Black and white photo of Riverview hospital


In 1904, the Province of British Columbia assumed title of 1,000 acres in Coquitlam that is known today as səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview and Colony Farm Regional Park. The Provincial Lunatic Asylum in New Westminster was filled beyond capacity and a new facility was needed. The site was cleared and regraded to prepare for building. The Province set up a temporary building in 1909, calling this the “Hospital for the Mind at Mount Coquitlam.”