Located 55 km. northwest of Grande Prairie is the Village of Hythe, known as the Volunteer Capital of Canada. The Village’s urban population is 820 people, and the rural area that it serves is well-populated.
Hythe is located midway between Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek, on a portion of Highway #43 that is slated for twinning in the future. Beaverlodge is 13 km. to the south, that community has a five-doctor clinic and an active-treatment hospital. Hythe is seven kilometres from the Horse Lake First Nations settlement.
Community amenities include a curling rink, arena, outdoor swimming pool, multi-use community centre, a library, a 24-stall campground, and a grade 1-9 school. Day care services, and pre-school, are available here.
The business community includes a full-service bank, an insurance/registries office, a pharmacy, a liquor store and a building supply store. There is also a tire shop, a seven day a week grocery store (open extended hours), and a gas/bar convenience store. There are two large oilfield fabricating businesses in town that provide a large part of the employment base in the community.
The Hythe and District Pioneer Home contains an 82-bed seniors’ lodge, plus 32 self-contained apartments. The medical clinic and pharmacy are located near the lodge.
Fun Fact: Hythe was first known as Happy Valley named after ‘Happy Fletcher’ one of the early homesteaders.
Community Health Profile
Primary Hospital: Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital The new medical clinic in Hythe opened in 2009 and is home to two doctors who run their office with full computer links to regional laboratory and diagnostic services; a pharmacy and seniors lodge.
The Hythe Continuing Care Centre is a freestanding accredited facility which includes 30 Nursing Home and 1 Respite bed; just a walk across the street from the Medical Clinic. The Hythe Nursing Home Foundation is an 8-member board that is kept apprised of the needs at the Care Centre that are identified by staff, residents and residents families. The Foundation fund-raises to provide funds for equipment, renovations and furnishings.
Four doctors in the neighboring Town of Beaverlodge, 14 kilometers east, work out of a clinic in that community, sharing privileges at the Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital.
Seeing over 24,000 emergency room and outpatients visitors a year, the Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital is an active 18-bed acute care centre that serves residents from the town of 2,100 and the foothill region reaching well into northeastern. B.C. Home to a staff of six physicians and a team of over 65 health care and support staff, the Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital provides 24-hour emergency care and basic obstetrical and medical services that range from pediatric to palliative care.
Practitioners in this area: 6 (4 physicians in Beaverlodge and 2 physicians in Hythe, share on-call and support at the Beaverlodge Hospital.
Other facilities include: Nearby the hospital, community health clinics and programs are offered out of a modern Public Health Centre building. Two dental clinics, a local pharmacy and an emergency medical services station are further community-based health services.
Practice Opportunities in Hythe
Full-time general practice (family medicine) physician