Living & Working at

HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre

Live and work in a cozy mountain chalet!

HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre is full of rustic charm right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies for an epic live-work experience. Often referred to as a hidden gem, our on-site Bill Peyto's Café is a favourite among locals. In the winter, head to the world-renowned Lake Louise Ski Resort just five minutes away, or access cross-country ski trails right out the hostel doors. In summer, hike and explore to your heart's content. We offer more than just a job, we offer an experience and memories that will last a lifetime, plus subsidized housing (including free wifi), relaxed working environment and free access to tons of activities and rental equipment! Did we mention the free stays at HI Canada hostels, including our Icefields Parkway wilderness hostels and ACC huts? Whether it’s the beautiful scenery or the magic of the Lake itself, the mountains are calling.

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Meet your managers

Linda Dip, General Manager

Linda has been with HI for 20+ years and has been the General Manager of HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre since 2006. Linda is responsible for the overall operation of the hostel, including our on-site restaurant Bill Peyto's. Linda enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, skiing and spending time with her family and dog.

Dinh Khanh, Assistant Manager

Dinh joined the HI Lake Louise team in November 2022, when he moved to the mountains for his first ski season ever - enjoying every single day of it. In the summer, he likes to bike around or go hiking on his days off. If he's not outside, you can assume Dinh is either gaming or reading.

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Staff Accommodation

We offer the most affordable staff accommodation in Lake Louise! Our staff accommodations are a shared living space, fully furnished and equipped with all the necessities you will need including free wifi. We have great views of the mountains and so many fun adventures are minutes from your doorstep. Staff are welcome to use the pool table, ping pong table or sauna at the hostel. Our staff love having BBQ dinners and using the communal firepit outside of our accommodations.

Cost: $7/day in a shared room, $12/day for a private room (subject to availability)

  • Fully furnished
  • The best staff accommodation in town—with great quality!
  • Free laundry
  • Free wifi
  • Free cleaning supplies
  • Access to hostel pool table, ping pong table and sauna
  • Short walk to the village centre with a grocery store and more
  • Free stays at HI Canada hostels and ACC huts
  • 40% discount at our on-site restaurant

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Live your best life

in Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a small community in Banff National Park, folks are drawn to the town for the opportunity to explore the outdoors rather than the amenities. There is a local medical centre, a small market for essentials, a liquor store and a few bars, but the people come to live in Lake Louise for the proximity to nature. From skiing to hiking there are activities for every season. More about what to do in Banff and Lake Louise.


There are tons of trails to explore all around Lake Louise, from the iconic strolls around the lake and up to the tea house to the lesser-known routes that you'll only discover once you've been here for a bit (we'll be sure to share our favourites when you arrive).


Lake Louise Ski Resort is only about a five-minute drive from the hostel and offers the best skiing in the Rockies (as least as far as we're concerned). There's also a shuttle that picks up and drops off right at the hostel.


Lake Louise is more than just the lake. In fact, the hostel is right in Lake Louise Village, and while it's a small place, it's got almost everything you need including a grocery store, liquor store and a medical centre and more.


Lake Louise is at the southern end of the world-famous Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the world. There's a ton to explore along the 3ish-hour drive to Jasper, including HI's wilderness hostels, which staff can stay at for free.

Hear it From Our Staff

"Living and working in the mountains has honestly been a dream! The location is stunning, the staff are one huge family and I get to work at one of most rewarding jobs I've ever had. I couldn't have chosen a better place to be!"
- Micayla, Front desk agent

"This is the best hostel I've ever worked at. I love living and working here in the beautiful mountains. I love working for HI because they seem to care about their employees and treat us well."
- Andrew, Maintenance Manager

"This is a great place to work because everyone is so friendly, welcoming and helpful. It's a good working environment because we have great teamwork and I love the relaxed atmosphere. I also love the healthy environment I live in."
- Marvin, MIT Cook