WOODLANDS was a residential and treatment facility for the mentally disabled and ill located in NEW WESTMINSTER. It opened in May 1878 on a 12-ha site overlooking the FRASER R as the Public Asylum for the Insane and grew over the years to accommodate more than 1,000 residents in a series of buildings. In 1897 the name changed to Public Hospital for the Insane. By 1913 another facility, Essondale (now RIVERVIEW), had opened in nearby COQUITLAM and the hospital began to care for the mentally...

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