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Moving to Banff for a winter

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Moving to Banff for a winter

Hi: My son and friend want to spend a winter in Banff snowboarding. Of course they will need an apartment and have the money to do so. Are they required to work while they are there or as long as they can pay the rent, it doesn't matter.

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1. Re: Moving to Banff for a winter

Please see the responses on this earlier thread on the same subject:

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The nearby town of Canmore does not have the same "need to reside" requirements for residents that the town of Banff has; anyone who can pay the rent, can stay in Canmore.

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2. Re: Moving to Banff for a winter

Banff is in a national park, and all land is owned by the Crown (government of Canada). Residents lease the land their homes sit on, by way of a lease contract, subject to various legal restrictions. All residential leaseholds include the "need to reside" clause, which, just as it sounds, requires you to have a "need" to reside there in order to occupy a residential leasehold. Landlords are legally bound to ensure their tenants meet the requirement. (Anyone can own property in Banff; the restriction is on who occupies it.) The "need" is legally defined as having employment in the park, owning a business in the park that requires your daily presence, being the spouse of one of the two previous conditions, or having met one of those conditions for at least five years before retiring.

Residential housing in Banff is in limited supply because the townsite has fixed boundaries and cannot expand (other national park towns like Jasper are similar) and these restrictions are to maintain the scarce supply of housing for those who need to be there.

I don't know specifically about Banff, but Parks Canada did some enforcement recently in Jasper, and there were people who found themselves without a place to live and were forced to leave town.

Here is a page on the Jasper National Park website explaining it: pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/plan/plan5c.aspx ... there may also be one on the Banff NP website that you can look up.

Canmore is a nearby town to Banff that is outside the park and not subject to the same rules (and has undergone massive development over the past number of years because of it). He may find it easier and possibly less expensive to look for housing there.

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3. Re: Moving to Banff for a winter

Thank you for all the infomation. How far is Canmore t Banff. They probably won't have a car. Thanks

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4. Re: Moving to Banff for a winter

26 kms.

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