Canada Summer Working Holiday Guide

Many people assume that Canada is in a permanent state of winter, but we also have a fantastic summer season! On a Canada summer working holiday, experience beautiful emerald green forests and turquoise lakes, epic wildlife – from bears to whales, wolves and moose – and adrenaline-fuelled activities (more on that later). In fact, there is so much to see and do that a working holiday really is the best option, as the IEC working holiday visa allows you to work and travel in Canada for 12 to 24 months, depending on your country.

Our Working Holiday Resort Job programs guarantee you a resort or hotel job with accommodation before you arrive in Canada, so that you can earn money to fund your travels. Plus, you’ll have some of Canada’s best wilderness at your doorstep as the resorts we work with are located in Canada’s most beautiful destinations (think: Banff, Lake Louise, Tofino, Kelowna, Whistler and so much more).

Our team assists you with your work permit and getting set up to live and work in Canada. So, if you’re interested in a Canada summer working holiday, read on to discover everything you need to know about taking a working holiday in the summer.

Canada Summer Season: Late May until October

The summer season is very popular in Canada because the weather is hot and tourists come to enjoy the beautiful wilderness. Can you imagine jumping in one of those turquoise lakes you see in pictures of Canada? It’s possible!

A summer working holiday in Canada gives you access to hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking opportunities not available during the winter. Better still, you can do many of these outdoor activities before or after your shift. That’s the benefit of working at a resort or hotel in Canada!

When Should I Apply for a Working Holiday Job in Canada?

Resort employers will start doing interviews for their summer working holiday season as early as April and as late as June each year. You can begin working as early as April in some places, but most often you will start working between June or early July.

It is important to note, the longer you want to stay in Canada, the better chances you have for finding work. This is because resorts and hotels prefer to hire staff for the longest term possible. They invest a lot in your training on the resort’s operations and service standards. If you are planning to stay for both the summer and ski season, we make sure that you are going to work for an employer that will be open all year.

Our participants that start working during the summer season continue working through the winter ski season with their same employer.

We know how important it is for you to make the most of your time in Canada. We make sure you do not have to waste time searching for another job after your first season is finished.

Secure Your Working Holiday Job Before Coming to Canada

Our Working Holiday Program is designed so you can focus on the excitement of your trip to Canada. You will have more time to enjoy your first few days in Canada while we make sure all your essentials are covered and you have a smooth and easy trip to Canada, even during COVID regulations.

Can You Really Guarantee My Job in Canada?

YES, we can! We take the time to work with you and make sure you will be a great fit for the employer. Employers like working with us, as we make their recruitment easy. We know what they look for in candidates and we do our best to prepare our participants for them. If you want to work for a specific ski resort or hotel, we will advise you on how to succeed in your interview with that employer.

It is important to note that although we will get you the interview, you are still responsible for the result. Our team will help you get there, but you are the one that will succeed in receiving a job offer!

We want to be realistic. We will never promise you a job that we don’t think we can find for you. That’s why we do a free consultation before you pay our program fee. We want to make sure we can help you before you join our program. If you put in the energy and the effort, you will get the job at the resort location you are dreaming of!

How Soon Do I Need My Working Holiday Visa To Work in Canada Summer 2022?

The sooner the better. Make sure to secure your working holiday permit under IEC, since you will have 12 months to activate the permit. Hotels and resorts will want a guarantee that you have an approved working holiday permit before hiring you. There are a different number of permits per country, and some will have it easier than others, so it is worth getting into the pool early to increase your chances of getting an invitation (ITA) to secure your working holiday visa.

Can I Choose My Start Date To Begin Working at a Resort in Canada?

When you organize a free consultation with us, we ask you for your start date preferences. We will always make sure to inform each employer about your desired start date. This includes the extra time you will need to get settled in Canada before moving to the resort. Normally we recommend our participants set aside at least one business day to get their bank account, SIN number, cell phone, and a few more items sorted out with our team.

When hotels and resorts interview our participants, we will have previously notified them of your start date availability. Therefore, they can offer you with a pre-determined start date. These pre-determined start dates are great because you will be starting at the same time as other workers for an orientation. This means you won’t be the only new staff member on the team!

What Do I Need To Know Regarding COVID-19 Regulations To Apply for a Working Holiday in Canada During IEC 2022?

You must be fully vaccinated by any of the approved vaccines by the Government of Canada. As of January 15th 2022, only vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter Canada, so if you are planning to travel in 2022 make sure to get vaccinated.

