10 Reasons To Take A Working Holiday In Canada

June 11, 2018
Posted in Working Holiday



Why should you take a working holiday abroad? But more specifically, why should you take a working holiday in Canada as opposed to another country? Those are some awesome questions to ask yourself as you plan to go abroad for work and travel. Let us try to show you why Canada is one of the best places you can go!

1. Diverse Canadian Culture

The nice thing about the Canadian community is that it’s so culturally diverse. Yes, there are of course certain “Canadian things” out there that you hear about, such as the love of hockey, but it’s actually such a diverse population that there are so many different cultures to take in. For example, you are able to find Chinese, Indian, Armenian, Russian, French, First Nations, and other communities all within Canada.

The country prides itself as a multicultural nation that is accepting of all cultures, religions, and nationalities. A perk of this would be the many different events and celebrations that are centered around different cultures. Each year, you can find events such as celebrations of Lunar New Year, Diwali, Sakura Galas, Hanukkah, National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptise Day, Bhangras, and more. Canada is a great choice for a working holiday because you are able to interact with people of so many different cultures all in one destination!

2. Super Friendly Locals

Yes, we admit that the stereotype of Canadians being “super friendly” is pretty much true!. Canada is known for being a friendly country and it’s a trait that we’re quite proud of. If your home country is substantially different, or you’ve never visited Canada before, you’ll notice that the people here are generally extremely polite. Crowded bus during a morning rush? You’ll hear many “excuse me’s” as people squish into a bus.

You’ll also hear many people say “thank you” to the bus driver as they get off, which may be surprising to you. You might also notice that we have a habit of holding doors open for each other from a distance, letting others go in first for elevators, and more. So if you’re going to have a working holiday anywhere in the world, you might as well have a working holiday in Canada where everybody is so nice and accommodating of foreign visitors.

3. Booming Job Industries & Opportunities 

The point behind a “working holiday” is to travel abroad, but to also work at the same time in order to fund your trip and to perhaps gain a little bit of extra work experience if you’re on the younger side. Canada is able to offer you many different job options simply because of the booming job industry, especially in the hospitality and service sectors.

Entry-level positions in these industries are especially abundant, so you should have little trouble finding a casual, paid job during your working holiday in Canada. For example, you are able work anywhere from a resort job in the Rockies or Banff all the way to a city job in a fancy restaurant or trendy bar in the heart of downtown Vancouver. You also shouldn’t underestimate the importance of the tipping custom in Canada. Canadians tip for the services they receive, so you can make a pretty good amount of tip money on top of what you are already being paid. There are so many opportunities in Canada that if you have a bit of work experience already, you will have plenty of options to choose from.

4. Our Delicious Food

Photo Credit: @alisonmpage

Photo Credit: @alisonmpage

One of the best things about travelling abroad is being able to try out delicious new foods. Canada is definitely not an exception. We have some very “Canadian” dishes such as poutine, which consists of fries, squeaky cheese curds, and piping hot gravy. If you’re into sweet treats then you’ll be happy to learn that Canada has treats such as Butter Tarts (buttery pastry shells filled with sugar, butter, and egg), Nanaimo Bars (graham-cracker, coconut, walnuts, custard and fudge), and the best maple syrup that completes any pancake stack.

For seafood, we have amazing B.C. Pacific salmon, B.C. spot prawns, great oysters and crabs, and Nova Scotian lobsters that you can enjoy in so many different ways. Late night out? Enjoy a classic Halifax donair or some Montreal bagels to indulge in the next morning. As well, you’re able to find some of the famous Canadian snacks that you’ve seen online. For example, we have the famous Canadian coffee crisps, Lay’s ketchup flavoured potato chips, certain types of beers (which we’ll get into detail later on), and much more! If being able to try the amazingly delicious food during your Canadian working holiday isn’t a major incentive for you, then we don’t know what is!

5. World Renowned Nature & Wildlife

Canada is well known for its amazing nature and that’s a fact. We are known for our abundance of beautiful, crisp trees and flowers that you can pretty much find everywhere, sometimes even in the city. Into wildlife? Canada is also home to many beautiful animals and marine life. You can try visiting the Vancouver Aquarium to see beluga whales. You can also visit Victoria or Vancouver Island’s Tofino for whale watching operators, where you’ll be taken to see orcas, humpbacks, bowheads and more! You can try snorkeling with salmon fish in Vancouver Island’s Campbell River. Just outside of Edmonton, you can visit Elk Island National Park, which is home to about 700 woodland and plain bison.

