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Title: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on February 09, 2010, 04:59:34 PM
I am planning to go from NYC to Vancouver (YVR) in June, what will be my deal with mileage? I have A lot of SPG, CO, US Air points

Looking to fly b/c.

What about any nice kosher places to Eat??
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 09, 2010, 05:13:04 PM
That's easy!
Redeem AA miles for travel on the nonstop JFK-YVR on Cathay Pacific.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Schneur on February 09, 2010, 05:43:09 PM
Well the best flight is with Cathay Pacific Airways out of Hong Kong, Excellent Airline.

they are one world, so you can redeem BA miles or AA.

also even though it is an international flight, it is only 25,000 miles for a coach ticket!!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 09, 2010, 05:45:44 PM
I am planning to go from NYC to Vancouver (YVR) in June, what will be my deal with mileage? I have A lot of SPG, CO, US Air points

Looking to fly b/c
id say cathay pacific, because its a oneworld, you could use aa miles for it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2010, 12:00:18 AM
I beleive BA will charge fuel surcharges for a Cathay flight but I'm not sure.

AA definitely won't.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Schneur on February 10, 2010, 12:17:35 AM
i have booked cathay flights with ba miles, total taxes are around $50
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2010, 12:55:57 AM
i have booked cathay flights with ba miles, total taxes are around $50
$50 for which flight?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Schneur on February 10, 2010, 09:04:04 PM
Dan, $50 for the NYC - YVR in taxes.

Yosel, there are a few places to eat, look here http://www.lubavitchbc.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/422525/jewish/Visitor-Information.htm
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on June 08, 2010, 03:28:57 PM
could anybody offer me any good deal for a hotel room in downtown Vancouver Checking in Sunday June 13 checking out Wednesday June 16 (late checkout) for 2 people

I am currently booked at the Hotel La Soleil
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: theeari on June 08, 2010, 11:14:07 PM
Check out the new Maple Grill restaurant. it is supposed to be amazing.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YOSEF on June 08, 2010, 11:17:49 PM
Check out the new Maple Grill restaurant. it is supposed to be amazing.
From my own experience, IT IS!!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on June 09, 2010, 10:00:53 AM
Check out the new Maple Grill restaurant. it is supposed to be amazing.
maple grill is under the supervision of BCK, is this a good hechsher?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on June 09, 2010, 10:19:37 AM
That's easy!
Redeem AA miles for travel on the nonstop JFK-YVR on Cathay Pacific.
Thanks, Dan.
I'm booked in biz, now i need a fantastic deal on a hotel willing to pay $250 per night in downtown Vancouver 06/13/2010-06/16/2010 (late check out)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on June 09, 2010, 02:33:51 PM
can anybody give me any nice ideas as to what to do in vacouver afternoon and nights
Thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YOSEF on June 09, 2010, 08:33:15 PM
maple grill is under the supervision of BCK, is this a good hechsher?

If thats BC Kosher, then yes!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on June 10, 2010, 08:59:04 AM
If thats BC Kosher, then yes!
thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on June 16, 2010, 10:08:57 AM
how much time do i need to give my self at YVR going to JFK via cathay pecific in biz, for the US costums line, leaving tonight?

do they have a special line for b/c travelers?
thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on June 30, 2010, 05:48:10 PM
Check out the new Maple Grill restaurant. it is supposed to be amazing.
Thanks
for all your help, yes! we tried the Maple Grill the food was absolutely great ........
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on July 01, 2010, 12:24:59 AM
Did you have a chance too go out too whistler?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on July 01, 2010, 09:07:11 AM
Did you have a chance too go out too whistler?
no
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on July 02, 2010, 12:02:14 PM
can anybody give me any nice ideas as to what to do in vacouver afternoon and nights
Thanks

Capilano suspension bridge & Grouse mountain are both great. In that order. Whale watching is expensive but where else will you have killer whales swimming under your boat  :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ron dimbert on August 03, 2010, 12:12:23 PM
Dan, et al...

Leaving shortly for a Tour/Cruise of Alaska;  cruise ends in Vancouver on a Friday morning (8/27).  Flying home on Sunday morning (8/29).

Any suggestions on where I should stay (with wife) for Shabbos that will be accessible to food, a shul and, perhaps, some interesting sites to see on Shabbos afternoon?

Thanks for your input.
 ::)  rondee
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on April 24, 2011, 01:51:18 PM
does anyone have any ideas for me- needs to be inside because the weather is not great today.

mods: feel free to move to a diff topic if you think it is in the wrong place
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Crown Street on May 19, 2011, 01:27:53 AM
I booked the sheraton wall centre in vancouver for a few nights in june using cash and points. Does anyone know if its worth it to switch to the westin by the airport?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: kingsfan33 on June 07, 2011, 12:51:10 AM
how was/is sheraton wall centre?
i am going june14-17.
was looking for a starpoints friendly hotel.
any advice would be appreciated. thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 06, 2011, 12:58:40 AM
How far is maple grill from the airport ? I have a six hour stopover but without luggage is it worth it and would I make it?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on July 06, 2011, 09:14:16 AM
How far is maple grill from the airport ? I have a six hour stopover but without luggage is it worth it and would I make it?
it is about a 15-20  min drive obviously depending on traffic. From what i hear if you are used to new york food it is not worth it. If you are not or you are not expecting new york level food than it is worth it
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 29, 2011, 10:21:28 AM
Can anyone help w/ a 1 day car rental?

Sun. Aug. 14...seems to be tricky/expensive in YVR..a local location would do the trick too. (age 24)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 31, 2011, 12:47:17 AM
Can anyone help w/ a 1 day car rental?

Sun. Aug. 14...seems to be tricky/expensive in YVR..a local location would do the trick too. (age 24)

Thanks!
I'm 24 and used usaa with budget for sixty bucks on the tenth of august from yvr
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 31, 2011, 03:09:07 AM
for the 10-12 i picked up a decent price w/ enterprise using lkwd. Problem is that Sunday the 14th is like $100 per day!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 31, 2011, 03:14:51 AM
I'm 24 and used usaa with budget for sixty bucks on the tenth of august from yvr

can u post the usaa code? thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 31, 2011, 06:50:08 PM
can u post the usaa code? thanks
It's worth signing up with them. Go to usaa.com or do it over the phone. It's free and there's no reason not to sign up. Then you book it through the website using your account and this way it's legit and you get a discount besides for not paying this silly underage fee. If they check to see if your a member you will come through clean. If you want I can post the code.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 01, 2011, 02:31:06 AM
I actually am a real USAA member so I just logged in and what do you know, they gave me the code and now I got a Budget reservation for that Sunday for $55!

Everyone else wanted over $100 :)

thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 01, 2011, 09:41:06 AM
Sure no problem! I hope you got the code for the free upgrade as well they are two separate codes.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 01, 2011, 11:48:54 AM
Sure no problem! I hope you got the code for the free upgrade as well they are two separate codes.

what code? is it on the usaa site?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 02, 2011, 12:18:28 AM
what code? is it on the usaa site?
Yes just look for it when they direct you to the rental agency website
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 02, 2011, 03:19:05 AM
ok, thx

is it too late to add it to the reservation once it's been made?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 02, 2011, 09:22:47 AM
ok, thx

is it too late to add it to the reservation once it's been made?
I don't think you can online but you should be able to call up the rental company direct. If nit just rebook your car and cancel the first one to ensure you get the right reservation.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 02, 2011, 08:22:00 PM
I am landing in Vancouver at eight am and depart at eleven thirty pm. No luggage. What is a good itinerary?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 02, 2011, 08:29:39 PM
for lunch why not try sabras and for dinner head to maple grill...in between you can do a hike or go to the suspension bridge..do you have a car?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 02, 2011, 10:22:40 PM
for lunch why not try sabras and for dinner head to maple grill...in between you can do a hike or go to the suspension bridge..do you have a car?
Yeah I do, you should know that by now! Lol! What's this bridge thing? Also any ideas on a hike?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 03, 2011, 03:48:53 AM
true, i conceed the point :)

it's something like capilano suspension bridge...however google around as the real one costs a heck of a lot of change...i went to the free one which is just as good and obviously alot of other people who were there thought so too. its in middle of the most beautiful nature and there are hiking trails there so it should keep you busy for a couple hours...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 03, 2011, 09:47:51 AM
Sounds great thanks for the idea
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 10, 2011, 01:21:39 AM
anyone got any tips for a day trip in nature but no too exerting?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 11, 2011, 12:44:12 AM
well, granville island was a great choice...nice place to walk around and window shop and even pick up a couple interesting things

on the food perspective, falafel plus just went from dairy to fleishig and serves up shwarma and does quite a decent job at it too...great service though prices are bit high but still considerably lower than sabra restaurant across town...would highly recommend it
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 18, 2011, 08:32:30 PM
Here are some trip notes on my recent swing through YVR. I hope they are helpful!

Rental Car: Went with Enterprise on SW Marine Drive for a 2 day rental ($50 per day). Got the $10 underage (>25) waived thanks to LKWD corp. They don't charge a fee when taking the car to the US unlike budget which charges $10 per day.

Officially, the local Budget only rents to 25 and older but with USAA corp, I had no trouble. They are open on Sunday and at $54 after taxes, it was half of Enterprise. They don't pickup like Enterprise though :(

Service at both locations is great. 

Food: Much has been posted in the thread about it, but a quick recap. Falafel Plus went Meaty from Dairy/Pareve and makes a solid shwarma and falafel. Sabra is overpriced but the falafel and baked goods are great.

Nava's Cafe @ the JCC - it ain't Cholov Yisroel - aside from the Pizza or anything that has exclusively mozzarella cheese, mind the keilim and ask your LOR - nice variety of sandwiches, salads, baked goods and wraps - service is great - pricing is fair. 

Omnitsky's  - it's the local kosher mini-market. Full deli takeout counter. Pricing is a bit high. Amazing sandwiches such as the Smoked Montreal Beef. They make their own hot dogs and their potato salad is one of the better ones around. Service is rather fast and nice. Personally, I think it gets the highest all around grade.

Garden City Bakery - located in Richmond, small and not much of a selection but not to bad though.

Maple Grill: Had heard a tremendous boatload about it and had high hopes...service time rivals that of Summer Grill down in SD but takes a close second with ETA of 1 hour. Food was OK.

Went with Spring Rolls, Maple Burger, Tortilla Salad, Onion Rings, Chocolate brownie, 'Milk'shake. The dessert and drink stood out but am afraid to say the others were average. Pricing is decent depending where you come from. They seemed under staffed having 3 waiters for the 30-40 folks inside.

Activities:

Kayaking at Granville Island is great. You can even do stand up paddling if you wish. Don't go for more than 2 hours as it's overkill. It's nice to browse around all the stores there and they had a couple great street entertainers that put on great magic/tricks.

Grouse Mountain offers a gondola ride up to breathtaking peaks as well as a ski lift to get down. You can hike as well. There are many activities to do at the top such as ziplining, parasailing and more. They have a couple cute shows atop the mountain as well. It's a must do.

Enjoy!

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on December 29, 2011, 11:38:31 AM
Looking for ideas for a nice, relaxing and fun 2-4 day trip from Vancouver to somewhere interesting in Canada after Pesach....TIA!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 01, 2012, 04:19:43 PM
Im"h doing Vancouver and Seattle April 15-19. Where are the right locations for hotels?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 01, 2012, 09:55:48 PM
Im"h doing Vancouver and Seattle April 15-19. Where are the right locations for hotels?

For Seattle try something near Pike's Place market in downtown....in Vancouver there are a couple Fairmonts...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 01, 2012, 09:57:16 PM
I'm looking for something serene and relaxing. Still recommend center of town?
And I have no affiliation with fairmont.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 01, 2012, 10:06:35 PM
I'm looking for something serene and relaxing. Still recommend center of town?
And I have no affiliation with fairmont.

for seattle that's likely the most interesting part....you could try the marriott on the waterfront...was at a wedding there years back and it was pretty nice...for vancouver can you make it out to whistler? you could try something on vancouver/victoria island...groupon/living social has had some deals recently..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 03, 2012, 12:18:15 AM
@PlatinumGuy...perhaps look into Squamish BC...its about an hour from Vancouver and is scenic and there are some great hikes in the area..check out Executive suites (girabaldi) there was a groupon for it last week that might still be around..had a great time there..

i'll hope to be in vancouver the same dates as you should you require any 'roadside assistance/concierge services' :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Q274 on April 05, 2012, 10:08:24 PM
If anyone will be here for pesach, we can try to setup a do
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 06, 2012, 04:27:36 AM
@PlatinumGuy...perhaps look into Squamish BC...its about an hour from Vancouver and is scenic and there are some great hikes in the area..check out Executive suites (girabaldi) there was a groupon for it last week that might still be around..had a great time there..

i'll hope to be in vancouver the same dates as you should you require any 'roadside assistance/concierge services' :)
Trip fell through, have to do Paris instead.... But another time.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 28, 2012, 04:23:13 PM
I'm going to add a couple tidbits to this thread...

Thanks to Groupon, I discovered this place called Cowboy and Angels where you can paint your own pottery. Same idea as Color Me Mine in the US (do they exist outside LA?). Prices were very reasonable and the service was amazing...great way to spend an afternoon.

There is a new falafel shop in downtown called Zatar Hummus Bar that is open until 3 am (!!!) every night. The two Israelis running it are really nice and make great food too. Always good to have a place to run to in a pinch..all the city needs now is a normal pizza shop..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 02, 2012, 11:18:46 PM
Any way to get from YVR to SEA w/o paying an exorbitnat amount for a hertz one way rental?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on June 03, 2012, 02:04:01 PM
Any way to get from YVR to SEA w/o paying an exorbitnat amount for a hertz one way rental?

that's a tough one
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 03, 2012, 02:14:56 PM
Any way to get from YVR to SEA w/o paying an exorbitnat amount for a hertz one way rental?
AS with BA miles?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on June 03, 2012, 02:24:47 PM
AS with BA miles?

ba.com says that they/partners dont fly that route
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 03, 2012, 03:40:39 PM
PUTPAC
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on June 03, 2012, 04:32:30 PM
PUTPAC

i didnt call it was online...can such a thing only be done over the phone?

has anyone done lax-sea or lax-yvr...how many avios....7,500?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 11, 2012, 01:52:11 AM
AS with BA miles?
Ouch. Just saw this. (Oddly at the same time as I saw your reply in our KE discussion)

Thanks for idea.


I did check it at the time - avail is very generous. Its 4.5k + $85 (using USA acct) for some reason. Cannot be booked online. I did want to do it, as never flew AS before, but ultimately it required me to leave YVR  2 hours earlier than driving would, considering there's passport control before departure. In retrorespect, I heard driving 50 over in CA is mandatory arrest, so it was quite stupid of me to drive. B'h I didn't get caught.

There seems to be some issue with taxes when renting from YVR to SEA, as I was waiting for someone to join me & spent the time getting quotes from all the rental car companies. They all had cars that had to go down and were quite happy I would do it, but none would give it to me for less than 150. (Daily rate was $35 all in for a local return)

Zaater felalfel is right in downtown, just a minute or two drive from the waterfront area. It is one of the best felafels I have ever had. Very wholesome. The owner is quite nice (Israeli style). It is clean and nice inside. The city is very Chinese, and we saw some assimilation in zaater, nebech.
Just a word of caution, all they have is felafel. I was kinda planing on schintzel or something, but nada.


A small Fyi for someone flying into YVR, don't take the bus from the int'l terminal to the car rental place, just cross the street and walk 50 feet to the right.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 12, 2012, 02:05:44 PM
Anyone have any suggestions for a nice day trip off the beaten track out of YVR?

Has the new dairy restaurant in the Chabad Center opened for business?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mainstain123 on July 12, 2012, 09:52:41 PM
is westin grand or sheraton wall centre nicer?what about the westin harbor
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Bp on July 12, 2012, 11:31:59 PM
is westin grand or sheraton wall centre nicer?what about the westin harbor
didnt stay at the westin, but it looked like a new property,and a great location, right on the water in downtown
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 13, 2012, 01:41:13 AM
didnt stay at the westin, but it looked like a new property,and a great location, right on the water in downtown

any highlights to share?

any nice places anyone know of for a camping trip in the bc area?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 14, 2012, 06:25:59 PM
found a campsite - http://www.klahaniecampground.com - now its time to find some activities in squamish...anyone have any advise?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: theeari on July 15, 2012, 10:35:20 PM
Whitewater rafting. I went back in the day.

I would drive up to Whistler and go ATVing.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 16, 2012, 06:15:27 AM
Whitewater rafting. I went back in the day.

