4 Better or 4 Worse @the 4 Seasons

An amazing weekend away with your spouse at a five-star resort...without the five-star price tag! ACC is joining forces with SCC and MCC!
Sister churches Snohomish Community Church and Marysville Community Church will attend the Marriage Retreat with us this year!

April 27-29, 2018 at the Four Seasons in Whistler.

$375 total includes two nights lodging and four group sessions
Meals and travel/parking costs not included in price.

(There NO ONE on the waiting list as of 4/12! You would get the first opening if you join the wait list now.)

Our speaker this year will be Mike Fabarez, Senior Pastor at Compass Bible Church in Southern California. Click HERE for more about Mike.

There is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from near the Four Seasons, and Whistler Village is an easy 15-20 minute walk where you will be able to find everything from fine dining to fast food. Each of the resort rooms is equipped with a mini-fridge, so you can bring your own food, or pick something up at the grocery in Whistler Village.

Registration for the retreat has closed. You may join our waiting list by clicking the blue box above - a deposit is required.

We will have all of Saturday afternoon free to explore Whistler Village, go for a gondola ride, or just relax in your room. The Four Seasons has a fitness center and a heated outdoor pool. We will have more information about activities later, or click HERE for some ideas. Click HERE to see a tentative schedule for the weekend.

PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

Please be aware that a passport or enhanced driver’s license is required to cross the Canadian border. More information about obtaining a U.S. Passport or Washington State enhanced driver’s license is available online. Driving time from Lynnwood to Whistler is 4 will want to add additional time for any stops (including crossing the border) and traffic. Parking a vehicle at the Four Seasons is $18 per night (this is a special rate for ACC). There are also free lots nearby. You may wish to consider carpooling with another couple or two to split the cost of gas and parking. (Gas will cost $50-70 depending on the vehicle.)

Directions from Interstate 5

  • Take Interstate 5 to the border (becomes Highway 99 in Canada)
  • Follow Highway 99 North
  • Cross the Oak Street Bridge and continue on Oak Street
  • Turn left on West 49th Avenue
  • Turn right on Granville Street and cross the Granville Street Bridge
  • Take the Seymour Street exit off the bridge
  • After seven blocks, turn left on to Georgia Street
  • Continue West on to Stanley Park causeway and cross the Lion's Gate Bridge
  • Take West Vancouver exit off the bridge
  • Take first right on to Taylor Way
  • Turn left on to Highway 1 West
  • Take Squamish/Whistler exit on to Highway 99 North
  • Follow Highway 99 North to Whistler (approximately 1.5 hours)
  • Go past Whistler Village to Lorimer Road and turn right
  • Continue straight through the traffic lights at Blackcomb Way
  • You will reach Blackcomb Way a second time at the four-way stop sign at the end of Lorimer Road
  • Turn left on to Blackcomb Way
  • Take the first right into the Resort driveway  

Getting into Canada with a DUI is not as simple as showing up at the border with a valid United States passport. If you have ever been arrested or convicted for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, regardless of whether it was a misdemeanor or felony offense, you may be criminally inadmissible to Canada and denied entry.

  • It does not matter if you are arriving as a passenger in another person’s car.
  • It does not matter if you have no intention of driving in Canada at all. For example, 4 to 5 passengers a week who take the ferry to Victoria for a one-day walking sightseeing trip are turned back for DUI / DWI offenses even though they do not have a car with them.
  • There are no exceptions for fans, guests, officials, or anyone else entering Canada for special events.

“But my Friend Got Across …”
You may hear stories of people who were allowed to cross the border even though they had a drunk driving offense. Others will say that they were allowed to into the country 2 or 3 times but were then stopped the next time they tried to cross. Why? Because border officers have complete discretion to allow, or deny, entry to anybody. You may get across, or you may be stopped. You may get pulled in for interrogation, and then allowed to cross, or you may be sent back. The simple fact is – Canada considers drunk driving to be a serious offense

As a general rule, the older your conviction (10 years or more), the better the chance that you have of being allowed to enter Canada.

Several Things You Shouldn’t Do
Don’t lie. If you are caught misrepresenting your record your chances of ever getting across the border again will drop significantly. Canadian officers can ban you on the spot for an extended time and perhaps for life.

Secondly, do not attempt entry at a different border crossing on the same day thinking you have a fresh chance with a new officer. Denied admissions are updated immediately in a centralized database and will be visible at all ports of entry. If you look like you are trying to evade the system you will further jeopardize your ability to enter the country for the rest of your life.

Finally, there is a chance that the driver of the car or people traveling with you could also be deemed inadmissible (and even face criminal charges)  if they are aware of your inadmissibility and your intent to hide it.