Summer Working Holiday Program

Looking for summer jobs in Canada? Our Summer Resort Working Holiday Program connects participants like you with summer jobs abroad. We will help you obtain your Working Holiday Visa, secure you a guaranteed job at Canada’s top resorts, guaranteed staff housing and much more. You focus on the fun stuff like spending your time-off exploring turquoise lakes, mountains and surfer beaches, we will take care of everything else!

Start Dates

May - June

Duration

5 - 24 months

Cost

From C$1,190

Program Overview | WORK ABROAD SUMMER IN CANADA

Comparing Canada’s summer and winter seasons is like comparing apples to oranges. They’re both completely different, yet utterly incredible. Moreover, jobs for summer in Canada are vast and varied. For instance, you can live and work at a hotel surrounded by vineyards in the Okanagan or work at a five-star resort in the Canadian Rockies. Perhaps you prefer to embrace island life in surfer town Tofino on Vancouver Island. Notably, you’ll be able to spot wildlife out of hibernation, such as bears, wolves and more. Additionally, you’ll get to road-trip to festivals across the country and embrace the ‘patio experience’ across Canada’s bustling cities. Summer in Canada is unbelievably beautiful and draws travellers like yourself from all around the world. Given that it’s so easy to find jobs for summer through Stepwest, you will be sure to meet all sorts of wonderful, like-minded people.

We work with the best resort and hotel employers. Moreover, we work with Whistler, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Kananaskis, Revelstoke, Okanagan, Tofino, and other locations across Canada. Each place has its own unique draws, and we’ll set you up in the place that best suits your interests. The work abroad summer 2024 experience is bound to be epic, so let’s secure some summer holiday jobs and embrace that Canadian summer.

What’s Included

Pre-Departure

  • Working Holiday Visa assistance
  • Interview & resume preparation
  • Guaranteed summer resort job in Canada before travelling
  • Subsidized staff accommodation
  • Guidance on travel insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Dedicated travel coordinator throughout your trip preparation

In Canada

  • Support to make sure you receive your work permit with no mistakes!
  • Welcome orientation
  • Assistance getting your free bank account, SIN, Canadian phone number and everything you need before heading to the resort
  • Transport to the resort
  • Ongoing support throughout your time in Canada

The Fun Stuff!

  • Canada is the capital of outdoor adventure: hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, camping… try them all!
  • Have a true Canadian experience and make lifelong friendships
  • Earn money (C$15/hour upwards!) working full-time
  • See Canada’s best wildlife: black bears, moose, wolves and grizzlies (from a safe distance)

What’s Not Included

Flights, medical insurance, IEC visa and/or work permit application fees, local transportation, food and rent.

Take a look at what a day in the life of a Stepwest Summer Resort Working Holiday participant looks like.

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WHAT TO EXPECT: SUMMER JOBS ABROAD

On a work abroad summer with Stepwest, you can expect nothing less than the adventure of a lifetime. First, you’ll get to find all sorts of jobs for summer to fund your adventures. Second, you’ll have a chance to meet like-minded, adventurous spirits like yourself. Summer in Canada is astoundingly beautiful, drawing travellers from every corner of the world with its diversity of summer holiday jobs. Our working holiday programs are a great way to secure summer holiday jobs, paving the path for your journey into the Canadian way of life.

SUMMER RESORT JOBS IN CANADA

Wondering what you will do? Participants of our program are guaranteed jobs at hotels and resorts at the top summer tourist destinations across Alberta and British Columbia. Our team specializes in securing positions with employers that will help our participants elevate their experience in Canada and grow their future careers. We’ll land you a summer resort job in Canada that aligns with your working holiday goals. This way so, you can make the most of your time in Canada! Who knows, it may even tempt you to stay for a winter season

Summer Resort Jobs May Include:

  • Server
  • Host
  • Busser
  • Bartender
  • Banquet Server
  • Rental Shop Clerk
  • Cashier
  • Cafe and Quick Service Attendant
  • Kitchen Steward
  • Dishwasher
  • Prep Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Cook/Commis 1
  • Cook/Commis 2
  • Sous Chef
  • Chef de Partie
  • Pastry Chef
  • Pastry Cook
  • Room Attendant
  • Housekeeping Leadership
  • Laundry Attendant
  • Front Desk Agent
  • Guest Services Agent
  • Reservation Agent
  • Bell Desk Attendant or Valet
  • Concierge
  • Maintenance Technician
  • …and many more!

