I will start out by saying the we have never stayed in a Hostel before! Our daughter did some traveling, four months, last year through South East Asia and with the exception of a handful of nights all her accommodations were hostels and she loved the community they offered her. So when it came time for us to plan our trip around Lake Superior we knew The Haven Hostel was a place we wanted to stay!
We learnt about them through some Facebook motorcycle groups and the more we read the more excited we got. As the time came to start booking our accommodations The Haven Hostel was the first place on our list so that we could plan the rest our our tip around their availability. We booked in May for our July vacation and a week after booking we emailed them back to see if we could extend our stay by another day which thankfully was not an issue.
When we arrived in Thunder Bay it was around 4pm so we headed for the hostel and Paul, one of the owners, was there to greet us and open the garage so we could pull the bikes in and get them unloaded. Paul was very welcoming and wanted to hear about our travels as well he gave us some good riding routes to try the next day. Seeing that we were also coming onto dinner he referred us to some great local restaurants within walking distance. The one thing we’ve learnt on our trip is to stay someplace that has restaurants close by because the last thing you want to do is get back on the bikes to go get something to eat after already putting in approximately 500km.
Paul took us inside and showed us around the main floor and then a staff member showed us to our room and we were not disappointed at all. It was well appointed and very clean. After we unpacked and freshened up we headed down to the common area to have a drink before heading out to dinner. It was at this point that we understood the community aspect of staying at a hostel. There were three friends cooking dinner and another group of friends that were also having a drink before heading out to dinner. I think Andy liked having someone else to talk to if I’m being honest lol.
The hostel is a very quick walk to Lake Superior’s waterfront, entertainment and some amazing restaurants. Did we mention he the food scene in downtown Thunder Bay is incredible – whatever you want you can get there!
We loved every minute of our stay here and will definitely stay when we are up this way again. The bed was very comfortable and although the air conditioning was supplied via a window air condition it worked very well and we actually had to adjust it as our room was a bit on the cool side during the first night. Our room was a barrier free deluxe queen room with brand new memory foam mattresses and extra soft sheets, a tiled en suite bathroom and a partial view of Lake Superior.
Name: The Haven Hostel
Location: 226 Ambrose Street Thunder Bay, Ont
- Private Queen – Lakeview
- Secured covered garage for the bikes
- Breakfast included
- Wifi – room and common areas
I grew up in small town Ontario so of course there were a couple of motorcycles in the drive house. The only problem was that I didn’t ride them I was only a passenger.
It wasn’t until I met me husband, Andy, that I spent any real time on a bike. We had a bike (Yamaha XJ750) before the kids arrived. However, after the kids came along we just didn’t have time to ride anymore so we sold it. There’s nothing worse than a bike sitting around and not being ridden!
Fast forward twenty years and we were once again cruising around on two wheels. Almost five years later and the only thing that’s changed is I now ride my own bike. If only I had understood how awesome it was to ride my own bike I would have done this years ago.