A Rewarding Job in Tourism Awaits in the Great Canadian Wilderness Just North of Toronto

Now is the time to apply for that memorable summer job in Ontario’s Cottage Country. Working in the regional tourism industry can set you up for long-term career success – not to mention all the fun you’ll have!

This region of Ontario is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Canada, which also makes it one of the most exciting places to work. From Algonquin Park in the east to Georgian Bay in the west, up north to Loring-Restoule and south to Muskoka, this is a spot where you can work hard and play hard, all summer long.

What can a tourism job do for you?

The local tourism and hospitality industry offers many opportunities for employment with hundreds of exceptional hotels, resorts and restaurants. These places are really ground zero for discovering what you like best about working in the industry because of everything you’ll learn, from interacting with patrons, to providing unparalleled service, to learning about revenue management. And it’s almost guaranteed you’ll learn how to communicate with folks, from visitors to fellow staff and managers – a skill that will always serve you well in life.

The housekeeping staff at Windermere House

Additionally, the tourism industry offers opportunity to work at other kinds of businesses as well, from camping parks to theme parks, from outdoor adventure companies to theatres. The odds of finding a job that will also suit your interests are pretty good and the possibilities are endless!

The best news is that a summer job when you are still in school can progress into a managerial role or permanent position in just a few years, as you progress through the ranks. Returning to the same company or role every year also creates lasting friendships, and it’s great to know a position awaits you every summer throughout high school, college or university and beyond. And meeting new and returning customers all the time will set you up for great networking opportunities. Above all, summer jobs in tourism look great on your resume.

Running the retail store at Muskoka Brewery

Have fun working hard!

The tourism industry is a hard working sector, and you can expect to be challenged in your job. But you’ll also find the work very rewarding, particularly if you are a person who likes to set goals for yourself. Companies these days often have additional benefits to offer besides wage, as well as flexibility to meet your schedule when possible; be sure to check out all the details of your role and compensation.

Staff orientation at Algonquin Outfitters

Vacationers come to this beautiful region for all the wonderful things to see and do, and working here gives you the same opportunities for fun. From golf, to paddling, to outdoor adventure, to just hanging out on a dock or patio with friends, your down time in this part of Ontario is sure to please.

New to the area? Why not invite a friend to join you in working at a local tourism business this and double the fun and to help you discover more. One thing is for sure: you’ll meet some of your best friends for life working in Ontario’s cottage country.

This summer, consider working in the regional tourism industry and make this your best summer yet.

For information on current tourism jobs available (2024) in Ontario’s cottage country, check out the listings below:


Algonquin Outfitters
Algonquin Provincial Park
Northern Edge Algonquin
The Portage Outpost


Mikisew Provincial Park


Arrowhead Provincial Park
Bigwin Island Golf Club
Boston Pizza Gravenhurst 

Cedar Grove Lodge
Deerhurst Resort
Grandview Golf Club
Great Blue Resorts (Bonnie Lake Resort, Lantern Bay Resort & Shamrock Bay Resort)
Muskoka Beer Spa – Clear Lake Brewing
Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
The Lake Joseph Club
Lake of Bays Brewing Co
Lumina Resort
Muskoka Brewery
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club
Muskoka on the Rocks
Port Cunnington Lodge
Residence Inn by Marriott Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf
The Rock Golf Course
Rocky Crest Golf Resort
Santa’s Village
Sawdust City Brewing Co
Severn Lodge
Sherwood Inn
Six Mile Lake Provincial Park
Summer Water Sports
Taboo Muskoka
Treetop Trekking

Windermere House


Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Grundy Lake Provincial Park
Killbear Provincial Park
Massassauga Provincial Park

Oastler Lake Provincial Park
Rocky Crest Golf Resort
Seguin Valley Golf Club
Trestle Brewing Company

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Feature Photo courtesy of Lake of Bays Brewing Company