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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous drive to Vidette from Deadman turnoff on Hwy 1. Lots of lakes to relax at and once you get above the lodge the views are breathtaking. Great fishing location. Lodge is very rustic and suitable for those looking for quiet. Side trips can be had to a variety of natural sites.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
Thank Greg V
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Reviewed August 30, 2016

A group of friends and myself were recently exploring the Vidette Lake area. The trip into the area was fantastic. We visited an old pioneer homestead (ghost town), stopped at Deadman Falls, checked out Castle Rock Hoodoos Provincial Park, explored some old mines, and enjoyed all the beautiful lakes and fantastic scenery along the way. We were going to visit the Vidette Gold Mine Resort and the "Center of the Universe" but before we got there we had the unfortunate experience of meeting the owner Ray.
During our entire trip we made many stops to take pictures, have lunch and so on. When we arrived at this bluff overlooking Vidette Lake the road was very narrow, so we decided it would be safer to park off the road, we parked about 20 feet off the road on a well marked trail. We took in the sights, took some pictures and were just about to make our way down to the resort when Ray approached us on his 4 wheeler. There was no hello's or how you doing, it was straight into the most obnoxious tirade we had ever seen. He cursed us for trespassing on his land and riding onto his property. There was no reasoning with him at all, he just continued to swear at us until blue in the face.
We were stunned by his attitude and could not believe someone like this could actually run a resort. He has zero people skills and acts like an idiot, if a person was easily intimidated they would have feared for their life. There was absolutely no evidence of any type that we were on his land, we are always respectful of other peoples property and never leave garbage or damage any one else's property. Ray on the other hand, did a u turn on his four wheeler leaving deep ruts in the ditch, needless to say he was on a public road with his four wheeler which has no licence. After our altercation with Ray, we obviously bypassed the Vidette Gold Mine Resort. None of us will ever set foot on his property. My advice, the trip up into the area is well worth the time. Lots of great sights and curvy twisty roads to ride on. Just avoid Ray, who thinks he is the "Center of the Universe"

Room Tip: Find a different resort with friendly owners.
Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
10  Thank Lou R
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Through a friend of mine we ended op here, what an amazing peaceful place. No electricity, so a perfect place to wind down from everyday busy life. Very friendly host, Ray, he showed us the center of the universe. We stayed there for three nights, wished i had planned a few extra days there. I will go back there someday, that's for sure!

Room Tip: Docks cottage is double the price of the other cabin and definately worth it!
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank JdR01
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a hidden gem by the end of Vidette Lake. We stayed at the "Hudson" Cabin, and what a fantastic thing to wake up in the morning by the lake, three beavers and birds of prey, giving you the entertainment while eating bacon from the BBQ outside. The places was clean and the beds were comfy. The host (very friendly) gave us stories about the area and even took us on free trips to see the local nature sights; Fantastic!
It will take you about an hour on the Deadman Valley Road to get there, and keep your eyes open for the local wildlife on your way up. We even saw an eagle on our way down.
Remember to bring your own food. There was a big fridge with a small freezer at the Hudson Cabin, and both gas stove inside and a huge BBQ (gas) outside. There are no phone reception, but the host has a phone that works. Looks like the Hudson Cabin also would be nice in the wintertime, a huge wood-furnace inside + petroleum ovens.
While you are there, visit the Buddhist "Centre Of The Universe" and the local waterfalls, what great sights! The end Deadman Valley Road also connects to different backroads leading both north, and west, and you can easily come in from Loone Lake or Chasm.
Remember to fuel up and keep an be sure to have a spear tire.
Make sure to invite the host for dinner, he has got lots of great stories to tell, both from nature and the past history of the area, and maybe he can be convinced to take you on a short hike?
I brought my GF, my mother (nearly 70) and our infant (9 months old), and can't see there are ANY problems bringing a family. I know some of the people living in i.e. Kamloops, have their wedding-parties at this place, that has lots of beds for overnight guests.
Remember to call ahead and say when you are coming, since the host can not be on the phone 24/7, tending to his guests. There are canoes and boats and also a nice place to take your morning bath/swim at the lake. Lots of fish in the lake as well, if you bring your fishing permit.

Summary: Stay here if you want to experience nature, coziness and good company outside "the Grid". Wake up in the stunning silence of the forest and the lake. This is the real deal.
I will put some more pics on Panoramio / Google Earth

Room Tip: The Hudson Cabin, is maybe the most spectacular one, but there are other very nice cabins there as well. Talk with the host and he will guide you through what will suit your needs.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Mig S
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Rustic, quiet and beautiful - worth the drive up a very good gravel road. The cabin was clean, well equipped and had a fridge, stove, wood burning heater, running water and shower.
We stayed right near the water close to a dock so the kids could canoe and paddle boat (rent per day).
There is a communal fire pit but many nights we stayed on our large deck and just took in the lake view. There are many special treasures going to this great place - watch your wine - the horse is a bit of a lush :).

Room Tip: Docks cabin --- swimming pool = great lake (no actual pool though)
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank HappyHoliday81
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