I would drive up to Whistler and go ATVing.
is it worth driving all the way up for the atv vs going somewhere local?

where did you stay in whistler?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 16, 2012, 02:17:43 PM
http://www.getyourguide.com/vancouver/vancouver-attraction-passport-90-day-validity-t23491/

seems like a good deal
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 16, 2012, 10:33:05 PM
How many days do people recommend going to YVR for?
Activities suitable with an infant?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 16, 2012, 10:44:35 PM
Depends if you want to visit only the Vancouver metro or the various places around it (whistler, seattle, etc etc)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on August 16, 2012, 11:13:53 PM
How many days do people recommend going to YVR for?
Activities suitable with an infant?

Is this considered suitable? :)
 http://www.capbridge.com/
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Bp on August 16, 2012, 11:16:07 PM
How many days do people recommend going to YVR for?
Activities suitable with an infant?

I think 2- 2 1/2  ,

I loved the fairmont pacific rim,  awesome views the property is very new,
(http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/1491/img002552012071114001.jpg)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 17, 2012, 12:35:34 AM
Depends if you want to visit only the Vancouver metro or the various places around it (whistler, seattle, etc etc)
Metro or within 1 hour.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: theeari on August 17, 2012, 10:50:56 AM
Metro or within 1 hour.

You can't go to Vancouver and not go to Whistler. It's a 2hr nauseating drive, but well worth it.

I would do 2-3 days Vancouver and 1-2 days Whistler. Make sure to go in summer months, where it is probably one of the best climates anywhere, otherwise lots of rain!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 17, 2012, 10:52:52 AM
You can't go to Vancouver and not go to Whistler. It's a 2hr nauseating drive, but well worth it.

I would do 2-3 days Vancouver and 1-2 days Whistler. Make sure to go in summer months, where it is probably one of the best climates anywhere, otherwise lots of rain!
It's worth driving 4.5 hours round-trip for 1 night there? What's there?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: theeari on August 17, 2012, 11:15:27 AM
It's worth driving 4.5 hours round-trip for 1 night there? What's there?

The drive is 2 hours max and there are nice places to stop at like Shannon Falls. It's not so bad. To tell you the truth, I have only done Whistler without my kids, and done awesome ATVing, whitewater rafting, crazy mountain biking, and hiking. They are all awesome! But, in terms of activities with an infant, you may be limited to just the hiking and walking around the village. Still will be really beautiful views, but may not be as exciting. Personally, I would still make the trip.

In terms of Vancouver itself with an infant, you should check out Stanley Park and the sea wall. Its a beautiful park right on the water with an aquarium and many other activities around. I believe there is a trolley that goes around the park. Also, hit up Capilano suspension bridge (hold ur baby!)and grouse mountain. Take the gondola up. Oterhwise just stroll around downtown Vancouver and Robson street. Should be a very relaxing trip.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 17, 2012, 01:38:22 PM
I think you can take a seaplane to Whistler. One of them has a very nice lounge...

Its a cute way to tour the mountains.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 19, 2012, 07:08:07 PM
Anyone know of a good Doctor (family medicine/internal medicine) who will see patients privately in Vancouver? TIA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 19, 2012, 10:51:57 PM
FYI Kids Bowl Free works great for families in YVR...Takaya Golf Centre also has 2 for 1 Mini Putt (mini golf)...anyone have any helpful info on getting to victoria...take the car or not etc?

TIA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 24, 2012, 01:49:29 AM
A couple tidbits to add to the YVR thread...a great walk in medical clinic in YVR is called Crossroads Clinic - on top of London Drugs. It's 507 W. Broadway Suite #350.

You may have to wait a while depending on traffic but service was excellent.

Also discovered that you can't buy beer at 7/11 and that alcohol sales stop at 9PM! I never thought I'd see a 7/11 that doesn't have a drop of alcohol in it...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on August 31, 2012, 03:08:19 PM
A couple tidbits to add to the YVR thread...a great walk in medical clinic in YVR is called Crossroads Clinic - on top of London Drugs. It's 507 W. Broadway Suite #350.

You may have to wait a while depending on traffic but service was excellent.

Also discovered that you can't buy beer at 7/11 and that alcohol sales stop at 9PM! I never thought I'd see a 7/11 that doesn't have a drop of alcohol in it...

Try any 7/11 in NJ
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 31, 2012, 04:49:17 PM
Try any 7/11 in NJ

or in Baltimore, no alcohol there either..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yosel on October 24, 2012, 07:29:56 PM
any updated kosher and good food places to eat????
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on October 24, 2012, 07:33:36 PM
any updated kosher and good food places to eat????

unless the new chabad place is open, no
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on January 28, 2013, 01:29:28 PM
How many days in YVR is ideal?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 02:46:07 PM
2-4.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 28, 2013, 02:49:22 PM
Counting trip to whistler or whatever it's called??
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 02:51:49 PM
Counting trip to whistler or whatever it's called??
No, Whistler or Victoria would need more time.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 28, 2013, 02:58:26 PM
Counting trip to whistler or whatever it's called??

Counting whistler?   :o

You'd need 2-4 just for Whistler.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 03:04:22 PM
Counting whistler?   :o

You'd need 2-4 just for Whistler.
+1.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 28, 2013, 03:08:12 PM
What's shabbos situation in yvr?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 28, 2013, 04:30:52 PM
What's shabbos situation in yvr?

There is a minyan in downtown YVR, but its hit or miss depending on the week.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mmermss on January 28, 2013, 04:32:21 PM
There is a minyan in downtown YVR, but its hit or miss depending on the week.

When is the TR coming?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 28, 2013, 04:33:08 PM
When is the TR coming?

When my wife finishes writing it :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mmermss on January 28, 2013, 04:34:56 PM
When my wife finishes writing it :)

Well she cant write how you planned it if she didnt even know she was going on a plane while in the airport  ;) (unless you told her of course)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 28, 2013, 04:45:08 PM
Well she cant write how you planned it if she didnt even know she was going on a plane while in the airport  ;) (unless you told her of course)

She knows now how I did it, of course, and has all the info she needs to write it up.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 26, 2013, 02:42:26 PM
Any updates on nice hotels for Vancouver? I'm IY"H going next week for a few days. I know the Fairmont Pacific Rim is highly recommended, but I have no shaychus to Fairmont whatsoever - no status, no points, nothing. I don't even know if they do points. :P

I have SPG Gold, Hyatt Plat, Accor Plat, Priority Club Plat, and GHA Plat. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 26, 2013, 03:11:18 PM
Westin Bayshore is on the water and a nice hotel.

Hyatt Regency was also nice and very modern, but its in the heart of downtown.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 26, 2013, 03:12:55 PM
Westin Bayshore is on the water and a nice hotel.

Hyatt Regency was also nice and very modern, but its in the heart of downtown.

Which did you stay at?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 26, 2013, 03:22:12 PM
Which did you stay at?

Both :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 26, 2013, 06:02:26 PM
Both :)

Care to elaborate a bit?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 26, 2013, 06:25:58 PM
Care to elaborate a bit?

On?

I'd be happy to answer any specific questions.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 26, 2013, 08:39:15 PM
On?

I'd be happy to answer any specific questions.

How long were you at each hotel? Did you stay anywhere else as well? If you had to choose only one, which? What was outstanding (good and bad) about each property?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 26, 2013, 08:47:27 PM
How long were you at each hotel? Did you stay anywhere else as well? If you had to choose only one, which? What was outstanding (good and bad) about each property?

One night at Hyatt Regency (after arriving late in YVR). Very modern and upscale property. Only spent a combined total of maybe 6 hours in the room as we were up and about early am.

2 nights in Westin Bayshore. Not as modern, but property is on the water and overlooks mountains and Vancouver Bay where you can see the Water Airport and seaplanes taking off all day (ask for a room that faces that way). We were upgraded to a suite, so we had a larger room than at the Hyatt.

I'd probably go with the Westin for its location.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on March 05, 2013, 12:57:29 PM
Okay... The wife would really like to do some whale-watching. Here at the Westin Bayshore, there's some in-house office called Prince of Whales (http://www.princeofwhales.com) that's offering packages consisting of a half-hour seaplane ride to Voctoria, and a 3 hour boad ride, for ~$350/pp plus tax.

1) Is that even a good offer? Can anyone recommend anything better?

2) Is there a better method of whale watching from Vancouver than this seaplane+boat thing?

3) Is this a bad time of year for whale watching? Or should we go for it?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2013, 01:00:15 PM
Meh. Wait until you're in Maui and it will cost just $20, take just an hour, and be far more enjoyable due to the pleasant weather.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on March 06, 2013, 12:36:47 PM
Meh. Wait until you're in Maui and it will cost just $20, take just an hour, and be far more enjoyable due to the pleasant weather.

Point taken. But is there any whale watching in the summer, or will it be "out of season" by then?

More importantly, for right now... any recommendations (you, or anyone else) for a nice seaplane or helicopter tour of any sort? I know you didn't have time for it while you were here, but were there any options you looked into at the time that would be of interest?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2013, 01:00:35 PM
There were some of interest. Head to the seaplane terminal to chat with them.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on April 15, 2013, 09:46:27 PM
Can anyone recommend an hotel to stay in over shabbos? I have enough Hyatt points wondering if someplace else is nicer
without shabbos issues.
Also where to get food for Fri night Chabad only has shabbos lunch.

And any more ideas or recommendations about activities I should know about even after reading Dans TR.
Yes 1 booked in Cathay first, other in business hoping it will open up.

Thanks all
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 15, 2013, 11:39:09 PM
Can anyone recommend an hotel to stay in over shabbos? I have enough Hyatt points wondering if someplace else is nicer
without shabbos issues.
Also where to get food for Fri night Chabad only has shabbos lunch.

And any more ideas or recommendations about activities I should know about even after reading Dans TR.
Yes 1 booked in Cathay first, other in business hoping it will open up.

Thanks all

I can highly recommend the Westin Bayshore. It's on the water, and no problem with shabbas.

We bought food at the Kosher Deli there on Friday afternoon and we were set for shabbas.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on April 17, 2013, 01:22:36 PM
Is a car necessary in Vancouver? Or traffic and parking is so bad I should just rely on public transportation.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 17, 2013, 01:26:39 PM
I was fine w a car, no traffic or problems parking
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on April 17, 2013, 01:34:50 PM
I was fine w a car, no traffic or problems parking

+1

Parking can be expensive, though.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on April 17, 2013, 01:41:08 PM
I was fine w a car, no traffic or problems parking
Thanks. Any more tips for an itinerary you can share or what you did when you stayed there?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: yuneeq on April 22, 2013, 12:21:24 AM
I can highly recommend the Westin Bayshore. It's on the water, and no problem with shabbas.

We bought food at the Kosher Deli there on Friday afternoon and we were set for shabbas.

What about places to daven - is the westin close to any shuls?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 12, 2013, 02:07:21 PM
Im planning to spend a few days this coming summer in Vancouver and looking for things to do. Does anyone have any recommendations of places to go and things to see? If you have an itinerary to share PM me.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 12, 2013, 02:41:44 PM
Im planning to spend a few days this coming summer in Vancouver and looking for things to do. Does anyone have any recommendations of places to go and things to see? If you have an itinerary to share PM me.
I am also planning to go this summer. If I may ask.

Who are you going with? How old? How long do you plan on staying?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 12, 2013, 04:53:27 PM
I am also planning to go this summer. If I may ask.

Who are you going with? How old? How long do you plan on staying?

For A few days with my wife
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 12, 2013, 09:52:43 PM
Im planning to spend a few days this coming summer in Vancouver and looking for things to do. Does anyone have any recommendations of places to go and things to see? If you have an itinerary to share PM me.

See my TR.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 13, 2013, 12:15:05 AM
For A few days with my wife
I'm in Vancouver now! will try to write up a TR as soon as I can after yom tov.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on May 13, 2013, 12:25:05 AM
When booking Cathay Pacific with Avios how do you order a kosher meal?
My booking on BA doesnt give a special meal option and I cant access the booking on CX website?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 13, 2013, 12:46:48 AM
When booking Cathay Pacific with Avios how do you order a kosher meal?
My booking on BA doesnt give a special meal option and I cant access the booking on CX website?

You can do it on CX.com
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 17, 2013, 07:28:05 AM
I'm in Vancouver now! will try to write up a TR as soon as I can after yom tov.

Thanx
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on May 21, 2013, 06:05:46 AM
any activity recommendations for going to YVR in the summer on vacation not on the thread yet...?

-they should be rosh yeshiva friendly :)

I've recommended:

Grouse Mountain
Stanley Park
Capilano Suspension Bridge

tia
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on May 21, 2013, 02:16:59 PM
any activity recommendations for going to YVR in the summer on vacation not on the thread yet...?

-they should be rosh yeshiva friendly :)

I've recommended:

Grouse Mountain
Stanley Park
Capilano Suspension Bridge Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

tia

FTFY.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on May 21, 2013, 11:11:31 PM
anyone have any info on the westin grand? From looking at websites it seems alot nicer than westin bayshore is that accurate? Location not as good?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on May 21, 2013, 11:27:15 PM
You can do it on CX.com

I can't access my reservation on cx.com using by ba brn
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 21, 2013, 11:34:43 PM
I can't access my reservation on cx.com using by ba brn
Go here (http://checkmytrip.com) an enter your BA RL and it will give you your CX.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 22, 2013, 12:00:34 AM
BA & CX will have the same confirmation #
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on May 22, 2013, 12:32:56 AM
Go here (http://checkmytrip.com) an enter your BA RL and it will give you your CX.

dont have ba rl
all i got is ba ticket number and booking reference
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 22, 2013, 12:40:10 AM
dont have ba rl
all i got is ba ticket number and booking reference
Booking reference = RL = PNR = confirmation

If it doesn't show up on CX.com the ticket is cancelled, call BA to find out why
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 28, 2013, 01:29:36 AM
So... Finally made the jump! Unfortunately not too much time off, but being that i will have to go to the west coast, i am routing it through YVR.

Arriving 12:50am, booked in cathay pacific first class. Then i have a reservation at the hilton vancouver airport hotel. My flight out of YVR is 8:30pm that day. So i will have about 10 hours to go around.

Was wondering how good the public transportation is there. Would i be able to go to downtown/stanley park and lynn canyon during my "layover'?

Thanks in advance for your input.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 28, 2013, 12:37:36 PM
So... Finally made the jump! Unfortunately not too much time off, but being that i will have to go to the west coast, i am routing it through YVR.

Arriving 12:50am, booked in cathay pacific first class. Then i have a reservation at the hilton vancouver airport hotel. My flight out of YVR is 8:30pm that day. So i will have about 10 hours to go around.

Was wondering how good the public transportation is there. Would i be able to go to downtown/stanley park and lynn canyon during my "layover'?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Yes, but you'd need to rent a car.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 28, 2013, 10:43:10 PM
Does this itinerary work? What would you change?

Wed. night cx business jfk-yvr
thu-shabbos in yvr
sat. night drive up to whistler.
sun and monday in whistler.
monday night cx business yvr-jfk

Thoughts? too much moving around? not enough time in either place?
Thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 28, 2013, 10:59:42 PM
What are your plans in whistler if you don't mind me asking? I plan to go in the summer, looking into different things
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 28, 2013, 11:01:43 PM
Dunno. Haven't even started planning
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 28, 2013, 11:37:52 PM
Seems a bit rushed to me.
And you need to try CX F at least one way.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 28, 2013, 11:47:34 PM
Seems a bit rushed to me.
Wife won't go for longer (and schedules don't really allow). What would you do?
Quote
And you need to try CX F at least one way.
Shkoyach. You have some magic potion to make it avaiable?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 28, 2013, 11:54:01 PM
Does this itinerary work? What would you change?

Wed. night cx business jfk-yvr
thu-shabbos in yvr
sat. night drive up to whistler.
sun and monday in whistler.
monday night cx business yvr-jfk

Thoughts? too much moving around? not enough time in either place?
Thanks
Just to give you some tips about Vancouver; we did not do Whistler so I canít comment on that.
Some tips: If youíre not by the Avis counter by 1AM they close unless you call them when you land to stay open which they will till 2:15 (We learnt the hard way and ended up taking a taxi in to downtown which Avis reimbursed us for the next day).
The food situation is so so, there is NO cholev yisroel there at all we did bring 2 bottles of milk along with us so we had.
Shabbos:  Chabad in downtown only has a small kiddush by day which was ok for us, Friday night we ate in our room with some food we picked up from Maple grill and Sabra. Or you can walk to the kollel which is above Maple grill and they have both meals there but itís about an hour walk from Downtown.

Also the Hyatt has a few issues with the door activating the lights and AC, so it has to be overridden there is a sensor on top of the door. Rooms start only on the fifth floor so there will be some steps to walk.

Activities: The best and cheapest place to rent bikes near Stanley Park is Bayshore bicycle we biked around the whole park which was fun took about an hour and forty five min.

Grouse Mountain was in between seasons so nothing much was going on except the grizzly bears, but now in the summer season should be better with all the shows there.

We did a sea plane tour that was really really cool and fun we had a whole plane just for ourselves.


