Rural Immersion Site: Mackenzie


The Town

Mackenzie is a friendly community of about 3,700 residents nestled between the Rocky and Omineca Mountains.

We enjoy some of the best municipal water in BC, a very low crime rate, low taxes, low real estate prices and high paying jobs in growing natural resource industries in the area. This makes Mackenzie a great place to visit, get a start in life, buy a home, raise a family, or just enjoy being able to afford to travel and do what you like.

Mackenzie has a mountain that you drive to the top where you can ride the ridgeline with your bike or take your ATV up there and visit the cabins.   Hike into the waterfalls or just take in the views from the top.   Everyday you can be swimming, paddle boarding, golfing, or skiing five minutes after work.  

Mackenzie is one of those small communities you’ve seen on the hallmark movies.   It is clean, friendly and has many activities for the whole family.

Mackenzie has a beautiful recreation centre adjacent to a skate park and bike park.

The Clinical Experience

As a resident in Mackenzie you will be part of the clinical team and work with the allied health professionals.   Mackenzie and District Hospital, ER, Clinic, xray, lab and public health are all situated in one building.   You will be working with 6 physicians and 1 NP along with an interprofessional team.   The team in Mackenzie is very supportive and love to teach.  

The team often has social gatherings and there is always someone willing to take you out on their ATV, fishing, skiing or paddle boarding.

Mackenzie Family Health Clinic has:

Mental health and addictions counseling
Outpatient clinic with dedicated ER
Hospital has 4 ER bays
4 long term care beds
Home care services
5 acute care beds
8 exam rooms

There is a physiotherapist, dietician and massage therapist in a separate facility.  There are a few visiting specialists.  Prince George is the closest referral centre and it is a 2 hour drive.

The Community

If you love the outdoors, you will love all the things to do and see in Mackenzie. In town there is a wide variety of things to do. You can go to the beach at Morfee Lake which is right in town or take your kayak or paddle board to the lake. Don’t have skis or a paddle board?  You can rent one from the library.

The local recreation centre has a pool, gym, play gym for kids, ice rink and racket ball courts.   There are plenty of adult league sports to join in or if the arts are more your thing there is an arts centre with a very active pottery guild.

Each year, Mackenzie hosts a winter festival where there are plenty of activities planned.  In the summer you can visit the local market with local food, or participate in the Morfee scramble, or rocking the ridgeline cycling event. If you are feeling really brave there is a polar bear plunge. There was one physician that took that plunge, don’t worry, he is still with us.

Mackenzie is on the traditional territory of the McLeod Lake Indian Band. Each year McLeod Lake Indian Band has an Annual General Assembly in which everyone is welcome and it is a great event to connect with members.

If you love the peace and quiet of nature and the thrill of outdoor adventures then Mackenzie is the place for you.


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