Caroline & Rashied and family returned late on the Monday from the USA as extensive shopping had to take place in various US outlet malls.
On the Tuesday they came out to us and we all visited the Fort that Fort Langley is named after. Another place with lots to do although initially a fine drizzle put a bit of a damper on it.
We ate in the RV and then they all returned to Tim’s.
Next up was the trolley bus tour of Vancouver. We decided that we would get off at two points, Prospect Point which has views over the harbour and the Lions Gate Bridge, and the Chinese garden.
Zara decided to entertain the people on the bus by giving them a royal wave much to everyone’s amusement.
Then we got off at Prospect Point where we had lunch and the terrible twosome were given sun glasses.
Then we got back on the bus and got off again at the Chinese garden.
Caroline and Rashied went off souvenier shopping again as they hadn’t bought all they wanted to.
On the Thursday we were invited to Brenda’s house (Emily’s mother) for a barbeque in the evening. So we decided to spend the day visiting Squamish and Shannon Falls as her as her house was at Horseshoe bay on the way back.
We went into Squamish to get something to eat and of course the obligatory shopping!!
Then we drove back to Brenda’s house for the barbeque. It overlooks Horseshoe Bay and the marina.
Brenda treated us to a great barbeque (with Tim on gas barbeque duty) and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
And then we reached the last full day before before Caroline, Rashied, Zaid and Zara were due to go back to the UK.
They still had some shopping to do so after returning their hire car we took the train into central Vancouver to “The Bay” (the shop named after the Hudson Bay company).
Then we went to Granville Island on the Water Bus.
You guessed it, more shopping took place, and we also had lunch there, before walking to Kitsilano (Kits) Beach for Zaid and Zara to get their last swim in Canada.
Tim and Emily joined us after work and we all walked back to the Afghan Horsemen for the family’s last meal out in Vancouver.
And suddenly it was Saturday the 14th and we arrived at Tim’s early to find they still hadn’t completely packed. They finally managed to get their clothes and all that shopping in their cases, plus a few extra carry on items!! Their luggage was a little bit overweight, but Zara did a good job of charming the airline staff, so they managed to check in without an extra costs. And then we had to say goodbye. Speaking for Anne and I we had a great time in Vancouver with them, and I think they thought the same!!
Afterwards we returned the car seats and the cot to the hire firm and then returned to the RV to relax!!
On Sunday we met up with Anna, Ian (Anna’s Dad) and Jim, Anna’s new partner, for breakfast at the White Spot, where we caught up with what they had been up to since we last saw them.
Monday was a day of rest and Tuesday was time to get the RV ready to move on. We met up with Tim and Emily in the evening for our last meal out in Vancouver.
And then on Wednesday we set off across Canada to reach the point we had decided to cross the border back into the USA, which is the next post.