Let’s Get Started!

There’s a reason the early bird catches the worm. You may apply at any time of the year, however, the earlier you start planning, the better. If you are considering applying to one of our Resort Working Holiday Programs, the latest we typically accept applications are as follows:

Summer 2024: Until March 2024.
Winter 2024: Until May 2024.

Get in touch to start planning your working holiday in Canada.

To participate you must have at least an intermediate English language level and be available for at least four months and for up to 24 months (only for some countries). Please check our Eligibility page to see if you are eligible to participate.

WHERE TO GO ON YOUR WORK ABROAD SUMMER

 

Whistler:

Nestled in the heart of the Coast Mountains, Whistler is a world-renowned resort town, celebrated for its breathtaking mountain scenery and myriad outdoor adventures. Specifically, known for its iconic ski slopes, Whistler transforms into a mountain biking and hiking paradise during the Canada summer. Notably, you can explore the charming Whistler Village, with its vibrant energy and activities. Consequently, kickstart your work abroad summer! Our hassle-free job placements are perfect for funding your adventures. Whether it’s working in a cozy mountain lodge, a lively restaurant, or at an outdoor equipment rental shop, we have the perfect job for you. By doing so, you can make the most of your summer in Canada and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Banff:

Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of Banff, a jewel within the Canadian Rockies. Notably, Banff National Park offers unparalleled beauty with turquoise lakes, majestic mountains, and abundant wildlife. Specifically, in winter, you can hit the slopes at world-class ski resorts, while summer beckons for hiking, wildlife spotting, and exploration. Consequently, summer holiday jobs are the perfect way to experience the charm of Banff Avenue, which is lined with shops and restaurants. Moreover, Banff offers a great many options when it comes to summer jobs abroad. For example, you can find opportunities in hospitality, tourism, or outdoor activities, allowing you to fully embrace the magic of a Canadian summer in Banff while working a job you enjoy. By doing so, you can make the most of your summer in Canada and gain valuable work experience while surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies.

 

Jasper:

Jasper is nestled within the vast wilderness of Jasper National Park, this stunning place promises a serene escape surrounded by towering peaks, glaciers, and pristine lakes. Notably, visitors can explore the awe-inspiring Maligne Canyon, witness the stunning Athabasca Falls, and marvel at the iconic Columbia Icefield. Additionally, during the summer, you can embark on scenic hikes and wildlife excursions, while winter transforms the landscape into a skiing and snowboarding haven. Consequently, securing a summer work abroad job in Jasper is one of the best ways to fully embrace this natural wonderland. By doing so, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the Rockies and gain valuable work experience while enjoying the great outdoors.

Lake Louise:

Located in the heart of the Rockies, Lake Louise captivates travellers from around the world with its turquoise waters, glistening glaciers, and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. When it comes to having an unforgettable Canadian summer, Lake Louise offers a picture-perfect backdrop. If you stay for the winter, you’ll experience a different world. With the lake frozen in winter, it transforms into a skating paradise! Use your work abroad summer to explore the trails around the lake in summer. Make your Lake Louise adventure a reality by securing one of our hassle-free summer jobs abroad, and allow yourself to work and fund your exploration in this mountain paradise.

Kananaskis:

Another truly stunning destination is the rugged beauty of Kananaskis, a pristine wilderness area offering a tranquil escape from the bustling city life. Here, you can explore dense forests, sparkling lakes, and towering peaks. Kananaskis Country invites outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe with its network of hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails. Our summer holiday jobs ensure you can enjoy this natural paradise without worries. Whether you find employment at a cozy lodge, an outdoor adventure company, or a charming local eatery, it will be the time of your life.

Revelstoke:

Nestled between the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges, Revelstoke is an absolute gem for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Although mostly known for its epic ski slopes and vibrant community spirit, Revelstoke offers a unique blend of excitement and charm that continues into the Canada summer. Specifically, this winter wonderland also offers various summer job opportunities for those seeking seasonal employment, making it a good option for finding jobs for summer!

