Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice

CASTLEGAR - Castlegar Medical Clinic



Come live and work where others only vacation!


We would like to welcome an additional GP to our clinic. We are a collegial working group that can help you design the practice you want, whether it be full-spectrum care, or family practice with a special interest in geriatrics, pediatrics, or obstetrics. Obstetrics is not required, but ER is required. We expect a new physician to provide 3-4 Emergency shifts /per month. Hospitalist opportunities occasionally arise in the regional hospital in Trail.

Our Emergency is open 7 days a week, 8 am-8 pm and shifts vary from 6-12 hrs. Trauma and after-hour Emergency visits go directly to the regional hospital in nearby Trail. We are supported by MDs from nearby communities when coverage is needed for ER. Inpatient beds are in Trail (25 minutes away) or in Nelson (40 minutes away) and we have two large long-term care homes in Castlegar. Within our clinic, we have team-based care that includes both counseling and diabetic group sessions at scheduled times during the month, as well as an RN who sees complex patients on a full-time basis. The clinics are fully EMR supported (Profile) with wonderful admin staff, including a strong biller who catches us when we are undervaluing our work. Peer support and camaraderie makes us a very functional team, and it is often repeated as one of the main reason we stay and continue to enjoy practicing in Castlegar.

For those that enjoy teaching, nearby Trail is a UBC teaching center, so we also enjoy the opportunity to teach medical students and to preceptor family practice residents. We appreciate the many opportunities we have and that they are choices and not pressures or obligations.

We pride ourselves on good patient care, but also on our ability to strongly support flexible MD schedules. Many MDs drawn to this area love the outdoors and/or want a lovely place to raise their families. To this end, most MDs take 7-9 weeks of vacation per year and work an average of 4 days a week for an estimated $300,000 gross income (including some, but not all, rural incentives). For those that wish to, this means there is still potential to earn more if you choose!



Castlegar is located at the confluence of two great rivers – the Kootenay and the Columbia – which come together to form a fertile valley with a rich cultural heritage and a thriving artistic scene. This convergence results in a lifestyle that physicians in particular love: flexible practice options, access to the outdoors and a great place to raise your family. All reasons why Castlegar is becoming one of the most desirable places to live in the Kootenays.

‘Go with the flow' has a whole new meaning here, in the place where rivers shape both landscape and lifestyle. We have what you might call a streamlined approach to both work and life. No-nonsense. Level-headed. Sure, we can access full-on adventures in nearby Nelson and Rossland whenever we want, but sometimes we like our adventures on the quieter side. 

From Castlegar, it’s a quick drive to three alpine ski hills nearby, at Red Mountain, Whitewater or Salmo. The epic mountain bike trails in Rossland and Nelson are only thirty minutes away. But you’ll soon find plenty to keep you engaged right here. 

Enjoy strolls along the riverbanks, or high alpine treks on dozens of well-maintained hikes. Rock climbers – sport climbers, trad climbers and boulderers – have been coming here since the 1950s and as a result, the climbing community is well established. There are 70 rock climbs within city limits, 70 kilometers of snowmobiling trails in nearby Pass Creek, and 45 kilometers of packed and tracked trails for all levels at the nearby Paulson Cross Country Ski Trails. 



Compensation Type: Fee-For-Service / Longitudinal Family Physician Payment Model

Estimated Yearly Remuneration $300,000 Conservatively estimated based on a 4 day/week and 6-9 weeks vacation. 


Vacation Leave: 6-9 weeks typical

  • Retention Premium: 11.34%
  • Retention Flat Fee: $11,401.00
  • Relocation Funding Available: up to $15,000
  • Recruitment Incentive: $15,000 (for full time)

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