Bragg Creek Youth Hostel Gets Historic Designation

North America’s first youth hostel, in Bragg Creek, has been named a  “historically significant location” by the federal government.

The Canadian Youth Hostel opened July 1, 1933, to offer an affordable resting  place for travelling young people.

The success of the hostel, about 30 kilometres west of Calgary, sparked the  creation of a network of similar facilities during the Great Depression.

According to Parks Canada, Calgary’s Barclay sisters, pioneers of Canada’s  hostelling movement, set up a donated canvas tent measuring 3.6 by 4.2 metres. A  frame cabin was constructed the next season.

Three other areas also received the historical designation:

-The Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ont., the final resting place of  prominent political, economic and social leaders, including Sir John A.  Macdonald;

– The role of architecture in “one of Canada’s iconic neighbourhoods” in  Westmount, Que.; and

– The consequences of the deportations of Acadian inhabitants of Ile  Saint-Jean (now P.E.I.) in 1758.

These “designations serve to remind us that Canada’s communities all  contribute to the many stories that made Canada,” said Denis Lebel, minister of  transport, infrastructure and communities.

The Bragg Creek youth hostel “shows how modern communities of interest are  created and how they contribute to our national culture.”