Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre’s First Exhibit

Behind the Bricks: Recovering the Stories of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital

After 89 years in operation, the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital closed in 1979. The property was largely abandoned and eventually fell into a state of disrepair. Most archival records and potential artefacts were lost during this time. Behind the Bricks explores this loss and examines how we can recover the stories of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital. It is also an invitation to join us on a journey to rebuild the lost archive and to make sure that the patients, staff, and neighbours of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital are not forgotten. 


  • Monday to Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Extended hours on Wednesday to 6:30 pm
  • Saturday 9 to 2 pm
  • January 26, 2017 to May 31, 2017
  • 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Lakeshore Campus
Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre
2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive