Who To Tip And How Much?
Leaving a tip is a common practice for certain services in the Rocky Mountains as it is throughout the rest of Canada. Workers such as restaurant servers get paid a very low wage because it is expected that they will make up the bulk of their paycheck through tips.
Food And Drink Staff
Waiters and waitresses at a restaurant with table service are tipped 15 to 20 percent for good service. If it’s a buffet style setting where you get your own food you can give a smaller amount to the staff bringing you drinks and taking away your plates. Bartenders can be given 10 to 20 percent of the bill. You may see tip jars near the cash register of places such as coffee shops and take away food counters. You can give a small amount if you got great service, but don’t feel obligated.
Accommodation And Hotel Staff
Bellman carrying your bags can be given $1 to $2 per bag and valet parking staff $2 to $5 when they are retrieving your vehicle. Hotel room service person 10 to 15 percent of the amount, but make sure a tip has not already been added to the bill. Cleaning staff are left a tip by some guests, anything from a few dollars on the nightstand or perhaps more if the staff went above and beyond to provide extra services. A hotel concierge is not commonly tipped, but if they gave you exceptional service or spent time booking you a reservation for something you could give them something. Spa Treatment staff and hairdressers are tipped anywhere 15 to 20 percent depending on the level of service.
Taxis Drivers And Tour Guide Services
For taxi drivers many people round up the bill to give the driver a small extra or will give 10 to 15 percent if the driver was particularly helpful with your luggage or advice for the area you are visiting. If you feel the driver of a shuttle bus was deserving they usually appreciate a few dollars. Tour guides can be tipped 10 to 20 percent depending on their quality of service and knowledge. Any kind of private lessons such as skiing could be given a 10 to 15 percent tip.