(BC Mental Health and Addiction Services), səmiq̓wəʔelə - Place of the Great Blue Heron (formerly known as Riverview)

2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam, BC

Status: Former Psychiatric Complex; Film Locations; Outpatient Mental Health Clinic; Repurposed Buildings; Abandoned Buildings; Grounds Open Daily Dawn to Dusk


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Opened in 1913 (although patients were housed previously in temporary structures) with 300 male patients housed in what is now called “West Lawn”. A farm was also run on site, mostly by patient labour. An arboretum, nursery and botanical garden was also created on the grounds for their therapeutic effect on the patients.

In 1924 an Acute Psychopathic Unit “Centre Lawn” and in 1930 a female unit “East Lawn” were opened. This was followed by the opening in 1934 of a Veteran’s Unit “Crease Clinic” and in 1955 a Tuberculosis Clinic “North Lawn” were opened. The 50′s marked the highest patient population at over 4,500.

In 1983 both West Lawn and the farm were closed due to cutbacks – a large portion of the farmland was later sold by the Province and became a residential housing development. In 1992 the Crease Clinic was closed followed by the East Lawn building in 2005 and North Lawn in 2007.

The provincial government has since ruled there will no more housing developments built and the site is to be saved. Part of the site still functions as a psychiatric hospital with 256 beds. This site is patrolled by security 24/7 and access to grounds is granted during the day.

This location has been featured in many movies and TV shows and is called “the most filmed site in all of Canada”.


Paranormal Activity

Apparitions of former patients and staff, shadow figures; the tunnels beneath the hospital are said to be so filled with energy they are nearly impossible to enter; feelings of being watched, general unease, not being wanted and being followed; phantom footsteps; disembodied voices; objects being moved on their own including doors and windows being opened and closed; touches, pokes and tugs by invisible presences and light anomalies.


From Caz

Thank you to Caz.

For some unknown reason I cannot email you back so I wanted to post a thank you here.

“Came across the site “Haunted North America” and it asked if I knew anyone or if I had any paranormal experiences in the place. I was an actor on a film there back in 2004. We shot in the west lawn building and crease clinic. When I was not needed in set, was exploring the entire building, sometimes just me, other times with a couple other cast members. I had more than one bad feeling, and two separate visual encounters.

Two out of five floors Were the ones that got me. The basement tunnels. And the 4th floor. In the basement, I saw didn’t physically see anything. but I felt cold rushes. Bad presences and it did feel like I was being watched. On the 4th floor however… This being between midnight and 2 am over the period of six days… more than once after midnight at the same corridor on the 4th floor, the corridor would be completely dark, only the red glow of an EXIT sign at the far end of the hall. It would always If i would stand there long enough, I would see what appeared to be a transparent dog. running toward me, but disappearing into nothing before it got half way toward me. I didn’t believe it at first until I saw it three separate nights in the same corridor. I brought my camera everywhere and one night i took what appears to be a picture of a ghost. I said it probably just some kind of interference like maybe the movement of a camera, but the building liaison was on set while we were filming. I told him where I took the picture and he said it was called the “Candy Lady Ghost” The first two pics attached are the ghost pictures I took. (We have since lost these photos in the website crash)

All the lights in the entire building were out except on the first floor where we were filming. I’d had no luck shooting pics with the flash, so I turned the flash OFF to see if I’d come up with anything. this one room, I’d walked into was completely PITCH black. No light whatsoever. I felt COLD as soon as I stepped inside the doorway. I took a picture. and what I took was a completely black room but orange light EVERYWHERE and when i looked at the picture close up, it almost looks like you can see two eyes staring back at you. I have attached these pics for you to view. as well as some pics from inside the hospital. The last picture attached is of what the liaison called “The lady bug room” … this room scared the shit right out of me. the picture is nothing special as it just a picture of door from the corridor. but what you’ll notice about the door is there is NO DOORKNOB. The strangest thing about this room which was also on the 4th floor.. is that it was the only door in the entire building (And I checked em all) that was LOCKED. with no doorknob, I could not open the door, and the even weirder part.. is that it was the only room with the light ON. in the entire building. except for ON SET on the first floor. I couldn’t get my head around it. who knows how long that light has been on for. and with it being locked, and the building abandoned.. how was the light not burnt out? Looked in the keyhole.. could see a small part of the lit up room. nothing much. But more than once I swear I could hear breathing on the other side of the door freaked me out.

Before filming here, I’d never believed in ghosts. Now I do.”