Also interesting was watching all the cruise ships docking and people getting on the boat, and setting sail, listing to all announcements being made on the ship, you are so close and can almost touch the ships.

Chinese garden was nothing special.
The steam clock was a nice site to see especially on the hour when it makes along chime and tons of smoke billows out of it.

If you want anything specific just ask and I will try and be happy answer.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 28, 2013, 11:56:23 PM
Wife won't go for longer (and schedules don't really allow). What would you do?Shkoyach. You have some magic potion to make it avaiable?
Yes wait till three days before the flight it usally opens up it did for us!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 28, 2013, 11:58:32 PM
Yes wait till three days before the flight it usally opens up it did for us!
That was the plan (to book and cancel if it becomes available)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 29, 2013, 12:08:09 AM
You might want to try Air Canada for one way we used them for the return, no lie flat seats but much better kosher food than CX.

Another point Ask CX to contact BA to order kosher Food for you in the lounge at JFK, we got one meal since there was an extra kosher meal from a passenger going with BA to London that did not come to the dining room for their pre departure meal. The attendant at the lounge mentioned that idea and said that what people do.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on May 29, 2013, 08:49:34 AM


We did a sea plane tour that was really really cool and fun we had a whole plane just for ourselves.

How much was seaplane tour? which company did you use?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 11:05:46 AM
Does this itinerary work? What would you change?

Wed. night cx business jfk-yvr
thu-shabbos in yvr
sat. night drive up to whistler.
sun and monday in whistler.
monday night cx business yvr-jfk

Thoughts? too much moving around? not enough time in either place?
Thanks
Bump. Anyone else have thoughts (I'm still looking at you AJK)?
Seems like many people just make whistler a day trip. Stay the whole time in Vancouver and just drive up to whistler one day? Does that sound better?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 29, 2013, 12:02:11 PM
Does this itinerary work? What would you change?

Wed. night cx business jfk-yvr
thu-shabbos in yvr
sat. night drive up to whistler.
sun and monday in whistler.
monday night cx business yvr-jfk

Thoughts? too much moving around? not enough time in either place?
Thanks
Where are you planning on staying?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 12:03:34 PM
Where are you planning on staying?


Dunno. Haven't even started planning
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 29, 2013, 12:16:21 PM
Bump. Anyone else have thoughts (I'm still looking at you AJK)?
Seems like many people just make whistler a day trip. Stay the whole time in Vancouver and just drive up to whistler one day? Does that sound better?

I didn't do Whistler so I can't comment on that beyond saying I hear from my wife it's beautiful.

That said, I think you'll find enough to do in in YVR proper for your stay. I just have a gut feeling if you do both you'll do neither well.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 01:55:02 PM
I didn't do Whistler so I can't comment on that beyond saying I hear from my wife it's beautiful.

That said, I think you'll find enough to do in in YVR proper for your stay. I just have a gut feeling if you do both you'll do neither well.
Thanks, Maybe we'll just do Sunday in Whistler (or decide on the fly).
Hyatt regency (2 anniversary certs + 36k points, plat status) vs. Westin Grand (40k points, no status but mistama could get gold)
Thoughts? Hyatt regency is much closer walk to the kollel if we want to eat there on shabbos. Westin is on the water.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 29, 2013, 02:04:33 PM
Westin Grand on the water? Do you mean Westin Bayshore?

We stayed at both, and both were nice. My wife absolutely loved the WB, but then again she special nostalgia for it from her childhood.

Perhaps stay at the HR for shabbas (that is, if you want to eat at the kollel) and then switch to WB for the other days?

We personally picked up food from Omnitzky's for Shabbas and just ate in our room and loved it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 02:13:08 PM
Not into switching hotels.

Sorry got confused. Westin Bayshore is not available Wed-Fri, so I guess that's out.

I guess you are right, we probably will end up eating in our room. So it's Westin Grand vs. HR. What would you do?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mguy on May 29, 2013, 02:36:06 PM
Does this itinerary work? What would you change?

Wed. night cx business jfk-yvr
thu-shabbos in yvr
sat. night drive up to whistler.
sun and monday in whistler.
monday night cx business yvr-jfk

Thoughts? too much moving around? not enough time in either place?
Thanks

I've done YVR+Whistler in an even shorter trip, though it wasn't over Shabbos. Everyone is different (I personally prefer to keeping running around), but if you are doing it without kids I don't think it's too short.

As an alternative to Whistler, I considered taking a seaplane to one of the islands to stay there 1-2 nights (e.g. http://www.poetscove.com/ (http://www.poetscove.com/)). Can kayak, bike/scooter around the island, etc. If you are going when the weather is warm, may be worth looking into. Could then take a ferry to Victoria for a flight back through YVR, or ferry back to Vancouver. Though you may need one more day to do this comfortably.

Also, driving up to Whistler at night is a shame as you won't see anything. The scenery along the drive was the highlight of my Whistler excursion. And you can stop at a waterfall and parks, etc. Better if you can do it in day light.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 29, 2013, 02:40:37 PM
Not into switching hotels.

Sorry got confused. Westin Bayshore is not available Wed-Fri, so I guess that's out.

I guess you are right, we probably will end up eating in our room. So it's Westin Grand vs. HR. What would you do?

I value SPG very highly, and since you have 2 certs for HR, I'd go HR, and depending on rates, I may pay cash for other nights.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 02:43:05 PM
I value SPG very highly, and since you have 2 certs for HR, I'd go HR, and depending on rates, I may pay cash for other nights.
I was leaving that way as well. I'm gonna use. Points for the other nights. Cash rates are high. will probably book one night on the executive floor and hope to stay there the whole time
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 29, 2013, 02:51:20 PM
I was leaving that way as well. I'm gonna use. Points for the other nights. Cash rates are high. will probably book one night on the executive floor and hope to stay there the whole time

PM me regarding HR rates.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 29, 2013, 05:57:44 PM
I was leaving that way as well. I'm gonna use. Points for the other nights. Cash rates are high. will probably book one night on the executive floor and hope to stay there the whole time
Just remember about the steps if youíre at the HR over shabbos. We were first on the 26th floor and had to beg them to change us, the lowest they had was the 10th we only walked up once. There are four staircases 2 go into the lobby and 2 to the street, use only the lobby ones as the street one are alarmed.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 06:35:53 PM
Just remember about the steps if youíre at the HR over shabbos. We were first on the 26th floor and had to beg them to change us, the lowest they had was the 10th we only walked up once. There are four staircases 2 go into the lobby and 2 to the street, use only the lobby ones as the street one are alarmed.
Is that the regency floor? Did you ask I'm advance to be put on a low floor?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 29, 2013, 06:46:51 PM
Yes I asked for a lower floor but they had a  big school group there  and they had to all be together. Iím not sure regarding the regency floor. Also try to get a room with a  front balcony, the back you only get to view the pool, the views are very nice and it helps regarding shabbos we ate on the porch  fri nitght and it was very nice.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 06:58:00 PM
You asked in advance?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 29, 2013, 07:23:15 PM
Only on the original reservation, I guess you should call the hotel directly to confirm the fifth floor.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 08:19:44 PM
I think I've settled on wed night-sun morning in Vancouver with this itinerary (from trip advisor)

One day could be taken with Stanley Park (half day), Granville Island (3 hours for the market the shops, the Island and perhaps the False Creek Ferries) and 1 hour for Gastown.

Another day could be spent in North Vancouver, on Grouse Mountain (3-4 hours), at Capilano Suspension Bridge (2 hours) or Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and Park (2 hours). Please see the article for how to travel to each and between each in the Top Questions to the right side.


And then sun morning-mon evening in whistler (probably one night at the Hilton)

We are not the kind of people who like to stay in one place for so long unless there is a ton to do, travelers add (or as I like to call it, drive-by tourism). I like to see the highlights and move on
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on May 29, 2013, 09:17:34 PM
I think I've settled on wed night-sun morning in Vancouver with this itinerary (from trip advisor)

One day could be taken with Stanley Park (half day), Granville Island (3 hours for the market the shops, the Island and perhaps the False Creek Ferries) and 1 hour for Gastown.

Another day could be spent in North Vancouver, on Grouse Mountain (3-4 hours), at Capilano Suspension Bridge (2 hours) or Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and Park (2 hours). Please see the article for how to travel to each and between each in the Top Questions to the right side.


And then sun morning-mon evening in whistler (probably one night at the Hilton)

We are not the kind of people who like to stay in one place for so long unless there is a ton to do, travelers add (or as I like to call it, drive-by tourism). I like to see the highlights and move on

Personally, I'm not sure what there is to do in Stanley Park for so long. I got bored senseless pretty quickly. But maybe that's just me...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 29, 2013, 09:23:40 PM
Personally, I'm not sure what there is to do in Stanley Park for so long. I got bored senseless pretty quickly. But maybe that's just me...
My thoughts exactly (I figure a 1.5 hour bike ride max). I think I will have plenty of time Thu-Fri
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 30, 2013, 10:27:43 PM
I've done YVR+Whistler in an even shorter trip, though it wasn't over Shabbos. Everyone is different (I personally prefer to keeping running around), but if you are doing it without kids I don't think it's too short.

As an alternative to Whistler, I considered taking a seaplane to one of the islands to stay there 1-2 nights (e.g. http://www.poetscove.com/ (http://www.poetscove.com/)). Can kayak, bike/scooter around the island, etc. If you are going when the weather is warm, may be worth looking into. Could then take a ferry to Victoria for a flight back through YVR, or ferry back to Vancouver. Though you may need one more day to do this comfortably.

Also, driving up to Whistler at night is a shame as you won't see anything. The scenery along the drive was the highlight of my Whistler excursion. And you can stop at a waterfall and parks, etc. Better if you can do it in day light.

What is there to stop and see on the way to whistler? What did you do while in whistler?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 30, 2013, 10:40:22 PM
Here's my plan. Sunday morning drive to squamish (stop at Shannon falls on the way if I have time, if not I'll do out on the way back). White rater rafting on the eloha. Continue ride up to whistler, stop at brandywine falls. BBQ dinner and relax.
Monday Morning-ATVing. Afternoon-peak 2 peak gondola and a hike on either whistler or blackcomb mountain.
Drive back to Vancouver for dinner and flight.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 30, 2013, 11:48:47 PM
Interesting thing with booking HR. Thursday night when looked at alone was sold out, only a deluxe suite is for sale. Wednesday night only has regency club rooms available. Friday and Saturday both have regular rooms. if you search Wednesday and thursday night, you cannot book a night on points. but if you add friday night you can book a club room and if you also book saturday you can book a regular room. I booked Wed-Sat in a club room and then called to have the last night removed. Then booked friday and saturday night on anniversary certs. Now gonna email about to get everything in order.


When should I get a car? Upon arrival Wednesday night? Thursday morning? Friday morning? Sunday morning?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on May 31, 2013, 02:31:45 AM
which fairmont do you guys recommend?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 10:45:22 AM
Pacific Rim for sure.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 31, 2013, 11:54:30 AM
When should I get a car? Upon arrival Wednesday night? Thursday morning? Friday morning? Sunday morning?
I would pick up a car Thursday morning from Avis thatís a 3 min walk from the HR and return it in YVR.
The cost of a cab from the airport is about $30 your landing late why hassle with a car? You save on parking as well.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 31, 2013, 11:57:48 AM
I would pick up a car Thursday morning from Avis thatís a 3 min walk from the HR and return it in YVR.
The cost of a cab from the airport is about $30 your landing late why hassle with a car? You save on parking as well.
Do I need it Thursday? Should I just get it Friday?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 31, 2013, 01:28:28 PM
Do I need it Thursday? Should I just get it Friday?

I am planning to go around a whole day without any car. Will buy a day pass for 10 bucks, which gives unlimited use on the subway, bus and the seabus. The subway goes right into downtown, where you could catch a bus to stanley park or granville island, or take the seabus to lonsdale and from there a bus to lynn canyon suspension bridge. And many more places too.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 01:45:51 PM
Had a car in YVR and I never had problems finding parking.

Though if I went without a kid I may have played it differently but that would make it much harder to get to Maple Grill, Lynn Canyon, Grouse Mountain, etc.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 31, 2013, 01:49:02 PM
Though if I went without a kid I may have played it differently but that would make it much harder to get to Maple Grill, Lynn Canyon, Grouse Mountain, etc.

The 228/229 bus goes directly from the seabus to lynn canyon in just 20 minutes. And it runs every 15 minutes.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 31, 2013, 01:55:40 PM
The 228/229 bus goes directly from the seabus to lynn canyon in just 20 minutes. And it runs every 15 minutes.

And to maple grill? Personally I love the freedom of having a car. Just not sure Oy justifies the cost
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 02:13:18 PM
And to maple grill? Personally I love the freedom of having a car. Just not sure Oy justifies the cost
I don't think there's any American or Canadian city other than NYC that can be properly "done" without renting a car.

Buenos Aires, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, those are easy as pie.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 31, 2013, 02:17:11 PM
I don't think there's any American or Canadian city other than NYC that can be properly "done" without renting a car.

Buenos Aires, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, those are easy as pie.
LA?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 02:19:22 PM
LA?
Are you joking? How can you possibly do LA without a car?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 31, 2013, 02:20:00 PM
LA?

LA doesn't have such an extensive subway system. Lots of buses though. What about Sao Paulo?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 31, 2013, 02:20:42 PM
Are you joking? How can you possibly do LA without a car?
'twas a joke
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 02:21:14 PM
LA doesn't have such an extensive subway system. Lots of buses though. What about Sao Paulo?
SP has a good metro and cheap taxis.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 31, 2013, 02:23:35 PM
Is parking expensive on the streets?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 02:35:50 PM
Is parking expensive on the streets?
Not particularly.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 31, 2013, 03:20:22 PM
Are there showers in yvr of flying cx business? How about first?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 31, 2013, 03:33:14 PM
Are there showers in yvr of flying cx business? How about first?

Not in YVR, only in JFK ba lounge.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 03:39:29 PM
Are there showers in yvr of flying cx business? How about first?
Def not in the crappy CX lounge.
Maybe look into the PP lounge?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 31, 2013, 04:16:38 PM
Def not in the crappy CX lounge.
Maybe look into the PP lounge?
Seems like international departures, yes. USA departures, no.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 31, 2013, 04:56:05 PM
I don't think there's any American or Canadian city other than NYC that can be properly "done" without renting a car.

Buenos Aires, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, those are easy as pie.

San Francisco
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 05:11:23 PM
Seems like international departures, yes. USA departures, no.
Unlike with most Canadian flights, you go through immigration at JFK after landing for the CX flight.

San Francisco
Not if you want to drive anywhere for some decent kosher food.  Same goes for Vegas.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 31, 2013, 05:20:02 PM
Canadian departures, also no
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 05:55:30 PM
Canadian departures, also no
I don't know where exactly the CX flight departs from.  It's a through HKG-YVR-JFK flight.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 31, 2013, 05:58:30 PM
And you need to try CX F at least one way.
CX F for 2 the next 2 months is barely visible.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 31, 2013, 06:11:26 PM
There are definitely days of availability, just not ones which worked for me
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on May 31, 2013, 06:12:08 PM
Pacific Rim for sure.
What do u like about that fairmont
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 31, 2013, 06:37:11 PM
I don't know where exactly the CX flight departs from.  It's a through HKG-YVR-JFK flight.

So that would make it probably the international terminal, no?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 01, 2013, 10:35:46 PM
So that would make it probably the international terminal, no?
Just realized that. I assume so.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 01, 2013, 11:41:05 PM

CX F for 2 the next 2 months is barely visible.

CX has availability 11 mos and < 2 weeks.

Sparse in between.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 01, 2013, 11:56:49 PM
Confirmed in a suite the first two nights. Then moving to the fifth floor (if you want anything done, contact the hotel directly)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on June 03, 2013, 06:02:44 PM
CX has availability 11 mos and < 2 weeks.

Sparse in between.
When flying CX business or first they give you an option on board to sign up for the Marco Polo club for free, usually it costs $50.00.
Not sure what its worth, but you do get 2 nice metal luggage tags with your name for free.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 04, 2013, 09:08:08 AM
Hoe much do shabbos meals cost at the Kollel? Do I need a reservation? is it food from the restaurant? Can I being my car before shabbos and park there?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on June 04, 2013, 11:47:25 AM
Hoe much do shabbos meals cost at the Kollel? Do I need a reservation? is it food from the restaurant? Can I being my car before shabbos and park there?
Yes the food is from Maple grill you actually eat in the restaurant, they have a parking lot in the back. Call the restaurant they have all the info about shabbos food etc. Just remember itís about an hour walk from the HR.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 04, 2013, 12:06:48 PM
Yes the food is from Maple grill you actually eat in the restaurant, they have a parking lot in the back. Call the restaurant they have all the info about shabbos food etc. Just remember itís about an hour walk from the HR.
According to google maps it's 2.2 miles. Should be closer to forty minutes, no?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on June 04, 2013, 02:17:09 PM
Are there showers in yvr of flying cx business? How about first?
There are no showers available for F or J CX passengers. The rep in the lounge advised us to go to the PP lounge downstairs if we wanted a shower.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 04, 2013, 02:20:38 PM
There are no showers available for F or J CX passengers. The rep in the lounge advised us to go to the PP lounge downstairs if we wanted a shower.
But you need to provide your own access, correct?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on June 04, 2013, 03:03:48 PM
But you need to provide your own access, correct?
Correct
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on June 04, 2013, 07:10:21 PM
According to google maps it's 2.2 miles. Should be closer to forty minutes, no?
Your right but itís still a nice walk over a bridge till the place, and it will be pretty late Fri night if youíre going in the summer.
Check out Chabad of Downtown very nice and helpful young rav he could use some help with the minyan Shabbos morning, you can daven there itís about halfway to the Kollel and then walk to Maple grill if youíd like for lunch.

