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Powell River Guesthouse Fat Salmon Hostel, Port Alberni BC Auberge Inn, Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island Ontario Misty River Lodge, Radium Hot Springs BC

Port Alberni's Fat Salmon Backpacker's Hostel

The Fat Salmon is a seasonal backpacker's mecca, offering 38 beds in dormitory-styled rooms. There are four bathrooms, two lounges, a kitchen, a BBQ outside and both front and back decks. There is laundry and workshop downstairs, as well as a drying room for wet hiking, cycling and kayaking gear. The back of the hostel sits two streets up from the beautiful Harbour Quay in rugged Port Alberni.

The 90 year-old building, sitting on two city lots, comprises two floors ­ the main street-level is the hostel, and the lower floor houses the manager's suite (complete one-bedroom apartment), as well as a second one-bedroom apartment, currently used as a rental unit (but perfect for expansion of the upstairs hostel, too). There is an unfinished attic that could easily be renovated to expand the hostel or to finish as another rental unit. All plumbing, electrical and alarm systems were updated in 2005 to meet code.

The Fat Salmon has worked hard within the community to establish a reputable and solid name for itself and hostelling, in general. It has succeeded. The Fat Salmon works closely with local kayaking outfitter, Batstar Adventure Tours, local tubing outfitter, Stamp River Tubing, as well as Rendezvous Dive Adventures in the Barkley Sound.

The Fat Salmon is a member of Backpackers Hostels Canada (national hostelling association), Pacific Hostels Network (international hostelling association), our local Chamber of Commerce and Women's Business Network, as well as the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The hostel was written up in the 2007 Lonely Planet BC guidebook and in the 2008 Lonely Planet Canada guidebook.

The Fat Salmon has also been written up in both local newspapers (the Alberni Valley Times and the Alberni Valley News), the Vancouver Island-wide business newspaper, Business Examiner, as well as appeared on the local television channel, Shaw. In early 2008, the hostel appeared on the front page of the Travel section in the Edmonton Journal in Alberta and the Victoria Times Colonist in British Columbia. The Fat Salmon has also appeared in the international diving magazines Duiken (Belgium and Holland), Taudren (Austria) and SPITS (Germany).

Contact Chris and Char directly at: 250.723.6924. Email us at .

Just keep swimming.

Auberge Inn Hostel
(posted April 25th 2014)

Looking for a change of pace? Do you dream of leaving the hectic rat race behind for a balanced quality of life? Why not own and run your own eco-hostel/bed and breakfast on the largest fresh water island in the world?

Live and work in the heart of the Great Lakes in Ontario, in a beautiful natural & rural environment. Be your own boss and have the work flexibility you have been dreaming of with opportunity to relax and travel during the shoulder season!

Auberge Inn Hostel, Manitoulin Island
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The Auberge Inn hostel is located in Providence Bay, steps from the longest sandy beach on Manitoulin Island on the shores of Lake Huron (The Great Lakes). Manitoulin Island is a unique region of Canada where the pace is slower, where the fast food chains are nowhere to be seen, where small business thrives and mom and popshops are king! A real sense of community! Auberge Inn has welcomed 1000s of guests from all over the world, to explore the natural beauty, ecotourism opportunities and the authentic Aboriginal culture of Manitoulin Island.

In operation since 2010, the hostel offers accommodations for single travellers, couples and families in this three-bedroom century home with high ceilings, lots of natural sunlight and wood flooring throughout. There is a dorm room with three custom made cedar bunk beds and matching lockers, a private room with a double bed and a family room with a queen bed and children’s bunk bed. The home has a large living room, a spacious country kitchen, laundry/utility room, front enclosed porch/entrance and two bathrooms, one recently renovated. It has a large backyard with clothes line, wooden deck, garden, BBQ and fire pit for you and your guests to enjoy.

The hostel has been in operation on the Manitoulin Island for the past 4 years and is featured in the Lonely Planet Guide, Moon Guide and Le Petit Futé travel guides. It is the top ranked on Trip Advisor Reviews for Manitoulin Island. The Auberge has also been featured in the GEO magazine (French edition of National Geographic), in the local and regional medias including the National Post travel pages.

This turn key operation includes: all furniture, new stove and two fridges, new washer and dryer, bedding and beds.

The business has a strong online presence and well-established social media channels with over 700 likes on Facebook and Twitter, as well as a good customer database. The Auberge Inn has many repeat customers, including groups that come for women’s retreats or other specialty weekends. All that is missing is YOU with your chance to live the dream! Opportunity for mentorship in the fall of 2014 to get you started!

Email us, or visit our website.

Additional links:
National Post Article Feb, 18, 2014.
Lonely Planet.
Le Petit Futé

Asking Price: $229, 000 for this turnkey operation, house + property, business license, website and social media marketing.

Misty River Lodge, Radium Hot Springs BC

Misty River Lodge (a.k.a Radium Spring International Hostel) is a very well established backpacker's lodge on busy tourist route in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is located in Radium Hot Springs, close to Banff & Lake Louise, numerous National & Provincial Parks, Recreation areas and ski resorts. The area is a paradise for all outdoor enthusiasts. Countless opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, mountaineering, canoeing, rafting, swimming, skiing and enjoying the various nearby hot springs year-round.


Clientele consist of world travellers and many repeat guests who enjoy the wonderful activities the area has to offer as well as the homey feel of the hostel. Misty River Lodge is recommended in many major travel guides (Lonely Planet, Moon Handbook, Reise Know-How, Guide d'Ulysee, Guide de Routarde, Let's Go Canada, ...). It is also rated highly online by guests (e.g.,, ...)


The two and a half storey building accommodates up to 28 guests in a variety of dorm rooms, double rooms, family rooms and suites. Most rooms have en-suite bathrooms, some have private kitchens. Facilities also include a common kitchen, reading room and an 820 square foot sundeck with panoramic views, owners apartment, office, laundry, large storage shed, ample parking space and several landscaped garden beds. Land size is approx. 0.6 acres (and there is an adjacent vacant lot of approx. 0.5 acres also for sale separately - for possible expansion). Both lots are currently zoned C2 - highway commercial.


For the owners, Misty River Lodge has been a dream come true but now it's time to retire. "We were world travellers before we decided to settle down and establish this business. Now it's time to start travelling the world again, visit the many friends we've made here over the last 14 years and check out all of the great recommendations we've received from our guests."


Misty River Lodge

If this type of lifestyle interests you, please contact us by email at by email

or phone +1.250.347.9912

Powell River Guesthouse in Powell River BC

Powell River Harbour Guesthouse is for sale and includes the Hostel, restaurant (leased), and a great view of the harbour.

Powell River Harbour Guesthouse is located next to the waterfront, Westview Harbour and BC Ferries terminal. This popular hostel offers handy accommodation to travelers getting off the ferry, on site is a busy restaurant which is currently leased, also another newly renovated 750 sqft lease space. Great ocean views across Malaspina Strait to the islands. Be a part of Powell River's waterfront community development.

750 sqft Lease space, 950 sqft restaurant, 750 sqft laundry/storage area , 2500 sqft Hostel with 22 beds on 5500 sqft harbour view lot.

Lot plan, tax info, assessment, and photos all available on request - just click for website, multimedia tour or map. Information brochure attached.

Three unique opportunities in a prime high-traffic location with ocean view. Visit our website for more information.

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