The Haven Hostel | Thunder Bay, Ontario

Modern industrial style
private rooms

Amazing mattresses, ensuite bathroom, snacks, style

Our SAFE haven is better than ever!

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Our beautiful courtyard awaits your arrival

Fresh herbs for all to use, fire pit, BBQ, and space

One of a kind rustic dormitories and POD bunks

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




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:

  • My experience is always great at the haven hostel!!!! The beds are really comfortable and they do your laundry for you! You get access to a full kitchen, cooking equipment and all of the staff are really helpful and nice. I would definitely recommend the haven hostel to everyone!!

    thumb Lyvia Steele
    July 8, 2022

    I stayed at the Haven hostel for 1 week with my 6 year old daughter and had a wonderful experience. The owner Holly and her dog Boss Lady are very sweet. Her and the other staff are warm and welcoming. Light breakfast is provided every morning and everyone is treated like family. It is a perfect place to stop in for some rest and recharging. Very close walking distance to lots of delicious places to eat and shop. I would definitely recommend this place to other people and I will for sure be returning in the future. I loved it. I can't say enough good things.

    thumb Katherine Leblond
    July 1, 2022

    If you're looking for a good priced, family oriented place that has a atmosphere like no other, this is the place! My fiance and i only stayed for one night. The room was gorgeous and super clean! The smell is calming and the staff are the sweetest beans I've ever met in my life and the view from our window in the morning was fantastic! I would definitely go back again! Hats off to the staff , you guys do a incredible job at keeping this place maintained and keeping your guests happy, welcomed and safe! 😊

    thumb Brenna Brignall
    June 15, 2022

    Highly Recommend the Haven Hostel! The Building is beautiful and clean. We rented the Hostel out to accommodate a large group of people for an event and everyone was so impressed with their stay! The staff was very welcoming and friendly and the owner Holly went above and beyond to accommodate us. She answered all of our questions and ensured we had a great experience. She even brought us more firewood so we could enjoy their front fire pit patio! We will definitely be returning to the Haven Hostel. A true gem in Thunder Bay!!

    thumb AmberLee McLure
    June 15, 2022
  • The Haven Hostel is an awesome spot to stay and unwind. You can feel and see the devotion put into this beautiful building. I had my first stay at the Haven Hostel recently and could not recommend it more highly!! The space has a relaxed atmosphere and clean well kept rooms. A great addition to the community of Thunder Bay.

    thumb Lynn McLure
    June 15, 2022

    My friend hosted an event at this hostel, we booked it out for the night and had a lovely party there. I couldn't believe how nice and clean it is. The staff are really friendly and helpful. Best possible experience would definitely host another even and stay again.

    thumb Christine Clark
    June 15, 2022

    I recently stayed at The Haven and all I can say is wow! What an amazing hostel! The staff are all very friendly and competent. The entire space, which is massive with lots of natural light, is kept exceptionally clean and organized. I can't imagine there is a better place to stay and meet nice people while in Thunder Bay!

    thumb Max Gross
    June 15, 2022

    Just the BEST place. So close to all the fun things Thunder Bay has to offer. Clean, cozy, welcoming. 10/10 best hostel I've ever stayed at. Will come back again and again!

    thumb Paige Weiss
    June 15, 2022
  • Had a wonderful stay at the Haven Hostel! Holly was so inviting and kind! Would definitely go back anytime! Recommend to anyone! Very clean, well kept and just beautiful spot.

    thumb Robyn McLure
    June 15, 2022

    Everyone makes mistakes in life. Staying at 'the Haven' won't be one of them. This hostel is amazing. It is very clean and welcoming. Rates are very affordable, service is great and the room was very comfortable . Stay here when in T Bay. Nuff said !!

    thumb Yak Man
    May 15, 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! Wifi was perfect for work (and meetings). They even accept dogs 🙂 I will definitely come back and talk about it around me! It made me want to stay more and explore Thunderbay!

    thumb 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 up the good work Hanuman and Jasmine.

    thumb 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 King Suite booked at the Holiday Inn for another night, but we loved it so much we cancelled our King room and stayed at the Haven again! It was very clean and comfortable, with everything that we needed and none of the extras that we don't use anyway (ie. TV, hair dryer...). The location was perfect! Close to the Marina for beautiful evening walks and lots of great restaurants nearby. We would definitely recommend this beautiful, friendly little Tbay hostel!

