Photos are courtesy of the Town of Didsbury.
Travelling from north to south on the Queen Elizabeth II (QE II) highway, you will see the picturesque view of prairies giving way to gently rolling foothills and the Rocky Mountains emerging in the distance.
The town of Didsbury, about 83 kilometres, or an hour’s drive north of Calgary, is located within the aptly named Mountain View County. The proximity to both an outdoor lifestyle, with five municipal parks and day-use areas, and shopping and amenities of big city life, are just a few of the things that make this community an attractive place to call home.
With a population of 4,599, this community enjoys a relaxed small-town lifestyle that effortlessly merges past and present. Didsbury packs a wallop of vintage charm, welcoming you to Main Street with old-fashioned brickwork shops. The old railway station houses the Chamber of Commerce, and you’ll find other landmarks around town recognized and preserved for their historical value.
Growing families have access to an elementary, middle, and high school. Didsbury has a standing relationship with Miki Town, Japan, and enjoys hosting exchange students through the Maple Leaf Exchange Program. The nearby Olds College offers a range of courses with a trades and agricultural-based focus.
There are plentiful opportunities for sports and recreation, including sports fields, an arena and social clubs. Cheer on the local hockey team, the Junior B Mountainview Colts at the hockey rink, or join a recreational sports league. Didsbury has several, including hockey, figure skating, swimming, and soccer. From Girl Guides to Jazzercise, Cadets and 4-H, there’s something for everyone.
A regular calendar of events keeps things interesting. There’s a Show n’ Shine in May, August brings the annual fair and rodeo, and Country Christmas celebrations in December.
Didsbury District Health Services provides a full range of healthcare services. This facility features a 24-hour emergency department, lab, x-ray, and diagnostic imaging services, pharmacy, mental health, and speech and occupational therapy services. Residents can access various programs and services for a range of life stages, including immunization and vaccination services, nutrition, and continuing care services.
This smaller facility makes it easy for colleagues to build personal connections with their patients, families, and one another. There are regular opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and the opportunity to use skills within the full scope of professional practice. Every day is different, with patients of all ages and various health problems in need of care.
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