Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice

North Vancouver Island

The North Vancouver Island Chapter covers 21,000 square kilometers of the Mount Waddington region. Serving a population of 14,000, the chapter’s physician members are based in the communities of Port HardyPort McNeillPort Alice and Alert Bay. A solo practice, two multi-physician practices with Integrated Primary Community Care initiatives, an Island Health Centre and a First Nation Health Centre currently make up the five practice environments on North Vancouver Island.  View RCCbc's interactive rural community map to learn more about the location of the Mount Waddington region.

Working collaboratively with Mount Waddington Rural Health Services of Island Health, the North Vancouver Island Chapter’s priorities include implementing integrated primary care, improving critical patient transport and enhancing access to health services through rural health care models. 

Surrounded by a spectacular environment, North Vancouver Island is renowned for being a natural paradise with abundant wildlife, beautiful beaches, and remarkable mountain views. Area recreational opportunities range from winter skiing at Mount Cain, to mountain biking, wildlife viewing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, diving, hiking, golfing, and of course, fishing. For thousands of years, the Kwakwaka'wakw (pronounced "kwa kwa ka wak") people have lived on northern part of Vancouver Island, on the adjacent mainland coast and on the islands between. Explore their rich cultural heritage and compelling recent history at the cultural centre at Alert Bay. 

The communities of NVI have lots to offer: strong community spirit, unique charm, endless adventures and a family-friendly environment.   

Contact us to learn more about the North Vancouver Island Chapter.

Our Team

Dr. Kevin Garneau, Physician Lead >
Carrera Teal, Chapter Coordinator >