When you join our Working Holiday Resort program you will be connected with our team throughout the whole process so that you get your work permit with no issues and no stress – so you can focus on the fun stuff, like where to move.

Working at a Resort in Canada: Accommodation and Benefits

Staff accommodation is by far the greatest advantage of working at a ski or summer resort. You will live close to your job, removing the need for a car, and you will save money because of the lower rent prices.

When you travel to Canada with Stepwest’s Working Holiday Resort program, staff accommodation is guaranteed! You will travel to Canada with a job offer in hand, accommodation pre-arranged, and the tranquility of having our assistance if you have any problems.

It is important to note, not all resort employers offer the same benefits to their staff. This makes it difficult for companies like us to confirm the benefits that you will be eligible for when working for a resort in Canada. Among the most common advantages you will have as a resort worker, you will find:

  • Discounted staff housing where you live with other staff – the best way to make friends upon arrival to Canada!
  • Discount on restaurants, cafes, shops and any business connected to your host employer.
  • Discount on other hotels or resorts part of the same group. For example, our participants working for the Fairmont Whistler receive a discount to stay at other Fairmont hotels! This is nice to have for your trips around Canada during your gap year.
  • Staff parties or celebrations. Resorts and hotels are full of people from all around the world looking to have the best time, so it will be easy to enjoy these parties and make new friends!
  • Plus, each employer will have their own specific perks: resort discounts on food and retail, plus much more!

Where Should I Live in Canada in the Summer?

There are so many amazing destinations during the summer to work in Canada. Have you ever experienced those beautiful blue lakes? Well, what about waking up to one every day! The beauty of Canada is that it offers an amazing summer season that captures so many tourists from all over the world. You will be surprised on how many amazing destinations you can not only work at, but also enjoy as a gateway from your working holiday experience when working in Canada:

  • Tofino: beautiful beaches, old growth forest and surf
  • Kelowna or the Okanagan: BC’s wine region
  • Whistler: BC’s adventure playground with hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, river kayaking, climbing and so much more.
  • Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper: Alberta’s adventure playground! Hiking, kayaking, climbing and generally discovering the Canadian Rockies during the summer.
  • …and many other beautiful Canadian Resorts on the West Coast!

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get During the Summer at a Resort in Canada?

The job positions available during the summer season are very similar to those offered during the winter. The biggest difference is that during the summer, hotels and resorts will have way more activities outdoors. For example, in Whistler you will find the golf court open so hotels like the Fairmont Whistler will be offering jobs as part of their golf course team. The hotels might need staff during the summer for locations that are closed during the winter months, but getting started there will open doors for any potential openings for winter season roles!

Also, during the summer months, there are a lot of activities and rentals close to the hotels such as kayaking, mountain biking, rafting and climbing, with many roles available. Not to forget events that are very seasonal, such as weddings, where you can work as a server to get some extra hours and save more money!

How Warm Does it Get in Canada?

Contrary to popular belief, Canada does get hot. During the summer season, temperatures range from 20 – 30°C and sometimes even reach 40°C depending on where you go. Generally, the coastal areas have more moderate climates while the interior regions like Osoyoos, and the Okanagan Valley in central British Columbia can get really hot in the summer. That’s when it is awesome to enjoy the amazing lakes to cool off for a swim!

How Far Are Hotels and Resorts From the Cities in Canada?

Depending on where you are located, the closest town or city can be as near as 30 minutes (Whistler to Squamish), 90 minutes (Banff to Calgary), or two hours (Lake Louise to Calgary). The one resort destination that is the farthest from a city is Jasper. It is located four hours from Edmonton and five hours from Calgary. However, Jasper is a resort town well equipped with everything you need.

During the summer season it is much easier to connect between resort towns and cities due to the lack of snow. This makes it much easier to travel during your downtime, plus, many hotels offer discounts on their hotels in different cities, so you could stay at a very nice hotel for a very cheap price while visiting!

What Should I Do After the Summer Season?

There is a “shoulder season” where there is not that much work. This is because tourism slows down for a period between the busy ski and summer seasons. This is typically the time of the year that our participants travel around Canada or to the United States, as the rest of the year they are busy working! Even more so now that the travelling restrictions have eased and you can even travel to the USA from Canada, as long as you are fully vaccinated.

If you want to stay to experience Canada’s famous ski season (you definitely should!), we can also secure you a job for the winter season. Read our Canada Ski Working Holiday Guide for more information on working during the winter season.

Our Working Holiday Resort Job for the summer 2022 season is open! As soon as you connect with us, we will email you to arrange an FREE meeting to see how we can help you plan your Canada summer working holiday!