For quite some time I’ve been thinking I ought to go to the Center of the Universe, especially with it being so close by. I decided to move this ‘ought to’ to a ‘will do’ when I was passing time in Athens airport, and I browsed through a Lonely Planet guide on Canada. I looked up my town, thinking “What on earth will they say about Kamloops?” I was thrilled to see in the Text in a Box (meaning ‘this is going to be interesting’) the title The Center of the Universe. And right there, in Lonely Planet, amongst maybe two hotels, a couple of restaurants and not much else to say about Kamloops, is the Center of the Universe.. how to get there, and what it’s all about. Given that I suspect the large majority of Kamloopsians don’t know this exists, it was quite a delight and surprise to see it Lonely Planet. But I had never seen it in person! Today was the day!
You will find conflicting histories when you google it… mostly around when this location was deemed to be the center of the universe. But the gist is that a monk came in search of the Center of the Universe .. somewhere between 10 – 25 years ago, (depending on the story) He found it, brought a group of monks who performed the required tests.. which includes some tests like that things will self ignite. The location passed the test and was deemed the Center of the Unverse. At the time, apparently the owners of the property wouldn’t sell to the Buddhists. The current owners will allow you on the site, for a small fee, which I’m sure just helps them to deal with things like maintaining the area and the occasional vandalism and such. I really enjoyed meeting Ruth, who owns the resort, and I look forward to going back for tea one day!
I’ll make no judgements on whether this is the Center of the Universe or not. One must remember that quantum science intrigues me… and the concept of one spot that is the center of one universe almost seems limiting. However, there is something rather unusual about the spot… The energy on the ‘outskirts’ of it feels chaotic… but as you get closer to the location, it really is a lovely energy.. and very beautiful scenically. It was a delightful place to do a ‘visualization’.. and what I saw made me laugh with joy out loud. (My family gets to hear the details though, before I throw it out into the wild blue public.)
It is a place I’ll joyfully go back to and I highly recommend this excursion to the Center of the Universe. If you’re a Kamloopsian, doesn’t this make you curious? If you had a Lonely PLanet guide for a different country and it had a BOXED TEXT about a place you were at… bet you’d seriously consider going to check out what that was all about. And here we are, in little Kamloops, with our very own BOXED Text in Lonely Planet. Cool. But don’t go if you feel like you’re going to check out the circus, just to say you’ve been. Do go if you feel like you would like to be in a place that Buddhist Monks have deemed the Center of the Universe.
The other thing to note: as we drove up there, the landscape was extraordinary. Think ‘similar – ish to Cappodocia, Turkey’. Sort of. Amazing castle- like hoodoos, in an array of colours. I hope that travellers to Kamloops do go on this adventure. It’s definately something to write home about. Imagine the letter: “the most amazing magical hoodoos that look like a hundred wizards walking out of the mountain, and some that look like a castle at the top of a waterslide.. and then, Ma and Pa, I came to the Center of the Universe….” ( At which point Ma and Pa are emailing you to say, “perhaps you should come home now, dear)
Also mentioned in Lonely Planet, not boxed, although it could be, is Squilax Hostel, owned by the delightfully unique owner/operator Blair Action… It’s not quite ‘Kamloops’.. It’s on shuswap Lake, on the water, where one can stay in cabooses, or a converted boathouse, and pet Llamas It’s a very cool place. That would add an interesting touch to the letter home… “and I’ve been spending my nights in a caboose.”
I would adore talking to others who have been to the Center of the Universe.. and hear what they thought, sensed, wondered…
Did you hear the choir that some hear? Been there? Please share your comments!