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 06, 2013, 11:11:42 AM
Requested a kosher meal in the BA lounge from cx and they said they don't have access to make that request.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 06, 2013, 02:08:47 PM
Grouse Mountain: alpine package? Peak package (adds chairlift to the peak)? Ultimate package (adds viewing from the wind turbine)?
Any reason to buy in advance?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 06, 2013, 02:20:46 PM
Requested a kosher meal in the BA lounge from cx and they said they don't have access to make that request.
They have them in stock, just walk over and ask nicely.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 06, 2013, 07:56:39 PM
Called maple grill. They said they don't have shabbos meals. Does anyone have contact info for the Kollel?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Shkop on June 07, 2013, 12:36:29 AM
Anyone been to the Four Points by Sheraton - Vancouver Airport Hotel? Whats it like? How far from kosher eateries?

Also, I am considering flying into Seattle (due to airline miles considerations) then driving to Vancouver. Perhaps spend last day or two of trip doing Seattle. Do car rentals make an issue about going into Canada?

Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on June 07, 2013, 02:55:10 PM
Called maple grill. They said they don't have shabbos meals. Does anyone have contact info for the Kollel?
This is the info for the Kollel, http://www.godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=3355&Name=vancouver.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 07, 2013, 03:16:02 PM
This is the info for the Kollel, http://www.godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=3355&Name=vancouver.
Thanks. I emailed. Will report back
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Laguna on June 07, 2013, 04:11:42 PM
Anyone ever been to Mount Royal Bagels, in north vancouver? What hashgacha are they under?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 08, 2013, 10:37:02 PM
If anyone plans on being in YVR 8/21-8/23, I might be able to get you a cheap hotel.

PM me for detail.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 09, 2013, 06:55:12 AM
From the Kollel:
You are welcome to join us for Friday night. There is no cost and no need to reserve for less than 5 people. 
I read Shma before davening to be safe ... I am there at 9:30 so you are welcome to come earlier as well. 
I think Schara Tzedek is a little earlier than us. 
Gut Voch. 

I'm not sure they make sof zman tefila
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 10, 2013, 10:27:22 PM
Is it me or is there a ton more award availability CX F YVR-JFK then CX F JFK-YVR and why is that?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 10, 2013, 11:08:24 PM

Is it me or is there a ton more award availability CX F YVR-JFK then CX F JFK-YVR and why is that?

It's been the exact opposite IME.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 17, 2013, 04:17:39 PM
@ajk (our anyone else) did you go to chabad of downtown on shabbos? What time do they get to shmoneh esreh for shacharis?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 17, 2013, 04:20:49 PM
@ajk (our anyone else) did you go to chabad of downtown on shabbos? What time do they get to shmoneh esreh for shacharis?

Didn't go.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on June 17, 2013, 11:06:01 PM
@ajk (our anyone else) did you go to chabad of downtown on shabbos? What time do they get to shmoneh esreh for shacharis?
I went they  were pretty quick started at 10:00 shmoneh esrah was about 10:40, if I remember correctly. Go daven there if you can he can use any help to get a minyan.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 17, 2013, 11:26:31 PM
I went they  were pretty quick started at 10:00 shmoneh esrah was about 10:40, if I remember correctly. Go daven there if you can he can use any help to get a minyan.
That's what I figured. Sof Zman Tefilah is 1031
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Neil on June 17, 2013, 11:42:06 PM
Im going to yvr on cathay- july 23 and returning on united business july 30. Im flying with my wife and 14 month old son. I plan on heading up to whistler 1 or 2 days.. People have discussed going to whistler with their infants but haven't really mentioned what they did.. What is there to do with a 14 month old at whistler? Can I take him and a stroller on the gondola to the top? If so, are there stroller friendly "hiking" trails up top? What else is there to do at whistler village that is 14 month old friendly?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 18, 2013, 06:22:32 AM
It's been the exact opposite IME.

Same here.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 18, 2013, 01:18:19 PM
Tons of award availability for July 4th weekend, planning on going with my husband- Friday night I'll go to the kollel what do I do for Shabbos Lunch?

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 18, 2013, 01:31:57 PM
Tons of award availability for July 4th weekend, planning on going with my husband- Friday night I'll go to the kollel what do I do for Shabbos Lunch?
Food from omnitsky's, or from maple grill
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 18, 2013, 01:32:11 PM
Tons of award availability for July 4th weekend, planning on going with my husband- Friday night I'll go to the kollel what do I do for Shabbos Lunch?

Y/J/or F?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 18, 2013, 01:33:01 PM
Y/J/or F?
OABAC
thinking returning?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 18, 2013, 01:37:36 PM
OABAC
thinking returning?

https://www.google.com/search?q=OABAC&oq=OABAC&aqs=chrome.0.57&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

???

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 18, 2013, 01:42:11 PM
https://www.google.com/search?q=OABAC&oq=OABAC&aqs=chrome.0.57&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

???
Open a browser and check
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 18, 2013, 01:54:41 PM
Open a browser and check

Why should I if she already has the info handy?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 18, 2013, 03:10:09 PM
Y/J/or F?
Business on Cathy Pacific- called AA I didn't ask about first
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 18, 2013, 03:17:58 PM
I'm having a feeling that BA isn't showing the correct availability.

Can someone please prove me wrong.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wierdal832 on June 19, 2013, 12:48:43 PM
no tr?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on June 23, 2013, 02:33:27 AM
Going very soon due to change in plans
Will be taking my 18 month son
What is there to do child friendly?
Will be there for 3 days
Where are there minyanim near the Hyatt?
Any recommendations on food?
Thank you for your help
Ps I have read all 16 pages of this thread but still need more info
Alot of last minute planning!!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 23, 2013, 03:23:24 AM
Stanley park, aquarium, granville island, grouse mountain, van dusen gardens are all child friendly
closest minyan to hyatt is the kollel (above maple grill)
Maple grill is very good. zataar humus bar is very close to hyatt. haven't been though
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2013, 10:12:16 AM
Joeb did you read my TR?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on June 23, 2013, 11:28:12 AM
Joeb did you read my TR?
didnt but will now
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2013, 11:33:23 AM
didnt but will now
Added link to Wiki.
Feel free to build the wiki folks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 23, 2013, 11:39:56 AM
@Joeb, you can also read mine my wife's if you didn't.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on June 23, 2013, 11:58:18 AM
what does one do if they are in business class with an 18 month if you get them a seat ? It seems from the TR you can take a car seat so what do you do?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on June 23, 2013, 11:59:41 AM
what is a CRS (Child Restraint Seat )??
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2013, 12:12:03 PM
what does one do if they are in business class with an 18 month if you get them a seat ? It seems from the TR you can take a car seat so what do you do?
I don't think CX allows any infant seat in J.  In Y/F it's front facing only.

We only had a rear-facing seat so we used lots of pillows to keep him on sleeping on the bed. It was a bit nerve-racking but worked out OK.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on June 23, 2013, 12:17:52 PM
as per http://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_HK/travel-information/special-assistance/children-and-infants/infants.html (http://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_HK/travel-information/special-assistance/children-and-infants/infants.html) seems you can use a CRS but i dont know what it is
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2013, 12:22:37 PM
as per http://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_HK/travel-information/special-assistance/children-and-infants/infants.html (http://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_HK/travel-information/special-assistance/children-and-infants/infants.html) seems you can use a CRS but i dont know what it is
It's a CX provided seat, you need to reserve it, just read that link.
Your child won't sleep in it, it looks fairly terrible.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on June 23, 2013, 12:24:20 PM
ohcrap....now what should i do?flight is in a week?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 23, 2013, 12:39:42 PM
What should I do for a 3 month old?

I think I'm going to do F with no additional infant seat.

I don't think it's worth getting a seat (besides trying to find 3 seats available) for a 3 month old.

Any better ideas or suggestions?

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2013, 12:42:31 PM
Depends on your thoughts on co-sleeping.
The F seats are definitely big enough for it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 23, 2013, 12:48:23 PM
Depends on your thoughts on co-sleeping.
The F seats are definitely big enough for it.
That's what I am thinking.

The way there I have already 2 in F.

On the way back I would do 3 in J or again 2 in F or 3 in F if 3 open for my dates, but probably won't happen.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 25, 2013, 12:55:05 AM
If anyone plans on being in YVR 8/21-8/23, I might be able to get you a cheap hotel.

PM me for detail.
BUMP
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 25, 2013, 09:58:18 AM
Couple questions-
I called CX and asked if they could order me a kosher meal in the BA lounge of JFK and they said they have no way to contact the BA lounge is there any way to do this in advance or basically try your luck?
I am landing on Tues night and I will be there until Monday night- do I have enough time to see Vancouver and Whistler, do I go to Victoria or Vanouver Island- or do I just stay in Vancouver proper?
Last question for now- can I save Stanley Park for Shabbos afternoon, we are big walkers so I don't think I would have a problem walking most of the park?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 25, 2013, 11:22:27 AM
Couple questions-
I called CX and asked if they could order me a kosher meal in the BA lounge of JFK and they said they have no way to contact the BA lounge is there any way to do this in advance or basically try your luck?
I am landing on Tues night and I will be there until Monday night- do I have enough time to see Vancouver and Whistler, do I go to Victoria or Vanouver Island- or do I just stay in Vancouver proper?
Last question for now- can I save Stanley Park for Shabbos afternoon, we are big walkers so I don't think I would have a problem walking most of the park?

1. YMMV.
2. Not sure.
3. Definitely a good shabbas afternoon activity.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 25, 2013, 12:27:39 PM
1. YMMV.
2. Not sure.
3. Definitely a good shabbas afternoon activity.


Thank you

Anyone had Shabbos Kiddush in the Chabad of Downtown Vancouver, just want to know if I need to purchase Challah or do they have there?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 12:30:46 PM
Thank you

Anyone had Shabbos Kiddush in the Chabad of Downtown Vancouver, just want to know if I need to purchase Challah or do they have there?

I bailed before they started but they definitely brought out a challah board which was covered and with a challah cover and looked like they had challahs underneath
I would do Whistler Wed-Thu and Vancouver Fri-Monday, and if you are very outdoorsy, I would even do Wed-Fri in Whistler
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 01:35:10 PM
FYI: basically every day through July 16th has two tickets available in business on CX
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on June 25, 2013, 03:45:53 PM
Heading out tomorrow for the long weekend iyh

Planning on doing shabbos day meal/kiddush by chabad in downtown. anyone know if you need to reserve?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 04:01:43 PM
Heading out tomorrow for the long weekend iyh

Planning on doing shabbos day meal/kiddush by chabad in downtown. anyone know if you need to reserve?
No
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 25, 2013, 04:05:09 PM
Lots of DDFers in YVR this week and next....hope the weather is good!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 04:11:17 PM
Lots of DDFers in YVR this week and next....hope the weather is good!
Next few days supposed to be bad. Weekend supposed to be gorgeous
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: elish on June 25, 2013, 05:18:36 PM
For anyone wishing to go to Stanley Park on Shabbos, once you enter the park, there is no Yishuv any more.  therefore you would only be able to walk 2,000 Amos.  If you made an eruv Techumin, you would be able to walk an additional 2000 Amos. 
I am going to be in the Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim next week from July 3rd to July 7th.  Anyone on this forum going to be there ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 25, 2013, 05:19:52 PM
I would do Whistler Wed-Thu and Vancouver Fri-Monday, and if you are very outdoorsy, I would even do Wed-Fri in Whistler
Is the general consensus Whistler over Vancouver Island or Victoria-
I'm thinking that it is better as I can go to Vanouver Island/Victoria on a trip to Seatlle-
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 25, 2013, 05:20:58 PM
For anyone wishing to go to Stanley Park on Shabbos, once you enter the park, there is no Yishuv any more.  therefore you would only be able to walk 2,000 Amos.  If you made an eruv Techumin, you would be able to walk an additional 2000 Amos. 
I am going to be in the Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim next week from July 3rd to July 7th.  Anyone on this forum going to be there ?
I will be there next week, I haven't settled on a hotel yet- what will you do about an eruv techumin? Thank you for your point
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 06:00:54 PM
Is the general consensus Whistler over Vancouver Island or Victoria-
I'm thinking that it is better as I can go to Vanouver Island/Victoria on a trip to Seatlle-
When we were in whistler we meet people from Victoria who told us do whistler before Victoria
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 06:04:03 PM
For anyone wishing to go to Stanley Park on Shabbos, once you enter the park, there is no Yishuv any more.  therefore you would only be able to walk 2,000 Amos.  If you made an eruv Techumin, you would be able to walk an additional 2000 Amos.
Not sure you're right about that. north Vancouver which is contiguous to Vancouver is north of Stanley park. May all be inside the tchum. Ask a competent posek
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 27, 2013, 02:09:42 PM
Any suggestions for a Verizon Galaxy S4 in Vancouver? Anyway to use data without paying an insane amount (about $2/megabyte)?  I would prefer to use my phone as a GPS, if possible.  I have an old Garmin which may not work.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 28, 2013, 12:12:20 PM
Okay so far this is my plans-
Stay overnight at the airport hotel when we land
Drive up to Whistler the next morning and stay overnight there- got the Pan Pacific on Hotwire
Staying in the Four Seasons (from Hotwire) once we get back to Vancouver-
Has anyone ever stayed in the Four Seasons over Shabbos- anything specific I need to know
Now I need to figure out exactly what activities we should do
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 28, 2013, 12:30:45 PM
Now I need to figure out exactly what activities we should do

TA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: snagger on June 28, 2013, 12:51:48 PM
Any suggestions for a Verizon Galaxy S4 in Vancouver? Anyway to use data without paying an insane amount (about $2/megabyte)?  I would prefer to use my phone as a GPS, if possible.  I have an old Garmin which may not work.
you can call verizon b4 you go and add intl. data.. cost is $25 for 100mb's should be enough if u only use it sparingly.. if you use 101 mb's they'lle add another $25/100 mb's.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 28, 2013, 01:40:06 PM
you can call verizon b4 you go and add intl. data.. cost is $25 for 100mb's should be enough if u only use it sparingly.. if you use 101 mb's they'lle add another $25/100 mb's.
Doesn't quite work like that.
The first 100MB are pro-rated according to how many dates you have it on your plan.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on June 30, 2013, 02:06:38 AM
The rov at the lubavitch in downtown I spoke to thought there were no techum issues but ask your LOR

At any rate there are plenty nice walks to do even without Stanley Park
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 30, 2013, 11:04:26 AM
Does anyone know of a coupon code, or a way to get a discount with the fairmont pacific rim?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 30, 2013, 11:48:08 AM
Where is the better place for zippline- Whistler or Grouse Mt? Has anyone done either?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on June 30, 2013, 12:04:46 PM
i did whistler a couple years ago was fun. Just saw grouse mountains ziplines and they look pretty cool too
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 30, 2013, 12:40:42 PM
@tzfas What sea plane tour did you do, to see what?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 01, 2013, 03:55:19 PM
Parking-
What did you do for overnight parking? On street or at the hotel?
What about during the day? Did everywhere you went charge for parking? How much was street parking in downtown/Stanley Park, etc?

Here's a list of what I plan on doing (I will have 2-3 days and travelling with a 1 yr old):
1) Lynn Canyon suspension bridge (Park Rd, North Vancouver)
2) Vancouver Acquarium (845, Avison Way, Vancouver)/ Stanley Park Seawall/9 o'clock gun
3) Dr SunYatSen Chinese Garden (578 Carrall St Vancouver)/Chinatown
4) Gastown/Steam Clock (328 Water St., Vancouver)
5) Grouse Mountain (6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver)- Gondola Ride/Skyride/Girzzley Bears/ Lumberjack Show (45-minute shows at 12:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm)
6) Granville Island- Public Market
7) Granville Island Brewery (last tour at 5:30pm)- open till 9 PM\

Any other recommendations?

TIA!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 01, 2013, 06:07:45 PM
Parking was included in my rate with the hotel (so I guess I paid).

