Samesun Manifesto

‘We all live under the same sun!’

Samesun is a company by backpackers for backpackers that operates on the West Coast of North America. We currently operate seven hostels, from large cities such as Los Angeles and Vancouver, to smaller mountain properties in Banff and Silver Star. We put an emphasis on social travel, as this is what makes a trip. It’s not the photos of the monuments that you take that create stories, it is the unexpected adventures, mishaps and evenings on the town with new friends that make a trip. We encourage people to put down their phones and talk with the person across from them at one of our Beaver bars. We organize daily activities at all of our hostels. And of course we promise to deliver, safe, clean and friendly accommodation. But we want you to leave our hostels with experiences and a love for the city that you are visiting more than anything. We want to help you see the world through travelers eyes.

Inspirational travel quote that applies to every backpacker who stays at Samesun's affordable hostels..



The Samesun we know today began in 1995 as the dream child of Craig Kelley and Jeff Gusdal, fresh off their own backpacker travels through Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Craig and Jeff had experienced the highs and lows of being backpackers and wanted to bring the benefits of economical hostel style accommodation to travelers in their home country of Canada.  Realizing that Canada lacked the same network of hostels they had experienced abroad, Craig and Jeff opened the first Samesun hostel on Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue with a modest 18 bed accommodation facility. Expansion happened quickly over the next several years with a custom built hostel in Kelowna, recently renovated hostels in Vancouver and Banff, Samesun’s first US hostels in Venice Beach, California and an upcoming East Coast location in Montreal in 2016.

Samesun has come a long way from the first 18 bed hostel to now offering hundreds of beds in 6 hostels across Canada and the U.S. Samesun’s affordable backpacker hostels in Vancouver, Montreal, Banff, Kelowna, and Venice Beach, LA. give the traveler an budget friendly way to explore Canada and the USA. And then there’s the addition of the Beaver bars in the Vancouver and Banff hostels, the best places for a backpacker to get cheap food and drinks in these cities.

The name Samesun refers to the idea that we “all live under the same sun”. It is important to the Samesun Team that we live by that fact by striving to leave the world better than we found it, and to create an environment where people are appreciated for themselves regardless of where they come from.