Canadian Cactus in Kamloops

Q: Whatever happened to the cacti garden at Tranquille?

OUR ANSWER: Gosh, Lyn, this question sure takes us back in time…

When Tranquille Institution closed in 1985, the inevitable happened: the gardens slowly and sadly fell into disrepair as the property sat dormant. “The once-beautiful gardens were taken over by wild grass and weeds,” said our own avid history buff and editor of The Daily News, Mel Rothenburger. “Shame really.”

And… here’s a classic photo to go with it. If that link doesn’t work, go here and do a photo search for this: I-51949.

So it turns out that Tranquille was the name of a Sanatorium. Clever. I love the provincial photo archives.

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