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    Kamloops, BC, The Center of the Universe

    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.

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    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.
    Phone: 1-250-395-0845

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    I was there last month.

    I could agree that this place is very close to the center of the universe.


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    ^ Funny, but that looks a few hours south, before Vernon, by car...But there are many views very similar to this...

    So, that must be the mighty Thompson River?...Not Kalamalka Lake...

    Think Predator Ridge as a golf destination...Maybe Nicklaus designed it, not sure...

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    It's about 15 min. West, overlooking Kamloops Lake.

    It's Tobiano, not Predator Ridge. Much better than Predator IMO.

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    Okay, not Nicklaus...And a links style course...

    Predator Ridge

    Fast Facts

    Par: 71
    Yardage: 7090
    Opened in 1991
    Architect: Les Furber
    Two-Time Host of the World Skins Game

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    Golf Digest 4.5 rating
    The Rolex World's Top 1000 Golf Courses
    Best BC Golf Course - voted by the Vancouver Sun
    ScoreGolf #9 Best Public Course in Canada

    But I digress...From the Center of the Universe...

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    How is it possible to have a "center of the universe," anyway?...Other than metaphorically...

    Aren't things in constant flux?...As the Earth spins, so does it revolve around another...

    Can their be a "constant" center?...

    Nice to know it's in Canada, just up the road from here, however...

    The latest I've heard, on the street, is that they are planning to build a massive wat in the area...No idea of the validity of that rumour...But it looks like gold fever will strike the region once more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    How is it possible to have a "center of the universe," anyway?
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    Please note there is a $20 admission charge
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    monks
    you be the judge

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    I've heard nothing whatsoever about go-go bars...Maybe Number 5 Orange (or whatever they were called) will open in the next "holler" over...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    30 kilometres east and 50 kilometers north of Kamloops
    Not on my map more like 30 west and 60 north

    Centre is arbitrary as relative to a viewpoint in curved Space, Fizz Sicks 101


    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    Rinpoche, or Master Teacher
    Yep well we've had afew Lobsang Rampa used to be workman in Clapham until churning out what folks wanted to hear became more profitable, I met an Ajarn once I think he was Momosexual


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    fire without an ignition source and the sounds of choral singing
    Well we got sticks n birds here

    However I do agree Brutish Clamberer is a lovely chunk of territory were not for the Comedians, In order to remain it's pristine splendour I suggest all the Labatts swilling lumberjacks be deported to Slyam forthwith
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    I miss grasshoppers roasting on an open wok...My favourite "Thai food"...

    Hey, Za...You can spell it "favorite," as well...Some might say it's the American way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    asshoppers
    It just aint cricket

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    Kamloops, BC, The Center of the Universe
    Call yourself a Canadian? Don't you know Toronto is the The Center of the Universe?

    It must be because all the people I've met who come from there think it is and tell everyone else


    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Maybe Number 5 Orange
    Well if one is looking for A Centre of A Universe there are worse places
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    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    St Catherine's is nice

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    ^^ I came from there at least once...Was there, in fact, when they won the Stanley Cup...

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