Working at HI Calgary
Living and working in Cowtown
Calgary is frequently described as the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, the alpine gem of Canada, which give a spectacular backdrop to the city. World-famous skiing and towns of Banff and Lake Louise are only a 90-minute scenic drive to the West. If you drive southeast instead, you'll find the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Dinosaur Provincial Park.
Did you know Calgary is often nicknamed Cowtown because of its cowboy traditions? Living here, expect cowboy-themed events culminating every July with the famous 10-day Calgary Stampede, the city's biggest pride that include the world's largest outdoor rodeo.
HI Calgary is located right downtown in the trendy neighborhood of East Village with many attractions, restaurants, museums, shopping malls and nightlife minutes away. If you're looking for a city vibe but close enough to the Rocky Mountains and other natural wonders for a weekend escape, then look no further.
Meet your managers
Jason started working at HI Calgary in 2000 and has worked as a Night Auditor, Front Desk, and Assistant Manager. He is part of Hostelling International Quality Assurance Standards Work Group (HI QAS) and he likes to be active in the community where he works.
In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, working out, running, walking, travelling, watching documentaries, and movies based on real life.
Linda is originally from Mexico and she has been in the hospitality field for 7 years. She started volunteering at HI Calgary in 2019 and worked as a front desk agent in 2020 through the pandemic up until the hostel shut down.
She is an alumni of SAIT with a Hospitality Management diploma. She speaks English, Spanish, and French, and is currently learning Tagalog. She loves meeting all kinds of people from all over the world. In her spare time, she likes to walk her dog, Arturito, go out with friends, read, and go for road trips.
On top of the little freebies like breakfasts and hot drinks, you can expect easy-going shifts and the feeling of being part of a friendly international team. A team that wants to explore Alberta (and Canada) as much as you, and with whom you'll surely have the opportunity to travel and stay at other HI hostels for free - thanks to our FAM trip program.
Bonus: if you're a city person like we are, you'll appreciate the central location of the hostel making it easy for you to explore Calgary every day right after work!
• Free breakfast
• Free coffee and tea
• Free meals during social events for guests
• Discounted tours
• Free FAM trips
• Free Wi-Fi
A favourite pastime in Calgary is floating down the Bow River. It’s a fun and relaxing way to enjoy a hot afternoon, whether it's in a zodiac or a kayak.
Grab a bike and go chase a sunset over the city, or spend the day exploring the city's 8,000 hectares of parkland and natural areas.
Take your car or a bus to the Rockies for the weekend to ski, ride gondolas to breathtaking mountain tops, swim in bright blue lakes, hike in the boreal forest, soak in hot springs, and so much more.