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:

  • 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

    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... read more

    Derek Wentzell Avatar 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... read more

    Rational Thinking Avatar 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... read more

    James Foulds Avatar James Foulds
    August 2, 2020

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

    Drake Malachee Avatar Drake Malachee
    July 9, 2020

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

    Noah DiNardo Avatar Noah DiNardo
    July 6, 2020
  • 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.... read more

    Danielle Covello Avatar Danielle Covello
    April 10, 2020

    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... read more

    Adrian Beers Avatar Adrian Beers
    April 10, 2020

    Such cool ambience..feels like a cafe rather than a hostel.

    Harsh H Avatar 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... read more

    Arash Ghafari Avatar Arash Ghafari
    August 12, 2019


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