Great Canadian Road Trip Diary

July 1
We’re packing our bags and boarding the plane! Flying out west to begin AFC’s first-ever Great Canadian Road Trip! We will spend the summer meeting some of our 2020 grant recipients and learning more about their creative and compassionate initiatives.

July 8
Our 8,200 km journey began today in Dawson City, YT. In 2020 AFC granted $10,000 to St. Paul’s Anglican Church to help restore Stringer House named after Bishop Isaac Stringer, the famous “bishop who ate his boots.”

July 14
The trip from Dawson City to Vancouver along the Cassiar Highway was scenic but looong! A full 3,000 km—the longest leg of this Great Canadian Road Trip. But we finally made it to Vancouver and our friends at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. In 2020, AFC funded several COVID-19 response initiatives.

July 21
It was another gorgeous drive and a much shorter journey than the first! It’s just a few hours from Vancouver to Vernon, a town famous for its downtown murals and for the magnificently xeriscaped grounds at All Saints Church on 27th Street. The project, 1 of 20 funded through AFC’s 2020 Climate Care RFP, showcases the congregation’s concerns about climate change and its efforts to reduce water consumption.

July 28
We filled the gas tank more than a couple of times, but we made it from Vernon, B.C., to Prince Albert, SK, with a stop at Wanuskawin Heritage Park to take in the stunning view of the Opimihaw Valley! Having arrived safely in the Diocese of Saskatchewan, we’re catching up with Michael Lyons, who shares what a 2020 AFC grant has meant to him.