Hi-Castle Mountain Hostel beneath Castle Mountain is well positioned for a wealth of nearby hiking opportunities.
Shortly after leaving the trail-head to Silverton Falls, on the drive back to the TransCanada Highway, an 'e' symbol for an exhibit/exposition indicates a nearby interesting and potentially historic location.
The short road, which terminates in a loop, leads to the entrance for the HI-Castle Mountain Hostel, not to be confused with Ski Castle.
This location has escaped previous discovery in spite of frequent excursions to the Castle Mountain area over many years.
Parking at the hostel is met fortuitously by the operator and a staff member. For the next half hour, a very cordial, guided tour is provided for this comfortable facility conveniently located beneath towering Castle Mountain.
Hosteling International provides many wilderness hostel locations in the Rocky Mountains between Kananaskis Country and Jasper National Park.
This hostel location houses a maximum, transient population of 28 with separate accommodation for men and women in sturdy, railroad-style, bunk-bed dorms with adjacent showers and washroom facilities.
There is a large communal lounge and nearby kitchen area with all the comforts of home. Outdoor amenities include a large fire pit for evening gatherings with new friends to exchange stories of the day's adventures.
There are many outstanding trails in the immediate vicinity. Cost at the hostel is very reasonable.
The historical exhibit is located in the outdoor, covered foyer at the main entrance to the hostel. It is a very beautiful place, ideally functional for travelers who prefer this style of accommodation.
Elk, deer and a wide variety of wild flowers are frequent companions.
Remember, this excellent facility is not to be confused with Ski Castle which is located much further south in an entirely different area. As a final proviso, note the HI-Castle Mountain Hostel is located near a main-line, trans-continental railroad route.
Following this pleasant interlude, the drive east and north continues to the next objective for the day which will be a hike into Stewart Canyon near Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.