Muskoka Centre Sanitarium

Discovered by TWP
Created Jun 04 2009
Recent status Abandoned
Category Hospital
City Muskoka, Ontario
Location # 688

As modern treatment and prevention of tuberculosis became more prevalent, the requirements for the traditional isolation sanatoriums lessened. Decreased occupancy resulted at the Muskoka hospital during the late 1940’s and throughout the 1950’s. Meanwhile, a counterbalancing phenomenon in the field of mental retardation began demanding increased care and treatment space. In 1960, the 62-acre site, a rocky peninsula jutting out into Lake Muskoka and the existing structure, were acquired by the Ontario Department of Health as an extension of the Ontario Hospital School at Orillia. In 1973, the facility administered to 305 female patients between the ages of 16 to 80 years with the total staff of about 300. There were also four male adolescent resents. About 275 of these residents occupied the large Gage complex, built in 1922, with the remainder housed in the Barbara Heyden Residence, constructed in 1936. The Muskoka Centre was closed in 1994. (Info by Copy-Six) FairlyLocal: The Gravenhurst Sanitarium was once a TB hospital. Many people, old and young were admitted to the hospital to treat their TB. Fortunately, a cure was found and the hospital was no longer needed. Unfortunately, this meant that the hospital was destined to become an asylum for the insane. At this time in the 60s, the name of the building was changed to the "Muskoka Centre", and sirens were placed on all of the buildings on the property to signal if there was a violent outbreak from a patient. There is a lovely, eerily overgrown baseball diamond as you enter the property. Now days, the building has been purchased, and there are plans to turn it into a Chinese school. The plans however, have been halted, as the people who bought the property were unaware of the decay, and ruin inside the main building, and the cost to either level the buildings, or fix them up is too much. So, now the police use the building grounds as a practice space, as well as a spot to train police dogs. This building looks absolutely beautiful to explore. I never got inside, as the amount of mold and asbestos inside is extremely hazardous, and during my "spur of the moment" exploration, I did not have a respirator with me. Fair warning, if you are getting there by boat, the water is too shallow to dock almost any form of motor boat with a submerged engine, and you will be spotted. Secondly, if you are getting there by car, the neighbors are very, very protective of the building, and if you park your car anywhere near the building, they WILL call the police on you. As it happens, the fire, and police station is less than a two minute drive from this location, so they will show up quickly. Many people have been charged here. Otherwise, it is a beautiful property.

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avatar of DARKMAN
DARKMAN You went in with no mask Kenndruuh? woah.
Jul 14 2014
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Kenndruuh Still love this place! It was exactly one year ago when I went the second time, complete coincidence. However, I think I'm sick from the crazy amounts of mold now. The building is aging pretty horribly and it's showing. The west wing 3rd floor (I think?) smells like dead things and sewage.
Jul 14 2014
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mattgrant1 @maple, you can leave your car outside the main gates, there's a roundabout just off to the side
Jul 04 2014
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Kenndruuh Rockandrollfreak - No it wasn't grass it was brown and actually looked like fuzzy hair. The sinks with grass were super neat too. http://urbexdiaries.blogspot.ca/2013/07/muskoka-centre-sanitarium.html
Aug 15 2013
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timekeeper Kenndruuh....you mean this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockandrollfreak/8134804225/in/set-72157631832801437/lightbox
Jul 15 2013
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maple So now that the facility is fully fenced off and locked, where do you leave your car?
Jul 15 2013
avatar of Kenndruuh
Kenndruuh Did anyone else catch the door with the chest hair growing all over it? hahaha
Jul 12 2013
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NikiFM Thanks!
Jun 03 2013
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trailblazer519 Ditto Niki..
Jun 03 2013
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superss Awesome pics NikiFM.
Jun 03 2013
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NikiFM This place was AMAZING!
Jun 03 2013
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trailblazer519 This place is wicked! ...love the galleries.
Feb 15 2013
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superss Cool place. I used to vacation up there & I never knew it even existed until only a few years ago.
Feb 15 2013
avatar of Kenndruuh
Kenndruuh Drove out to check this place out and as soon as I got over the fenced and scoped the place out I noticed a blue pick up truck sitting right outside of the fence. He didn't leave until I hopped back over and left the property. Under surveillance I guess?
Oct 25 2012
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kylesparling79 Does anyone know how many people died here?
Aug 20 2012