Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do you have questions about working in the Banff area? (That's Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Kananaskis!) Here are some common questions we hear...
Can I apply for jobs before arriving in the area?
Yes! If you are looking for work in Banff, Canmore or the surrounding areas, you can research opportunities online before you arrive. There are several helpful online job search sites popular in this area including:
From these websites, you can then apply directly to current job opportunities. Employers sometimes begin recruiting months in advance of the summer or winter ski seasons, so you'll want to start early!
Where can I look for a job once I arrive?
Drop in to the Job Resource Centre in Banff or Canmore and see what’s new on our job board. We often have over 200 Banff area jobs posted. Ask our team for job leads and resume advice so you can get working sooner.
Are there staff housing options in Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise?
Yes! Many employers, like hotels and restaurants, offer staff housing. In Banff, approximately half of the employers, especially the bigger ones, have staff housing. There are private and shared options; however, in the busy summer months, most accommodation will be shared.
See the Banff/Canmore Staff Housing Guide to find out about average prices, what’s included and which companies offer staff accommodation here: 2016 Staff Housing Guide
How can I find rental housing?
Two great resources for finding housing options are kijiji.ca and the Bow Valley Home Finder ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/bowvalleyhomefinder/ ) group on Facebook. Word of mouth can also be really helpful - let people know you are looking! You will see basement suites and shared apartments advertised most often. Finding your own housing can be challenging – there is a very low vacancy rate in the Bow Valley.
You can find out more information about housing in Banff here: https://banff.ca/Housing
And in Canmore here: https://canmore.ca/residents/about-canmore/moving-to-canmore
What is the price of rental housing?
With a low vacancy rate in the area, the price of housing can be quite high. Most housing will be set up to be shared with roommates. Expect to be asked for a damage deposit up front. The cost of utilities (heat, electricity, Internet) are often extra.
Average base rents for Banff apartments:
Studio: $800 per month
1 Bedroom: $1450 per month
2 Bedroom: $1930 per month
How can I get a job at a ski resort?
We're lucky to have four amazing resorts in our backyard!
Mount Norquay: http://winter.banffnorquay.com
Banff Sunshine: https://www.skibanff.com
Lake Louise Ski Resort: https://www.skilouise.com
Nakiska Ski Resort: https://skinakiska.com
The season usually runs November through May, and hiring can begin as early as June. You'll want to plan ahead and submit your resumes early.
The Job Resource Centre hosts a Ski Hiring Fair in early October in Banff. If you've missed the early hiring, there is a chance to meet employers in-person at this event!
And by the way, most ski resorts provide housing directly on resort or nearby.
How long will it take me to find work?
With millions of tourists visiting the area each summer, hospitality/tourism jobs (restaurant server, line cook, hotel room attendant, retail sales) are plentiful from May to September. The winter season is quieter. It can take up to 2-3 weeks to find work during this time. It is a good idea to plan ahead. Have a well-written resume and enough funds to support yourself while you look for work.
Is there public transportation in the Banff - Canmore area?
Banff and Canmore are approximately 25 kilometres apart. There is public transit that operates in each town and between the two. (No need for a car!) You can find out more about schedule and route information here: http://roamtransit.com/
In summertime, you can also hop on a bus between Banff and Lake Louise. https://www.banfflakelouise.com/trip-planning/getting-around-banff
Prefer to bike? Hop on the scenic Legacy Trail and travel between Banff and Canmore by bike, rollerblades or skateboard. Allow 2 to 3 hours each way. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/cyclisme-biking/Heritage-Legacy