Most places charge, some don't. Parking wasn't too bad on public streets IIRC.

No 9 o'clock cannot anymore AFAIK (unless they just didn't shoot it when we were there.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 01, 2013, 06:11:39 PM
No 9 o'clock cannot anymore AFAIK (unless they just didn't shoot it when we were there.)

Wasn't planning on waiting around to hear it- more of going to see it in the park...or skip it?
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9_O'Clock_Gun), supposedly it is sounded every night.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 01, 2013, 06:23:59 PM
Wasn't planning on waiting around to hear it- more of going to see it in the park...or skip it?
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9_O'Clock_Gun), supposedly it is sounded every night.

If you're walking in the park, sure, stop by. But if you're making a special trip for it, don't.

Maybe we just missed it? We were on the water in the Westin, so not sure how that could've happened, but anything is possible.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 01, 2013, 07:07:19 PM
I need some help for the hotels.

I'm going from Sunday night to Thursday night.

I plan on doing 2 full days in Vancouver, then the next morning drive to Whistler, stay the night in Whistler and head back some time the next day.

I have right now Sunday and Monday night in The WB, but the hotel is sold out the following night.

Is it worth it to change hotels for the one night or hope a room will open up (right now there is no rooms available at all) or stay at the Regency all 3 nights.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 01, 2013, 07:24:34 PM
This thread desperately needs a wiki.

I will try to take a crack at it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 01, 2013, 07:37:46 PM
I need some help for the hotels.

I'm going from Sunday night to Thursday night.

I plan on doing 2 full days in Vancouver, then the next morning drive to Whistler, stay the night in Whistler and head back some time the next day.

I have right now Sunday and Monday night in The WB, but the hotel is sold out the following night.

Is it worth it to change hotels for the one night or hope a room will open up (right now there is no rooms available at all) or stay at the Regency all 3 nights.

When are you going? ie. how far away is the trip?

Using points/cash?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 01, 2013, 07:43:19 PM
When are you going? ie. how far away is the trip?

Using points/cash?
A month and a half.

Almost every night is available, besides that night.

I spoke to the hotel, there is some kind of event going on that night.

One night is C&P and the other is just points.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on July 01, 2013, 07:49:10 PM

5) Grouse Mountain (6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver)- Gondola Ride/Skyride/Girzzley Bears/ Lumberjack Show (45-minute shows at 12:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm)
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I thought that the extra couple bucks to take the ski lift higher once u get to the top was worth it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on July 01, 2013, 08:22:10 PM
@tzfas What sea plane tour did you do, to see what?
The tour we took was just around the harbour for about 20 min. You can take a sea plane to whistler or other areas spend the day there and go back with them. There seems to be one company that runs all the sea planes in Vancouver I think it was Harbour air. http://www.harbour-air.com/index.php (http://www.harbour-air.com/index.php)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on July 01, 2013, 08:51:51 PM
@jagstangx Thank you for posting your list of tentitive plans- its helping me fill in my gaps
Driving straight from the airport to Whistler stopping in Shanon Falls and then going rock climbing/rappelin(whistlerguides.com) near there.
Hiking around Whistler mountian, and a Glacier Hike in Whistler (whistlerguides.com).
Driving Back to Vancouver and so far the itenerary there is:
1. Safari Eco Boat Tour and Seaplane flight  Sewellsmarina.com
2. Gastown, China town, Granville island, Grouse Mountian and Capalino Suspension Bridge- Can I do all this in one day?
3. Stanley Park on Shabbos
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on July 01, 2013, 08:58:55 PM

7) Granville Island Brewery (last tour at 5:30pm)- open till 9 PM\



Kosher? under who?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 01, 2013, 09:01:22 PM
2. Gastown, China town, Granville island, Grouse Mountian and Capalino Suspension Bridge- Can I do all this in one day?
No
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on July 01, 2013, 09:04:59 PM
How would you recomend I split it?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 01, 2013, 10:50:48 PM
Kosher? under who?

Beer is beer....Ask your LOR
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 02, 2013, 12:46:57 AM
A month and a half.

Almost every night is available, besides that night.

I spoke to the hotel, there is some kind of event going on that night.

One night is C&P and the other is just points.

Are revenue rates available?

I was going to say wait, but if there is an event there, it may not open up.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 02, 2013, 12:53:07 AM
Are revenue rates available?
I have right now Sunday and Monday night in The WB, but the hotel is sold out the following night.
I was going to say wait, but if there is an event there, it may not open up.
They put me down for wait list, but that would technically be for revenue and then I would need a way to switch it.

Assuming I can't get the the third night in the WB. What do you suggest?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 02, 2013, 08:41:44 AM
They put me down for wait list, but that would technically be for revenue and then I would need a way to switch it.

Assuming I can't get the the third night in the WB. What do you suggest?

Forgive me for clarifying. Some people round these parts are... ambiguous.

At this point is reserve whatever I can at WB and ALSO HR and wait for it to open.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 02, 2013, 08:49:35 AM
Forgive me for clarifying. Some people round these parts are... ambiguous.
No Problem.
At this point is reserve whatever I can at WB and ALSO HR and wait for it to open.
The problem is if I am going the HR route, then I would probably be booking out of someone else's account and don't want to go through the whole hassle/transferring points etc. if it is not definite .
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 02, 2013, 08:51:43 AM
No Problem. The problem is if I am going the HR then I would probably be booking out of someone else's account and don't want to reserve if I am for sure not staying there.

Except you're not "for sure not staying there."
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 02, 2013, 08:53:29 AM
Except you're not "for sure not staying there."
See edited post.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 05, 2013, 05:56:12 PM
Should I write a TR or are there enough YVR TRs?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 05, 2013, 06:10:26 PM
Should I write a TR or are there enough YVR TRs?
If you don't mind please write one.

I would love to see it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moes Tavern on July 09, 2013, 10:34:21 PM
Did anyone join the Kollel for meals?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 09, 2013, 10:55:06 PM
Did anyone join the Kollel for meals?
Yes, they only have Friday night
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moes Tavern on July 10, 2013, 08:02:08 PM
Yes, they only have Friday night
What was your experience eating at the kollel meal?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 10, 2013, 08:29:22 PM
What was your experience eating at the kollel meal?
It was very nice
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Moes Tavern on July 10, 2013, 08:51:56 PM
It was very nice
Thank You
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 30, 2013, 12:12:47 PM
July 4th weekend TR:

I finally had time to write my first TR.  I hope it builds on other TRs and helps those looking to visit YVR in the future.

My wife and I decided to go on a quick get away July 4th weekend to make the most of our US Legal holidays off.  Since our son just turned 1, we were considering driving to Niagara Falls, Toronto or Montreal.  About 2 weeks prior to our trip, we decided if we could fly somewhere for cheap (which is next to impossible for July 4th weekend) or on points, we're game.  Searching different destination of our choice, YVR seemed the most feasible.  Using our BA points, we booked ourselves in J on CX from JFK to YVR after reading recommendations and TRs from many DDFers.  For the return, we couldn't find availaibility in J or F for the Sunday night flight (availability opened up while we were in YVR).  We booked our return using UA miles (25K each in J) via ORD and built in a trip to the great-grandparents.

We arrived at JFK T7, checked in and headed directly to the BA Executive Club Lounge all which took approx 10 minutes. Upon arrival in the lounge, we settled our son in the childrens' play area which was godsent.  He had numerous toys and movies to watch to keep him plenty busy(Thanks Dan for your info about this in your TR!) while my wife and I enjoyed some drinks, snacks and dinner we had brought.  At the time of boarding, we headed to gate to board our flight. We boarded the plane, watched some movies, slept for a little and enjoyed our flatbeds.  Similar to other DDFers, the food in J is not great.  Our meals arrived still frozen and was next to inedible.

At approx 1 AM, we arrived in YVR after a nice nap, we picked up our bags and hopped in a cab to the Hyatt Regency where we were spending the next 2 nights.  I had booked our 2 nights using the AAA Breakfast Rate for approx $150/night, (thanks Joeb1) and a suite upgrade on my platinum status, instead of using 15K since it wasn't a reasonable redemption.  Upon arrival, we were upgraded from a standard suite to an executive suite on the 34th floor (thanks for your help Ergel).  It was a nice sized 2 room suite with great views of the harbor.  We settled in for the night in order to prepare for the day ahead.

Thursday- Upon waking up, I called to have our breakfast delivered to the room.  They sent up enough food, catered by the JCC cafe, for about 6 people.  Luckily this fed us for both breakfast and lunch.  The hotel ordered us an assortment of bagels, cream cheese, omelletes, muffins and fruit.  We set out to pick up our rental car from the Avis around the corner (approx $110 for 3 nights) to head North to Grouse Mountain to begin our adventures in Vancouver.  We drove around Stanley Park, opting not to take the road directly through the center, to explore what we can do on the way back.  We took the sky ride up and enjoyed the beautiful views of the city.  As suggested by other DDFers, try to stand on the outside of the tram to get the best views and pictures.  Upon arrival at the top of the mountain, the lumber jack show was beginning.  At the point in the show where they ask for the youngest child, a lady in front of us pointed to our son and they called us up.  The chair is still sitting in a bag in his room.  It needs direly to be sanded down and polished.  We headed to the bird watching tour which was OK.  Unfortunately there was an overcast so we didn't spend as much time as we want and descended the mountain in the fog.  Our next stop was the Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge which is highly recommended by DDFers.  By the time we arrived, the fog had lifted.  The views of the water fall from the bridge were beautiful! There were plenty of families with children and Gan Izzy were there exploring the trails and the fun suspenion bridge. There was plenty of jumping on the ends of the bridge which caused whirlwinds of screams and people jumping, we thought it was quite fun! Definitely worth the trip there, although concierges and locals will recommend the paid Capliano Suspension bridge.  For the remainder of the day, we walked around the Sea Wall in Stanley Park.  For those with kids, on the east side of Stanley Park there is a small waterpark for children, our son loved running around there getting soaked and splashing.  As it was approaching our son's bed time, we had arranged to have a friend of the family babysit and headed over to Maple Grill for dinner. 

Maple Grill-

Soup- avocado gezpacho soup- delicous! I believe this was a special of the week.  They didn't have the Tomato soup on the menu.
Appetizers- Spring Rolls (recommended by many DDFers)- DELICIOUS, Musaka rolls (recommended by the waiters)- pretty good.
We were told the onion rings were no longer available due to low demand!!
Mains- Maple Chipolte Burger- Really Good!, Steak Sandwhich- was OK
Dessert- Tiramisu- Really Good!
Drinks- Mojitos- Pretty good

Looking for suggestions for the remainder of the night, one of the waitresses recommended we see an Improv Show on Granville Islandand she graciously arranged for our taxi and tickets.  The Improv show was OK but the Granville Island Brewery beer I ordered made it worth it.  We walked along the water which has stunning views of the Vancouver skyline.

Friday-  Breakfast was similar to that on Thurday- an insane amount of bagels, we could have fed 2-3 other couples.  As we wanted to cram in as much of the city as possible, we opted to take a hop-on-hop-off tour.  These tours are a bit expensive, some of the tour guides are better and funnier than others.  The best hop-on-hop-off tour guides we had were in San Francisco and London.  Our first stop we got off was Granville Island where had walked around the night before.  Spent some time in the Kid's market which has lots of costume, magic and toy shops. In addition, they have a small play area for kids.  I wanted to take the Granville Island Brewery tour but since our son was with us they wouldn't allow us.  Instead, we did the beer tasting.  If they sold these beers in NY, I would def buy them!  Very tasty and hit the spot at 11 AM.  Continuing on our adventure, we walked through the Market which had anything and everything from fruit to fresh poultry to coffee, etc, exiting by the water overlooking the city. As we didn't have much more time to spend there, we headed back to the bus to our next stop, the Chinese gardens.  After reading Dan's TR, we went into the free garden (not Dr Sun Yat Sen).  I wouldn't say I was too impressed but was pretty none the less.  Hopped back on the next bus and headed back to the Harbor.  Along the way, we passed through gastown and missed the Steamclock by approx 2 minutes.  Exited the bus by the Harbor, walked around enjoying our last moments in downtown Vancouver before prepping for Shabbos.  As we were hungry, we ordered from the Zaatar Humus Bar.  Ordered a falafel and the "Bomb" which consists of Chummus, Techina, Mushrooms, Falafel and added on caramelized onions- these were one of the best falafel/chummus platters we have tasted. Packed up our room, headed to Omnitskys to grab a snack and food for our flight to ORD on Sunday and headed to our shabbos hosts.

Thank you everyone on DDF for assiting me with planning this trip!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Neil on August 01, 2013, 12:39:38 AM
July 23- 30 Vancouver and Whistler TR

First off, I wanna thank everyone here on the forums for your help- Thanks to you I had an amazing trip!
A couple of points before I begin: 1) I'm no major traveler and haven't racked up plat status anywhere- I'm just a regular spg and economy class guy who likes to get out, so this TR may help those common folk like myself. 2) I went with my wife and 15 month old so activities needed to accommodate accordingly. 3) I did spend some time in Vancouver before (not on vacation) so I know some people and was able to stay by them for shabbos so I can't help with shabbos food prep etc. 4) The weather was absolutely perfect when we went- 75 and sunny pretty much everyday.

We flew on tues July 23 on CX (economy class) with ba miles from JFK to YVR. Flight was pleasant although as Dan mentioned in one of the threads cx doesn't allow you to bring any rear facing car seats on board so we had to lay our son down on pillows and blankets. Bummer. We stayed in the 4 points airport hotel- 8 minute shuttle from airport cuz we just wanted a place to crash for the night and being a cat. 2 was only 4k spg points. Nice, clean and big rooms with very nice lobby.

Wed- we rented a car from Budget downtown- w Georgia st. (down the block from westin grand) It was 251 for the week- which was about 300 dollars cheaper than renting from the airport (35-40 dollar cab ride from airport). Another really nice perk that this budget comes with is (some of the other budgets also offer this but I don't know which ones) a coupon book with about 200 dollars worth of stuff to do in Vancouver- including one free admission to the aquarium (~23 dollar value), one free admission to the zoo (~20 dollar value), and one free admission to harbour boat tours (~30 value) and other stuff too. We went out for an early lunch at Sabras- I ordered falafel and my wife had pasta. The food was really fine and the workers are super friendly. We then went to the aquarium in Stanley Park. Great activity for kids and adults! Following the aquarium we went for a stroll drove around part of the sea wall- really beautiful walk. We didn't rent bikes but it looked like a lot of fun. Another nice part of Stanley Park is that they have a really cute free water fountain kids playland along the side of the road which is great for little kids. We wanted to take it easy so ended our activities for the day. We stayed at the westin grand downtown (we chose the grand over bayshore cuz the grand is all suites). I couldn't find any overnight lot that was cheaper so I shelled out the 30 bux (in and out privs). Beautiful hotel but not huge rooms (like all downtown hotels). We had brought Dinner with us from NY for that night.

Thurs- Went to the bay and did the Harbour tours- 1 hour of stunning views of the harbour, the local mountains and downtown (side note- I bought the groupon for 2 for 30 but from budget you get one free pass so it comes out the same w or w/out the groupon). My son loved it cuz there was plenty of room to crawl around. Following the tour we walked along the bay- checked out the seaplanes, saw olympic torch (about 15-20 minute walk from the tour dock)- just a gorgeous walk with mountains in the back. Like Stanley Park, there is a really cute free water fountain playland for kids (which was even better than the one in stanley park)- it's located like 4 or 5 minute walk from the westin bayshore. We then went to Granville island. Tons of fun just to walk around and check out the shops and street performers and has some great views. Additionally- right across from the brewery there is a kids fun zone with slides and all kinds of toy stores. Great for kids (duh). Thurs night we slept by my hosts so we put our son to bed and went to Maple grill. Awesome food and great ambiance. I had the brisket and my wife had the steak sandwich. Both were delicious and quite affordable and desserts we had the hot lava cakes. Amazing.

Friday- as per everyones recommendations- we skipped capilano and went to lynn canyon- did a quick hike ( used a baby backpack so we were able to do more than just the suspension bridge) and the suspension bridge. Really nice and its free!

Shabbos- by my amazing hosts.

Sunday- we drove up to Whistler. The drive (sea to sky highway) is absolutely jaw droppingly beautiful and is an absolute must. We got to whistler like noon time. Took the gondola up to the top. We didn't bother with the stroller but you can just bring a stroller up top and walk around (I wouldn't bring a snap-n-go but any decent stroller should be fine). The view from up there is beyond incredible. (ps- bring a jacket- its chilly up there!). We then took the peak to peak to blackomb (btw- the admission you pay at the beginning-like 50 dollars- covers all gondola and lift rides for the day)- simply amazing. That sunday was the last day of the season to check out the glaciers up there- theres a shuttle from the blackomb (where the peak to peak leaves you off) to 7th heaven express and you then take  a ski lift to the top and from there you see the glaciers and snow- including skiers and riders (in late July!!). People were having snow ball fights up there! The views from 7th heaven are incredible. We took ski lifts down blackomb and then walked around the village. Stayed at the Westin whistler that night. Gorgeous hotel ( I paid 30 bux to upgrade to 1 bedroom suite) and beautiful spacious suites.

