So you want to go on a working holiday in Banff National Park and hunt for a job? You could scour the internet for job boards, but you could also read this article, which will save you lots of time because I did the research for you. I listed the major employment boards and employers’ websites for your reference. Happy applying!
Getting a job shouldn’t be too challenging in Banff or Lake Louise. Every summer and winter, there are literally hundreds of seasonal positions available.
While shop and restaurant owners often simply put a sign in the window indicating that they’re hiring, most employers post their job openings also online. This allows you to start applying before arriving in Banff or Lake Louise. Hurray for modern technology!
In this post, you’ll find employers for various categories in alphabetical order. You can access their employment listings by clicking the links. Let’s check it out.
Here are a few websites where you can find seasonal jobs in Lake Louise and Banff in Banff National Park:
- Banffjobs.com – This website is specifically for job listings in Banff National Park and the surrounding area.
- Indeed.ca – the Canadian version of the Indeed job search engine that lists jobs from various sources.
- LinkedIn.com – A professional networking site that allows you to search for jobs in your area.
Check these websites regularly. Job listings are updated daily.
I wrote an extensive post about the ins and outs about seasonal work in Banff. I highly recommend reading it if you’re considering working in Banff. Just click the link.
While Banff’s employers advertise on the big job boards listed above, it’s a good idea to check their own websites, as you might discover many more interesting job listings.
Here is a list of businesses. I organized them by industry, including hotels, restaurants, ski resorts, shops, etc.
Listed below are hotels and hotel collectives sorted by accommodation in Banff and Lake Louise/Moraine Lake.
- Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit – The Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit owns two hotels in Banff: The Elk + Avenue Hotel and the Mount Royal Hotel, both on Banff Avenue.
- Banff Lodging Co – Banff Lodging Co owns eleven (!) hotels in the town of Banff, including the Banff Ptarmigan Inn, the Dorothy Motel, the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, the Rundlestone Lodge, the Red Carpet Inn, Irwin’s Mountain Inn, the Fox Hotel & Suites, the Moose Hotel & Suites, the Hidden Ridge Resort, the Rocky Mountain Resort and the Tunnel Mountain Resort. It’s one of the most prominent employers in Banff.
- Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Spa – A full-service hotel and spa located close to the center of the town of Banff
- Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR) – CRMR owns two hotels in Banff, including the Buffalo Mountain Lodge and the Deer Lodge. CRMR also owns the Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise.
- Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets – The Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets is a full-service hotel with standard rooms and spacious, multi-bedroom chalets on Tunnel Mountain.
- Fairmont – Fairmont owns the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. It’s the most prominent hotel in the park. Expect lots of job openings here.
- Juniper Hotel & Bistro – Hotel near the road to Norquay Mountain. Not in Banff, but not far from it.
- Rimrock Resort Hotel – After The Banff Springs and Château Lake Louise, the most luxurious hotel in the park. This large resort is hotel situated on Sulphur Moutain and is known for its exquisite dining opportunities.
- Fairmont – Fairmont owns the Fairmont Château Lake Louise. It’s one of the most prominent hotels in the park. Expect lots of job openings here.
- Mountaineer Lodge – The Mountaineer Lodge is in the heart of Lake Louise Village.
- Moraine Lake Lodge – The Moraine Lake Lodge is one of the most luxurious hotels in the park. It’s located right by Moraine Lake.
- Post Hotel & Spa: The Post Hotel & Spa is a luxurious hotel situated in the Village of Lake Louise. It’s also owned by CRMR.
Types of jobs: bell person, room attendant, laundry attendant, front desk agent, event setup attendant, in-room dining server, overnight cleaner, van driver, steward, dining reservations agent, assistant front desk manager, cafeteria attendant, concierge, retail sales associate, shipper/receiver.
Want a comprehensive overview of (most of) the hotels in Banff National Park? Read the ultimate guide to hotels in Banff.
Restaurants / Bars
Below I listed several restaurants that hire seasonal workers. Under the heading “Hotels” above, you can find links to job openings at hotels with restaurants such as the Banff Springs, Château Lake Louise, and Rimrock Resort.
