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Unnecessary Mountain Hike
9:00 AM09:00

Unnecessary Mountain Hike

We’re going on a hike!

A good number of folks from the congregation along with a host of other guests will be meeting at the base of Cypress Mountain Ski Lodge and hiking up St Marks Summit and then continuing on to Unnecessary Mountain.

If this sounds appealing to you, please get in touch with us! We’d love to have a great crew making the ascent up St. Marks and on to Unnecessary Mountain.

Plus, isn’t it wonderful to be able to say that you did a (completely) unnecessary hike? We have been so greatly blessed by the Lord that in our leisure time we can scale mountains out of choice and not obligation.

Let all creation praise the Lord!


Bring a good amount of water

Wear solid hiking boots or shoes – there will be snowy and muddy parts

Sunscreen and bug spray

From ALL TRAILS description of the Hike:

Stage 1

To begin the hike, go to the Cypress Mountain parking lot (exit #8 off Hwy 1). Park at the farthest parking lot closest to the ski lodge. There is a BC Parks map at the trailhead and you there are plenty of sign posts marking ‘Howe Sound Crest Trail’ to get you started. The beginning stretch of the trail is well marked and maintained and should be easy to stay on track. The trek up to St. Mark’s Summit has recently undergone some major maintenance and is well-marked, wide, and easy traveling, aside from the steady gain in elevation. The hike to St. Mark’s Summit is about 5.5 km. Once at the summit, you will need to take a quick detour off the HSCT to the trails on your left to enjoy the view of Howe Sound.

-- 5.5 km one way (11 return)

Stage 2

After leaving St. Mark’s Summit and heading back onto the HSCT, you continue north with Mt. Unnecessary South and North peaks standing between you and the Lions. If you’ve ever wondered how Mt. Unnecessary received its name, you’ll now find out. The trail is not as well developed from here on, but there are still lots of trail markers. There is a steep climb up to Mt. Unnecessary Ridge. Provided you don’t scramble up the west Lion, this is actually the highest elevation for your trip at 1,542 m. Mt. Unnecessary offers spectacular scenery in all directions (Howe Sound to the west, North Vancouver to the East, and the Lions due north).

-- 16km one way (32 return) – approx 8 hours

Cypress Bowl to Unnecessary Mt day hike.

We traveled along this well marked trail and enjoyed meeting some great people along the trial. The trail is a series of ups and downs so you don't get prolonged downhill stress on your knees. Fantastic viewpoints along the way so bring your camera id it's sunny. This is a great day hike for the beginner and advance hiker. Since it is a turn around hike you can abandon the hike anytime you like and follow the trail back.  St Marks Peak is a good goal for the novice hiker and then you can try Unnecessary Mt if you are feeling fresh when you get to St Marks.

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Fundraising Bike Ride for Journey Home
8:00 AM08:00

Fundraising Bike Ride for Journey Home


Team Vancouver APC invites you to join us at the Ride for Refuge in Richmond!

We’re teaming up to provide support to Journey Home Community. This organization exists to serve newly arriving refugee claimant families in the Metro Vancouver area. Money raised from our fundraising bike ride will be allocated to providing housing, resettlement assistance, and relational support for refugee families seeking asylum in our city.

Speak with Gerald or Amanda about sponsorships or participation!


Goal: $1,000
Raised: $895
Donors: 10

90% of goal achieved

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2:00 PM14:00

Regional Pulpit Exchange with Reformed Churches

As part of an effort to build wider ties and greater familiarity within the Reformed churches of the Lower Mainland and Northwest Washington, an exchange of preachers has been set up. 

Our pastor, Rev. Van Eeden Petersman, will be proclaiming God's Word in Lynden, WA and Burlington, WA. 

Rev. Gary Zekveld of the New Westminster URC will be preaching in our worship services at 2PM and 4PM. 

 May the LORD be praised as we continue to grow in unity and fellowship together!


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Squamish Hiking Day
12:00 PM12:00

Squamish Hiking Day

Together with some delightful visitors from the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America (RPCNA), several of us from the congregation had a great hike in Squamish, BC! It was a rainy (of course) but delightful time of seeing God's good creation and spending time with fellow believers!

With our proximity to so many incredible scenes of spectacular creation, we are keen to get out and explore it together! Perhaps soon we can arrange a wintry snow-hike!

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