    thumb 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 how to present the 1 negative thing that happened to me, and I present it as this.. My stay had to come to an end... Yaz, Hanuman.. You both rock !! I'll never forget you ♡♡

    thumb 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 all over the place which really make you feel at home. It's such a welcoming location. I will most certainly return here if I go back to Thunder Bay. The rooms are 100% clean, the beds have high-quality mattresses, and the kitchen is fully functional (and beautiful). The common area inside and outside is a great place to meet other travellers. I made some good friends here.

    thumb 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 rather than a novel hostel. Especially considering the pandemic when it is so challenging to connect with people in real life over real conversations and laughter, their warm company during the bonfire on my first night as well as having dinner together on my second night gave me a much needed dose of pre-covid nostalgia. I only had the pleasure of staying for 2 nights but frankly wished I had booked more time. I've stayed in hostels all over the world from Europe to Australia and South America, and am proud as a Canadian that there is finally a hostel on home soil that delivers the same essence of human connection, warmth, friendship, spontaneity and belonging often associated with memorable hostels experienced in other countries. Whether you are simply making a pit stop on your drive across the province, or are considering visiting Thunder Bay as a mini getaway from Toronto (like I did), I highly recommend this hostel, not just as place for resting your head, but as a place for nourishing your soul. Thank you again "RuHolly", "Honeyman" and "Yesman" 😉 for such lovely conversations, for your genuine company and for an absolutely lovely stay in your precious hostel! Until next time, Ryan

    thumb 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 were good vibes all around Definitely comes recommended from me

    thumb 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. My boyfriend let them know it was my birthday and they left a cake on the bed as a surprise! What a lovely idea! Room was clean and bed and pillows was so comfortable!

    thumb 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 super nice and friendly. Great experience! Convenient parking right infront of the hostel.

    thumb 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 and sweet chill time. Did I mention adorable dog checkin in on the space?! Best fuzzy manager ever. A perfect spot to kick your feet up. Highly recommend!

    thumb 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. There was a shared female washroom which was pristine. The water pressure of the shower is better than the one we have at home. We stayed in the main floor private room for the second night (pictures attached). They sanitized it VERY well after the last guest, and the washroom is very roomy. The bed is super comfortable. The staff are always helpful and super friendly. Each and every one of them cares about the upkeep of the hostel. Great environment, good vibes, chill place.

    thumb 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 friendly and accommodating and our pets were welcomed and comfortable during our stay. The staff even waived one of our pet fees because they were just opening up to the public after the pandemic 🙂

    thumb Kerrie Ferris
    August 18, 2020

    This place was amazing (and I've been to many hostels around the world). Holly (owner) was super friendly and the walked me through the covid precautions being taken (which were excellent), Yaz was so much fun as she took me through the hostel, and Hanuman is a legend. Such a good crew. And one cannot forget Boss... the hostel pup who loves a good cuddle and is super docile and nice. The hostel was clean, spacious, new and very well located (walking distance to everything, no local transit needed). My favorite is how close to the marina /Lake Superiour harbour it is.. I walked there everyday! THANK YOU to the Haven staff. You are all aces.

    thumb Derek Wentzell
    August 7, 2020

    I had a great stay at The Haven Hostel. Holly was super responsive when booking and was accommodating. It's excellent to have places that allow pets. The private queen room itself is very tastefully outfitted, with a stylish bathroom adjacent. Breakfast in the morning was super classy, boiled eggs with fresh basil leaves? Yes, please. Everyone had a positive vibe, and while it was a short, one-night stay, I would have loved to have stayed longer. Highly recommended.

    thumb Rational Thinking
    August 3, 2020
  • I've stayed any many hostels around the world and this one is top notch by any standard. The amenities are what you would expect from what would be advertised as a 'flash packers' in some other countries. Location is perfect. All the best restaurants and pubs are within walking distance, as is the marina and lake Superior. Lots of great live music venues in the area too. Highly recommend!

