In an ideal world, we’d all have the summer off to travel, but in reality, we’ve got bills to pay. Luckily, there are plenty of summer jobs in Ontario that offer free room and board so that you can get the best of both worlds in 2020. So if you’re looking to travel the province and make some sweet cash along the way, we’ve rounded up 11 jobs that provide accommodation so that you don’t have to. 

Between gorgeous camps on some of Ontario’s best lakes to extravagant resorts with stunning views, there are so many beautiful places to stay and work in the province.

And some of the postings below don’t even require past experience. Bonus!

From cooking to delivering canoes, teaching hockey, and maintaining a social media presence, there’s something for everyone’s skill set on this list.

One of these jobs will actually take you out of the country to New York, but somehow it feels like the most Canadian posting ever. 

Plus, free room and board in N.Y.? We’ll take it. 

Whether you’re currently job hunting, know someone who is, or you simply want to make money while you explore Ontario, this list is for you. 

Get those resumes ready!

Head Cook

Salary: TBD

Company: Golden Lake Camp

Why You Should Apply: Why work in a kitchen in the city for a summer when you can work in one next to a beautiful lake instead?

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Canoe Rental Driver

Salary: TBD

Company: Algonquin Outfitters

Why You Should Apply: You could drive around delivering canoes to campsites around Lake Opeongo. It seems like a pretty sweet place to spend your days off, too. There is limited accommodation available so be sure to ask.

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Head Camp Chef

Salary: $19-22/hr

Company: Lakair Lodge

Why You Should Apply: Imagine having a summer job where you can spend your off time swimming and enjoying the lake views? Plus, you'd technically be camping all summer. You'll need a food handler's certificate, though.

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Head Of Maintenance

Salary: $1,000/week

Company: Canadian Adventure Camp

Why You Should Apply: You would be in charge of handling site repairs and the overall safety of the camp. When you factor in free room and board, it seems like a pretty sweet gig.

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Recreation Attendant

Salary: $14.59/hr

Company: JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka

Why You Should Apply: Honestly, any job that lets us spend the summer in Muskoka sounds like a win. Here, you would be responsible for promoting a fun and relaxing environment for the hotel guests.

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Marina Attendant (Dock Staff)

Salary: $14/hr

Company: Totem Resorts

Why You Should Apply: This job provides housing and meals, hello! You'll get to spend your days by the water taking care of the boats and meeting new people from around the world.

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Summer Camp Media Coordinator

Salary: $1,200/month - $1,500/month

Company: Countryside Camp, Camp Shalom

Why You Should Apply: At this gorgeous spot you would be responsible for taking photos of camp activities for social media, promoting the camp, and other media-related tasks.

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Camp Counsellor

Salary: $400-450/week

Company: Camp Lau-Ren

Why You Should Apply: You could spend your summer in a free cabin in Deep River. Um, yes please! If you have leadership skills and experience with kids, this is the one for you.

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Pool & Beach Lifeguard 

Salary: $300-450/week

Company: Golden Lake Camp

Why You Should Apply: This summer gig not only comes with free room and board but you also get some time to leave the camp on weekends, plus a week of vacation as well.

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Entry-Level Staff Cook and Housekeeping Assistant

Salary: $135/day

Company: Sydney Lake Lodge

Why You Should Apply: You'll have to take a plane to get to this spot, how remote! While you're working, you will tend to guests' needs, keep cabins clean, and organize meals. In your off-time, you can enjoy free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a games room, fishing, swimming, hiking, group activities like campfires, and more. 

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Hockey Instructor

Salary: $1,000-1,500/month

Company: Camp Chipinaw

Why You Should Apply: Okay, so this job requires you to travel to New York, but a summer of hockey? It doesn't get much more Canadian than that. Not to mention staying for free in New York, how often will you get that chance?

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