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The Do's and Don'ts of Mountain Staff Housing

Perhaps one of the most important questions you'll face before beginning your new job in the mountains is: What will my living situation be like? Followed closely by: What should I pack? The fantastic aspect of working in Fairmont's Canadian Western Mountain Region is the availability of subsidized staff accommodation right at your hotel! With a short commute to work, the opportunity to build a community with some of your closest colleagues, and a vibe that almost feels like summer camp, it certainly sounds like an enjoyable place to call home for the season. 


Fairmont is committed to ensuring that we adequately prepare you for your arrival and guarantee your comfort upon reaching your destination. At each of our properties in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Whistler, a dedicated team ensures that your arrival experience proceeds seamlessly. Upon signing your official job offer letter, you will receive detailed information regarding your accommodation, room specifications, on-site arrival procedures, an essential packing list, information about amenities beyond the hotel, and more! Before delving into these details, however, we aim to provide you with an insider's perspective on the do's and don'ts of navigating your new staff housing. 


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Staff Housing Do's

  • Answer any Housing Questionnaires Honestly - If you are a quiet person, make sure you let us know on your Housing Questionnaire form so we can try to match you up with like-minded people. Alternatively, if you are a social person, let us know so we can match you up with other social butterflys.

  • Blanket or Duvet – Bedding will be provided to you, however it can make your room feel homier having a blanket of your own. Feel free to bring your owning bedding entirely if that’s your preference. 

  • Décor! – Make sure to bring some small items to spruce up your place and make it feel a little more like home.  

  • Flip flops & Shower Caddy – Depending on which accommodation you are located in, these items may be useful when using the facilities. 

  • Bring a fan – Those summer nights can get warm and having a fan handy in your room is the perfect way to cool off.  

  • Essential Packing Items – Laundry bag, ear plugs, dishware – cups, plates, bowls, cutlery, pots & pans – swimsuit, headphones, bath/beach towel, power bar, devices and chargers, and any other of your essential items.  

  • Be respectful of your roommates and community members.  

  • Remember any items or equipment you might want for outdoor activities – hiking boots, backpack, hammock, tent, rollerblades, etc. 

  • Ask all the questions! The more you know moving to your new home the better, be sure to ask as many questions as you need to help get yourself prepared. 

Staff Housing Don'ts

  • Over pack – Especially if you are only joining us for one season, make it easy on yourself and only pack the essential items. 

  • Get too close to the wildlife – Part of living in the mountains means living amongst nature. If you see wildlife outside your front door, be sure not to get too close and never feed the wildlife. 

  • Leave any food or garbage outside your home. This can attract wildlife and be very harmful should an animal get into it. 

  • Miss the Northern Lights – Depending on where you are living, it’s not uncommon that you might catch a glimpse at the extraordinary Northern Lights right from your staff housing. Download the “My Aurora” app from any app store and get notifications for when you can expect a magnificent display of colourful light across the night sky. 

  • Try and fix maintenance issues on your own – Leaky faucet? Need a window covering fixed? Don’t worry about making these changes yourself, our maintenance teams have you covered and tend to all of our tenants’ maintenance needs.

Living where you work offers a truly unique experience, especially amidst the stunning mountains of Western Canada. Imagine your favorite activities just outside your doorstep, a vibrant and close-knit community, and affordable subsidized housing—all integral parts of the experience when working for Fairmont's Canadian Western Mountain Region.


Ready for an adventure? Visit to learn more about what it's like to live, work and play in Fairmont's Mountain Region.


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