    thumb James Foulds
    August 2, 2020

    What an amazing stopover! The staff are just great and super accommodating

    thumb Drake Malachee
    July 9, 2020

    Very rustic and cozy hostel that has great prices and excellent service. Even offers breakfast in the morning

    thumb Noah DiNardo
    July 6, 2020

    We were greatly welcomed at the front desk check in was easy then we get to our room. It had a musky smell then we had bed bugs. We took one to front desk and showed it to her she said a bed bug. She made a call to her boss and they said to return our money. Stay away from this hotel.

    thumb Richard Bonady
    April 18, 2020
  • Such cool ambience..feels like a cafe rather than a hostel.

    thumb Harsh H
    January 14, 2020

    Great little place. I booked one of the queen rooms for one night. The room was super clean. Staff were friendly, nice and helpful. The only problem for me was the shower room which was a bit small for my big proportions 🙂

    thumb Arash Ghafari
    August 12, 2019

    Awesome place had a one night stay in the queen rooms pretty amazing ambience in the lounge and the room was clean and the restrooms as well .breakfast is served till 10 it’s like magically food is present in the kitchen. Real nice feel in the place . Secure as well like how innovative they were with all the details in the hostel. Wish them all the best will be hoping to visit again

    thumb Mohammed Latifi
    August 12, 2019

    Great little place. I booked one of the queen rooms for one night. The room was super clean. Staff were friendly, nice and helpful. The only problem for me was the shower room which was a bit small for my big proportion 🙂

    thumb Arash Ghafari
    August 11, 2019
  • This is better than any hotel I've ever been to! It feels so homey the moment you walk in, and the beds and the commons and the food are all amazing! Not to mention the staff, who treated us like a friend they've knows for years 🙂 I love the style, I love the openness, i love the whole vibe! This is a must stay place if you're going to canada!! Not to mention you get loads of discounts on things like rock climbing and biking! It's right downtown too so you're a walk away from so many cool things, and the marina has loads of stuff to do! I encourage everyone to check this place out!

    thumb Tiffany Rose
    August 8, 2019

    Stayed shortly before Christmas to relax and get some early shopping done, SO relaxed we were and the early breakfast available got us off to a great start! Highly recommended for any travellers ease.

    thumb angel onofriechuk
    August 4, 2019

    The Haven Hostel accommodated our group of 30 wonderfully! Starting with the communication exchanges for booking the entire hostel for the weekend, we received excellent service from start to finish. The space and location are amazing and we particularly loved the outdoor space as well as the #bigassyellowcouch! The private rooms, dorm rooms and washrooms were clean, spacious & modern. The communal space on the main floor was perfect and more than met our needs as a large group! The food was amazing and staff were excellent throughout our stay. The location in downtown Port Arthur was great and made it easy for walks to restaurants and shopping. Our group only had great things to say about our stay at The Haven Hostel and we would recommend it to other large groups looking for accommodations in Thunder Bay! Thanks The Haven Hostel! Danielle & Nick and friends & family July 5-7, 2019

    thumb Danielle Covello
    July 21, 2019

    While I did not intentionally book the Haven Hostel, I'm sure glad that I did! Yasmine at the front desk was very helpful in that she was able to accommodate a last minute booking and correct my error from a third party site. The facilities were of a standard far greater than I expected of a hostel. The decor and communal spaces were excellent. I met one of the owners, and he was an excellent ambassador for not only the hostel, but for the local businesses in the area as well. Everything was immaculately clean and well designed. I have stayed in far more expensive hotels that are of inferior quality. I should add that I was travelling with a 6 yr. old, and that the entire team made us feel welcome in a family environment.

    thumb Adrian Beers
    July 20, 2019
  • My first hostel visit and loved it. Really clean and well taken care of. Walking distance to a lot of restaurants and bars.

    thumb Patrick Proulx
    July 18, 2019

    It was very comfortable I felt like I was at home. Very friendly people and a good breakfast. Will stay again!

    thumb CJ Simmons
    June 16, 2019

    This place has a European flair! It reminded me of my travels in Europe and hosteling over there! Really enjoyed seeing travellers from around the world using our local hostel. Great job done on it! Great service! Thank you!

    thumb Julia Mallouk
    May 2, 2019

    Had a great stay at The Haven Hostel. A lot of heart has been put into this place, and it adds a lot to the community. Paul is a font of local info if you can catch him, and the location is central in an up and coming area.

    thumb Dan Shilensky
    April 6, 2019
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