Ocean Island has all the information you need to get the most mileage out of your time and budget. Our front desk staff is always around to hook you up with transportation details and schedules, and they’re full of great adventure ideas if you can’t figure out what to do next. Want to know the best pubs in town? The best whale watching tours? Ask the front desk, they’ve got the inside scoop!
Want to know how to get to Butchart Gardens, where to rent a cheap bike, or which restaurant has the best Pho in the city? Look no further than our FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) brochure rack! These FAQs are written and published by the Ocean Island staff, to provide our guests with the insider’s scoop on all things Victoria. Check them out in our lobby!
But probably the most valuable resource around is the advice of the fellow explorers you’ll run into in our common areas. Leave a note on the message board, or chill out in the Ocean Island Cafe Lounge and find yourself some travel companions!
The Hostel Handbook provides ultra-comprehensive listings (including ours) of hostels in North America.
BootsnAll is billed as the ultimate resource for the independent traveller. It provides an extensive community of globe trekkers and free guides to nearly everywhere. They also list hostels, hotels and guest houses.
Travelscout’s online travel listings have sent a lot of great people our way, and we want to give them major props!
We’re part of the Pacific Hostels Network, which includes hostels all along the Pacific Coast, from Alaska to Mexico!
We’re also a proud member of Backpackers Hostels Canada, a network of over 170 independent hostels across Canada.
The Matador Network is an independent media company serving a global community of people who share a love for life and travel. From programs in travel writing and photography to original documentaries and viral web content, MATADOR is delivered across an integrated media platform that reaches millions of people each month.
Started in Australia and spreading around the world like Red Bull, the VIP Backpackers Network offers great hostel listings and discounts!
Hostels Worldwide only lists the best hostels in the world.
Purple Roofs is one of the only travel sites specifically for GLBT travellers. Check them out!
iBackpack Canada is a guide that includes trip ideas, travel articles, tips for female travel, hostels, backpacker tours, campervan rentals and more.
Wavelength Magazine is a key source for paddling information for the Pacific Coast & beyond. Pick up a copy of their latest issue here!
IEP New Zealand assist kiwis with their working holidays to Canada by providing assistance obtaining work visas, employment, accommodation, tax numbers, bank account and more. If you are interested in working in Canada apply for the Work Canada program! www.iep.org.nz/canada
Heading to Nepal? Wanna do some hiking? Check these guys out: http://www.nepalhikingteam.com/
Hostels Worldwide – We list the best hostels in the world.
For tons more useful links and travel info, check out our very own Victoria Guide, a completely independent guidebook that puts you in touch with the coolest shops, restaurants, and adventures our sweet little town has to offer.