Project Description


Her sister Catherine may have brought the concept of youth hostels home to Canada from Europe, but it was Mary Belle Barclay who ran with the idea. In 1933 the Barclay sisters established Canada’s first hostel in Bragg Creek, west of Calgary. Guests paid 25 cents a night and slept in a tent. From those humble beginnings Mary launched the Canadian Youth Hostel Association (now Hostelling International Canada) a network of 56 hostels across Canada and part of an international association stretching around the world.