Work in the beautiful Canadian Rockies!
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR) is a family-owned company that has been in the tourism industry since 1986 when they first opened Emerald Lake Lodge. CRMR consists of three upscale boutique lodges – Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Emerald Lake Lodge and Deer Lodge – four unique contemporary restaurants – Bar C, Divino, Cilantro, and The Lake House located in Calgary, a wine store called Bin 905, a game ranch called Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch (CRM Ranch) as well as a state of the art laundry facility and delicious bakery.
Our lodges offer beautiful and unique accommodations in breathtaking surroundings. We offer a retreat to nature, serenity and relaxation to help the weary traveller leave the pressures of a busy world behind. We are surrounded by the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies and our guests and staff enjoy outdoor adventures like skiing, canoeing, whitewater rafting and mountaineering.
Culinary adventurers delight at our signature cuisine. As a result, we’ve been featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetit Canadian Living and at the James Beard Culinary Arts foundation. CRMR is committed to an exceptional culinary experience. We own and operate a game farm – naturally raising elk, bison and caribou to ensure the best game meats available for our tables. Our award-winning wine programs have been featured in Wine Spectator and we are currently pleased to have won multiple medals at the Vancouver International Wine Fest.
(Photo on this page courtesy of Paul Zizka and Banff Lake Louise Tourism)
What it is it like working for Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR)?
Working at CRMR means you are part of the family. As a family run organization, we focus on balancing work with play. We love the Rocky Mountains almost as much as we love sharing our passion with staff and guests, so we hope you will love it too.
Our company is geared towards individuals who enjoy blending outdoor adventure and nature with fine dining, boutique wines and cozy accommodations. Surrounding CRMR’s mountain lodges there are a variety of activities for staff to take part in.
During the winter season, staff often go downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing or dog sledding. During the summer season, staff are often found exploring the Rocky Mountains via hiking or biking trail or white water rafting at an establishment nearby.
At CRMR we also host a variety of staff appreciation events that offer the opportunity to learn how to rock climb, learn about the various hiking trails in the area or to participate in the indoor games at the Banff Centre. Through these activities individuals will improve their team building and leadership skills.
CRMR celebrates mountain culture and we want you to celebrate it with us!
Where would I live while working there?
Dormitory style accommodation is provided for all line staff. Please note that this is a shared room. Subsidized rent will be deducted from your pay cheque in instalments. Shared or single apartments are available for some management positions.
What would it cost?
Dormitory style accommodation and some meals are provided at a cost of $165-$245 biweekly, depending on the property.
What should I pack?
You live at the trailhead and the hiking is world-renowned, so please bring your hiking boots and good outerwear! If you bike, bring one! An alarm clock with battery backup to make sure that you get to work on time is critical.
What kind of activities are there?
We are surrounded by the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Make sure on your days off to take time to enjoy outdoor adventures such as skiing, ice and rock climbing, canoeing, whitewater rafting and hiking.
How many people work at each lodge?
The number of people at each lodge changes seasonally, but the average is usually between 50 and 100.
How old are they?
Most of the line staff are between 18 and 25. Please note that you must be of legal age to live in the staff accommodations. The legal age for Alberta is 18 whereas in B.C., the age is 19.
Do I have to pay for my own transportation?
Yes. All new team members must get to the lodges on their own.
How would I get there?
Driving is an option if you have a car, and parking is available for all staff vehicles. If you decide to fly, it is best to fly in to the Calgary International Airport and then take either a shuttle service such as the Banff Airporter or the Greyhound Bus. The Greyhound makes regular trips to Banff, Lake Louise, and Field. From each respective townsite, it is a short taxi cab ride to the individual lodge.
What about staff uniforms?
A uniform is a requirement in all positions. Your department head may answer any further questions you have regarding this.
What about seasonal vs. year-round jobs?
There are MANY full-time, year-round career positions at CRMR, depending on the position you are applying for and the lodge at which you apply. Please note that we do not have summer positions, only seasonal ones. We typically employ all new seasonal team members based on a contract that ends around Canadian Thanksgiving (mid October). Our human resources manager can assist you with further details.
What are the conditions of employment?
You must be of legal age to live and work at the lodges. For Alberta, the legal age is 18 and B.C. is 19. All CRMR staff must be bondable and willing to provide a clean criminal record check upon employment. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housekeepers and locals from across the Banff Lake Louise area come out in droves to the Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre to participate and cheer on their friends. This is one of the many event/activities that staff at the lodges take part in. Learn More
Buffalo Mountain Lodge’s front desk and food and beverage team went bowling as part of their team building program.