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Abandoned mental hospital complex near Vancouver, Canada

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Jan. 9th, 2014 | 08:22 am
posted by: vlad_n_van in abandonedplaces

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Evan

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from: einsideout
date: Jan. 9th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
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I'd ask where this is, as I'm in Vancouver, but I don't expect you to just tell some unknown person over the Internet :)

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vanqver

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from: vlad_n_van
date: Jan. 9th, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Coquitlam, Lougheed hwy, North-East of IKEA and Superstore. Turn left on the Colony Farm road crossing and immediately after that turn right into the wooded area. There is a huge complex named Riverview. It was closed last year, but some cottages are still inhabited. You can park there before dark, but there is a security car cruising, so they may stop and ask couple questions.

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mrsr58

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from: mrsr58
date: Jan. 9th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
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sorry for butting in -- i didn't know riverview was closed!

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Evan

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from: einsideout
date: Jan. 10th, 2014 07:36 am (UTC)
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Riverview was my first thought, but I thought it was still open!

It doesn't seem all that long ago that I was scared I might end up there. It was never very likely, but sometimes it's hard to know what might happen.

Edited at 2014-01-10 07:42 am (UTC)

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Evan

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from: einsideout
date: Jan. 10th, 2014 07:38 am (UTC)
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Also: I want to get pictures of the wards at the VGH Health Centre (the psych building) before it's demolished, but it's still very much in use. I just really don't want it to disappear without being documented first.

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the_mtns_win_again

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from: tjoel2
date: Jan. 9th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful photo. Did you take more on that site?

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JL Wounded Healer

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from: brotherskeeper1
date: Jan. 10th, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
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Interesting photos, Vlad! I worked in a State Hospital on 1) the Hospital Ward and 2) the Ward For The Criminally Insane. Seeing your photo of the building with bars where the 2 sections meet reminded me of where I worked.

I like that first photo best in your OP, the little garden photo. The place looks very overgrown if it is being used for anything. Did you notice if this place had a cemetery? The State Hospital where I worked had a graveyard. No names, just numbers for whoever died.

Thank you for sharing.

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vanqver

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from: vlad_n_van
date: Jan. 10th, 2014 04:30 am (UTC)
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Thanks. It was interesting to learn about your experience.

The garden is overgrown now, but when the hospital was functioning, patients tended it with love. There is something serene about this place, something that I cannot explain.

There was another mental hospital - "Woodland Provincial Asylum for Insane" - directly bordering the plot of my highrise. It's been closed long ago and the area sold to a residential construction company. Our City Hall was pondering what to do with the main ward building, but in 2008 it burnt to the ground. There was a cemetery too, but most gravestones were pulled out and dumped in the nearby ravine... Later many of them were recovered and used in a memorial at the former graveyard site.

http://vlad-n-van.livejournal.com/134444.html

Interesting that the only remaining building at the former hospital site (as well as several others near my place - old cinema, etc.) appeared in the old TV movie "It" by Stephen King book.

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JL Wounded Healer

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from: brotherskeeper1
date: Jan. 10th, 2014 08:59 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the link. I followed it and found another place to see. I saw the photo and read this: "Additionally, de Courcy reports, a barbecue patio for Woodlands staff was built out of gravestones in the 1970s." That turned my stomach! Such disrespect! I noticed the dates of death: 2 on some days and 1 almost every day! I wonder why?

BTW, I have seen the movie "It". Like the place you mention, a hotel is Estes Park, Colorado, which we (me, husband and daughter) drove by when we were close to the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park was used to film Stephen King's "The Shining".

The State Hospital where I worked was used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. I believe it was built around 1850. I was told that there were tunnels on the lowest floor that were collapsing. They had been used for patients in the early days. One of the staff took me to see one of the tunnels. We only stepped inside about three feet. I was horrified to see shackles still hanging on the walls on both sides! They chained the mentally ill back then. About 10 feet inside the tunnel, it had collapsed. I will never forget what I saw. We have all heard that the mentally ill were chained. But to actually see the chains / shackles was a horror.

But back to the large number of deaths which was mentioned in either your link or the link to the other LJ, we lost 2 patients in a little over a year. One person hard a seizure and died in his room and was later found. The second patient was a suicide. There was a third person who needed to go to the hospital. I was helping the nurse get him ready for the ambulance but we were told he died before the ambulance crew could get him loaded.

The hospital was torn down in the 1990's and new one built. I have never seen it.

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the_mtns_win_again

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from: tjoel2
date: Jan. 22nd, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
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Very cool! Thanks for the links.

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vanqver

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from: vlad_n_van
date: Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
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Thank you!

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I_llbedammned

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from: i_llbedammned
date: Jan. 9th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
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The colors look beautiful and a bit surreal.

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vanqver

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from: vlad_n_van
date: Jan. 9th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
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thanks!
Everything is surreal there... It was a small garden maintained by patients of this hospital

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Jess

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from: acidburn666
date: Jan. 9th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Riverview Hospital. Most of it was closed years ago, leaving many patients homeless and without the necessary medical care. As far as I know, only the section treating the most severe cases was still in operation until approximately June/July of last year. Now Riverview Hospital is completely closed, however it is still a very thriving location for filming movies. Many parts of it have been maintained and built upon for movie sets. It is regularly patrolled by security, which I hear makes it pretty difficult to try and sneak around to snap some pictures.
However, this little festival happens every year, which may be an ideal time to try and sneak around under the pretense of being a tree enthusiast. I'm unsure if they hire on additional security for the festival or not. http://www.rhcs.org/treefest.html

PS- Colony Farm is the hospital for the Criminally Insane. Try googling it and finding anything but article/hear-say about the place. There is an eerie lack of legit information on Colony Farm. Super freaky! It's like the place that exists, but doesn't exist.

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vanqver

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from: vlad_n_van
date: Jan. 9th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
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I take a walk around Riverview at least once a month for last three years and security guys never gave me any troubles. They are polite and usually satisfied if you are just walking, hugging trees and enjoying views. Of course if somebody tries to get into the closed buildings it would be a different reaction.
Some buildings are still functioning i.e. cottages where (probably) the former patients live, some kind of an assisted living unit, child daycare (!?), a parking lot with Sheriff's cars and something else.
Trees are really beautiful there, some of them were brought from around the world and grew huge.

Colony Farm really exists (I have a plot in a community garden society across the road - exactly where long time ago it was, in fact, a farm, where inmates worked). It's more of a prison than of a hospital, I think. Some notorious criminals were (or are) behind the fence there.

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rahni

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from: rahni
date: Jan. 10th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
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Wow, I'd lo e to paibt sone of this one day

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rahni

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from: rahni
date: Jan. 10th, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
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Omg.
"I'd like to paint some of this one day."

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vanqver

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from: vlad_n_van
date: Jan. 10th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)
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There are many wonders in this garden

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