The Centre of the Universe in Kamloops, British Columbia
There are many interesting sites you can visit in the Kamloops area and one of them is a short trip to the Centre of the Universe. The experience at the Centre of the Universe is not an attraction as you may think of one. This is a very spiritual place where people will come away with an experience based very much on what they believe in. Do not expect admission turnstiles and hotdog stands or souvenir shops. It is a quiet, rustic and isolated spot and we recommend that visitors do some research prior to visiting to have realistic expectations of what they will see and experience.
History of the Centre of the Universe
Over 25 years ago, in 1980 on a snowy November day, a mysterious man dressed completely in white robes arrived at Vidette Lake in Deadman Valley 30 kilometres east and 50 kilometers north of Kamloops. He claimed to have found the Centre of the Universe and introduced himself to the then owner of the Vidette Lake Gold Mine Resort in Kamloops, British Columbia. Not knowing what was happening, the owner replied “Welcome my friend,” and invited him into his cabin, a former 1860's Fur Trading Post.
The mysterious man turned out to be an apprentice monk who had been sent from San Francisco to verify the existence of the Centre of the Universe. Tibetan monks believe that the Centre of the Universe is located on the earth and using a series of tests, it can be verified. The Rinpoche, or Master Teacher, in San Francisco had simply pointed to a location on a map that he had never seen and claimed that it was the spot. He then sent the apprentice to the Kamloops area and on to Vidette Lake to conduct a series of tests. This was the white-robed man who showed up in 1980.
Once the apprentice monk had conducted a few tests and it was determined that this could very well be the Centre of the Universe, he returned to report back to his Master Teacher. The next visit that occurred was in 1984 and this time the Master Teacher and an entourage of followers attended. At the end of the tests including the calming of spirits by burning aromatic fuel in a fire, it was verified that this spot, on top of a grassy knoll with a commanding view of the valley and lake, was the Centre of the Universe.
Tests that passed when verifying the authenticity of the Centre of the Universe included geographic characteristics, shaped like the prow of a ship, pointed south, and sloping from north downwards to the south. Other tests include the spontaneous starting of a fire without an ignition source and the sounds of choral singing.
In 1988, a small but high-ranking group of monks arrived to try to convince the owner of the Vidette Lake Gold Mine Lodge to donate the land and even made initial arrangements to have the Dalai Lama who happened to be in Seattle at the time, to visit by helicopter. When a deal could not be reached to acquire the land and resort, the monks called off the visit.
Since 1980, monks and others seeking to become enlightened, pay their respects, and/or to satisfy their curiosity, continue to visit the site.
The site is said to emit power from at least three spots within a seven meter diameter and many feel it could be a much larger area. Ironically, unbeknownst to the monks, this site had been a special place for the local First Nations people to visit for over two hundred years.
Getting to the Centre of the Universe
The trip from Kamloops takes about 2 hours and the drive follows beautiful Kamloops Lake, up through the equally scenic Deadman Valley and on to Vidette Lake. Worth combining in a full-day trip would be a visit to an abandoned gold mine, Deadman Falls and an old pioneer abandoned homestead near the top of the Deadman Creek road. Tours should be arranged at the Vidette Lake Gold Mine Resort as there are no signs identifying the Centre of the Universe site, falls or homestead.
Please contact Vidette Lake Gold Mine Resort to arrange a tour.
Please note there is a $20 admission charge to view the Centre of the Universe.