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Pacific Spirit Hostel Vancouver Pros and Cons
A comprehensive review

Kits Beach Vancouver. A mostly dedicated bike lane route takes you there from Pacific Spirit Hostel with only two traffic lights enroute. Friends are playing a lively volleyball game in the foreground with two volleyballs in the air. In the distance the sun is ready to go down behind mountains near the entrance to Vancouver BC harbour.

  • Pacific Spirit Hostel pros and cons.
  • Accessibility.
  • Alternatives if Pacific Spirit Hostel booked up.
  • Clear public transit directions to Pacific Spirit on the UBC campus.

  • Not just near UBC, Pacific Spirit actually is on the University of British Columbia campus.

    On campus and adjacent you find a wealth of inexpensive dining choices, several grocery stores, hourly bike and car rentals (Even Vancouver’s mayor cycles to work), pubs, and a new indoor state-of-the art aquatic centre open to the public.

    Free Wi-Fi for visitors covers nearly the entire UBC campus, including Pacific Spirit Hostel, which also has wired Internet available..

    Surrounded by Nature

    In back of the hostel steps lead down to the nearly 8 km long (nearly 5 miles long) Wreck Beach, the most popular clothing-optional beach in the Western Hemisphere.

    Vancouver residents adore Spanish Banks Beach adjacent to Wreck. Its views are magnificent.

    A drawing of two feet. You cannot access Pacific Spirit Hostel without passing through Pacific Spirit Regional Park, a large forested area that completely surrounds UBC. The park is a joy to explore.


    Pacific Spirit ranks high in staff friendliness, cleanliness, and facilities. It provides bedding, towels, and toiletries. All rooms are private with one or two twin beds. You share washrooms on each floor.

    Pacific Spirit Hostel cons

    Rolleblader relaxing with his back resting on a large log on Third Beach in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC. A mostly dedicated bike lane route takes you there from Pacific Spirit Hostel om the UBC campus with only three traffic lights enroute.

    Above: Third Beach, Stanley Park, Vancouver. A mostly dedicated bike lane route takes you there from Pacific Spirit Hostel with only three traffic lights enroute.

    • May through early August only.
    • Maximum two per room. Nearby Jericho Beach Hostel and others (below) likely have lower prices in group sleeping rooms.
    • Limited paid parking. Additional paid parking close by, as well as free street parking off campus.
    • Limited nightlife nearby.
    • No full kitchen.
    • Breakfast not included in rate.

    Booking Pacific Spirit Hostel + Accessibility

    If physically challenged, be sure to request a ground floor room. Unlike many hostels, Pacific Spirit does not use inaccessible bunk beds,

    The UBC campus, Vancouver’s sidewalks, and local public transit offer extraordinarily good accessibility.

    Alternative hostels if Pacific Spirit booked up

    HI Vancouver Jericho Beach

    I enjoyed this hostel. Its lovely beach nearly adjoins the eastern end of Spanish Banks Beach.

    If you believe HI Vancouver Jericho Beach looks like a Canadian Forces barracks, it was.

    Downtown hostels along or near Granville Street

    These are within easy walking distance of wildly popular Kits Beach, which features the largest salt water pool in Canada and great views. The closest is HI Vancouver Downtown at 1114 Burnaby Street.

    A longer walk takes you to one of my favourites Third Beach in Stanley Park. Be there at sunset!

    Directions to Pacific Spirit Hostel on the UBC campus from Vancouver Airport and Vancouver's combo rail and bus station

    Once you arrive at UBC, if someone cannot point you toward Pacific Spirit Hostel, ask for directions to Place Vanier resident halls (its location) or to the main stairs down to Wreck Beach.

    On Vancouver area transit you can tap your MasterCard or Visa to pay.

    Transit directions to UBC from Pacific Central Station (Amtrak, BC Ferries Connector, Boltbus, Greyhound, Tofino Bus, and Via Rail Canada)

    As you exit the station you are facing west.

    Weekdays all day and into the very early evening, walk to the elevated SkyTrain station at the south end of the small park in front of you. Board any train going to Waterfront Station and get off at Burrard Station. As you exit the station the stop for the #44 express bus to UBC pops up in front of you.

    On weekends and evenings walk to the southwest corner of the park and cross the street. Take the #3 bus southbound to Broadway. From the northwest corner of this intersection board the #99 B-line express bus to UBC. Note that its stop is a short distance beyond the #9 stop (in front of a Chinese restaurant).
    There’s service to UBC at night. See TransLink Vancouver for routes and schedules.

    From Vancouver Airport (YVR) to UBC

    Canada Line trains leave from the elevated station across from the terminals.

    Days and evenings board any train and get off at the Broadway – City Hall Station.
    As you exit you are facing north. The intersection of Broadway and Cambie is just to your left.
    From its northwest corner take any #99 B-line bus directly to UBC. That stops a few steps beyond the #9 stop.

    See Translink above for late night service.

    Enjoy immensely your stay in Vancouver!

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