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This Psychiatric Hospital means a lot to me. For many reasons. First and foremost, I used to be employed here as a Nurse, so I have a personal connection to this place.

This is Riverview Psychiatric Hospital. You're looking at West Lawn - which is now abandoned. The entire hospital has many many 'lawns' West, East, Centre, North, and other buildings and units as well. The land it occupies is very large, very beautiful and spacious.

This, West Lawn, has been abandoned for several years as it was deemed unsafe from a structural standpoint.

I love these buildings because they LOOK so haunted, LOOK so Hollywood-Horror-Movie in style and atmosphere. Yet they're real, they housed chronically mentally ill patients since the early 1900's, up until about 15 years ago.

And yes, its Haunted, its a fact, its true, its creepy, with many many stories and nurses reporting strange events.

There are too many stories to share...but my most memorable is one i'll share with you. please read on...if you dare :)

Working on the bottom floor, the other floors were no longer housing patients as it was in the process of closing down, but this process takes a long time.

We were working on the bottom floor, the only floor with patients, the upper floors were abandoned for well over a year. We could hear noises from the top floor. We called security to go upstairs to investigate. What they found was the most unnerving and most heart breaking thing i've ever been apart of.

When security reached the top floor, they could see a light flashing outside of a patients room, the light that indicated a patient is pressing the 'call bell' for assistance. This was unnerving into itself as why would the call bell light be flashing if patients hadn't been here for over a year!

Security went into the room, and they could hear loud female screams coming from INSIDE the walls.
Security vowed to never return, never go back, they were so scared and frightened, it had a severe impact on them.

I wanted to take Lars and Rob here when they visited last year, but we didn't have time. If other TE members visit Vancouver, I will take you here :)

There are many more ghost events, but one is enough for now.

I forgot to add that many Movies and TV shows have been filmed here. The most famous being the movie Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio, and the TV series The X-Files. 50% of the time I go here they are filming something.

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