About 147 kilometres Northeast of Edmonton, or about an hour and 45 minutes’ drive, the prairie gives way to a multitude of varying-sized lakes and waterways. Here sits the peaceful village of Boyle, Alberta, guarded to the east by a forest which thins out to the north, with grain fields and pasture land to the west.
Boyle offers a relaxed, rural lifestyle for people of all ages. This community of about 945 residents has all the basic amenities, including shops, professional services, hospitality, restaurants, sports and recreation facilities. There is one school for kindergarten to grade 12, while nearby Athabasca offers a range of post-secondary courses through the Athabasca University and Northern Lakes College, or Portage College in Lac La Biche.
Boyle residents love to get outside. Several lakes are within about an hour’s drive, and a few within fifteen minutes, making water activities like swimming, boating, water skiing, and fishing popular pastimes. There’s also an extensive trail system within Athabasca County for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, as well as quads, dirt bikes, or snowmobiles in the winter.
There are a variety of social, community, hobby and sports clubs including golf, baseball, hockey, and figure skating. The community also has kids clubs for boys and girls, including 4-H, Beavers, Cub Scouts and Scouts Canada, Brownies and Girl Guides. Events such as the annual rodeo, Canada Day celebrations, and local festivals bring street dances, show and shines, games and activities for children of all ages.
Alberta Health Services operates the Boyle Healthcare Centre, a 20-bed hospital and healthcare facility. This hospital features a 24-hour emergency department, 19 acute care beds, and one palliative care bed. Ambulance services for the County are located in Boyle and cover the communities of Athabasca, Lac La Biche, and Thorhild as well as the village itself.
There’s a strong multi-disciplinary team that provides a full range of services including laboratory, nutrition, pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, nutrition services, general healthcare, and telehealth services. Patients get the benefit of a robust healthcare support team with constant collaboration between different healthcare professionals.
Many employees appreciate the day-to-day variety working in Boyle affords them. Working to their full scope of practice, healthcare professionals of all disciplines have the opportunity to treat a range of health conditions in patients across the healthcare spectrum.