@ poutanen . You mention buses. do you know a website with information about routes/times & prices? My mate is also thinking about buying a car any tips on that? Is there a website for sales from person to person we can check? Good mention on season start, I was thinking the same thing as well, but he thinks bars/hotels might be looking for extra workforce with christmas&newyears..
As far as registering a car in Alberta, I'm pretty certain you have to have an Alberta drivers licence to get that. It's not a big deal to get a licence if you have one from another Canadian province or one of the "reciprocal licence countries" that we have agreements with. Once you have a licence it's as simple as buying and insuring the car, most/all insurers require a vehicle inspection, but the government does not. No emissions testing either. Here's some info on the licence exchange...
As for the busses, here's what I can dig up so far. They may be a lot more I don't know about.
The Brewster Bus
goes from Calgary to Kicking Horse with tons of stops in between (Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, etc.) looks like it's $23 a trip and trips are every 1.5 hours or so.
Here's the info for the ski resort shuttle
put on by the big 3 resorts. It's usually included with the ski tickets, not sure what the cost is for employees. edit: Here's the bus schedule for lake louise
and it's $15 a day or $419 for the season.
Nakiska has a bus
that's $20 a day or so from pretty much anywhere in Banff/Canmore to Nakiska but I think it's only one trip per day. Might not get there early enough for employees.
I think the other thing you'll find when you start looking is a whole bunch of people in the same boat as you. A lot of the employees here are from England/Australia/New Zealand and I'm sure they all had the same issues when they first started. Hitch hiking is fairly common (in Fernie it's expected and I've picked up many hitch hikers). There is probably a lot of carpooling