SOUTH ISLAND – A FANTASTIC PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK
You’re going to love it here
SPECTACULAR NATURAL BEAUTY, YEAR ROUND
The South Island Region boasts spectacular natural beauty combined with all the suburban amenities you could ever need, offering a combination of laidback island living with the big city perks. We enjoy warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters, with the first of spring blossoms coming out in 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. The South Island Division of Family Practice supports physicians on the Saanich Peninsula and in the Western Communities – from Sidney to Sooke and everywhere in between. With a mix of rural, suburban, and urban communities, you’re sure to find a community that suits you and your family’s needs. Click here to see a full list of the communities we serve.
FIND BALANCE IN YOUR PRACTICE AND LIFE
There are plenty of ways to design your practice on the South Island to suit your lifestyle. Want to practice longitudinal family medicine full- or part-time? Interested in locum or walk-in clinic work? How about being a military physician, a youth clinic doctor, or a hospitalist? Maybe you want some variety by having a blended practice that allows you to work in a number of clinical settings. Whatever it is that you’re looking for, the South Island Division can help you explore your options while keeping your health and wellness foremost in mind. Our number one goal is to find the right fit for you and your family.
A FANTASTIC PLACE TO WORK AND LIVE
THE SOUTH ISLAND DIVISION OF FAMILY PRACTICE REPRESENTS OVER 300 PHYSICIAN MEMBERS FROM THE SAANICH PENINSULA AND THE WESTERN COMMUNITIES
Lying in the rain shadow of both the Vancouver Island Ranges and the Olympic Mountains, the 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 the 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.
Communities on the Saanich Peninsula include:
Pauquachin First Nation
Royal Oak/Cordova Bay
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Tsartlip First Nation
Tsawout First Nation
Tseycum First Nation
The communities on the Westshore feature 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. The multi-use Galloping Goose Regional Trail winds through 55 picturesque kilometers the Westshore. Discover splendid local lakes (Langford Lake, Glen Lake and Florence Lake) and hike Mount Finlayson, Mount Wells or through Goldstream Provincial Park and watch the annual salmon spawn. Explore Sooke and all that the local arts community has to offer.
Western communities include:
Juan de Fuca Coast Communities
Pacheedaht First Nation