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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.
  • Vancouver BC residents thrive outdoors in the summer enjoying their sublime natural environment and Pacific Spirit Hostel’s location lets you easily join them. It’s terrific.

    The hostel’s position on the University of British Columbia campus illustrates its natural advantages.

    Surrounded by Nature

    You cannot access Pacific Spirit Hostel without passing through Pacific Spirit Regional Park, the large forested area that completely surrounds UBC left largely undisturbed since it was logged during the 19th Century. The park is a joy to explore.
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    Just west 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.

    The natural environment there has been left pristine.

    North and continuing to the east Spanish Banks Beach, which Vancouver residents adore, offers you wonderful views of English Bay, Stanley Park, city centre Vancouver, and the mountains that rise behind it. Surprisingly, in summer its water is significantly warmer than at Southern California beaches.

    To the east buses and trolleys from UBC fan out across the entire Vancouver area. Express buses take you downtown and a combination of an express bus and Canada Line rapid transit brings you either downtown or to Vancouver Airport.

    Pacific Spirit and its immediate area

    On the UBC 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 the hostel.

    Its friendly staff keeps Pacific Spirit Hostel clean. You receive bedding and towels. All rooms are private one or two twin-bedded university residence hall-type ones with washrooms on each floor.



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    Pacific Spirit Hostel disadvantages

    Kits Beach Vancouver. A mostly dedicated bike lane route takes you there from Pacific Spirit Hostel with only two traffic lights enroute. Two men are walking in the foreground, one with a baseball cap and one with spiked hair. In the distance the sun is ready to go down.

    Above: Kits Beach Vancouver. A mostly dedicated bike lane route takes you there from Pacific Spirit Hostel with only two traffic lights enroute.

    • Limited free parking. The hostel will wait list you. Paid parking close by, as well as free street parking off campus.
    • Distance from downtown nightlife.
    • Maximum two per room.
    • No full kitchen.
    • Breakfast not included in rate.

    Booking Pacific Spirit Hostel

    If physically challenged, be sure to request a ground floor room. The UBC campus, as well as Vancouver’s sidewalks and its public transit, offer extraordinary accessibility.

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    Alternative hostels if Pacific Spirit booked up

    HI Vancouver Jericho Beach


    I enjoyed this hostel. Its 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.

    From Jericho Beach you can cycle to all the way around Stanley Park on nearly all dedicated bike lanes and end up at the downtown along the waterfront, while encountering just two traffic lights.

    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).
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    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 Vancouver for late night service.

    Enjoy immensely your stay in Vancouver!

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