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Canada Gap Year Destination Guide

Toronto, CanadaCanada is undoubtedly a place where people go for the outdoors lifestyle. Because of the cold winters (and even summer nights are chilly) the weather is ideal for winter sports. During the other seasons the lakes and coast are perfect for water sports, and the vast national parks make great places for hiking and camping. However, if your idea of a good hike is getting from your hostel to the nearest bar, Canada’s cities offer plenty to keep you occupied.

Gap Years Working in Canada

To work legally in Canada on a temporary basis you must get a work permit or visa. The simplest kind of visa to get (and realistically the only kind available if you want to combine working and travelling) is on the Student General Working Holiday Programme (SGWHP). You can apply for this yourself, but as you have to sort out a job before you apply it is very hard to do. It is much easier for BUNAC to process SGWHP applications for you. BUNAC charge a fee for doing this, but it means you can then arrive in Canada without having a job lined up in advance.

If you want to find out more about jobs in Canada and the type of work available on a gap year then visit our dedicated gap year jobs in Canada section.


Companies that can help you find gap work in Canada


The Winter Sports Company

Qualify to work in a ski resort - All-inclusive ski patrol courses, ski instructor courses, snowboard instructor courses and exclusive instructor internships with up to 16 weeks paid work with the Snow School guaranteed.

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BUNAC Working Adventures Worldwide


Ontario, Alberta and British Colombia…three Canadian states offering amazing opportunities for up to 24 months! Take your Gap Year with BUNAC this year and have your living and work all set up before you leave the UK!

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Trek America

Trek America

With year round departures and over 50 unique “road trips” from 3 to 64 days, TrekAmerica guarantees you the freedom of the open road and the adventure of a lifetime!

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EA Ski & Snowboard

EA Ski & Snowboard

Get paid to ski or snowboard and enjoy the ultimate Gap year on snow! EA Ski & Snowboard Training offer the only way you can combine training, instructor certifications and a guaranteed instructor job offer - all in one season! Package also includes lift passes, accommodation and more. (Instructor Internship Programs)

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Timberline Academby Canadian Alpine Academy Canada

Timberline Academy

Timberline Academy is a full-service outdoor adventure school offering unique Gap Year experiences in Banff National Park. Timberline clients engage in skills training programs related to ski/snowboard instruction, mountain rescue, wilderness first aid, avalanche safety and are able to earn industry certifications and university/college credits in the process.

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Useful Advice and Information on Travelling in Canada

We have put together general information about taking a gap year in Canada to ensure that you can make the most of a working holiday there. Information includes:

City Guides to CanadaCity Guides to Canada

Read our city guides to Banff, Toronto, Whistler, Montreal and Quebec City and learn about the cities and what there is to do in each one as well as finding out useful accommodation information.

AccommodationAccommodation in Canada

Canada offers many accommodation options for all budgets and is a backpackers dream with affordable hostels and campsites.

Getting AroundGetting Around Canada

Travellers often underestimate the size of Canada and are unaware of the amount of time that it can take to travel from one place to the next. Read our getting around guide to make sure you are clued up and fully prepared for your Canadian gap year adventure.

FlightsFlights to Canada

Find out about flying to Canada and the main international airports.

Banff National ParkTop Things To Do in Canada

Take a look at our suggested things to do in Canada including visiting an Underground City in Montreal and Canada's first ever National Park in Banff.

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