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5 Frequently Asked Questions about Living & Working in the Mountains

Living in Canada's Western Mountain Region is an experience unlike any other. Embraced by nature's grandeur—majestic peaks and serene glacial lakes—making yourself at home here will feel more natural than you anticipated.

Relocating to an entirely new place might seem daunting, yet it doesn't have to be. Our aim is to ease your transition into this breathtaking locale. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to serve as your compass as you prepare to become part of the Fairmont family.

How close is the nearest city?

The proximity of each Fairmont location in the mountains determines its nearest city. Opting for Banff or Lake Louise places you closest to Calgary—just 1 hour and 30 minutes from Banff and 2 hours from Lake Louise. Should the allure of the west coast beckon and Whistler becomes your choice, Vancouver stands as the closest major city, a mere 1 hour and 40 minutes away. For those drawn to the rugged landscapes of Jasper, Edmonton emerges as the nearest city, positioned 3 hours and 30 minutes away. However, the neighboring town of Hinton, a mere 45-minute drive, offers access to a diverse range of stores and amenities.

Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver boast International Airports, simplifying travel arrangements—be it for a visit back home or jet-setting to other Fairmont properties worldwide. Concerned about getting to the city? Fear not! Each of these four mountain towns provides transportation options, including bus and train services, ensuring convenient access for your travel needs.


Questions about living in the Canadian Mountains

How do you get around if you don’t have a car?

Thankfully, you needn't own your own vehicle to fully appreciate the beauty of mountain living. Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Whistler boast exceptional transit systems and shuttle services, ensuring seamless navigation of your new surroundings. Moreover, each of our incredible Fairmont mountain resorts offers a range of staff activities, including hiking, canoeing, biking, and much more. We've streamlined the process, making it effortlessly accessible for you to enjoy it all! While having access to your own vehicle certainly has its benefits, it's not a necessity when working and living in the mountains.

FAQ living in Canadian Rockies

Do you offer staff housing?

Yes! Each of our four mountain properties offers a range of staff housing options. You'll discover that the housing styles and layouts differ across the locations, yet all are equally affordable. The choices vary based on seniority and type of role, and you'll find that each resort excels in fostering a close-knit community. One of the great advantages of having staff housing is the minimal commute. Regardless of the hotel you choose, you're within walking distance from work—talk about convenience!


What kind of weather should I expect?

Whether you're a born-and-raised Canadian or arriving from a distant corner of the world, the mountains here are unlike any other place you've encountered. Due to the diverse landscapes and terrains, Canadian mountains showcase a wide spectrum of weather conditions.

In Canada, winter typically spans from November to March, especially in the mountains, where temperatures can fluctuate significantly. Days occasionally hover just above zero degrees Celsius, while the heart of winter can bring substantial temperature drops. Yes, we've seen temperatures plummet to -35 degrees, but don't be disheartened—such extreme temperatures aren't constant throughout winter.

Summer in the mountains is a truly unique experience. The radiant sunshine and warm temperatures revive the stunning colors of our glacier-fed lakes, painting the green forests across the mountains and prompting the return of wildlife after a lengthy winter hiatus.

Winter in Lake Louise

Are there any wildlife concerns I should be aware of?

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, perhaps not tigers in the Canadian mountains, but we do have mountain lions and a variety of bear species. Regardless of which Fairmont property in the mountains becomes your home, abundant wildlife awaits; after all, you're nestled in the heart of nature.

But fear not! There are numerous precautions you can take to ensure effective wildlife safety in any situation. When exploring the outdoors, it's wise to carry bear spray at all times—despite its name, it serves as a deterrent for various wildlife, not just bears. It's also advisable to venture in groups and avoid areas flagged by Parks Canada as unsafe due to wildlife activity.

While Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Whistler each encounter slightly different animal species, rest assured, you'll receive detailed wildlife safety guidance upon your arrival to ensure your safety and understanding.

Undoubtedly, countless questions may be racing through your mind as you gear up for your inaugural move to the Canadian mountains, but hopefully this information serves as a solid foundation in preparing you for your arrival. If you have further questions, please review our jobs websites at each property; Fairmont Banff Springs | Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Fairmont Chateau Whistler.


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