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Flight Options (as of 04/18)

Cathay Pacific flies directly to/from JFK (777-300ER).         
Economy:
12.5K BA OW
17.5K AS OW
20K CX OW (30K RT)

Premium Economy:
25K BA OW
20K AS OW
24K CX OW (36K RT)

Business Class:
37.5K BA OW
25K AS OW
30K CX OW (50K RT)

First Class:
50K BA OW
35K AS OW
40K CX OW (70K RT)
Air Canada flies directly to/from EWR (787-800).
Economy:
12.5K SQ, UA, AC OW

Premium Economy:
20K AC OW

Business Class:
20K SQ OW
25K UA, AC OW

There is also a Delta flight direct to/from JFK in the summer months (prices vary as expected from Delta).   

DP01 (07/13): CX availability becomes better closer to the flight. (MEIR613)
DP02 (04/18): CX availability disappears 3-5 days out on BA and AS. (SLMYRCB)


Food - BC Kosher List

Cafe Forty One (dairy - cholov yisrael) formerly Shuk Eat/Play
5750 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC
V6M 2V9, Canada
Tel: 604-563-4141
Delivery Service via Skip The Dishes (Fairmont Pacific Rim is not within the deliverable area)
"Really great, everything tasty good value, best Caesar Salad ever, and order pizza in advance for good "camp" like homemade yummyness." (shiframeir)
"Nice selection of pastries in addition to their dairy menu. The pizzas and sandwiches are very good." (SLMYRCB)

Nava Creative Cusine (dairy/pareve - non cholov yisrael)
950 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 676-7579
Located at the JCC - right around corner from Cafe Forty One

Omnitsky's Kosher (meat)
5775 Oak Street,
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 321-1818
Just across the street from Cafe Forty One

Sabra Bakery (meat)
3844 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 733-4912
Two miles down Oak Street near the Sharei Tzedek Shul

Maple Grill (meat)
1967 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V6J 1Z3, Canada
Tel: (604) 568-4885


Activities

« Last edited by SLMYRCB on April 13, 2018, 12:47:12 AM »

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #975 on: December 27, 2017, 11:40:48 PM »
What is there to do in Victoria? Is Vancouver nicer to visit?
Sounds like there aren't any kosher restaurants, is it interesting just to visit Victoria?
Same question. Mainly because it seems like a royal pain to fly in to YYJ if you're planning on spending all your time in Vancouver. Have to decide whether to keep my tickets from today's deal, and soon.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #976 on: December 28, 2017, 12:03:42 AM »
Same question. Mainly because it seems like a royal pain to fly in to YYJ if you're planning on spending all your time in Vancouver. Have to decide whether to keep my tickets from today's deal, and soon.
will delta compensate if i decide to cancel?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #977 on: December 29, 2017, 07:35:47 AM »
I have a business trip to Vancouver at the end of January, I'll either be there for two or three days. I'm probably going to be renting an Air BnB. Any suggestions on areas to stay in?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #978 on: December 29, 2017, 07:41:34 AM »
I have a business trip to Vancouver at the end of January, I'll either be there for two or three days. I'm probably going to be renting an Air BnB. Any suggestions on areas to stay in?

Downtown. Coal Harbour. 
If Hotel: Fairmont Pacific Rim

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #979 on: April 12, 2018, 01:23:12 AM »
Just returned from YVR.
I definitely recommend Cafe FortyOne. As a NYer (w/ plenty pizza options), their pizza is still something to very much enjoy. Pastries are great too. FYI they use a delivery service called "Skip the Dishes" which sets delivery radiuses and does not include the Pacific Rim. A real Pity.
On that note, I was not crazy about the Pacific Rim (blasphemous, I know). I think, they think, they are the best in the west. I do agree that their amenities (higher quality robes and slippers, bathroom TV, Nespresso machine etc) and design (subjective) is something of wow. But they believe it about themselves which makes the whole service aspect a bit ostentatious (garbage).
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Omnitsky Kosher has unbelievable deli sandwiches. Unbelievable! Really. They make their own delis and have this Canadian Smoked Meat which is great. Bit salty but very very good. Beware, they close at 6pm on weeknights, 8pm on Thursdays.

