The Vike Factor
By Barb Campbell
June 1, 2013
Beautiful Backcountry Canada Online Magazine
For nearly a decade, people have shared personal sightings and encounters with Canadian ufologist and paranormal researcher Brian Vike. In turn, Brian has shared those stories through radio programs, documentaries, TV news, and newspapers and through a number of his own research websites but how well do we really know him?
Vike was born in Coquitlam which is located ten to fifteen kilometers east of Vancouver, British Columbia. The name Kwikwetlem derives from the Coast Salish who have lived there since the last ice age and it means “red fish up the river”.
The topic of flying saucers, little green men or Sasquatch was never discussed around the home, as his father never believed in such things. A young child, Brian never saw anything unusual in the skies but he was exposed to black and white television. He remembers watching Invaders from Mars, a 1953 science fiction film directed by William Cameron Menzies and he says that at the time, it scared the hell of him and gave him nightmares for years!
A teenager, Brian was passionate about the subject of science and also loved woodworking. He had dreams of becoming a sports fisherman who travels but a person couldn’t make a living that way. Vike would hear the odd story about Sasquatch. Curious to learn more, he borrowed a few books from the library and soon became hooked.
It was easy to find a good paying job and so Brian left school part way through eleventh grade to work for Canfor Plywood mill in New Westminster. He took on various other jobs as he moved around, including the parts department of Admiral Appliances and Televisions.
In the 1960’s, Vike joined the American Association of Variable Stars Observers (AAVSO founded in 1911) and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada who roots originate in Toronto back in 1868. He also volunteered at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (Planetarium founded in 1968).
Later in Life
Vike married in his mid-twenties and had two children. He then moved his family from Surrey to some property just a few miles outside of Houston. Later Vike moved into the town where he remarried in 1999.
Brian is very proud of his children and grandchildren. His son is single and his daughter is married and living with her husband and two children in Kamloops, B.C. Growing up, they were most certainly exposed to their father’s thoughts on the subject of what might be out there and they may have often wondered but they always supported his beliefs.
Personal experience, Vike has seen some strange lights in Houston over Mount Harry Davis. In mid-2000, he started up a free website with Geocities and then began looking into the topic of UFO’s following Peter Davenport and Stanton Friedman.
He appeared regularly on CJFW FM out of Terrace, B.C. providing updates as to what people were reportedly seeing in the skies over the listening area and it was a success. Around this time, CBC radio interviewed Brian about a rather interesting case involving three women and their boomerang sighting in the skies over Telkwa.
A reporter from CFTK News drove down from Terrace to meet with Vike to discuss the sightings throughout the northwest and then again when a farmer in Vanderhoof had reported the appearance of crop circles in his field during the fall of 2001.
In June of 2009, Brian announced his retirement from the field of research citing that he had focused every moment on the topic and that it was time to spend moments with his family. He sold his research websites to hotel and aerospace entrepreneur Robert T. Bigelow’s BAASS but his passion soon got the better of him and so he returned to his work four months later.
Reports continued to come in from every corner of the globe and they have certainly become time consuming. Due to health issues, Vike recently decided to focus his attention on Canadian cases only.
Brian’s opinions or views on the topic have not changed since his childhood days. He is a firm believer and still wonders about what might be out there. There are some people, he says, who may have pulled the wool over his eyes in filing nothing more than a hoax but most he believes have reported something they have really seen.
Brian is grateful to the editors and reporters of the Black Press across the province that really helped him along in his journey in the beginning. If he could live his life over again, he would not change a thing other than his back problem, which is understandable. As a researcher and investigator, Vike feels we have not come any closer to finding the answers we seek. To the younger generation who wish to take up this field of research he says to follow your passion and dreams and certainly keep an open mind.
If you do see something strange, Brian says, be sure to look someone up and file a report. It helps a lot!
March 8, 2017 note: I wrote this article back in 2013, for my online magazine. Brian has been retired for the past few years now. He currently operates a blog where he shares scenes of British Columbia through his beautiful photographs. You can visit his site here. For those who are familiar with Brian, his work and years he's put in to it, I thought you might appreciate this little article. Perhaps add it to your own archives. :)
Brian, thank you for contributing many years to UFO, paranormal and Bigfoot research. I have known you since my own humble beginnings back in 2004. I am grateful for and appreciate how you, as a colleague, have always been there for me. You have always been open, direct, and trustworthy. No beating around the bush. You are an amazing person. Thank you. :)