About Our Division
The Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice (NIRD) represents physicians practicing in seven inter-dependent small communities in the central area of northern BC: Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Mackenzie, McBride, Valemount, and Vanderhoof.
NIRD’s geographically expansive catchment area covers approximately 144,000 square kilometers with an average population density of 0.5 persons per square kilometer. The region spans over 1,000 kilometers from end to end - a one-way drive across takes 14 hours under favorable driving conditions (on roads that experience some of the highest casualty rates in the province).
The Northern Interior Rural Division, established in July of 2012, is a cohesive Division with a strong, growing membership and professional kinship. Physicians treat a patient’s care as every physician’s responsibility regardless of which community the patient lives in. Embracing a mission of “Rural Physicians supporting Rural Physicians helping to build healthier communities – together”