In 2016 the city of Vancouver celebrated its 130th birthday. While considered a very young city by European standards, Vancouver has a rich history and culture all of its own. With the most temperate climate in all of Canada, Vancouver has been voted one of the most “livable cities” in the world.
Whether your interest is in the beauty of the urban landscape or the great outdoors, Vancouver fits the bill. Surrounded by water on 3 sides and mountains on the other, Vancouver is perfectly situated for a variety of outdoor activities as well as city exploits. When will your Vancouver missions trip or pilgrimage begin? Register for a pilgrimage or mission trip to Vancouver and discover the best of both worlds.
- Encounter the face of Christ in the many faces of his people in the bustling city.
- Ponder the beauty of God’s creation as you explore an old growth forest.
- Take in the beauty of the stained glass at historic Christ Church Cathedral.
- Experience an engineering marvel as you cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
- Kayak in the glacial fjord known as the Indian Arm.
- Peruse Chinese street food and colorful wares at the Chinatown Night Market.
- Serve with an organization that helps refugees to assimilate and learn English.
- Bring joy to local senior citizens with visits and recreational activities.
- Participate in a cultural exchange with youth from a local church.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized
to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a
description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
Day 1 – A Search for Something
Throughout history mankind has been entranced by the thought of the quest – that epic journey involving searching with purpose. We begin our week in British Columbia with hearts desiring just such a journey. Before heading north from Vancouver to Whistler, we will start the voyage as many explorers have done: with a celebration of the Eucharist. As we travel up the Sea to Sky Highway, we will stop along the way to take in some of the majestic sights of the great northwest. Every evening on the voyage we will take the time to discuss the progress of our quest. What are you searching for?
Day 2 – God’s Outdoor Sanctuary
This is the day that the Lord has made and this day we will seek the face of God in His outdoor sanctuary. We will explore the heights that make this area a haven for those who love the outdoors in every season. We will have the opportunity to do some hiking and experience firsthand the purple mountains’ majesty of the northern Rockies. In what setting do you feel God’s presence most tangibly?
Day 3 – The Wisdom of the First Nations
When we embark upon a journey of discovery, it is helpful to look at the paths left behind by those who have walked before us. There is much to be gleaned from the wisdom of others. Our exploration today will include a visit to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center. This local gem highlights the contributions made by the First Nations peoples in British Columbia. As we ponder the ways of life from so long ago, we will consider how well we heed the wisdom that has been handed down for generations. Part of our day will be spent giving back to the local community as we serve an organization that supports the less fortunate in the Whistler area.
Day 4 – Shaped By The Past
We will depart Whistler in the morning with an eye toward Vancouver. We will stop on the way for a little adventure in the old growth forest. As we begin our time in Vancouver, we will explore some of the older parts of the city. This fabulous waterside town has a colorful history and a melange of cultures. These elements come together to create a most unique experience. While we continue the quest we will consider how the past shapes the present and affects the future.
Day 5 – Which Path?
As we journey through life, it becomes apparent that choices always have consequences. The paths we follow become part of the story of our journey. In the life of faith, the journey toward the heart of God is the quest of a lifetime. We will think about our personal journeys of faith today as we participate in a time of community service as well as taking time to compare and contrast the labyrinth and the maze. Does God want us to walk in confusion or confidence? What does the path of peace look like? How much and how often are we willing to serve? Along what kind of path is your journey?
Day 6 – The Wonder of Creation
Water is essential to the life and history of Vancouver. The ocean, lakes and rivers are sources of food, energy, transportation and resources. Our exploration today will include Stanley Park, Vancouver’s most treasure green space. We will hike the seawall and take some time relaxing in the park. Our afternoon will take us to the beach for some sun and fun. Our question for the day will be: do we consistently feel a sense of wonder at the beauty and complexity of God’s creation?
Day 7 – A Cultural Mosaic
Our final day in town will be an immersion into the cultural mosaic that is Vancouver. We will spend the morning at one of North America’s most celebrated outdoor markets. Our fearless explorers will have the opportunity for some final open exploration in the afternoon. Our evening will be spent in a final time of celebration at the Chinatown night market. We will finish up our week with a final time of discussion and prayer.
Day 8 – Continuing the Quest
We have spent the week on a marvelous journey. We have explored, shared, and enjoyed some very unique experiences. As our Northwest Quest draws to a close, we send our pilgrims home with the challenge to stay on the journey, to keep seeking, and to live with purpose.