Thursday, February 05, 2009

The spookiest place in Quebec

The Dorea Insane Asylum sits about 600 feet from the US border on Covey Hill Near Ormstown and Franklin Quebec. It was closed in 1995 and remains a rewarding place to visit for those unscared of haunting sights, a gun-wielding guard and the odd drug dealers or squatters. According to at least one hospitalized witness, the institution had an electric chair and elaborate tunnels which might even have crossed the border into the states towards Lake Placid where Dr. Ewan Cameron lived while not performing experimental drug trials on unwary and innocent people. As with so many old defunct psychiatric institutes in this province, Dorea holds secrets to the ongoing mystery of the evil treatment afforded the Duplessis Orphans, children forced to live in psychiatric institutions.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

See:

http://www.pbase.com/ninadev/dora_covey_hill

http://www.uer.ca/forum_showthread_archive.asp?fid=1&threadid=46901

Seth said...

In 1987-1988 I worked at the far less scary but equally strange Douglas Hospital. Little do people know that most of those buildings over that large tract of land are also connected via tunnels. I would walk them at night and they are certainly creepy. Patients are allowed to wander them freely during the day and evening.

Nothing you said about the Dorea would surprise me; from electric chairs to doctors NOT performing certain procedures.

I wonder if any of these urban spelunkers have explored this.

Kristian said...

Thanks for posting the link, good stuff there....thats where the picture are from..the other stuff is from an email from Rod Vienneau... I ll link to it soon when I m a bit lazy.

Lena said...

I visited the Dorea Institute last summer with some friends. Definately a creepy place to visit...We found the tunnel which supposedly leads to the electric chair, but unfortunately it was flooded and I didnt want to take any chances walking thru stank water. Seth, my father worked at the Douglas during those years as well...wonder if you remember Christian. Anyways, I suggest visiting Dorea while it still stands. Well worth it. In one of the old classrooms there are still chalk drawings on the chalk boards which I found to be particularily interesting. We didnt encounter any guards, but I would suggest watching out for the boarder guards.

Matty said...

Hey would someone be able to perhaps tell me exactly where it is my friends and i have been trying to figure out where it is for a while and i just found this site so now we know that it is still up and were planing a trip there in a couple of days but i need a bit more imformation on where it is, If someone could help me i'd appreciate it, thx :)

J.D. said...

Drop this 45.003N/73.937W in google maps It's around there.

Anonymous said...

Be warned. The owner of the property doesn't want anyone to trespass. He tried to keep a group of us there against our will, to await for the cops. The cops never showed up. He doesn't want anybody to go there. The neighbors are his watchers. Be careful.

Anonymous said...

i ve been there in 1967 my dad was a institutor in dorea franklin i,ve have a lot i remember and i will not forget but a lot of good moment we were living not far all the teacher and cook and the familly days a lot of fun but outside the building

UrbanLegend said...

Seems like the perfect place to film a horror movie.

Don't tell me: they already have?

Anonymous said...

I want to check this place out stat.
If anyone has more pics or info about the layout plZ post.

Anonymous said...

I remember when I went with a few friends late at night because we were all bored, it was the most creepiest place I have ever been to! Honestly, I lasted about 5 minutes then we heard someone talking in the cafeteria I believe it was and I couldn't handle it since I'm a girl and ran it to my friends truck, then the second time we went someone was watching us from afar that my friends seen a big guys shadow while I sat in the car lol it is the best place to visit if you're bored and is interested in haunted places, but I do advise have someone take your car while you's go check the place out just in case any of the kids damage your car

Anonymous said...

i think you people watched to many horror films as kids been there 6 times and never even saw the owner so for me its abandoned but ill be going again on halloween this year for a cool party so whomever dares come see and have a great time c ya

Brian H. said...

Totally late to the game but I took a series of pictures while I was there a few years ago (September 2005).
Managed to draw up a site map.

You can see the whole set of photos from the night I was up there. Still one of the creepiest nights of my life.

We set up a tape recorder (fresh batteries, new tape, had been tested on the way there with little issue) in the children's room in the basement of one of the buildings to see if we could pick anything up. We took a walk around the site and came back to pick up the recorder at the end of our trip. We popped the tape into our van's tapedeck on the way back to Montreal and we only got perhaps 5 or 6 minutes before the sound of shuffling was faintly heard and the tape stopped.

None of us could have gone back and stopped the tape as we all stuck together as we moved from building to building. Definitely an odd evening.

Anonymous said...

we go 4 wheeling around there and pass throught the Dorea grounds. the owner lives in one of the trailers in front of it. he's a real dick, said our 4 wheelers made dirt fall in his well and he tried to hold us there for the cops too, 4 wheelers are faster. definitly a creepy place, we actually got to the electric chair room years ago, sad...

ButchGremlin said...

Late to this just found out about this today, anyways im planning on visiting the only thing thats on my mind is the gun weilding guard?? any have encounters with guards? or is this just to scare people into not going?

UrbanLegend said...

Hey, why not renovate the place as a disco?

They could call it the "Horrortorium" or some such.

Have padded-cell rooms where drunks could cool off.

The owners would make a bundle! ;-)