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iN VIDEO: Kamloops's Tranquille Sanatorium captured by drone

Drone footage shows a bird's eye view of the old Tranquille Sanatorium in Kamloops.
Image Credit: Bob McCuaig / YOUTUBE
November 05, 2020 - 7:30 AM

A local drone pilot has captured footage of the decommissioned Sanatorium in Kamloops.

The old Tranquille Sanatorium has long been a place of interest, and was recently named one of the ten most haunted places in Canada by Reader's Digest. 

Local Bob McCuaig explored the property with his drone, providing viewers with a glimpse of what the site looks like today. 

The Sanatorium opened in 1907 to house tuberculosis patients, and closed in 1958.

READ MORE: The deep, dark and mysterious history of Tranquille Sanatorium and psychiatric institution

Tranquille then became a psychiatric facility for those with mental and physical challenges, including mental illness, epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy. 

READ MORE: Spooky Tranquille Sanatorium? Staff loved it there

In 1991 the land was bought by an Italian developer, Giovanni Camporese, president of A&A Foods. He hoped to make the site into a destination for tourists.

A previous owner of the property painted murals on some of the buildings, but their plans to develop Tranquille as a tourist attraction never materialized.
A previous owner of the property painted murals on some of the buildings, but their plans to develop Tranquille as a tourist attraction never materialized.
Image Credit: Bob McCuaig / YOUTUBE

His idea turned to dust, but not before he painted some murals, which can still be seen on the buildings today.

The property is now called Tranquille Farm Fresh, and although currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they usually host escape rooms and heritage tours. 

READ MORE: Canada's only tunnel escape room to open in Kamloops


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