Mary Barclay grant

Mary Barclay is the founder of the Canadian Youth Hostel Association, now known as HI Canada. In 1933, she set up the first Canadian hostel in a tent west of Calgary (Bragg Creek). In 1987, at the age of 86, Mary received the Order of Canada, the highest honor in the country. This grant is dedicated to the role she played in building a hostelling movement in Canada.

Deadline to submit an application  to be determined

 Grant amount :  $1,000


The candidate must
•    Be between 18 and 24 year old on the departure date
•    Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and live in Canada
•    Present a financial need
•    The trip must include at least two destinations (different regions or different countries), last for a minimum of 3 weeks and be entirely organized by the participant
•    The trip must involve a learning and educational component of other cultures
•    Application must be submitted before  deadline

2018 mary barclay grant awardee


Amélie tells us about her journey through Ireland, England, Denmark and France. Tales of a young musician with a taste for adventure.


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It’s been one crazy journey already and we’re only at our first stop in this amazing world! Country by country, we want to share our journey not only to encourage more pet friendly adventures, but to prove that anything is possible with a little research and a lot of love.
— Linda and Lexi, Mary Barclay grant awardees (2017) New Zealand