Vanmates   |   September 28, 2020

Explore BC’s Spookiest Abandoned Hospital After Dark This Fall

It’s Halloween season everyone! 👻

Source: NarcityVancouver

Did you know that one of the spookiest places in the province is also where a ton of movies and shows are filmed? Just be warned that when you visit this area in Metro Vancouver, you might the goosebumps. BC’s Riverview Hospital is famously strange and unusual and perfect for checking out after dark.

BC Housing, who manages the property, told Narcity that it is one of the most filmed sites in the entire country.

Built-in 1913, Coquitlam’s former psychiatric hospital consists of 74 buildings and is rumoured to be haunted

Today, many of the structures are used solely for film and television production.

Some of the most popular locations are the Centre Lawn, East Lawn, the Crease Clinic, North Lawn and the Industrial Building that all share a matching architectural design. 

While Riverview can’t reveal exactly who’s filmed what, IMDB lists it as the filming location for Riverdale, Supernatural, Deadpool 2, Watchmen, and The X Files.

But it doesn’t take too much sleuthing to figure out some of the sites. 

Rewatching Riverdale season one, when Betty and Jughead head to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, you’ll notice it is the terra-cotta coloured Crease Building.

Then in season two, the hospital reappears as a graffiti-covered “Southside High School”.

Or in Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, the Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation is actually the East Lawn. It is the largest building on the Riverview Lands and was built back in 1924.

You can see it between the non-stop action when the superheroes fight Juggernaut.

Or if you love horror movies, you might want to visit after dusk. For example, the area around the eerie 100-year-old West Lawn is a favourite for any ghost hunter seeking evidence of the supernatural.

But it isn’t just locals who find the buildings to resemble a haunted house, As IMDB also reports the area to be used to film Grave Encounters, Halloween: Resurrection, See No Evil 2, The Entrance and Killer Bash.

Unlike a movie studio, at this local gem, you are welcome to visit. So go ahead and go on a self-guided walking tour to all the scenes from your favourite shows.

But before you go, it is a good idea to review the regulations before going. Some of the rules include, you can’t enter the buildings, fly drones, or visit an active film set. 

You are welcome to visit the exterior of the buildings, any day of the week between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for free.

Riverview Hospital

Price: Free

When: Seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m

Address: 2601 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam, BC 

Why You Need To Go: You can pretend to be a celebrity and visit this popular film set when it isn’t in use.

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