- Banff Hospitality Collective – The Banff Hospitality Collective owns fifteen (!) restaurants in Banff. If you aim to work in a restaurant, check them out. Most times of the year, they have lots of job openings. Their restaurants include Bluebird, Lupo, High Rollers, the Bison, The Maple Leaf Grill, Chuck’s Steakhouse, Hello Sunshine, The Eddie, 3 Bears, The Magpie & Stump/El Patio, Park Distillery, The Bear Street Tavern, Dancing Sasquatch, and Balkan.
- Evelyn’s Coffee Bar – Evelyn’s Coffee Bar is a Dutch-owned Starbucks equivalent offering its own twist to a coffee bar.
- Old Spaghetti Restaurant – The Old Spaghetti Restaurant is an Italian food franchise with a large restaurant in the Cascade Mall in downtown Banff.
- Starbucks – Starbucks is the world’s most famous coffee franchise, and Banff has three of them.
- McDonald’s – McDonald’s in Banff is located right on Banff Avenue, in the heart of the shopping district.
* Mountain Restaurant – The Mountain Restaurant is located in Lake Louise Village and owns the Javalanche Cafe and the local Shell gas station.
Types of jobs: line cook, kitchen steward, server, dishwasher, bartender, barista, cleaner, food runner, shift leader.
Want a comprehensive overview of (most of the) restaurants in Banff? Then read the ultimate guide to restaurants in Banff.
In winter, Banff National Park is a winter sports paradise. With three ski resorts within its borders, ski and snowboard enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the park. And this means lots of seasonal work. Here are the three ski resorts:
- Norquay Mountain – Close to the town of Banff, the smallest of the three.
- Lake Louise – Close to the Village of Lake Louise, the biggest of the three.
- Sunshine Village – Quite close to the Town of Banff but the most remote of the three.
Types of jobs: daycare attendant, hotel base agent, hotel room attendant, resort services custodian, bus driver, slope groomer, bus host, beginner area supervisor, outlet supervisor, ski and snowboard instructor, and lift attendant.
There are many shops in Banff and Lake Louise. It goes too far to list them all here. Additionally, most businesses simply post a sign in their store window indicating that they are hiring rather than actively advertising their job positions.
- Hudson’s Bay – The Hudson’s Bay Company is a big department store in the middle of Banff Avenue.
- Lululemon – Franchise formula in athletic apparel, situated in the middle of the Banff Avenue shopping district.
- Standish Home Hardware – Standish Home Hardware is a do-it-yourself franchise formula, located in the center of Banff.
- UNLTD Boardshop – The UNLTD Boardshop is specialized in anything snowboarding.
- CMH Heli & Skiing Adventures – CMH Heli & Skiing Adventures sells exciting and extraordinary adventures. Located in the center of Banff.
- Patagonia – Patagonia is a shop for outdoor sports on Banff Avenue.
Types of jobs: sales associate, assistant store manager.
The businesses listed below provide a wide range of positions that don’t necessarily fall into the categories described above.
- Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity – A world-renowned arts and cultural center that offers a wide range of programs and services, including performances and conferences.
- Banfflakelouise.com – The Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau operates this website. It lists job opportunities in the tourism industry in the area.
- Banff Jasper Collection – Banff Jasper Collection is a part of Pursuit. This company serves tourists with “inspiring and unforgettable experiences in iconic places”.
- Parkscanada.gc.ca – Parks Canada operates Banff National Park, and they have a website that lists job opportunities.
Types of jobs: recreation facility staff, building services worker, tour guide, guest experience manager, shipping and receiving clerk, sightseeing transportation coordinator, sales manager, reservations agent, cashier, lifeguard, plumber, park warden, internet content and new media officer, and visitor facilities attendant.
Please note that this article is not exhaustive, and it’s always good to check the website of the employer(s) of your interest.
Many employers listed above provide staff accommodation. If you want to read everything you need to know about staff accommodation, click the link.