Final Entry Fall 2008


These photos were from our second trip. This trip was technically considered a success however it didnít go very smooth at all. We arrived fairly early in the morning and were able to make a quick entry via the same route we took the previous trip. I wanted to see the isolation rooms again which I never got to see in the detail I wanted to. The isolation rooms were located in the basement in one of the wings as far as you could get away from the administration section of the hospital. We made our way over to them and found a door sitting wide open out to the grounds. So we didnít stay there long and moved further away from the open door. I started to notice a bunch of small holes drilled in the floor that I didnít recall seeing on the previous trip. I didnít really think much of it at the time, but I already knew that the government was talking about demolishing the facility.

We thought we heard some other people in the building so we moved to what we thought was away from the sounds we were hearing. We decided to move to the top floors and work our way down on this trip. On the 4th floor of the centre block of the building we found a complete XRAY machine that dated back to the 1950ís. It was really cool and after checking it out we moved to a room across the hall where to my surprise I saw 3 men on the roof of the building not far form us. We quickly decided that maybe we should get out of the building for a little while.

We came back a few hours later to continue our visit. We went back to close to where we were interrupted before. While prepping my camera we heard someone right around the corner from us and it was too late for us to get out of the way. Much to our relief we ran into a few students from the local high school that were skipping class that afternoon. I talked to them for a couple minutes and told them I better not hear them breaking anything in the building. A few minutes later I looked out some windows on the front of the building and noticed the kids we were speaking to had been caught by the police on their way out of the building. I then watched on the kids point directly to where we were in the hospital. We had been ratted out.

The police were not allowed to enter the building unless it was an emergency so all they could do is wait for us. They continued to patrol the exterior of the building. After a few minutes of conference we decided that our best option was to be patient. We continued to slowly explore the building while keeping an eye on the coppers. After about an hour the cops gave up and left. We continued to explore the building for another couple hours, but we ran out of energy because it had been a long day.

I wanted to see the power / steam plant again as I had a fear that this would be my last opportunity which was ultimately the case. The power plant was one of the most interesting locations I have ever seen while exploring. The first time I saw it I was shocked to see that the plant still had all of its 90 year old turbines still in place. I had thought they would have been removed years ago due to the salvage value of generators. After seeing the power plant we made our way through the tunnel to the building and ultimately back to the vehicle. Sadly that was my last opportunity to see the building.


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Basement hallway in the admin section


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Bags of asbestos


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Dayroom on 4th floor. This was a very secure building which had many doors that could easily close behind you leaving you locked in one of the wards. People had been pulling out the firehoses and using them to hold doors open to keep them from closing and locking.


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Many of the clocks showed 8 o'clock - which must have been the time that that power was cut.


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Looking out the back; from left to right is the TB ward (which still exists and is used by SaskPower) , garbage incinerator at the end of the road on the left (it was not a crematorium as several rumours indicate), The power plant and then furthest on the right is the theatre / auditorium.


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The really cool 60 year old XRAY equipment. This was saved and sent to a museum in Ontario.


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Seeing this meant it was time to leave for a little while


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Hey Look!! It's captain bring down and the buzz killers


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This area was the original kitchen. It hadn't been used in a long time, however all the freezers remain along with some other artifacts of it's original use.


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A section of the south east wing that hadn't been used in many years


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The creepy chair on the top floor of an area that hadn't been used for close to 40 years


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Hallway shot on the top floor of the north east wing


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Old dormitory


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Bathroom that also hadn't been used since the 1970's


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One of the newer areas


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Generator in the power plant. The small turbine on the front was a DC generator and one next to it was an AC generator. From what I can tell it appears this plant could generate just over a megawatt. That would have been more than enough power for when it was built.


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The wheel chair shop


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This is part of the heating equipment


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Water softeners for the boilers. The one of the left shows what happens if you let a resin tank freeze without draining it.


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Phoenix Enigma and myself in front of the massive boilers. They must be over 12 feet tall.

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