Due to our remote location, the Columbia Icefield is unique in that all employees of the Glacier Adventure, Glacier Skywalk, and Glacier View Inn live on-site in staff accommodations. Pursuit subsidises staff housing, with your portion of the cost being payroll deducted.
All of our staff reside in the “Ice Palace”, a 100-unit, two-story building. The facility includes coin-operated washers and dryers, and WiFi is accessible within the common room. Each room consists of two twin beds (they can be fastened together to form a king bed for single occupants or couples) a closet, a dresser/clothing storage, a table, and a chair. A limited number of single rooms are available for leaders and night shift staff. Most employees share a bedroom. There is a semi-private washroom between each set of two bedrooms, typically 3-4 staff members share a washroom.
The kitchen and common room are in a separate building. Three meals a day are prepared for the staff and cold food is available 24 hours a day for sandwiches and snacks. The common room offers a large-screen satellite TV, pool table, foosball table, and a shared staff fridge to keep personal items. We also have a large selection of board games and books to borrow. A volleyball court, basketball court, and road hockey space can be found outside, and a large selection of trails and hikes are just minutes from camp.
Room assignments are based on position, location, and tenure. Rent is payroll deducted and ranges from $8-23/day. Most units are shared with at least one other person. Limited private rooms are available for leadership.
Banff and Canmore offer many alternatives for housing. Public transportation is easily accessible from Banff and Canmore via the ROAM bus, making living outside of staff accommodations a possibility for those without vehicles.
Staff accommodation for those working at Maligne Lake is located at the east end of Jasper. The building offers coin laundry facilities, a games room, and a convenience store. Rooms are shared with one other person. Each unit contains 2 single beds, dressers, 2 kitchen chairs, a table, a fridge, and a stove. Employees will need to bring their own bedding and linens. The rent for most shared rooms is $13 per day. A convenient staff shuttle is operated between staff accommodations and Maligne Lake.