While there’s plenty of fun to be had in the famous ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb, the sheer number of Australians living there at any given time makes it difficult to tell whether or not you’ve actually left Australia (apart from all the snow, of course).
Part of the World Heritage Listed Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park offers one of the most spectacular and truly Canadian experiences of any town. There’s some of Canada’s best skiing to be found at Sunshine Village ski resort, not to mention plenty of jobs for travellers.
Banff also enjoys one of the longest ski seasons in North America, lasting from early November to late May. Don’t leave when the snow dries up, though. In summer, soak up the amazing mountain scenery, get up close and personal with wildlife and try a few new activities like rock climbing, mountain biking and white water rafting.
Another great place to work is Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia. Known for its ‘champagne powder’ and challenging terrain, Kicking Horse is perfect for those with plenty of skiing or snowboarding experience looking for their next challenge. Both seasonal and year-round work is available, with jobs ranging from bartending and retail to ski instructing and maintenance.
The town centre of Golden is just 20 minutes away and Banff about 1.5 hours, so you’re never too far from a change of scenery if desired. The area is also home to a Grizzly Bear Refuge and a Wolf Centre, both of which run important conservation programs and are well worth a visit.
While Vancouver Island may not be somewhere that springs to mind when you think of ski areas, there’s actually a brilliant one here in the form of Mount Washington. Featuring not only world class terrain parks but also a renowned snow school, fun activities like snow tubing and night skiing, and a jam-packed calendar of events, Mount Washington is all about variety.
The end of winter means even more action, with a bike park, scenic chairlift, alpine hiking, mini golf and a bungee trampoline all on offer over summer. To make the employment process a little easier, the resort has a great HR website with a handy online registration system and an up-to-date list of all available jobs.
Do yourself a favour and try one of these great alternatives to Whistler for an exciting Canada working holiday experience.
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Author: Simon Byrne+ is a travel addict whose true passion is living and working in foreign countries, immersing himself as deeply as possible in the local way of life. Add a touch of adventure to the equation and you have Simon’s ideal holiday.