Mon- Drove back from Whistler and about 25 minutes (on the way back) is a waterfall and hike/walk called brandywine falls. I highly recommend stopping over. Its right off the highway and is totally stroller friendly and is a quite impressive waterfall with beautiful views. We drove straight to the Vancouver zoo. It's a bit far from the city- in a place called aldergrove bc.- like 45 minutes. Not a great zoo but nice place to walk around. Not worth the 20 bux admission (with budget I only paid for 1) but if youre looking for something kid friendly with a nice walk then I would consider it. We wanted to go to Falafel plus for dinner but when we were there we heard it wasn't under hashgacha.  We went to Sabra and ordered shwarma. We enjoyed it very much.

Tues- We rented a boat from granville island for an hour. It was a lot of fun- gorgeous views and a ton of fun. A little pricey- After all is said and done (insurance, gas, tax and rental) it costs about 85 bucks for the hour. The longer you go the cheaper per hr it is. We were gonna go to one of the many gardens that vancouver boasts but didn't get around to it. Tues night we flew out on United (economy class  :-[).

We had an amazing time. If you have any questions feel free to pm me!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 02, 2013, 06:31:43 PM
Thanks for the 2 nice tr it sounds fun
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 04, 2013, 12:25:16 AM
It's not just myself who loved the Fairmont Pac Rim...
http://www.usnews.com/info/blogs/press-room/2013/07/30/us-news-ranks-the-best-hotels-in-canada

#1 in the country!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 16, 2013, 06:03:07 PM
Allright, so I'm going next week to YVR.

Read this whole thread.

Anything else I should keep in mind that's not in here.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 18, 2013, 05:43:42 PM
Allright, so I'm going next week to YVR.

Read this whole thread.

Anything else I should keep in mind that's not in here.

Yep. CX 889 doesn't get in at 11:30 PM. It gets in 12:30 AM :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 18, 2013, 09:28:53 PM
Yep. CX 889 doesn't get in at 11:30 PM. It gets in 12:30 AM :)

And when i took it we got in at 3:15am. We were delayed and boarding didn't start till about 12:45.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 18, 2013, 10:29:13 PM
And now we're delayed 35 mins.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 18, 2013, 10:40:15 PM
And now we're delayed 35 mins.

By us they blamed it all on the airport for not giving them a gate when the plane landed.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 12, 2013, 02:25:56 AM
12 Hours in Vancouver - any suggestions on highlights?

Will everything be closed on Thanksgiving? Or do Canadians not celebrate?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 12, 2013, 08:36:14 AM
12 Hours in Vancouver - any suggestions on highlights?

Will everything be closed on Thanksgiving? Or do Canadians not celebrate?
LOL, thanksgiving was in October

Stanley park. Granville island. Maybe skiing on grouse mountain?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 12, 2013, 10:55:45 AM
LOL, thanksgiving was in October

Stanley park. Granville island. Maybe skiing on grouse mountain?

Sounds great. How would you partition the time? I have 12 hours from landing to takeoff.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 12, 2013, 11:25:01 AM
Sounds great. How would you partition the time? I have 12 hours from landing to takeoff.
Maybe an hour-1:30 granville island. An hour at Stanley park (it's gonna be cold). Rest of time @ grouse. I assume you'll rent a car?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 12, 2013, 01:28:58 PM
Maybe an hour-1:30 granville island. An hour at Stanley park (it's gonna be cold). Rest of time @ grouse. I assume you'll rent a car?

Yes, with no hotel, I would need a place to keep my stuff.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 12, 2013, 09:19:17 PM
Sounds like there's there's so much to do and so little time to do it in!

I crammed this in on the way home from LAX to experience CX F, and hopefully there's more to do here on 11/28 than in LA.

My flight lands 9:49, and my flight out is the CX 888 9:50 PM

I'd like to get in as much of these as possible:

1) Grouse Mountain - Cable car, Zip line
2) Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
3) Granville Island
4) Maple Grill Dinner & Pickup food for flight
5) Stanley Park

How far through the list can I get? I will need to be pretty well coordinated to pull this off, so help is greatly appreciated.

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on November 12, 2013, 09:36:58 PM
Sounds like there's there's so much to do and so little time to do it in!

I crammed this in on the way home from LAX to experience CX F, and hopefully there's more to do here on 11/28 than in LA.

My flight lands 9:49, and my flight out is the CX 888 9:50 PM

I'd like to get in as much of these as possible:

1) Grouse Mountain - Cable car, Zip line
2) Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
3) Granville Island
4) Maple Grill Dinner & Pickup food for flight
5) Stanley Park

How far through the list can I get? I will need to be pretty well coordinated to pull this off, so help is greatly appreciated.
First of all Congrats, I'm doing the same thing for the way home to NYC.

Second, Sadly I don't think you are going to be able to cram that all in with such a short time span.

By the time you get off the plane, clear customs, luggage and pick up your car will probably be around an hour or so (you traveling with a kid?).

Vancouver on a regular day has tons of traffic not sure what's going to be on Thanksgiving.

I would definitely first hit up Grouse mountain (Lumber jack show is hilarious) and watch some shows or do some activities depending if you have a kid or not.

I didn't go to Granville Island, but you won't have time to do Stanley Park, Granville, and Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

I would stick to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Brie and if you have time on the way back you can stop by Stanley Park.

I would leave Maple Grill for the last stop and head out straight from there to the airport.

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 12, 2013, 10:13:48 PM
First of all Congrats, I'm doing the same thing for the way home to NYC.

Second, Sadly I don't think you are going to be able to cram that all in with such a short time span.

By the time you get off the plane, clear customs, luggage and pick up your car will probably be around an hour or so (you traveling with a kid?).

Vancouver on a regular day has tons of traffic not sure what's going to be on Thanksgiving.

I would definitely first hit up Grouse mountain (Lumber jack show is hilarious) and watch some shows or do some activities depending if you have a kid or not.

I didn't go to Granville Island, but you won't have time to do Stanley Park, Granville, and Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

I would stick to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Brie and if you have time on the way back you can stop by Stanley Park.

I would leave Maple Grill for the last stop and head out straight from there to the airport.

Thanks. Do you think 1 hour before the flight is enough time if I'm flying F or C? What's security like at YVR?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on November 12, 2013, 10:16:42 PM
Thanks. Do you think 1 hour before the flight is enough time if I'm flying F or C?
1 hour should be good.

Besides, the lounge there is nothing exciting.

Probably better of in the AC lounge via PP. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 12, 2013, 10:16:59 PM
It begins to pick up 90 mins prior and you'll have a wait. 2.5 hours + and YVR is a ghost town.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on November 12, 2013, 10:20:29 PM
It begins to pick up 90 mins prior and you'll have a wait. 2.5 hours + and YVR is a ghost town.
2.5 hour wait??

How many flights are flying at that time?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 16, 2013, 06:40:28 PM
No, at 2.5 hours prior, YVR is a ghost town.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 16, 2013, 07:16:50 PM
No, at 2.5 hours prior, YVR is a ghost town.

With 12 hours total, I don't want want to spend an hour and a half waiting in the airport. What's the latest I can get to the airport without missing the flight? Also should I count on Thanksgiving factoring in at all?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 16, 2013, 08:12:12 PM
With 12 hours total, I don't want want to spend an hour and a half waiting in the airport. What's the latest I can get to the airport without missing the flight? Also should I count on Thanksgiving factoring in at all?
Thanksgiving was in October. It won't play any factor
90 min and you'll be fine
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 03, 2014, 12:28:17 PM
Vancouver in April/May?

How's the weather?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 03, 2014, 12:29:30 PM
Vancouver in April/May?

How's the weather?
Can't be worse than the weather I had in June
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 03, 2014, 12:30:20 PM
Can't be worse than the weather I had in June

Lol- Rained the whole time?
 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 03, 2014, 12:31:14 PM
Lol- Rained the whole time?
 
Had one nice day
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 17, 2014, 12:01:35 PM
Thinking about taking a trip over July 4th weekend Thursday night-Monday night. CMIIAW its probably not enough time to do anything more than Vancouver itself? Anyone who did shabbos what hotels did you stay at and were they shabbos friendly? Any other info I should know.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 17, 2014, 12:09:02 PM
Thinking about taking a trip over July 4th weekend Thursday night-Monday night. CMIIAW its probably not enough time to do anything more than Vancouver itself? Anyone who did shabbos what hotels did you stay at and were they shabbos friendly? Any other info I should know.
Hyatt Regency was fine for shabbos, just had to take the steps through the kitchen area.
Two days is ideal for vancouver, I would probably go up one day to whistler
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 17, 2014, 12:11:29 PM
Hyatt Regency was fine for shabbos, just had to take the steps through the kitchen area.
Two days is ideal for vancouver, I would probably go up one day to whistler
overnight in whistler or just day trip?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 17, 2014, 12:13:59 PM
overnight in whistler or just day trip?
overnight in whistler or just day trip?
Tough call. I'd probably drive up Sunday evening after dinner.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 17, 2014, 12:15:44 PM
Tough call. I'd probably drive up Sunday evening after dinner.
and come back monday afternoon/evening?

Anyone know if there is a US border pre-clearance for the night time CX flight?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2014, 12:16:34 PM
Anyone know if there is a US border pre-clearance for the night time CX flight?
There is not.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 17, 2014, 12:17:41 PM
There is not.
hmm i need to make it into work by 9:30 in jersey city. could be difficult with a 7am arrival and having to clear customs
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 17, 2014, 12:28:43 PM
hmm i need to make it into work by 9:30 in jersey city. could be difficult with a 7am arrival and having to clear customs
No nexus/global entry?
I still think you could do it, though
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 17, 2014, 12:31:08 PM
No nexus/global entry?
I still think you could do it, though
I might go get nexus/GE just for this lol. yea its possible i can do this. I would imagine assuming no checked bags that I can get out of the airport to the airtrain in around 45 minutes and then its about an hour and a half to work.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on March 17, 2014, 01:04:26 PM
Thinking about taking a trip over July 4th weekend Thursday night-Monday night. CMIIAW its probably not enough time to do anything more than Vancouver itself? Anyone who did shabbos what hotels did you stay at and were they shabbos friendly? Any other info I should know.
I have 2 friends that stayed in Fairmont and walked to a chabad for shabbos meals. The Fairmont was very accommodating, I think Dan has a report on this trip on also. I am thinking of going the same time.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2014, 01:24:20 PM
I have 2 friends that stayed in Fairmont and walked to a chabad for shabbos meals. The Fairmont was very accommodating, I think Dan has a report on this trip on also. I am thinking of going the same time.
The Fairmont Pac Rim is rated as the best hotel in Canada.
Very highly recommended and don't miss the spa facilities!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 17, 2014, 01:28:02 PM
Full disclosure - there's no way you paid for spa facilities  :D
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 17, 2014, 01:31:17 PM
The Fairmont Pac Rim is rated as the best hotel in Canada.
Very highly recommended and don't miss the spa facilities!
but from a post upthread its not very shabbos friendly
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2014, 01:48:52 PM
Full disclosure - there's no way you paid for spa facilities  :D
Free suite, spa, and booze, that's just how I roll.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 17, 2014, 01:50:29 PM
Free suite, spa, and booze, that's just how I roll.
Jealous. Im going to see if the hyatt had C+P availability and book using a suite upgrade I think.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 17, 2014, 01:57:23 PM
Jealous. Im going to see if the hyatt had C+P availability and book using a suite upgrade I think.
We were in a nice suite on a high floor for Wed/Thurs night and then moved down for shabbos to a regular room. Make sure they have suites on a floor you are willing to stay on for shabbos to make sure it's worth your while
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2014, 01:57:42 PM
but from a post upthread its not very shabbos friendly
Link?

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 17, 2014, 02:00:34 PM
Link?
I saw it in a comment on ur TR my bad. But then there was a clarifying comment http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/24056#comment-267116. So seems like it could be ok. Will check rates and see if its worth applying for Fairmount Visa
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2014, 02:03:36 PM
Check AMEX FHR rates and other deals as well.
And open an FPC member account and see what deals they send you as well.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 17, 2014, 04:08:45 PM
Tough call. I'd probably drive up Sunday evening after dinner.
any other opinions on how long to spend in Vancouver and how long in whistler?
Check AMEX FHR rates and other deals as well.
And open an FPC member account and see what deals they send you as well.
cant seem to find any decent deals but will keep looking. However, with the hyatt being category 3 and being able to use my anniversary night for one nigh and hopefully c+p for the other 3 nights..............
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 18, 2014, 08:56:04 AM
No one else has any opinions on how much time we should spend in vancouver V in Whistler?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on March 18, 2014, 09:20:00 AM
No one else has any opinions on how much time we should spend in vancouver V in Whistler?
I noticed a few people wrote about the trip on this thread and they mentioned Whistler. Look at reply 302 and 303
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 18, 2014, 10:02:36 AM
I noticed a few people wrote about the trip on this thread and they mentioned Whistler. Look at reply 302 and 303
ive read the thread. My question is for my Thursday night to monday night trip is it really worth driving up to whistler for a day. Candle lighting is at 9pm so we will have a full day on friday. So can we do most of what vancouver has to offer on friday and shabbos (I figure walk arund stanley park and what not on shabbos), and then do whistler for part of sudnay and monday.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on March 18, 2014, 10:31:47 AM
ive read the thread. My question is for my Thursday night to monday night trip is it really worth driving up to whistler for a day. Candle lighting is at 9pm so we will have a full day on friday. So can we do most of what vancouver has to offer on friday and shabbos (I figure walk arund stanley park and what not on shabbos), and then do whistler for part of sudnay and monday.
Things did take a little longer than expected when we were there, if you find you did most of what Vancouver has to offer by Sun, than by all means head up to Whistler for a day.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 18, 2014, 10:33:45 AM
Things did take a little longer than expected when we were there, if you find you did most of what Vancouver has to offer by Sun, than by all means head up to Whistler for a day.
that difficult with hotel reservations and what not. I guess we could do a day trip but.......
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on March 18, 2014, 10:42:08 AM
Things did take a little longer than expected when we were there, if you find you did most of what Vancouver has to offer by Sun, than by all means head up to Whistler for a day.
How far is Whistler from Vacouver by car?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 18, 2014, 10:43:24 AM
How far is Whistler from Vacouver by car?
I believe 2hrs each way
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 18, 2014, 11:15:11 AM
I'd skip whistler with your timeline.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 18, 2014, 11:21:09 AM
I'd skip whistler with your timeline.
Thats what im leaning towards. And if on sunday we decide we want to do whistler we can figure it out.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 18, 2014, 11:21:42 AM
No one else has any opinions on how much time we should spend in vancouver V in Whistler?
What's wrong with my opinion?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 18, 2014, 11:23:59 AM
What's wrong with my opinion?
Nothing i was just wanting to know if anyone has any other opinions. Right now im leaning towards
Thats what im leaning towards. And if on sunday we decide we want to do whistler we can figure it out.
However I will do some more research to see how much of whistler we could do sunday evening into monday afternoon.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 18, 2014, 12:00:59 PM
Map out what you want to do in YVR and you'll have your answer.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 18, 2014, 12:03:54 PM
Map out what you want to do in YVR and you'll have your answer.
Yea im getting there. Right now i'm having trouble with the hyatt they have C+P availability for thur fri and sun but not sat. So I asked to book those nights and then book sat as revenue but they said they cant because the hotel has a minimum stay so saturday night doesnt have options to book by itself. I tried contacting in house reservations and they wouldnt help. I just emailed the inventory manager or whatever its called and will see what she says.

EDIT: right after I wrote this i received an email back and she is willing to book it for me.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 18, 2014, 12:08:35 PM
Yea im getting there. Right now i'm having trouble with the hyatt they have C+P availability for thur fri and sun but not sat. So I asked to book those nights and then book sat as revenue but they said they cant because the hotel has a minimum stay so saturday night doesnt have options to book by itself. I tried contacting in house reservations and they wouldnt help. I just emailed the inventory manager or whatever its called and will see what she says.

EDIT: right after I wrote this i received an email back and she is willing to book it for me.
For future reference. Just book Saturday and Sunday as revenue and then cancel Sunday
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 18, 2014, 12:12:52 PM
For future reference. Just book Saturday and Sunday as revenue and then cancel Sunday
Yup, Hyatt is excellent about that.  Also works when a weekend may have lower nightly pricing than one night, YEMV.

