The 5 Creepiest Abandoned Places In British Columbia

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abandoned places in B.C.

It’s the time of year for all things spooky and these abandoned places in B.C. are just that.

From a former mental health institution to forgotten ghost towns, these spine-chilling spots just may not be for the faint of heart.

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Abandoned Places in B.C.

Stave Falls Powerhouse, Mission


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Discover the creepy Stave Falls Powerhouse in Mission, which the Vancouver Paranormal Society claims is one of the most haunted places in the Fraser Valley. There have been multiple reports of strange activity unfolding here, including chairs occasionally moving on their own, mysterious whispers, a dog barking and more. The powerhouse first opened in 1912 but was decommissioned in 2000.

Kitsault, Alice Arm


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There’s nothing more haunting than wandering through an entire town that has been abandoned. The ghost town of Kitsault is a small community surrounded by mines and mountains. While there are houses still standing, they’ve sat empty for more than 30 years. It was built in the 1970s for the employees of a magnesium mine but they all fled when the mine became unprofitable. The town can be found in northern B.C., at the head of Alice Arm.

Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam


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This former mental health institution in Coquitlam treated patients up until 2010, but has been abandoned ever since. Its most well-known building, the West Lawn Pavilion, treated some of the most disturbed patients in B.C. and has been abandoned since 1983. The psychiatric institution is easily one of B.C.’s most eerie places, even during the daytime.

Cassiar, north of Dease Lake


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Cassiar was once a small company-owned asbestos mining town, located north of Dease Lake in the Cassiar Mountains. The mine was forced to close in 1992 after operating for 40 years. It has since been a ghost town and most of the houses were destroyed and burned to the ground. It’s an eerie place to visit to this day.

Tranquille Sanatorium, Kamloops

Last but not least, one of the creepiest places to visit in the province is the Tranquille Sanatorium in Kamloops. Going back to the early 1900s, this is where those suffering with tuberculosis were treated. More than 1,500 people died here as a result of the disease. It was even highlighted on an MTV show appropriately called “Fear.” The manager of the now historic site says it’s not a place haunted by ghosts but rather a place where its true history makes it unnerving and mysterious.


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