Alberta is a province that is known for being rich with opportunity — and that’s especially true for nurses! We currently have incredible opportunities for ER, OBS and Med-Surg Registered Nurses (RNs) in close proximity to Edmonton, and they come with tons of perks. Read on to learn more about the awesome perks of heading out on contract on the prairies.
First thing’s first, you may wonder, “why is Alberta rich in opportunity?” The contracts that are available, run now (Feruary) through September, which gives you a stable paycheque as a Travel Nurse. You can accept all of this contract, or even 4-12 weeks. This gives you ample time to enjoy the tail end of winter (yay for ski season in the Rockies!), spring (time to explore national parks), and summer (festivals galore!). On top of that, Alberta only charges GST on consumer goods, meaning that everything is 6-10% cheaper depending on where you come from. It’s a fantastic place to go, especially if you are looking to save money!
Now for the fun stuff — all there is to do! If you want to hit the slopes, Edmonton has four fantastic skiing and snowboarding options that are either located right in the city or within close proximity to it. Within a day’s drive, you can reach several snow resorts, including Lake Louise, Marmot Basin, Sunshine Village and Norquay, and Panorama. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn a new hobby or a seasoned pro, there are runs that will suit your needs, give you a great workout, and bring a smile to your face.
If skiing isn’t your thing, you can explore the many beautiful parks in and around Edmonton. Mill Creek Ravine Park, located within the city, is a great place to take a stroll, throw a frisbee around with a friend or just enjoy the great outdoors on the walking trails. Elk Island National Park, just a short drive from Edmonton, is full of wildlife for you to admire, including rare bird species, bison, moose, elk, deer, beaver, and coyotes. To reconnect with Mother Earth, Muttart Conservatory or the University of Alberta Botanic Garden is a great place to let go, breathe deeply, and enjoy the serene beauty of stunning flora and fauna. Whatever your mood, there is a park to meet your needs.
When the mood to shop (or visit a waterpark, go bowling, or see marine life) strikes, there’s nothing better than West Edmonton Mall! Known as the mall that as it all, ‘West Ed’ boasts an astronomical number of shops as well as a full range of recreational experiences and activities. Spend an afternoon going down waterslides or simply shop-til-you-drop. Whatever the occasion, it’s sure to be a memorable experience at this one-of-a-kind mall.
Edmonton also boasts a fantastic lineup of festivals throughout the year. During these contracts, you’ll be around to catch Edmonton International Beerfest, the Edmonton International Fringe Fest, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Servus Heritage Festival, the Bikeology Festival, Pets in the Park, the Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival. You can also check out a play at Shakespeare in the Park, or listen to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra out in nature at Symphony Under the Sky. If the Calgary Stampede – known as the ‘greatest outdoor show on earth,’ complete with live music performances, rodeo, and a full amusement park – is on your bucket list, it’s only a three-hour drive away.
All that action within one contract! Do you want to know the best-kept secret about Alberta? Call or email us to find out!