. Keep... read more

    Mohsin Yaqoob Avatar Mohsin Yaqoob
    August 18, 2021

    The Haven Hostel was perfect for my husband and I on a getaway from the kids for a few days. We had planned to stay one night and had a... read more

    Tabitha Kroeker Avatar Tabitha Kroeker
    August 18, 2021

    So i recently stayed here. There is a ton positive to say. Clean, beautiful, cheap, comfortable. The staff are amazing. I could write pages, but.. find out for yourself. The Negative: I thought alot about... read more

    Chris Lemieux Avatar Chris Lemieux
    July 18, 2021
  • Fantastic hostel. The staff here are amazing and extremely friendly, and they're always so helpful when you have questions. Furthermore, the hostel is gorgeous. There are all these little designs... read more

    Alik Volkov Avatar Alik Volkov
    July 18, 2021

    What a rejuvenating, intimate and soul refreshing stay I had at the Haven Hostel! Holly, Hanuman, and Yasmine's warm welcome made it feel like I was visiting my family home... read more

    Ryan Almeida Avatar Ryan Almeida
    June 18, 2021

    I only stayed here for one evening while passing through, but it was a great place to spend the night. The hosts were friendly, the space was clean and there... read more

    Matt Brymer Avatar Matt Brymer
    October 6, 2020

    Absolutely satisfied with my stay! Staff was so nice and welcoming! We arrived late, so reception was closed but a cute personalized letter was waiting for us explaining the surrounding.... read more

    sophie bergeron Avatar sophie bergeron
    September 12, 2020
  • Absolutely amazing hostel! We stayed for one night in the private suite which was extremely clean, cozy and spacious. The whole hostel is very unique and zen. The staff was... read more

    Tereza H. Avatar Tereza H.
    September 4, 2020

    Our Ocean Bridge group stayed here for 2 nights - what a wonderful spot. Everything is clean and the beds are warm and welcoming. Common area was great for programming... read more

    Kaitlin Richard Avatar Kaitlin Richard
    August 31, 2020

    This is literally the cleanest hostel I have ever been in. We stayed in the dorm for the first night, which was very clean and neat. Individual lockers, bunk beds.... read more

    s r Avatar s r
    August 30, 2020

    Great place to stay. We stayed in the private suite room which was very spacious with a huge bathroom and shower. Breakfast was simple but good. The staff were very... read more

    Kerrie Ferris Avatar Kerrie Ferris
    August 18, 2020


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