SOUTH ISLAND – A FANTASTIC PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK
You’re going to love it here
SPECTACULAR NATURAL BEAUTY, YEAR ROUND
The South Island boasts a spectacular natural beauty combined with all the suburban amenities you could ever need, offering you the feel of island living with the lifestyle of the big city . We enjoy warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters, with the first of spring blossoms coming out early January! We are surrounded by breathtaking beaches, spectacular hiking trails, and a fantastic network of biking trails (both for road and mountain biking).
With outdoor activities accessible year round, the South Island is a fantastic place to live and work, and raise a family. The area also offers unique professional opportunities, including rural and suburban practices, attending privileges at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, access to large tertiary hospitals, and a diverse patient population.
FIND A PRACTICE TO FIT YOUR LIFE
Vancouver Island is experiencing a significant shortage in Family Physicians and are actively recruiting. The South Island alone presently has about 40,000 unattached patients, many of which are complex care patients, and that number keeps growing. We really encourage you to explore your options on the Island, and choose your ideal work / lifestyle scenario: find the balance that works for you.
There are a myriad of options on the South Island, and a huge embrace of long-term and continued Physician Health and Wellness. Whether your goal is to be a full-time or part-time family practice physician, a locum, a walk-in doctor, a military physician, a youth clinic doctor, a hospitalist, or a combination of many, the South Island Division of Family Practice can help you explore options.
A FANTASTIC PLACE TO WORK AND LIVE
The South Island Division of Family Practice represents over 200 physician members from the Saanich Peninsula, the WestShore, and Sooke
Lying in the rain shadow of both the Vancouver Island Ranges and the Olympic Mountains, Saanich Peninsula is the driest part of Vancouver Island. The Peninsula is characterized by rolling hills and numerous freshwater ponds and lakes. Notable natural features of Saanich Peninsula include Elk Lake, Beaver Lake, Mount Newton, Bear Hill, Tod Inlet, Mount Finlayson, Maltby Lake, Prospect Lake, Durrance Lake, and Mount Work. Many of these features are protected in regional and municipal parks.
A Waterfront community, the Westshore features a rich heritage and a unique connection to nature. A short drive into the downtown Victoria core, and an overall lower cost of living, the Westshore is a great choice to live and work. Cycle or walk the famous Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which winds through 55 picturesque kilometres of the Westshore Communities, or discover the surrounding lakes (Langford Lake, Glen Lake and Florence Lake) and hike Mount Finlayson, Mount Wells and Goldstream Provincial Park.
Sooke’s popularity as a scenic tourist destination has existed for generations. A vibrant art community, Sooke attracts people for its lifestyle. Spectacular wilderness parks and beaches, the West Coast Trail, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, and the now highly popular Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, are just some of the attractions to the area. Sooke is a destination for surfing magnificent waves, mountain biking and back country recreation, hobby fishing and hunting.
The South Island Division of Family Practice is an active and dynamic professional non for profit, with a goal to provide the best health care possible for residents of the South Island region, as well as ongoing professional support for family physicians. Together, South Island Division Members are working to improve patient access to local primary care, increase local physicians’ influence on health care delivery and policy, and create a community for family physicians.
One of the most significant and organic benefits of being a South Island Division member, is having instant access to a wide network of colleague physicians. The Division can also facilitate connections based on lifestyle, stage or type of practice, professional interests, or schooling.