A hotel group based in Matane, Bonaventure and Percé — all seaside cities with beaches in Quebec's Gaspésie region — is hiring 30 hospitality workers for the summer season. Bonus: applicants don't need to speak French for certain positions.
Groupe Riôtel also provides accommodations near the hotel where you work so you won't have to worry about finding somewhere to stay. You'll essentially be paid to live and work in a gorgeous paradise!
Currently, the hotel group is hiring chefs, sous-chefs, hotel hosts, receptionists, maintenance workers, estheticians, pool technicians, bussers, banquet hall workers, call centre agents and more.
Nathalie Blouin, Riôtel's vice-president of sales and marketing, told MTL Blog that while bilingualism is an asset, applicants don't have to speak any French to work in the region due to subsections of Anglophone populations in the Gaspé peninsula.
Each posting is different and requires different education, skills and experience — but suffice to say, we would make the move to work in a small seaside city in Quebec for the summer.
Groupe Riôtel in Gaspésie
Salary: Varies by role
Location: Matane, Bonaventure & Percé, Quebec
Company: Groupe Riôtel
Who Should Apply: Any hospitality worker — French isn't needed.
Access Info: Swimming is allowed in designated areas, such as at the supervised beach
Address: Saint-Anicet Beach in Jules-Léger Park - 1582, 61e Rue, Saint-Anicet, QC
Why You Need To Go: An hour southwest of Montreal in Saint-Anicet, Quebec, is a little beach where the waters are so clear you'll feel like you've left the country. Enjoy the beach, picnic area and gorgeous views. There are also some really cute Airbnbs nearby.
Access Info: Swimming and watercraft are not permitted
Address: Gatineau Park - 33, ch. Scott, Chelsea, QC
Why You Need To Go: Even though it's green and not actually pink, as the name suggests, Pink Lake is known as one of Gatineau Park's most breathtaking sights. Hike the 2.3-kilometre loop around the lake to catch it from all angles.
Why You Need To Go: "Explore the majestic Lac Sacacomie whose shore extends over 42 km," reads the Hotel Sacacomie website. Whether you take a canoe, kayak, pedal boat or motorboat, the magnificent landscapes will not disappoint.
Why You Need To Go: It may not be a lake, but we couldn't leave a body of dazzling crystal-clear water off the list. Bonaventure River is a must-see in the Gaspe. You can canoe, kayak, standup paddleboard (SUP), snorkel, or tube.
Why You Need To Go: Located in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, you can swim or do other aquatic activities in the "nautical basin," next to the Domaine hotel, which includes a 15,000-square-foot beach.
The government has said the mandatory hotel stay itself can cost travellers approximately $2,000 of their own money. In Montreal, approved hotels include the Baymont by Wyndham Montreal Airport, Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal Airport and Comfort Inn Dorval.
On May 28, a COVID-19 federal advisory panel's report noted several issues with the government's mandatory quarantining policy — notably, that a hotel quarantine of up to three days is "inconsistent with the incubation period of SARS-CoV-2."
In March, a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada told MTL Blog the government was aware that some travellers were choosing to be fined rather than paying for a three-night hotel stay.
The spokesperson said these travellers would be referred to local law enforcement for priority follow-up.
The advisory committee pointed out that those who refuse to accept the mandatory hotel stay may not be adhering to quarantining in their own homes, instead.
According to the advisory committee report, due to the fact that land travellers are not required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine, some travellers are landing at U.S. airports and crossing into Canada by land.
Also located in the Hotel William Gray — this one on the 8th floor — Terrasse William Gray will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the terrace will be covered and heated depending on the weather.