Working Holiday in Banff
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 10, 2013 10:11 AM Last Post By: littlechilds
Oct 10, 2012 12:19 AM
Working Holiday in BanffHey all
My Girlfriend and I are planning a working holiday to Banff for the start of the 2013/2014 season. Both being.complete newbies at the whole working holiday thing any advice would be greatly appreciated, such as where to stay, how easy it is to get a job ( I have worked at an outdoor adventure store for the past 5 years ) she has experience in the hospitality and reception industry) and how much living expenses are such as food, fuel and most importantly beer haha. What is the easiest area to get work in.around the December period, ideally we would like to work as lifties but I'm not sure how common these places are . Anyway any help would be greatly appreciated.
Lewis + Michelle
Oct 10, 2012 2:43 AM
There is always a huge amount of work in Banff, Alberta. I have just returned from a working holiday in Canada and there were businesses crying out for staff here.
You won't have trouble finding work during the ski season and many of the jobs provide cheap accommodation.
I've written loads about Canada on my blog if you want to check it out: http://www.seemytravels.com/
Oct 10, 2012 4:53 AM
Oct 10, 2012 12:23 PM
3As LC said above there are deals to be found.
$3.75 tall cans of PBR at Mels. Gives you a killer hangover though after about 6 of them.
The Voyager liquor store has 8 packs of bud for $13.99 at the moment.
Gas is $1.25 at the moment.
Food is a tough one. There is a safeway in town but it is cheaper in Calgary.
There is always work around. Take whatever you can get when you arrive and then look for a job that you might actually enjoy. Working at the resorts gets you a free pass but the pay is not that good. Working in town means no commute and the pay is better. Staff housing is all over the place. Banff Lodging Company has good staff housing and pays ok depending on what you end up doing.
If your girlfirend is hot get her into serving. Lots of money to be made there especially if she is easy on the eye. (Probably not very PC but its the truth!)
Oct 10, 2012 2:49 PM
Oct 10, 2012 4:59 PM
Cheers for all the great info its good just to talk to people who have been there before! This may be a naive question but is it possible to line up a few jobs before going over or is it busy enough for an employer not to reallly bother with that kind of thing?? As far as the beer goes haha that is cheap compared toWestern Australia haha you can easily pay 22 Canadian for just a 6 pack :( does anyone have an idea on the rough averagewage ?? Like I don't really mind working for.a cheap.wage, its part of the fun hhaha, but yeh just a guesstimate would.be greatly appreciated:) and as far as my girlfriend goes I'm.sure going by that she will have no problem with getting that job :D
Thanks again people :)
Lewis + Michelle
Oct 10, 2012 5:38 PM
6You think thats cheap...go to the US...12 packs of cans can be had for $6...but beer in the states are gross!
Wages...around $9/hr give or take a few dollars for intro ski/retail jobs.
Some hills will hire from abroad if they were certain you were going to stay the full season. A problem hills have here is workers pulling out early to travel.
Waitresses these days make to much money... apparently %20 tip is mandatory lol...well not really, but I personally never tip over 15%. 10% is now gone with the dinosaurs.
Oct 11, 2012 7:32 AM
7Hahaha man i wish it was that cheap here :( and fair enough that sounds about right haha, cheers for the help dude one more question? i have seen online a company that basically hooks you up with a job and accom and visas and what not (from the sounds of things babysits you) what is your opinion of this??i can imagine it would be a huge help and would take a load of stress out of the move but its a pretty hefty fee they charge. Do you know much about these companies? are the jobs they supply much use ?
Anyway cheers for all your help mate sounds like im due you a few brewski's in Banff next season :D
Oct 11, 2012 8:03 AM
8Speaking of cheap beer you can get Little Creatures and Cascade Premium for $3.75 a bottle on Friday nights at the pump! Cheaper than you can get it in Australia!
For 90% of the jobs the resorts pay minimum wage. Its about $9.75 an hour these days. Jobs in town pay $10 plus with the average being around $12-13 an hour.
You may get lucky and find a job before you leave but generally that will be with a resort or if you have special skills.
IMO it is a bad idea to go with one of those companies that setup the job for you. If you have half a brain you will find a better job than what they offer. As LC said above the resorts have a tough time holding onto staff as many say they will commit for the winter but already have plans to go traveling or back to school etc.
Oct 11, 2012 11:09 AM
Oct 11, 2012 4:49 PM
10Haha well little creatures bright is the best beer around here :D so I'm happy.with that haha. OK so a retailjob in Banff itself would be a higher paying option? I have also heard that some of the resorts offer accommodation as part of the job ? Ahhh see I thought this would be the case haha I figured it must be too good to be true if they set you up with a good job haha. Well thanks a bunch for all the help guys :D I'm thinking mid November to head over ? That's pretty average ay?
Oct 11, 2012 6:57 PM
Oct 12, 2012 9:34 AM
12If you want to work at a resort its on the later side. Retail in town will normally hire around late november early december. As said above there is always something going. Don't over think it. Come over and make sure you have enough cash to keep you going. The first month is always tough but once you are setup you will love it!
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