SPG is much tougher, needs hotel approval.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 18, 2014, 12:17:47 PM
Yea im getting there. Right now i'm having trouble with the hyatt they have C+P availability for thur fri and sun but not sat. So I asked to book those nights and then book sat as revenue but they said they cant because the hotel has a minimum stay so saturday night doesnt have options to book by itself. I tried contacting in house reservations and they wouldnt help. I just emailed the inventory manager or whatever its called and will see what she says.

EDIT: right after I wrote this i received an email back and she is willing to book it for me.
If you have suite upgrades, i was able to get confirmed suite for the nights not on C&P.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 18, 2014, 12:26:02 PM
For future reference. Just book Saturday and Sunday as revenue and then cancel Sunday
The problem was I wanted to use my anniversary night.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 19, 2014, 12:22:38 PM
I saw it in a comment on ur TR my bad. But then there was a clarifying comment http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/24056#comment-267116. So seems like it could be ok. Will check rates and see if its worth applying for Fairmount Visa
Wish i could get that commenter's contact info so I can find out who he talked to.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on March 20, 2014, 08:43:01 PM
I'm planning a trip with the wife and kids to YVR in the summer.
Read through the whole thread, and setting up my plans accordingly.
Arriving Sunday and spending time in Vancouver until Tuesday /Wednesday then driving down to Whistler and flying back to NYC Thursday night.
My question is about accommodation.
1) in Vancouver should I choose the Fairmont? Hyatt? Or spg?
2) in Whistler should I go with westin? Fairmont? Or four seasons?
Thanks for all the input
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 20, 2014, 11:57:14 PM
Hilton is in an amazing location in whistle. Can get very cheap rates during the summer
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on March 21, 2014, 12:47:09 AM
Hilton is in an amazing location in whistle. Can get very cheap rates during the summer
Thanks!
How does it compare to Fairmont? Or the westin?
Should I prefer any because I will be taking along my kids?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on March 27, 2014, 01:42:31 PM
Anybody fly Cathay to yvr with an infant using Ba miles, without paying an additional fare. If yes in what class, and was there a fee at all?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 02, 2014, 07:59:19 PM
any places in yvr similar to a dave and busters or the like?

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on April 30, 2014, 01:27:23 PM
Anyone who stayed in the fairmont pacific rim able to get kosher breakfast from them? I have the free breakfast certs from the fairmont card and was wondering if anyone had success.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2014, 01:28:14 PM
I'll be really surprised if you get kosher from a Fairmont.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on May 11, 2014, 03:14:19 AM
Thinking about going to yvr this summer. Was hoping to stay in fairmont pacific rim , turns out my stay is in middle of blackout dates to use certs. The room is $500 a night. Any other way to stay there?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 12, 2014, 11:35:45 AM
maybe try amex FHR

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 12, 2014, 11:36:26 AM
PM Superflyer...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 12, 2014, 11:39:32 AM
anyone stay in fairmont chateau whistler resort and have thoughts on if worth staying there instead of hilton? thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 13, 2014, 11:25:08 AM
anyone stay in fairmont chateau whistler resort and have thoughts on if worth staying there instead of hilton? thanks
bump


also the fairmont says they can order kosher which they get from nava catering in vancouver. anyone know if thats 1) good? and 2) reliable hechsher? (doesnt say on website who's hasgacha, and no answer on phone yet). Thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 13, 2014, 12:33:17 PM
Ok food but not cholov Yisroel they did have some parev cake when I was there.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on May 18, 2014, 01:09:14 AM
Is there anyway I can get a better price at the Fairmont pacific rim?
I need 2 rooms for 3 nights
Thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 18, 2014, 03:57:25 PM
any tips for using verizon wireless phone while in yvr? they say its .89/min and expensive data (or buy100mb for $25), but any better ways? I would like to be able to use phone as GPS and also make a decent amount of calls locally and back to US. TIA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on May 18, 2014, 04:02:04 PM
any tips for using verizon wireless phone while in yvr? they say its .89/min and expensive data (or buy100mb for $25), but any better ways? I would like to be able to use phone as GPS and also make a decent amount of calls locally and back to US. TIA

VZW has a plan for Canada 1000 min. For I thing 15-20 month, however it's prorated for the month, and you need to add it on to start from the beginning of the bill cycle. Data however is expensive @ $25/100mb. Which for GPS is ok,
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 18, 2014, 04:06:03 PM
thanks.. sorry i meant to mention, i have unlimited data so cant do that cuz its considered changing the plan and would lose my data:(
any other ideas? any options with renting/ buying canadian sim or anything like that if nothing else within verizon? thanks a lot.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 18, 2014, 04:13:45 PM
thanks.. sorry i meant to mention, i have unlimited data so cant do that cuz its considered changing the plan and would lose my data:(
any other ideas? any options with renting/ buying canadian sim or anything like that if nothing else within verizon? thanks a lot.
You can change your plan for up to 8 days and still switch back to unlimited data.
PUTPAC.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 19, 2014, 11:10:57 AM
You can change your plan for up to 8 days and still switch back to unlimited data.
PUTPAC.

they claim they wont do it if we knowingly change it, only if its accidentally changed or something like that...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2014, 11:22:57 AM
they claim they wont do it if we knowingly change it, only if its accidentally changed or something like that...
HUCA. I got a rep to do the switch both ways.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 19, 2014, 05:12:51 PM
Did u have the change backdated to beg of month or just did it prorated for the days you were there?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 20, 2014, 12:05:04 AM
did zaatar close?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 20, 2014, 01:29:02 AM
did zaatar close?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/zaatar-mediterranean-hummus-bar-vancouver  :(
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 20, 2014, 02:19:18 AM
can someone please verify: I know ba availibilty gets better closer to the flight flying JFK-YVR, but when it says only 1 or 2 reward seats left does that mean there was availabilty, and now its full? If thats the case I guess there would be a much smaller chance of it opening up.... or is it still just as likely that they will get more availabilty before the flight? (acording to their website chances of more seats becoming available once it says x amount left is very slim)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2014, 10:31:41 AM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/zaatar-mediterranean-hummus-bar-vancouver  :(
Really sad news.
Was the best felafel I had outside of Israel and was so convenient for the downtown hotels.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 20, 2014, 10:33:17 AM
I was looking forward to fairmont BMW taking me there:( any any other restaurants or kosher food place downtown?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on May 22, 2014, 10:25:17 AM
Did u have the change backdated to beg of month or just did it prorated for the days you were there?

It's your choice.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 22, 2014, 11:25:20 AM
i know, i was just wondering if that has any impact on the ability to change back with no problems later.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 22, 2014, 11:28:48 AM
anyone have experience with the free local rides from the fairmont pacific rim? going to be there a few days and thinking of not renting my own car for the first day and having them drive us to local downtown attractions, perhaps with a cab or two if necessary. but I don't want to end up waiting a lot and limiting how much we can get done. anyone know if they are generally pretty available and efficient or if much better off getting the car (and paying another day of $43 parking!)?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 25, 2014, 11:12:01 PM

anyone have experience with the free local rides from the fairmont pacific rim? going to be there a few days and thinking of not renting my own car for the first day and having them drive us to local downtown attractions, perhaps with a cab or two if necessary. but I don't want to end up waiting a lot and limiting how much we can get done. anyone know if they are generally pretty available and efficient or if much better off getting the car (and paying another day of $43 parking!)?

Anyone?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 26, 2014, 01:24:05 PM
Does anyone know if you can buy cholov Yisroel milk in Vancouver?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 26, 2014, 03:16:42 PM
Where is nice place to spend shabbes near a shoul ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: peacenlove613 on May 27, 2014, 11:29:15 PM
Where do you rent a car from when taking the cx flight? All rental locations seem to be closed by then
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 27, 2014, 11:56:31 PM
They stay open for you.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 28, 2014, 11:11:20 AM
They stay open for you.
If youíre not by the Avis counter by 1AM they close unless you call them when you land to stay open which they will till 2:15 (We learnt the hard way and ended up taking a taxi in to downtown which Avis reimbursed us for the next day).
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 28, 2014, 12:18:14 PM
Did you give them your flight info when you made the res?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: dealer on May 28, 2014, 05:13:02 PM
Does anyone know if you can buy cholov Yisroel milk in Vancouver?
i think they have :
 Kosher Food Warehouse
612 Kingsway (rear), Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 709-9889
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on May 28, 2014, 08:38:04 PM
I just came back from a 24 hr. Vancouver trip.

I booked my car with Alamo, which had the cheapest rates, and you get an additional 10% off by being an "insider". And it looks like they're officially open till 2am. I didn't need to call them. Don't forget to not confuse your dates and times.

We stayed at the Four Points YVR hotel, which is a Cat2 SPG hotel, it was only 4K points, and they just completed renovation (as a side note, don't forget to book your hotel from the prior day on because you arrive mid night but the reservation for the hotel must be made for the date before your arrival. When I first came to the hotel, he said he can't find me, so he said maybe my reservation was another Sheraton down the block, drove there saw it's an actual Sheraton, so I called SPG to verify, and they told me that I was previously at the right hotel, but the agent that made my reservation made the mistake, he sees the note about the 1am arrival, so he asked me to drive back, he will talk to front desk, he stayed on the phone and BH settled it nicely with the front desk).

I went to Stanley park, rented a bike, there is a nice bike path around the park next to the water.

Then rented a boat (boatrent.ca was about $120 after all is said and done). Was great. This lasted an hour.

Then we went up Grouse mountain, which is actually VERY expensive ($44 p/p). I missed all the shows like the wood carving, but saw the bears.

Flight there was in F. Back was in C. Was a great CX experience after being a *A flyer for so long. I still prefer LH F over CX.

Food we bought at Evergreen in Monsey, we asked the stewardess to give us ice in 2 shopping bags, so food was kept cold. I didn't visit any local food establishments, wanted to "see" omnitzkys but it looks like they lost their lease on their retail store, so they were closed.

I just did it to try CX and it was a good thing, Vancouver weather and air is very nice, and really liked it.

I don't think I would go again, but it's definitely a nice place to visit.

I used 62.5K avios for the trip plus $99 in taxes.

Car was like $58.

Gas was $20. Everything in Vancouver is very close by and traffic wasn't bad.

OT: I saw heimishe people on both of my flights in economy, I'm sure some travel agent ripped them off with cash, and booked on miles ;-)

Ask away if you need more info.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 28, 2014, 09:38:32 PM
Tx for the TR ! Where did CX get their kosher food from on the way to NY? My return was with  Air Canada and the food was catered by Omnitzkys.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on May 28, 2014, 10:32:10 PM
Tx for the TR ! Where did CX get their kosher food from on the way to NY? My return was with  Air Canada and the food was catered by Omnitzkys.

Yup, forgot to include that.

Way there was Regal (Volova Chasidish hechsher). Food tasted old and not fresh. Regal on LH always felt fresher. Not sure what it is. It looked like a regular economy meal. Potatoes, chicken IIRC, Matabucha, orange juice, little cake, and roll.

Way back was from Omnitzky, I didn't touch it, because it looked bad. I think they need to use better packaging, not sure what made it look bad. I didn't even wait for the hot meal, I was ZZzzzzz'ing away.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 28, 2014, 10:43:40 PM
OT: I saw heimishe people on both of my flights in economy, I'm sure some travel agent ripped them off with cash, and booked on miles ;-)
I know many people who use their owm BA miles to fly to YVR in Y.

Not everyone needs J or F.

Also, did you get kosher food in the BA lounge in JFK.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on May 28, 2014, 10:54:01 PM
I know many people who use their owm BA miles to fly to YVR in Y.

Not everyone needs J or F.

Also, did you get kosher food in the BA lounge in JFK.

I didn't ask for Kosher in the lounge.

Btw, it's my first time flying out from terminal 7, I really liked it, it's a tiny terminal with very little walking needed.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 29, 2014, 02:27:48 AM
I see there is almost no Saver award availability on United to Vancouver for the next 3 months. What are my options?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 29, 2014, 06:01:06 AM
I see there is almost no Saver award availability on United to Vancouver for the next 3 months. What are my options?
The only reason people here know Vancouver exists is because CX flies there.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 29, 2014, 10:06:41 AM
Can I use US Airways miles on CX?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 29, 2014, 10:22:44 AM
I just came back from a 24 hr. Vancouver trip.

I booked my car with Alamo, which had the cheapest rates, and you get an additional 10% off by being an "insider". And it looks like they're officially open till 2am. I didn't need to call them. Don't forget to not confuse your dates and times.

We stayed at the Four Points YVR hotel, which is a Cat2 SPG hotel, it was only 4K points, and they just completed renovation (as a side note, don't forget to book your hotel from the prior day on because you arrive mid night but the reservation for the hotel must be made for the date before your arrival. When I first came to the hotel, he said he can't find me, so he said maybe my reservation was another Sheraton down the block, drove there saw it's an actual Sheraton, so I called SPG to verify, and they told me that I was previously at the right hotel, but the agent that made my reservation made the mistake, he sees the note about the 1am arrival, so he asked me to drive back, he will talk to front desk, he stayed on the phone and BH settled it nicely with the front desk).

I went to Stanley park, rented a bike, there is a nice bike path around the park next to the water.

Then rented a boat (boatrent.ca was about $120 after all is said and done). Was great. This lasted an hour.

Then we went up Grouse mountain, which is actually VERY expensive ($44 p/p). I missed all the shows like the wood carving, but saw the bears.

Flight there was in F. Back was in C. Was a great CX experience after being a *A flyer for so long. I still prefer LH F over CX.

Food we bought at Evergreen in Monsey, we asked the stewardess to give us ice in 2 shopping bags, so food was kept cold. I didn't visit any local food establishments, wanted to "see" omnitzkys but it looks like they lost their lease on their retail store, so they were closed.

I just did it to try CX and it was a good thing, Vancouver weather and air is very nice, and really liked it.

I don't think I would go again, but it's definitely a nice place to visit.

I used 62.5K avios for the trip plus $99 in taxes.

Car was like $58.

Gas was $20. Everything in Vancouver is very close by and traffic wasn't bad.

OT: I saw heimishe people on both of my flights in economy, I'm sure some travel agent ripped them off with cash, and booked on miles ;-)

Ask away if you need more info.
-Only point of Grouse mountain is the shows, why didn't you check the times?

-Gadlus of CX F is the best bed comfort in the skies.  Hard to take advantage of that without going to HKG.

-No Maple Grill?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 29, 2014, 10:30:00 AM
Can I use US Airways miles on CX?
Of course.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 29, 2014, 10:44:34 AM
Sorry. I only recently started redeeming miles for flights! :D
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 29, 2014, 04:25:14 PM
Does anyone know if you can buy cholov Yisroel milk in Vancouver?
To answer my question (in case anyone else wants to know) cholov Yisroel milk is available for preorder from the food warehouse for $4.89 a bottle (2 liter) or off the shelf in sabra's for $5.99 a bottle.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: edjack on May 29, 2014, 07:39:08 PM
Probably frozen from Seattle!!!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 30, 2014, 01:57:57 AM
Probably frozen from Seattle!!!
Dunno but sabras claims it's fresh...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: edjack on May 30, 2014, 07:26:29 AM
It is definitely more convenient than frozen milk from NY!!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 30, 2014, 05:29:42 PM
Any nice Hyatts/Hiltons worth burning my certs on? Any nice Marriotts to book with points?
BUMP
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on May 30, 2014, 05:40:23 PM
BUMP
the Hilton in Whistler seems to be very nice!
But it's a 2 hour drive from yvr
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 30, 2014, 05:45:54 PM

the Hilton in Whistler seems to be very nice!
But it's a 2 hour drive from yvr
I'll probably be there for a day or 2 so that'll be nice. Thanks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: edjack on May 31, 2014, 02:04:36 PM
I'll probably be there for a day or 2 so that'll be nice. Thanks!
I stayed there for 2 nights, and I got a suit for really cheap. (in the summer)

It was very nice, and in a great location.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 31, 2014, 09:54:04 PM
I stayed there for 2 nights, and I got a suit for really cheap. (in the summer)

It was very nice, and in a great location.

anyone know if the fairmont chateau is significantly nicer to be worth an extra $80-100, and how the location compares to hilton?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 31, 2014, 10:47:05 PM
anyone know if the fairmont chateau is significantly nicer to be worth an extra $80-100, and how the location compares to hilton?
Hilton is in the middle of the village. can't get a better location. don't recall where the Fairmont is
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 31, 2014, 10:58:45 PM
Is 8 night to much if not how should I divide my days I won't to go from Sunday till the next Monday ? .going with a kid age 7 and a baby of 6 months.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 31, 2014, 11:02:02 PM
Know if hilton gold get free breakfast there by any chance?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on June 10, 2014, 11:58:12 AM
any problem bringing any food from america into canada, at yvr - are there any laws prohibiting, does customs check/ care at all?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 10, 2014, 12:01:31 PM
any problem bringing any food from america into canada, at yvr - are there any laws prohibiting, does customs check/ care at all?

http://bit.ly/SKJgwY ;)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 10, 2014, 12:17:32 PM
The short of it is, short of fruit you can bring up to a certain amount of meat/dairy per person. No chance you;ll get near those maximums for a five day trip. No one will give you a problem. I have declared many times that I am bring stuff in. They wave you right through.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on June 10, 2014, 02:51:07 PM
Yup, forgot to include that.