Overall, the kosher scene is not lacking in quality. Quantity? Yes, but no ones expecting that. Anyways, quality counts. Give me one great meal 10 times rather than ten separate lousy meals. Duh.

Cathay Pacific? As good as always.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #980 on: April 12, 2018, 11:48:42 AM »
Just returned from YVR.
I definitely recommend Cafe FortyOne. As a NYer (w/ plenty pizza options), their pizza is still something to very much enjoy. Pastries are great too. FYI they use a delivery service called "Skip the Dishes" which sets delivery radiuses and does not include the Pacific Rim. A real Pity.
On that note, I was not crazy about the Pacific Rim (blasphemous, I know). I think, they think, they are the best in the west. I do agree that their amenities (higher quality robes and slippers, bathroom TV, Nespresso machine etc) and design (subjective) is something of wow. But they believe it about themselves which makes the whole service aspect a bit ostentatious (garbage).
Next.
Omnitsky Kosher has unbelievable deli sandwiches. Unbelievable! Really. They make their own delis and have this Canadian Smoked Meat which is great. Bit salty but very very good. Beware, they close at 6pm on weeknights, 8pm on Thursdays.

Overall, the kosher scene is not lacking in quality. Quantity? Yes, but no ones expecting that. Anyways, quality counts. Give me one great meal 10 times rather than ten separate lousy meals. Duh.

Cathay Pacific? As good as always.
What did you do activity wise?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #981 on: April 12, 2018, 09:22:28 PM »
What did you do activity wise?
We did not do much. We went with the intention to relax, sleep-in and work remotely when necessary.
Outside of some unimpressive shopping, Stanley Park and roaming the city (which is beautiful especially considering the current Cherry Blossom season), we did the Sea to Sky Gondola and standard Whistler (snow) activities.

The Sea to Sky Gondola was alright, it was actually snowing but visibility was ok. Shannon Falls is right next door and proves a nice picture spot and/or picnic lunch.
Whistler was just great for relaxing, though I would have appreciated if the golf or tennis facilities were open.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #982 on: April 25, 2018, 11:40:35 AM »
have a 9 hr stopover in YVR for 9 hrs?
anything to do in this time frame?
where would be the closest to the airport to grab some food for dinner?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #983 on: April 25, 2018, 11:43:07 AM »
have a 9 hr stopover in YVR for 9 hrs?
anything to do in this time frame?
where would be the closest to the airport to grab some food for dinner?

Tons to do. Read some TRs.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #984 on: April 25, 2018, 12:09:02 PM »
Tons to do. Read some TRs.
Have my flight soon and won't have a chance to read up much, the stopover is not by choice (nothing else available) so might as well go out and do something
How long before flight do I need to be back in yvr airport?
Would uber be the best way to get around?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #985 on: April 25, 2018, 01:32:10 PM »
Have my flight soon and won't have a chance to read up much, the stopover is not by choice (nothing else available) so might as well go out and do something
How long before flight do I need to be back in yvr airport?
Would uber be the best way to get around?

Uber is not available in Vancouver yet.  Taxis are readily available at the airport.  I'd go downtown to the Fairmont Pacific Rim spa.  Get a treatment - spa access is great to relax, shower, sauna, steam room, hot tubs, ladies lounge, mens lounge, co-ed lounge to sit and have complimentary snacks and tea, sit outside and relax, read....if its not too cold.   9 hours is a long time.  Get to the airport 2 hours before.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #986 on: April 26, 2018, 11:55:37 AM »
Uber is not available in Vancouver yet.  Taxis are readily available at the airport.  I'd go downtown to the Fairmont Pacific Rim spa.  Get a treatment - spa access is great to relax, shower, sauna, steam room, hot tubs, ladies lounge, mens lounge, co-ed lounge to sit and have complimentary snacks and tea, sit outside and relax, read....if its not too cold.   9 hours is a long time.  Get to the airport 2 hours before.

Go by Canada Place waterfront - across the street from the Fairmont.  Fly Over Canada is a fun & quick attraction. 

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #987 on: May 16, 2018, 05:18:02 PM »
anyone ever flew on Philippines airline?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #988 on: Yesterday at 01:51:24 AM »
In whistler -4 season or fairmont ?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #989 on: Yesterday at 03:04:06 AM »
In whistler -4 season or fairmont ?
Do you want 5 star or 4 star?
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