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Rethink the 9-to-5.

Start your tourism career in Northern Ontario.

Highkey need a summer job?

Tourism jobs are generally pretty fun. You can try something different each summer or continue developing your skills and experience year after year. And, bonus, that can lead to a career once you’re out of school.


How to make a resume

Potential careers, courses, programs & pathways

All the different entry-level jobs in tourism

Thinking about a career?

Figuring out a career path can be intimidating. It’s always easier with a bit of experience to back you up. And with the tourism industry literally popping off in Northern Ontario, learning and doing at the same time is a great place to start.


Tourism programs at Ontario colleges and universities

Internships   ||   Apprenticeships and Mentorships

Red Seal Skilled Trades programs

Planning a career pivot?

You don’t have to start over when you make a mid-career pivot into the tourism industry. Instead, you can make the most of its flexible adventure lifestyle and numerous opportunities for growth by doing more of what you love!


Tourism’s sectors & types of jobs

How do my skills transfer? Take the Quiz!

Professional development in tourism

How a tourism career can work for you

Kaiya wanted a career she could relate to. Now she gets to help people build a rewarding career of their own.

From federal policy to tourism marketing: Steph’s career evolution is as unique as she is.

Paul's job in Catering led to a creative culinary venture sharing Indigenous culture and traditional flavours.

When you choose Northern Ontario there’s so much room to grow!

Northern Ontario is a vast and spectacular region made up of vibrant cities, pristine wilderness, and tons of adventure. With more than 250,000 lakes and rivers to paddle, wildlife to photograph, craft beers and burgers (meat and plant-based) to enjoy, and thousands of trails to traverse, it's safe to say you could spend a lifetime here discovering everything it has to offer.

With so many things to do, places to explore, and activities to enjoy year-round, it’s a popular destination for travellers from around the world. It also makes the region an exciting place to launch (and grow) a career in tourism!

8.2 million

Annual visitors to Northern Ontario

1 in 5

northern ontario businesses is tourism related

2.29 million

tourism jobs expected to exist by 2035

Check out the resources below to discover amazing career ideas, and learn how to get a job and build a career in the tourism industry in Northern Ontario.

The Tourism Rocks Toolkit

Download the entire Tourism Rocks Virtual Toolkit and start learning about a career in tourism.

Individual Resources

The Presentation

Download our custom-made presentation and share it with your community, schools, and employment services.

The Handbook

The Tourism Rocks handbook is the comprehensive guide to careers in the tourism industry, available training programs, and certifications to get ahead in the job market.

The Market Report

An overview of the Northern Ontario tourism sector labour market from 2022-2023.

The Video

Hear first-hand from people who work in tourism describe what they love about their careers.

Northern Ontario Universities and Colleges