Canada’s Ski Towns
Whistler, British Columbia
If you live for the snow, look no further than Whistler — a small town with a big mountain.
Whistler-Blackcomb attracts an international crowd to its snow-covered slopes, and in the sunny summertime, the area still hums with tourists, creating job opportunities year-round. If you’re looking for investment property, Whistler has a huge market in second homes as well.
With Vancouver, Whistler co-hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Whistler relocation resources:
- WelcomeBC: Everything you need to know about immigrating to British Columbia
- British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide
- Municipality of Whistler website
- Whistler Listing System: Real estate listings in the Whistler area
- Realty Link: Homes for sale in Whistler and surrounding communities
- Whistler Employment Resources: Information about working in Whistler, plus job listings.
- WorkBC: Overview of the job search process and links to job-hunting resources throughout British Columbia. For more job search resources, see Finding a Job.
- Invest British Columbia: Resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners
- Health Insurance BC: How to apply for health insurance in British Columbia
- Whistler public schools
- Getting around Whistler: Whistler Transit System
- Whistler media: Pique Newsmagazine, Whistler Question
Banff and Canmore, Alberta
It’s hard not to gush about the Canadian Rockies. Even when you’ve seen photos of the snow-capped peaks, crystal-blue lakes, and towering evergreens, it still doesn’t prepare you for being up close and personal with these iconic mountains. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Rocky Mountains, keep a second home here, or just come for an extended visit, you’re, well, lucky.
Located inside Banff National Park, the town of Banff has about 7,500 year-round residents, more than half of whom work in a tourism-related occupation. About 25 kilometers (15 miles) to the southeast is the town of Canmore. Because housing within the town of Banff is restricted due to its park location, many people working in, or regularly visiting, the Banff area are choosing Canmore as their base.
Banff and Canmore relocation resources:
- Alberta Immigration: Everything you need to know about immigrating to Alberta
- Welcome to Alberta/Information for Newcomers
- Town of Banff website
- Town of Canmore website
- Finding Accommodation in Banff: Tips for newcomers on locating apartments and short-term accommodation
- Banff “Need to Reside Requirement”: Outlines who is allowed to live in Banff
- Renting or Buying a Home in Alberta: Government resource with links to lots of information about renting or buying property
- Realtor.ca: Real estate listings in Banff-Canmore (and across Canada)
- Working in Banff: Overview of the job search process and links to job-hunting resources in and around Banff. For more job search resources, see Finding a Job.
- Job Resource Centre: Career resources for helping people find employment in Banff and Canmore
- Banff Jobs Board: Job listings for Banff, Canmore, and nearby communities
- Alberta Health and Wellness: How to apply for health insurance in Alberta
- Banff-Canmore schools: Banff Elementary School, Banff Community High School, Canadian Rockies Public Schools
- Getting around Banff: Banff Public Transit
- Banff-Canmore media: Banff Crag & Canyon, Canmore Leader, Rocky Mountain Outlook
Most people who’ve heard of Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains know the area for Mont-Tremblant. The largest ski resort in eastern North America, Mont-Tremblant isn’t only the playground of Montrealers, who can be on the slopes in less than two hours; it also attracts skiers from around the world.
Beyond Mont-Tremblant, though, the Laurentians offer everything from artsy villages to weekend getaways to the largest national park in Quebec. The top outdoor recreation destination in the province, the Laurentians typically draw over two million visitors a year, making tourism the major source of jobs. If you’re looking to settle, buy a second home, or start a business in an active, outdoorsy region with plenty of services and amenities, all within an easy drive of Montreal, have a look at the Laurentians.
Mont-Tremblant relocation resources:
- Quebec Immigration: Everything you need to know about immigrating to Quebec
- Learning about Québec: Quebec newcomers’ guide
- Town of Mont-Tremblant website
- Tourisme Laurentides: Tourism information for the Laurentians region
- Tremblant Real Estate: Real estate listings for the Tremblant ski report
- Realtor.ca: Real estate listings in Mont-Tremblant and other Laurentian communities (and across Canada)
- Tremblant Jobs: Job listings for the Tremblant ski resort. For more job search resources, see Finding a Job.
- Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec: How to apply for health insurance in Quebec
- Quebec Ministry of Education, Leisure, and Sports: Overview of Quebec’s educational system, including information about who qualifies for instruction in English
- English-language schools in the Laurentians: Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board
- Getting around Mont-Tremblant and the Laurentians: Ville de Mont-Tremblant Public Transit, Mont-Tremblant Resort Bus & Shuttle Services, Transport Collectif Intermunicipal de Laurentides (regional bus service; French only website)
- Mont-Tremblant-area English-language media: Montreal Gazette, Tremblant Express
– Excerpted (in part) from the book, Living Abroad in Canada. To read more, buy the book.
Banff photo ©Carolyn B. Heller