(Dorea Institute)(Dorea Asylum)

1148 Chem. De Covey Hill #11, Hitchbrooke, QC

Status: Former Mental Asylum and Orphanage; Abandoned; Partially Demolished


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While not graphic this article contains stories of children being abused. Reader discretion is advised.



We found it impossible get an exact date for the construction of this facility – it appears to have been sometime in the 1940’s.

For most of it’s existence it was part of a scam run by the Quebec government and the Catholic Church as a fraud to get money from the Federal Government of Canada. It – as well as other asylums constructed - housed what have become known as the Duplessia Orphans (any internet search of this term will yield mountains of information).

This institution is part of one of the darkest chapters in both Quebec and Canadian history as well as yet another dark chapter in the history of the Catholic Church.

Many children whose parents had died or who could be seized by the government from single mothers unable to defend themselves who were declared mentally ill when they were, in truth, perfectly healthy were sent here. This was done because the Canadian Government would give funds for their upkeep.

There are also stories of this facility being run as a Residential School for Indigenous children on top of all the other horrors.

This institution – along with others of the same kind – were created to house the illegally seized children. Rather than being cared for they were abused sexually, emotionally and physically by the Priests who were supposed to be caring for them.

They were raped and subjected to horrible treatments including lobotomies, electro-shock therapy, cold water therapy etc. Remember these were perfectly healthy normal children until the were all but kidnapped.

There are even rumours of human experimentation done on the children.

The facility was shut down when the duplicity of the Church and Quebec Government was discovered in the 1960’s.

It then became housing and a treatment centre for developmentally disabled adults.

There were/are numerous lawsuits by the survivors of this house of horrors.

In the 1990’s the entire facility was shut down and left abandoned.

In 2018 demolition of the site began which has destroyed most of the buildings. As of January 2022, the main building was still standing; it is unclear if this is still true; it certainly won’t be standing much longer if it still is.


Paranormal Activity

There is no catalogue of the paranormal activity at this site but what follows is a list created by numerous reports dating back to the 1970’s.

Apparitions of children thought to be former prisoners here; shadow figures, some of which will approach the living; an overpowering sense of great evil and darkness hangs over the site; disembodied voices; phantom screams, crying and anguish – many of which tell of children in obvious great pain and suffering; doors opening and closing on their own; cold and warm spots; touches, tugs and pulls by unseen entities; bangs, crashes and other unexplained noises; phantom sounds of heavy breathing; objects moving on their own; electrical disturbances; videos (tape and digital) taken on site frequently are blurred in places with no explanation; heat signatures where there is no one visible; light anomalies; unexplained mists and feelings of being watched and not being wanted.

Most of all this is psychic scar here upon the land and very air left from the terrible suffering that was endured by those most innocent and vulnerable.