Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery (‘Birken’) is located approximately 40 kilometres south of Kamloops, between Kamloops and Merritt, BC. Our logging road is a rough and bumpy ride through the forest – getting here is half the fun!
*Important Driving Alerts:
Some GPS navigation programs may give you incorrect directions and/or stop working on your way to Birken. PLEASE follow the rustic ‘Birken’ signs along both Roche Lake Road and Smith Lake Forest Service Road.
Please email (email@example.com) or call us (778-785-6059 – voicemail only) from Kamloops or Merritt if you are delayed past the expected arrival time you indicated in your registration form.
Birken is situated in a remote rural location. If driving, it is strongly recommended that you refill your gas tank in Kamloops or Merritt before arriving as there are no other gas stations on the way to or from Birken. Please also be aware that cell phone reception is intermittent between Merritt / Kamloops and Birken.
During certain periods of winter and spring, driving along the logging roads near the monastery can be especially challenging and potentially dangerous. Please plan to arrive at the monastery no later than 4:00pm during these seasons. Vehicles not equipped for rugged, off-road winter conditions are VERY LIKELY to get stuck or risk sliding down steep icy hills. While we cannot predict weather conditions on any given day, snow tires are mandatory in this area of BC from October 1 to March 31, and either four-wheel drive or chains are STRONGLY recommended.