Working Holiday in Canada
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Apr 29, 2013 10:24 PM Last Post By: tinabee
Apr 17, 2013 1:11 AM
Working Holiday in CanadaHi!
I am a 26 year old Female from Australia, planning to head to Canada for a working holiday in December 2013 for about 6-12 months (depends on how well it all goes!) I have just applied for a working holiday Visa and unless it gets rejected (highly unlikely) I will be looking for:
a. A place to live
b. A job
If you are somebody who can help me with any of the above... Perhaps you are in the same boat and would like to join me? Maybe you live in Canada and would like a flatmate or are in a position to offer me a job? Or maybe you have done this before and have some wonderful advice to give me? Hit me up - I would love to hear from you!
Apr 17, 2013 1:55 AM
1Hi Em. I'm doing the same thing but am leaving in may and plan on staying for a out six months, meaning i will be leaving when you enter. I know I'm hoping backpackers will help with all three. I've heard they are great for making friends and may advertise jobs. Otherwise local newspapers would have job listings I'm sure. Of course i will be more helpful in six months.
Apr 17, 2013 6:41 AM
Apr 17, 2013 7:31 AM
3Manfy, that's great news! Please keep in touch as I would love to hear about your experiences while you are over there :)
5107, I am open to any of Canada. Although I had imagined the ski hills would be the easiest place to try for a job, seeing as I will be starting in Winter. However not wanting to restrict myself, I am keeping my options open! Do you have any suggestions?
Apr 17, 2013 10:07 AM
Apr 17, 2013 12:40 PM
Apr 17, 2013 7:30 PM
6I have been to Canada before. A few years back I roadtripped cross country with a few friends and I know what each region has to offer. I have also done the whole 'backpacking across the world for 4 months' thing when I left shcool, so I am not new to the travelling scene.
For now I am seeking a temporary change of scenery. Nothing serious, just want to try living and working in a new city and I loved Canada when I was there. Like I said, I am not restricting myself to the ski hills, but due to my current work commitments in Australia the earliest I can get there is December. My ambition is not to make money, just friends, life experience and enough to get by :)
If you have any friendly advice or previous experiences to share, please feel free to post!
Apr 18, 2013 7:41 AM
7The three normal destinations at that time of the year for Australians are Whistler, Banff and Big White. All are great fun. The money you make is enough to get by on and you will meet plenty of people. The work is also easy to get. You will be working with lots of Australians though.
Showing up in December is fine. Don't listen to the trolls above.
Apr 18, 2013 10:46 PM
Apr 19, 2013 9:55 PM
9Here is a link to Big White that might be of interest to you.
Yes, lots of friendly Australians working there, but also many young Canadians from other parts of the country as well.
Apr 21, 2013 11:54 PM
10Awww Rayito not all of us Australians are rude or unpleasant :)
Though after doing a season in whislter and banff i can understand how local Canadians can grow tiresome of some of the antics a minority of the Australians get up to during there visit to you're amazing country. To be honest Im not sure how some of them even got issued a passport to leave Australia in first place. Dont let a few rotten eggs spoil your opinion of Australians....
Anyway back to the topic....if you are planning on doing a ski resort, best option for work is to try and get a resort job as generally they will provide a ski pass for the season to you ($1500 savings or more for the season) and give you the option of staying in staff housing (if not full already) which is a big weight of your shoulders. But i see you are arriving possibly a month or two late for when they do there pre-season job hiring for the upcoming season. Next best job is to work as a waitress or behind a bar...but dont turn up to which ever ski resort town and expect to land one of these jobs straight away as they are generally harder to get and have a lot of competition. These jobs can pay well due to tipping. The base hourly rate is very poor though. If you are determined you could still get a job no worries...just got to make sure you stand out from the rest. Dont turn up to an interview dressed like your ready to hit the slopes and you should be fine. Be proactive and visit every hotel/restaurant/bar asking for work and eventually you should find success. Start looking in the local newspapers and craiglslist for both accommodation and jobs before you arrive, these are normally the best source of information regarding these areas.
As with friends, you should have no troubles. The people i met in the hostel the first two weeks in whistler i stayed close friends with the enitre season and still friends back in Oz. If you are heading to whistler join the "Whistler Seasonaires" or "Whistralia" facebook pages, heaps of group activities you can take part in (usually involves drinking) every week.
Feel free to ask any other questions...
Apr 23, 2013 3:08 PM
11If your looking at Skiing than Calgary is a good base, there are tons of resorts around the area, it is very likely you will get something if you are persistent.
If you like surfing and other outdoor sports I highly recommend Victoria or Tofino. Tofino is a little surf town on the pacific coast of Vancouver Island, it's all about the surf and hiking and there are many other Aussies and ex pats working and hanging around so you could definitely get some help with jobs etc. (I learned how to surf in Tofino, had an awesome Aussie teacher!)
I live on Vancouver Island (Victoria) and I can verify Tofino has a super friendly vibe for meeting friends etc.
Victoria is also a good bet, half million people and lots of serving jobs available.
Apr 29, 2013 10:24 PM
I've just finished up a season in whistler. it's been pretty amazing. lots of Australians though, just as a warning. yes, the job fares are in october but if you hit up the working holiday club or similar companies in australia that can get you a job at one of the ski resorts in canada then that's perfect. they're a bit pricey, but at least you'll have a job sorted out when you get here (I did this mid july, and they had dropped their price by quite a bit).
trying to get a job once you're here in december might be a little tricky. I have heard numerous stories about people trying to get a job without success for months! so unless, you have a bit of cash that needs to go, sort yourself with a job before you leave australia....
also, it's super easy to make friends here. stay at staff housing, can be a chore, but overall amazing.
people here are generally pretty young, but I'm 26 and if you get in with some more mature and deeper meaningful people, it'll be a breeze.
the pay isnt the greatest, but it gets you through.
hope this helps. if you have any more questions, just pm me....
have fun, and good luck
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