There are also plenty of mountains that are perfect for skiing or snowboarding when it snows! If you’ve never seen the sun behind the mountains, then you’re definitely missing out because there’s something just so magical to see a haze of yellow, orange, red, and purples mix together in a fiery blaze behind snow-capped mountains. But don’t fret – your working holiday is the perfect opportunity to get away and experience the beauty of Canada’s nature firsthand.

6. Endless Fun Activities To Do

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Photo Credit: @graeme_o

It might seem like a quaint and quiet country but if you’re worried about a lack of fun things to do here, then you’re definitely in for a (good!) surprise! If you’re into the city life then you can find an abundance of awesome restaurants and shopping places in major cities such as Vancouver, Montreal, or Toronto. And if you’re an outdoorsy, adventure junkie then you’ll be glad to hear that Canada is one of the best places to do anything adventure related! Try going canoeing or kayaking. Try hiking up our Canadian trails or mountains. Ever heard of the B.C. Grouse Grind? It’s a super-challenging hike that will be sure to give you the workout of a lifetime! Want to try a bunch of trails with different levels of difficulty? You can head on over to Burnaby near the Simon Fraser University campus and explore the many trials of varying intensity such as the Cardiac Trail and the Trans Canada Trail. Interested in skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing? Head over to a resort for your working holiday and enjoy all those activities and much more!

7. Our Well-Crafted Beers

Canadians love their beer, so there is a great selection for you to choose from if you come to Canada for your working holiday. With so many great Canadian beers out there, you should be sure to try out at least a couple. Our list of famous brews are extensive, but a couple we would like to mention include: Red Racer Pale Ale, Imperial IPA, Pilsner, Nutcracker Porter, and La Fin du Monde.

There are ice beers and cream ales galore so if that’s your thing, then you’re in for a treat. As well, some countries have higher legal drinking ages such as the U.S. where the minimum is 21 years old. You may be happy to know that in some parts of Canada (such as the province of Quebec), the legal drinking age is 18 while most other provinces such as British Columbia have ages that are still reasonable such as 19. While we only encourage enjoying yourself responsibly, we definitely suggest trying out at least a few Canadian brews during the course of your working holiday in Canada.

 8. The Distinct Seasons

Unlike some countries, Canada has 4 distinct seasons that you can actually see and feel: spring, summer, fall, and winter. While the months may blur together in other parts of the world where days are either all mostly cold and dark or hot and sunny, Canada is able to experience the best of all the seasons. The summers bring an abundance of sunshine and longer days and the winters almost always bring some snow. Summers bring opportunities to sunbathe on the beaches and to hold barbecues with friends. If you’ve never experienced snow in your home country then Canada is the place to have your working holiday so you can build your first snowman and have an awesome snowball fight!

9. Great Canadian Visa Process

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Firstly, participants who are interested in a Canadian working holiday are generally allowed to apply until they’re 35 years old (for most countries, some exceptions apply for other countries). Compared to other countries, who usually have an age limit of 30 or 31, this is a more lenient age system. So if you’re over the age of 30 or 31 and are still interested in a work and travel abroad experience then you can go ahead and apply for a working holiday in Canada.

Secondly, depending on how you like your experience, you may also have options to extend your stay or even convert to a longer term Canadian visa. If you’re currently thinking about applying for a Working Holiday visa through International Experience Canada (IEC), then go ahead and check out our Canadian Working Holiday Visa Application 2016 Guide.

10. The Easy Transition – Which Is Even Easier With Stepwest!

Stepwest Resort Job Working Holiday Participant Paulina

Stepwest Working Holiday Resort Job Participant Paulina

Canada is a fairly easy country to get settled into. With just an ID and some evidence of an income, you are able to rent accommodation from most landlords. Want to open up a bank account and set up cable, wifi, and more? All you need in most cases to set these up would be your passport. To help you with your transition into a new country, all of our working holiday programs include tons of great services in your package.

Benefits include help with your SIN, banking, cell phone, an orientation, help with your job search, resume revision, interview prep, 1 night’s hostel stay with breakfast, and more! You can feel secure knowing that your job in Canada is guaranteed or you’ll get your money back! Feel good knowing that you have the full support of the Stepwest staff during your entire stay in Canada as we will be your main point of professional contact here in a new country! Interested? We offer both city jobs and resort jobs so you can sign up for a working holiday that’s suited to your liking. Contact us today if you would like to know more about your working holiday in Canada or apply now!

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