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11. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y

Why not give Vancouver a try? It's on the ocean, got sandy beaches, coastal mountains, the weather is great during the summer. Tourism is big here - we have an international airport, cruise ship terminals, train stations. We have lots of specialty shops, great restaurants, pubs, etc. The retail and restaurant industry is always looking for help here in Vancouver. There are also temp agencies here that you could join if you wish to work in administration.

Cheers,

Petra M

12. Posted by Pudenry (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi all,

I am also planning a working holiday to Canada. I'd like to spend the winter working at one of the ski fields, how hard is it to find any sort of work at these places preferably with accommodation? I don't expect the pay to be anything special, but as long as it gives me a good opportunity to ski I'll be happy ;)

From reading the above posts, it seems Alberta would be a good place to do some work outside winter, Calgary or Edmonton sound like excellent places and their proximity to places like Jasper/Banff is a real plus.

Also, how hard would it be for a non-french speaker to get work in Québec, as I'd like to spend a couple of months there learning French?

Cheers

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 28, 2007, at 8:24 PM by Pudenry ]

13. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

Hey if you wanting to work on the ski fields there is a auz company called IEP that helps you organise job and accomodation before you even leave australia so that may be of help to you.

14. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y

Don't forget that Vancouver is less than 2 hours south from world reknown ski destination, Whistler and Blackcomb resorts. They do hire international employees. Check their website out:

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/employment/jobs/index.htm
http://www.snowboardingatwhistler.com/whistlerjobs.html

Vancouver also has 3 local ski hills on its North Shore: Grouse Mountain; Mount Seymour; and Cypress Bowl.
http://www.grousemountain.com/
http://www.mountseymour.com/
http://www.cypressmountain.com/index.asp

Good luck!

Cheers,

Petra M, Vancouver

15. Posted by nisansala (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

in regards to the public transportation in edmonton, i'd say its pretty decent here. the subway isn't that great tho. its only good if you want to get between the university area and downtown (or futher north). the bus system is pretty good too. the main bus stations are mostly all malls, so it'll be good if you're working retail.

and i'd like to point out that the world's largest (or second largest?) mall is here! so it should be really easy to find a job. especially considering the booming economy.

16. Posted by mdswing (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Quoting Pudenry

Hi all,

I am also planning a working holiday to Canada. I'd like to spend the winter working at one of the ski fields, how hard is it to find any sort of work at these places preferably with accommodation? I don't expect the pay to be anything special, but as long as it gives me a good opportunity to ski I'll be happy ;)

From reading the above posts, it seems Alberta would be a good place to do some work outside winter, Calgary or Edmonton sound like excellent places and their proximity to places like Jasper/Banff is a real plus.

Also, how hard would it be for a non-french speaker to get work in Québec, as I'd like to spend a couple of months there learning French?

Cheers

Hi there, coming from Aus i worked llast season at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna BC. If you want a job set up before you leave home check out a company called OWH. I went thru these guys and was able to secure a job before i left

17. Posted by LotusGirl (Full Member 1 posts) 9y

Hi there - Id just like to mention Vancouver Island, BC as a nice option for travellers. Ive grown up in and around Nanaimo and know first hand that there is tons to offer on Van Isle. If you enjoy an outdoorsy laid back atmosphere - this is it! The West Coast is famous for it.

Vancouver is an hour and a half ferry ride away from Nanaimo, and Victoria is an hour and a half drive - Victoria is a very lovely city - not too big as to be unfriendly and not too small as to be boring. There are lots of artsy things happening up and down the entire island, especially in the summer time. Speaking of arts - the Gulf Islands are famous for them. Gabriola Island is only a 20 minute ferry from Nanaimo and is great for a day trip, or a camping weekend.

Jobs in cafes/restaurants and retail are pretty easy to come by. Just check the local news papers. As far as working at ski resorts goes: I dont know how it ranks compared to other Canadian mountains but Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island is very nice (for a smaller mountain) - friends of mine used to work the winters there a few years back and always had tons of fun while they were at it.

Id say its worth a look anyways. A option worthy of consideration for a short visit or a long stay. As a local to the area, Im happy to answer any questions!

Hmm, Perhaps I should consider a job working for the tourist board ;)

Cheers!

18. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

Yeah I would really like to check out vancouver island.

19. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 8y

I recommend going into a touristy area in the Rockies, either Banff or Jasper. You can get a job in 1 day and your employer should supply accomodation. Housing is hard to find in Calgary, next to impossible is what I've been told, but it is a nice city if you'd like to try your luck. It is also very expensive to live in Calgary. It is also tricky to find a place in Edmonton, so I've been told. The mountains are an amazing setting to be in and you can earn lots of money there as well as have a blast and meet lots of new people easily.

20. Posted by flamedude (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

I am torn between Vancouver and Calgary myself. I think I would like Vancouver more but I really want to find a decent job and not just do gapyear jobs like waiting tables and hotel work. I hear Calgary has a lot of jobs on offer but is.... a bit dull. Conversely I hear Vancouver is great but often quite expensive.

And to complicate my decision I have relatives in Calgary willing to put me up until I get on my feet......

Still so totally unsure.