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Supernatural Filming Location: Riverview Hospital

Supernatural location: Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Riverview Hospital, Coquilam, BC, Canada. So spooky. So exciting.

One of our favourite Supernatural filming locations is this stunning, abandoned mental health facility  in Coquitlam near Vancouver, Canada. Aside from giving a temporary home to our favourite tv show, Riverview has given shows like The X-Files, Smallville and Once Upon a Time some amazing surroundings. Originally we thought we’d visit it once to get some sceneframing photos, but ended up driving up there three times.

Supernatural location: Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Riverview Hospital. Simply stunning.

The area is way bigger than we expected: it’s a beautiful, amazing hillside park with old trees, roads and paths, but the run-down hospital buildings with their endless dark, empty windows are something else. More than once we got spooked by a reflection or an old curtain stirring in the wind in a broken window. Maybe we’ve just watched too many horror movies (or too many episodes of Supernatural)!

Supernatural filming location: Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Castiel stands on the steps leading to one of the main buildings.

We even tried to peek in some of the windows but the fear of someone looking back at you or grabbing your wrist was just a bit too much. Before we got to Vancouver, we contacted a few people to see if we could get a quick peek inside some of the buildings, but never got a reply. Apparently, it’s very difficult to get in – unless you’re a part of a filming crew or something similar, of course.

Supernatural location: Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

This building acted as a prison building on one of the Supernatural episodes.

We were also told there’s still some patients living in the area and that we should be respectful of that, but we never saw anyone and all the buildings on the lot just didn’t seem good for anyone to live in. In fact, we started to doubt if the lady who told us about the patients was even real…

Supernatural location: Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

So spooky. So exciting.

Visiting Riverview Hospital is fairly easy, especially if you can drive there. However, we’d recommend going during daylight and being extra respective towards the people working in the area and of course, the buildings themselves. Drive slowly, park carefully, don’t leave any trash behind and don’t try to enter any of the buildings! If you behave nicely, you’ll be fine.

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Castiel and Dean in front of one of the Riverview buildings.

Here’s our video greeting from the spot and some photos of the buildings and a few of the sceneframes we took during those three visits.

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Tiia / Fangirl Quest
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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Aw! I’ve always wanted to visit this place… well, and all of Vancouver too! Thanks for the amazing photos :))

  2. […] written about Riverview Hospital before and I’m pretty sure we’ll keep writing about it ’til the day we die. An abandoned […]

  3. Laila Hamelin says:

    I worked at Riverview Hospital for 4.5 years until the final year they shut down. I worked in the Administration building which was the old Nurse’s corridor. I have heard many stories of the grounds and buildings being haunted. I never witnessed anything myself but sometimes would hear weird noises when I would work late at night. My co-worker and I would love walking the grounds exploring. I miss this place such a beautiful yet spooky place.

    • Wow!! That must’ve been an amazing place to work… and also, as it seems, pretty spooky. The buildings and grounds are absolutely stunning! Here’s to hoping they’ll restore them and do something good with it all :)

  4. Sonny Morgan says:

    I’m a intuitive and live in maple ridge and was doing a paranormal investigation at night saw a shadow person and heard a young voice say hey
    Got a photo video on YouTube search Sonny Ham there and click on the gut in a suit and you’ll see the video I did

  5. […] it’s an already familiar looking location, it’s impossible not to notice. We’ve written about Riverview Hospital in Vancouver and how pretty much every production there uses it at some point. By this time […]

  6. Makita Daleman Mclennan says:

    I am actually a resident of one of the cottages here on hospital grounds. Ive noticed that filming crew trucks and trailers have been set up all week. Im really curious as to what theyre filming here right now. I have to say that this place is extremely creepy after dark, but its beautiful. I have pictures if you would like. Feel free to email me for pictures.

  7. […] you know we just can’t stay away… Just outside of Vancouver in Coquitlam is the abandoned Riverview Hospital, one of the coolest and spookiest locations we’ve ever visited. Pretty much every production in […]

  8. […] You can read more about Riverview Hospital in our full article here. […]

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