The Okanagan:

The Okanagan Valley is famous for its lush vineyards, warm climate, and stunning lakes. Consequently, it is a paradise for wine enthusiasts and outdoor lovers alike. Notably, whether you’re sipping local wines or exploring the region’s hiking trails, the Okanagan promises a diverse range of experiences. Moreover, the keyword here is “diversity,” which extends into the realm of summer jobs. For instance, can you imagine immersing yourself in the region’s vibrant culture? Or picture yourself working in a local winery or serving guests in a lakeside restaurant. Ultimately, you can do all that on a work abroad summer, all while funding your exploration of Okanagan’s multifaceted beauty. By doing so, you can gain valuable work experience and make the most of your summer in Canada, surrounded by the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture of the Okanagan Valley.

Tofino:

Tofino, located on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, is both a surfer’s paradise and a haven for nature lovers, and anyone seeking a coastal escape. Notably, Tofino is known for its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and vibrant marine life. This gorgeous location offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation. Moreover, Tofino is not just a destination, but a sustainable coastal retreat. In fact, picture yourself working in a seaside café or guiding kayaking tours, surrounded by the raw beauty of the Pacific Ocean. With our assistance, Tofino becomes a place where you can find jobs for summer, allowing you to both work and immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Canada’s West Coast.

Want More?

Ski Working Holiday

Imagine spending your winter days off experiencing mind-blowing mountain adventures in Canada’s best ski resorts. We’ll secure you a ski season job in Canada with accommodation - before you arrive!

Vancouver Working Holiday

Combine cosmopolitan city life with some of Canada’s best wilderness on our Vancouver Working Holiday program. With the help of our Vancouver-based team, you'll be living like a local in no time!

Optional Services

We want you to arrive in Canada stress-free and fully prepared. We offer things like tax returns, English study and medical insurance, so that you can arrive in Canada ready to hit the ground running.

FAQs

How do I get a job in Canada just for the summer?

On our Summer Working Holiday program, we will guarantee you a resort job with discounted accommodation in Canada’s top tourism destinations – before you leave! This makes your work abroad summer much easier to arrange.

Want to learn more? Check out our Canada Summer Working Holiday Guide.

Where can I work in Canada for the summer?

There are so many amazing destinations to work jobs for summer in Canada. Have you ever experienced those beautiful blue lakes? Well, what about waking up to one every day? You could work in:

  • 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

Plus so many other beautiful Canadian resorts on the West Coast! Use a work abroad summer 2024 for discover Canada’s incredible beauty.

What type of summer jobs can I get in Canada?

Our jobs are normally available all year round. The only specification of the summer is that you will find more positions outdoors. For example, the restaurants will open their patios, you can work for a golf course in Whistler, or close to a lake in Banff where there are kayak rentals, and so on.

Also, during the summer months, there are a lot of activities and rentals close to the hotels such as 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 much does a summer job pay in Canada?

As a baseline, the minimum wage in British Colombia is CAD $15.35 and CAD $15 in Alberta. That being said, the amount you earn in Canada will depend on the number of hours you work, the job, the industry, the location, and so on.

Can I get a job in Canada with no experience?

There are openings for all types of roles, from entry-level positions for candidates who might have a weaker English level and not much experience, to roles for professionals in hospitality! Summers are such a busy time for resorts and hotels that we will definitely find the right summer holiday job for you.

Can I work in Canada for three months?

While there is no set time you can work in Canada, most summer jobs will require you to work the entire summer season, which lasts around six months. Remember that the Working Holiday visa is a one-time deal, so take advantage of your time in Canada! Trust us, the time will fly by!

How easy is it to commute to the cities in Canada during summer?

Very easy! 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 Canada 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!

When do I need to apply for a summer working holiday in Canada?

As soon as you know that you want to spend the summer in Canada! The sooner the better, because you will be eligible for more roles. The closer you get to the summer season the fewer positions will be available, so if you can start your application in April, resorts and hotels will already be hiring.

Am I guaranteed a summer resort job with staff accommodation?

Yes! All our potential employers for the summer season provide staff housing or accommodation to our participants, and we will help you arrange everything regarding this.

What are my options after the summer season?

If you want to stay to experience Canada’s famous ski season (you definitely should!), we can inform your employer that you would like to stay longer and that way they can count on you for the winter season! Want to know more? Check out our Ski Resort Working Holiday program.

You could also change the scenery and decide to move to a different province or city. Remember that your working holiday permit is an open work permit, so you can work anywhere in Canada. Do we recommend you stay more than one season? Absolutely! A working holiday is only once in a lifetime experience, so make sure to make the most of it!