Hostelling International- Vancouver Jericho Hostel, 1515 Discovery St. Billed as the only beach retreat hostel in Vancouver surrounded by park land and sandy beaches, the hostel has been operating since 1971. The 33,000-square-foot former army barracks is leased from the park board. It features 253 beds, mostly in 13- to 18-bed shared dorms although there are 10 private rooms. The hostel is open to independent travellers from May until the end of September and for group business (primarily school groups or organizations such as Girl Guides) from October to April. Rates vary widely, depending on factors such as room type, season, and if you’re a member. They range from a low of $27 per night for a member from April 1 to May 31 in a shared dorm, to a high of $123.20 per night for a non-member from July 13 to July 15. Common areas include a 21-seat TV room, a library area where travellers take and leave books, kitchen and laundry facilities. An activity board features tours of Vancouver and surrounding area, as well as activities such as a Mad Hatter afternoon tea party. The North Shore Culinary School operates a licensed cafeteria in the building called the NSCS Discovery Café, which is open to travellers and the public. Winter hours until May.