Welcome

The WhiteHouse* is a graciously restored Victorian residence offering boutique style hostel accommodation that truly feels like home. Located in a leafy downtown setting, just one block from historic Baker Street, The WhiteHouse is convenient to shops, cafes and night life. Facilities include spacious lounge, fireplace, large kitchen, verandah, BBQ, views & more. Charming private rooms and spacious dorms are great value, and rates include free internet, pancake breakfast and on-site parking. Travellers of all ages, and from around the world enjoy our relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you.  Read more …

… Rescued from the threat of demolition, and extensively renovated with flair and imagination, this elegant Victorian home, circa 1906, has been been re-created into a truly great hostel with the ambience of a guest house. Unlike institutional-style hostel or chain hotels, The WhiteHouse is intimate, relaxed and welcoming. It is a hostel created for travellers, by travellers. You can enjoy distinctive, quietly elegant private rooms or spacious and comfortable dorm share rooms, perfect for the single budget traveller. We also offer small private rooms accommodating groups of 4-8, as well as full or partial facility bookings for larger groups up to 28 people.

Our common areas invite you to make yourself at home, and offer you the chance to meet interesting people from all walks of life, and from around the world.  And this is one of the things that makes hostelling so great! There are quiet spaces for reading, areas to socialize, plenty of games to play, books and magazines to borrow, an Ipod dock and CD player.

Get off the beaten track and discover our unique little hostel, tucked away in a glorious part of the Selkirk Mountains, in uber-funky Nelson, British Columbia.

*Note: The WhiteHouse Backpacker Lodge has not, to our knowledge, housed any current or former US presidents, and does not seek to endorse or promote America’s White House, especially not foolish former presidents (fool me once  … ).   The WhiteHouse in Nelson BC is just a big, white house!

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Nelson

Located on the west arm of Kootenay Lake and surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains, Nelson BC is a spectacularly beautiful  town offering a feast of cultural delights, and four seasons…

CULTURE

History Nelson’s history dates back to the late 1880′s when the town grew quickly out of mining wealth into a thriving centre.  The railways, forestry and later a university followed. …

WATER

Swimming, Boating, Sailing Majestic Kootenay Lake, the largest body of water in British Columbia, is dotted with pristine, sandy beaches. And summers are hot in the Kootenays! Swim, throw a line…

Mountains

Hiking Nelson is cradled in the Selkirk Mountains, which tower to over 3500 metres.  The Selkirks provide not only a beautiful setting and refuge to an abundance of wildlife (eg. deer,…

SNOW

Ski/board If you love snow you’re in luck because it dumps down around here!  Beautiful big fluffy snowflakes that float down like feathers.  And just 20 minutes up the road…