"HiBnb" AirBnb With Cannabis - Canadian Startup Disrupts The Offering Canadians Canna Friendly Accommodations

Published: April 6, 2021

HiBnb, an exciting Canadian startup garnering international attention has just launched their services to the public – and media around the world are already saying the impactful young company is “putting Canada on the map for cannabis tourism. HiBnb can be described as an AirBnb alternative for the cannabis community, and the canna curious, offering staycations geared towards customers who want lounge like experiences (pillow lounge, pool, jacuzzi, fireplace) and creative experiences for customers who are looking to keep that spark of excitement alive in their entertainment calendar for something to do with friends or simply on their own.

The listings range from a Staycation paradise in Hamilton with jacuzzi tub and old school video arcade machines, to a Tree View studio in Halifax, a Luxury Suite in Downtown Toronto steps away from Ripleys Aquarium, to a series of clamping “Bunkies” in Hepworth ON.

Event listings include a cannabis education class followed by a walk with alpacas in Parkhill ON, a Bellydance Bootcamp in Toronto, a hike to a 60ft waterfall and enjoy a cooked meal in Nova Scotia, a bubble hash workshop in Toronto ($149),  a partner dance class on Vancouver’s Granville Island.

While not all HiBnb listings are able to offer smoking inside, some make smoking areas available, while others encourage smoking outdoors on the property. Many provide rolling stations or tabletop vaporizers.  Some accommodation hosts even go the extra mile and provide guests with cannabis or edibles on site when they arrive;  others offer connections to nearby cannabis retailers.  Many of the hosts say they feel a sense of camaraderie with other cannabis lovers.  One enthusiastic host, Sabrina, near Belleville, Ontario, has a listing with the title “Cannafam are welcome here.”

That’s the kind of thing that makes Elizabeth Becker smile.  “The best feeling I’ve ever felt is transparency with friends – the feeling of acceptance – and I get that with the cannabis community,” she says.  Becker, who spent decades in television, left a successful career in front of and behind the camera to come into the cannabis industry where, she says, “ People are very welcoming, honest, sincere, and forgiving.  This feeling of community and acceptance is what I want every person to enjoy when they engage in a HiBnb experience.  This is why I’ve built this platform  – to help others feel connected.”

HiBnb is her brainchild, with the help of Kelly Ehler who, along with his strategic planning and financial acumen, brought a tremendous amount of contacts and relationships to the table.   Becker said it was the “passion behind the cannabis community” that led her to create this platform. “So many people have fought for so long to be open and for society to embrace the positive benefits, it’s time to come out of the dark!” She says, “I’m proud to be in Canada and I’m really proud to be able to offer a way for the general public to make money – especially at the hardship we’ll be facing as we get back on our feet after Covid, and also for people to engage in low cost events in small groups per Covid regulations.”

“One thing that surprises some – You would think that these engagements would be put on and run for the young but they are not.  Most of these events are actually run by mature cannabis lovers who have enjoyed the positive aspects of the cannabis plant for years,  and want to pass the good they’ve taken from it forward.”

With the added revenue from advertisements on the site, Becker says, the company plan is to “take care of our hosts as best as we can.  At first this will be a welcome basket with merchandise and product samples, but as the company grows we will offer other incentives to keep their hosts happy – something AirBnb has not done. We want to put the HiBnb Host at the forefront.  We’re nothing without our hosts so we have to take care of them.”

HiBnb is uniquely positioned to be of benefit to everyone involved  – because we aren’t just accommodations.  We’re accommodations plus experiences plus advertising.  We’re here to offer travellers friendly accommodations, we’re here to offer a way for Canadians to make extra money doing something they love, giving the general public a few more options for local entertainment, and we’re also here to support the producers and retailers who have very limited avenues for advertising.  By bringing people together on the age gated site, we can connect consumers with the brands so they can enjoy the consumer driven advertising that the cannabis industry needs.”

Becker and Ehler, plan on taking HiBnb into the US sooner rather than later. (Consumers and hosts have already expressed an interest with several American listings already on the site).  Becker is on the front lines expanding the site and working on marketing to populate the site with listings, and Ehler is  constantly working to bring in funds to feed the engine with the fuel that the business needs to go the distance.   Out of good business practice, the two have already been able to secure an insurance backed guarantee to hosts for $1,000,000 euros in property damage for all bookings, with the same amount for liability.

VISIT HiBnb to find:

STAYCATIONS / Short term stays in a variety of canna friendly locations at different price points – Everything from lounge like experiences (pillow lounge, pool, jacuzzi, fireplace) to  creative experiences.  Some of the unique, cool, fun staycations include : Staycation paradise in Hamilton with jacuzzi tub, ping pong table and old school video arcade machines ($250/night), Tree View studio in Halifax on Dalhousie campus ($60/night), Luxury Suite in Downtown Toronto steps away from Ripleys Aquarium and the CN Tower ($250/night), a series of clamping “Bunkies” in Hepworth ON ($49/night), a private room in a townhouse in Vancover’s West end ($75/night) and a spa in Cobourg backing on to a ravine where you can choose to hang out on your own or engage in a variety of kundalini, tantra, hatha, and other styles of yoga and  meditation($144/night).

CANNA FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT – HiBnb hosts offer a creative spin on activities and local entertainment.  Perfect for those who want to keep that spark of excitement alive in their weekly entertainment calendar – whether they are looking for something to do with friends or simply on their own.  Some current listings include….  Learn about cannabis and walk an alpaca in Parkhill ON ($65), Bellydance Bootcamp in Toronto ( $20), hike to a 60ft waterfall and enjoy a cooked meal in Five Islands, Nova Scotia ($35), engage in a bubble hash workshop in Toronto ($149),  a partner dance class on Vancouver’s Granville Island ($75), a tour to learn about terpenes in Surrey BC ( $35), a dispensary tour in Nelson BC ($125),  a class in how to use media and publicity to build your reputation as a cannabis influencer,  a plethora of yoga and wellness classes, and much more.

Find these and other great HiBnb listings at www.hibnb.ca