We woke to an alarm we were not expecting at 4.50 am. We forgot to check the bloody bedside clock. When we next awoke it was 8.20 and a fine mild and sunny morning. We ate at the buffet breakfast downstairs and headed down to Gas Town. We had been in touch with Tim Bourassa yesterday and learned he and Beau were working for the Big Bus company that ran tourism buses around Vancouver. Tim arranged a free pass for the four of us and we gratefully accepted and boarded the bus by the steam clock and rode the bus all but two stops around the circuit eventually getting off in Chinatown. We walked a while and had a coffee and a light snack and then completed the walk to Gas Town. We shopped for a while then returned to the bus booth to see what else they suggested we see. We had around 90 minutes to fill in till we met up with Tim & Beau for tea at the Old Spaghetti Factory. We visited the Lookout tower, 140 metres or about 40 floors above the port area of Vancouver. Lance has a problem with heights and declined but the three of us went up and enjoyed the spectacular views.
We returned to the ground, found Lance, and went to the restaurant and met up with Tim and his wife and their three children and Beau and his partner. We had a good feed and a wonderful evening catching up with them and all that has happened. It had been 14 years since we last saw Tim and around 10 since Beau returned to Canada. It was really great to see them again and we invited them to visit us back in Melbourne when they can. We walked to Canada Place with Tim and family and chatted a bit more then said our goodbyes and walked back to the Hotel.