Way there was Regal (Volova Chasidish hechsher). Food tasted old and not fresh. Regal on LH always felt fresher. Not sure what it is. It looked like a regular economy meal. Potatoes, chicken IIRC, Matabucha, orange juice, little cake, and roll.

Way back was from Omnitzky, I didn't touch it, because it looked bad. I think they need to use better packaging, not sure what made it look bad. I didn't even wait for the hot meal, I was ZZzzzzz'ing away.
Would you know which hotel chains are walking distance to Chabad
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on June 13, 2014, 12:01:30 AM
how useful/ necessary is a car in vancouver? will I be ok with fairmont car & bikes, and maybe a cab or two to see stanley park, granville island, gastown, chinatown, maple grille, or would having car make it much easier/ more convenient to warrant paying for rental + expensive parking?
on google maps it seems like things are close enough that could either bike or get around inexpensively, but do people who've been there think otherwise? alternatively, does anyone have experience parking near fairmont pac rim and being able to avoid $43/day?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 13, 2014, 03:08:55 AM
Not planning on going to grouse mountain and the canyon thing
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on June 13, 2014, 10:12:08 AM
ya i will but on last day in vancouver before whistler, and then ill rent a car anyway just for the last two days and not have to pay any vancouver parking.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 13, 2014, 10:15:18 AM
The only thing you'd need a car for is granville island and maple grill.
If you're not planning on going to shacharis you will probably be fine without the car. That's assuming the weather is nice, though.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on June 13, 2014, 11:09:36 AM
There is a dependent shachris in or near downtown? How close?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 13, 2014, 01:08:49 PM
There is a dependent shachris in or near downtown? How close?
Closest shacharis is in the kollel on top of maple grill
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on June 13, 2014, 06:24:24 PM
Hmm... Close call on daled mil there
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: aygart on June 13, 2014, 06:27:40 PM
Delete
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on June 14, 2014, 09:49:46 PM
?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on June 14, 2014, 10:30:13 PM

They stay open for you.

If u give alamo flight info they stay open no matter how late? Do you have to call when you land or they'll just stay (not sure I'll have phone)?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on June 14, 2014, 11:04:51 PM
If u give alamo flight info they stay open no matter how late? Do you have to call when you land or they'll just stay (not sure I'll have phone)?

Alamo is officially open. Look on the site.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on June 15, 2014, 12:17:09 AM
Sorry I meant if flights late. Supposedly this flight doesn't have greatest on time performance.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 30, 2014, 05:52:13 PM
How many days do I need for Vancouver if I am going with a 7 year old and a 6 month old ?

will my big kid enjoy it or its not made for kids ?

should I fly business or first since I am going with a kid and a babe

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 30, 2014, 06:03:10 PM
How many days do I need for Vancouver if I am going with a 7 year old and a 6 month old ?

will my big kid enjoy it or its not made for kids ?

should I fly business or first since I am going with a kid and a babe
You can go for 4-5 days and that should be enough time. If you want to go to whistler you can do 5-7 days.

I think Vancouver is suitable for all ages and your kid should have fun.

Def try to get First one way and you have one more day to book with US for 50k roundtrip, but its hard to find 3 seats especially not within a week or so. If you can't get First try to get biz as it makes the trip more enjoyable IMO.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 30, 2014, 07:06:05 PM
You can go for 4-5 days and that should be enough time. If you want to go to whistler you can do 5-7 days.

I think Vancouver is suitable for all ages and your kid should have fun.

Def try to get First one way and you have one more day to book with US for 50k roundtrip, but its hard to find 3 seats especially not within a week or so. If you can't get First try to get biz as it makes the trip more enjoyable IMO.
whats us points I won't to book with ba points.  So how many days for whistler
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 30, 2014, 07:16:38 PM
whats us points I won't to book with ba points.  So how many days for whistler
US Airways miles.

Depends exactly what you want to do there.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on July 31, 2014, 12:26:47 PM
Cathay pacific from Vancouver to new york:
According to Dans trip report http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/24056
The food from Vancouver to New York was inedible, that was written in 2012, has anyone flown with Cathay Pacific on that route recently, has anything changed? How was the food from Vancouver?
Thanks.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 31, 2014, 02:04:00 PM
Cathay pacific from Vancouver to new york:
According to Dans trip report http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/24056
The food from Vancouver to New York was inedible, that was written in 2012, has anyone flown with Cathay Pacific on that route recently, has anything changed? How was the food from Vancouver?
Thanks.

Know someone who flew a few months ago and nothing has changed. Best would be to get some great falafel from Zaatar for the plane.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 31, 2014, 02:18:19 PM
Know someone who flew a few months ago and nothing has changed. Best would be to get some great falafel from Zaatar for the plane.
I think someone mentioned up thread that Zaatar closed.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 31, 2014, 02:23:45 PM
I think someone mentioned up thread that Zaatar closed.

Really? Wasn't following that closely, that's a shame.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on August 01, 2014, 12:05:08 AM
I did it last month - zaatar did in fact close and the food in cx f was still gross/ inedible
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on August 03, 2014, 02:32:53 PM
Cathay pacific from Vancouver to new york:
According to Dans trip report http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/24056
The food from Vancouver to New York was inedible, that was written in 2012, has anyone flown with Cathay Pacific on that route recently, has anything changed? How was the food from Vancouver?
Thanks.
I thought food from New York to Vancouver was pretty bad too. Would recommend u bring something along
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 03, 2014, 03:39:08 PM
I thought food from New York to Vancouver was pretty bad too. Would recommend u bring something along

It was standard borenstein meal, very decent.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2014, 03:50:05 PM
My food JFK-YVR was actually delicious.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 03, 2014, 04:30:32 PM
My food JFK-YVR was actually delicious.
In J or F?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2014, 04:30:57 PM
I believe they serve the same thing in both, but F.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=25470.0

Quote
[I think I may have finished half a bottle of Blue Label by the time dinner was done. Though, I must say, the Kosher meal JFK-YVR was of the best Kosher meals Iíve had on a plane.]
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 03, 2014, 04:32:36 PM
I believe they serve the same thing in both, but F.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=25470.0
IIRC, you flew JFK-YVR in J also.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2014, 04:35:43 PM
Yeah, a few times YVR-JFK, but never JFK-YVR.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 03, 2014, 04:37:37 PM
Yeah, a few times YVR-JFK, but never JFK-YVR.
What is this?

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=30766.0
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2014, 04:39:11 PM
Doh!

Forgot about that  :D

I don't recall the food being that great, actually. Maybe it was different due to the dates, as I don't think they serve different mains based on class.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 03, 2014, 04:40:38 PM
Doh!

Forgot about that  :D
;D
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Galitzyaner on August 18, 2014, 10:41:10 PM
I'll be staying in Vancouver for two nights and would like to pack in as much as I can. Any particular tips (not mentioned in the TR's)?

Is it worthwhile to spend a night in Whistler at the Westin Resort?

TIA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 10:48:19 PM
If you're there two nights I'd stick to yvr proper
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on August 18, 2014, 11:46:29 PM
Is Vancouver worth going to for one night? Two full days..

I'm thinking of going just want to see if its worth it or wait till I have at least 2-3 nights.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on August 19, 2014, 12:55:29 AM
I believe they serve the same thing in both, but F.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=25470.0
Best airplane food?  I just flew first class Jfk-yvr. food was horrible .  They served regel business.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 19, 2014, 01:10:49 AM
Is Vancouver worth going to for one night? Two full days..

I'm thinking of going just want to see if its worth it or wait till I have at least 2-3 nights.
You can hit up Grouse mountain and the Suspension bridge of your choice one day and Granville Island and Stanley park the other day. It could be tight, but under the right circumstances (like no kids and little traffic) I think it's doable.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on August 19, 2014, 08:48:20 AM
You can hit up Grouse mountain and the Suspension bridge of your choice one day and Granville Island and Stanley park the other day. It could be tight, but under the right circumstances (like no kids and little traffic) I think it's doable.

Thanks..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Galitzyaner on August 19, 2014, 10:25:20 AM
Hyatt Regency or Westin Grand?

Can anyone who's stayed at either or both share their opinion?

TIA


P.S. Why are car rentals so expensive??!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SLP on August 22, 2014, 08:43:40 AM
A new dairy restaurant, Cafe 41, opened recently. It's under Chabad hashgacha. Food is really good.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on August 22, 2014, 10:24:52 AM
A new dairy restaurant, Cafe 41, opened recently. It's under Chabad hashgacha. Food is really good.
Do you have an address?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SLP on August 22, 2014, 10:28:42 AM
Do you have an address?
1-5750 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 2V9
604-563-4141
The corner of 41st and Oak
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on August 22, 2014, 10:30:13 AM
1-5750 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 2V9
604-563-4141
The corner of 41st and Oak
Nice. If only I knew earlier, I just came back from Vancouver and we could've used a daily restaurant.
I guess next time!!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 22, 2014, 03:17:37 PM
Nice. If only I knew earlier, I just came back from Vancouver and we could've used a daily restaurant.
I guess next time!!
By any chance were you on the JFK-YVR CX F this past sunday?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on August 22, 2014, 03:19:00 PM
By any chance were you on the JFK-YVR CX F this past sunday?
No but I know who you are I guess

Did we meet in maple grill?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 22, 2014, 03:24:12 PM
No but I know who you are I guess

Did we meet in maple grill?
Nope.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on August 22, 2014, 03:25:14 PM
Nope.
Yea realized that from your previous posts!! But I do know who was on that flight in F
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 22, 2014, 03:29:29 PM
Yea realized that from your previous posts!! But I do know who was on that flight in F
I know one of them trying to figure out the other one.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on August 22, 2014, 03:30:36 PM
I know one of them trying to figure out the other one.
I thought I was the only stalker.....
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 22, 2014, 03:34:09 PM
I thought I was the only stalker.....
LOL
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 24, 2014, 03:48:11 AM
Hyatt Regency or Westin Grand?

Can anyone who's stayed at either or both share their opinion?

TIA


P.S. Why are car rentals so expensive??!
Just spent five nights in the westin grand got upgraded to the one bedroom king corner suite with a separate living room and a balcony.... With an amazing view on the 29th floor. It was a great experience. Hotel is a bit dated but it was still really nice!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2014, 04:39:58 PM
Any reports from this place yet?
https://www.facebook.com/cafe41
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SLP on August 29, 2014, 07:07:39 PM
Any reports from this place yet?
https://www.facebook.com/cafe41
Both food and service are excellent.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on September 07, 2014, 10:46:37 PM
I see availability in premium economy or business for CX but they don't show first at all what does that mean?
Do they show f as business and j as premium economy?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on September 07, 2014, 10:58:54 PM
I see availability in premium economy or business for CX but they don't show first at all what does that mean?
Do they show f as business and j as premium economy?
means not available! (yet)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on September 07, 2014, 11:13:51 PM
means not available! (yet)
Yeh that makes sense, thanks. Just saw the wiki as well.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 11, 2015, 04:57:49 PM
Is the room that is booked using two nights certificate from the Fairmont credit card large enough to fit two adults and two toddlers?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 26, 2015, 01:18:58 AM
Does it make sense to stay in vancouver motzai shabbos, drive sunday am to whistler, back to vancouver to eat & sleep then Monday morning back to whistler to ski again & then back to YVR to catch a flight?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on January 26, 2015, 01:36:29 AM
Does it make sense to stay in vancouver motzai shabbos, drive sunday am to whistler, back to vancouver to eat & sleep then Monday morning back to whistler to ski again & then back to YVR to catch a flight?
In most circumstances it doesn't make sense.
Are you travelling with kids?
It's a good 2hr drive, and there are some nice hotels in Whistler.
Why not take along food?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 26, 2015, 01:47:47 AM
Sounds crazy to me
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 26, 2015, 01:54:51 AM
All hotels booked solid, no kids

2/15-2/16
1 night 2 rooms. Notin
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 26, 2015, 02:15:34 AM
Whistler village and inn seems to be available but a rip off.

Maybe look to stay in Pemberton or Squamish. Will make the drive much more reasonable. I imagine you'll also have traffic those days so it'll be a real pain to drive all the way back to Vancouver
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 26, 2015, 09:53:34 AM
OK, may have to fork it out or walk into a "hotel" with closed eyes.. #spoiled
On a side note someone grabbed some CX availability I was eyeing! UUGGGHHHHH
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 27, 2015, 12:44:25 PM
If I am going to have a FULL Friday to do anything in Vancouver. What should it be?

Sunday & Monday I am going to Whistler/Blackcomb. Any must do's over there?

TIA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 28, 2015, 10:43:54 AM
If I am going to have a FULL Friday to do anything in Vancouver. What should it be?

Sunday & Monday I am going to Whistler/Blackcomb. Any must do's over there?

TIA

BUMP
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on January 28, 2015, 11:35:05 PM
Depends what you like to see, and depends on weather!
Stanley Park is gorgeous, so is the aquarium there
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on February 01, 2015, 07:59:43 PM
Starting March 15 Philippine airline will start operating flights JFK-YVR 4 times a week. Award availability is great as per Gary.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on February 01, 2015, 09:10:38 PM
Starting March 15 Philippine airline will start operating flights JFK-YVR 4 times a week. Award availability is great as per Gary.
Nice!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:25:04 AM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=49911.msg1067871#msg1067871

My TR
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 19, 2015, 05:52:40 AM
Is 1 full day in Vancouver enough time to go to the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge, take the gondola car up Grouse Mountain, and a bike ride around Stanley Park?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 19, 2015, 12:22:00 PM
Is 1 full day in Vancouver enough time to go to the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge, take the gondola car up Grouse Mountain, and a bike ride around Stanley Park?

Sure, depending on how much time you want to spend in those places.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on February 19, 2015, 12:37:13 PM
Is 1 full day in Vancouver enough time to go to the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge, take the gondola car up Grouse Mountain, and a bike ride around Stanley Park?

I would think so, wake up early
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 19, 2015, 12:39:37 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 19, 2015, 12:52:18 PM
I would choose 2. A lot to pack in
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 19, 2015, 12:59:49 PM
I would choose 2. A lot to pack in
Which 2 would you choose (scenery wise)?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 19, 2015, 03:40:24 PM
Probably Lynn Canyon and Grouse mountain. If their is good visibility. Otherwise I would skip Grouse mountain and go to Stanley Park.
You can always start early and do Lynn Canyon and Grouse Mountain and if you enough time go Stanley park.
You cal also just drive around Stanley park if you are short on time (and get in and out of the car a couple of times).
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 19, 2015, 03:45:47 PM
Probably Lynn Canyon and Grouse mountain. If their is good visibility. Otherwise I would skip Grouse mountain and go to Stanley Park.
You can always start early and do Lynn Canyon and Grouse Mountain and if you enough time go Stanley park.
You cal also just drive around Stanley park if you are short on time (and get in and out of the car a couple of times).
Anyway to check beforehand if visibility is good?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 19, 2015, 03:56:17 PM
Anyway to check beforehand if visibility is good?
Look up
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 23, 2015, 11:13:53 AM
Any updates on nice hotels for Vancouver? I'm IY"H going next week for a few days. I know the Fairmont Pacific Rim is highly recommended, but I have no shaychus to Fairmont whatsoever - no status, no points, nothing. I don't even know if they do points. :P

I have SPG Gold, Hyatt Plat, Accor Plat, Priority Club Plat, and GHA Plat. Any recommendations?

Any recommendations for a hotel? SPG or Hyatt please.

ETA: GH actually doesn't have an award nights available. Any SPG recommendations?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on April 23, 2015, 01:47:44 PM
Any recommendations for a hotel? SPG or Hyatt please.

ETA: GH actually doesn't have an award nights available. Any SPG recommendations?
Availability keeps changing. I'm hoping to go in June and there is availability but it keeps changing. :( kinda annoying
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on May 03, 2015, 09:29:07 PM
If I'm booking JFK-YVR (OW) what should I be booking with? I know F is 50k Avios, what is it with AA? It doesn't show up on AA.com so I assume it has to be booked by phone. I want to assume that its 32.5k OW (because that's what it is via LAX) but I'm not sure. It would make a nice savings over the 50k Avios. While I have so many more Avios and the ability to transfer MR & UR and I got the 40% MR to BA bonus in Jan, but I still don't think that justifies the extra 17.5k if the AA First Saaver is in fact 32.5k.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 03, 2015, 09:54:32 PM

AA First Saaver is in fact 32.5k.
that.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on May 03, 2015, 09:56:02 PM
that.
Sweet! Thanks.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: hvaces42 on May 03, 2015, 10:11:59 PM
Sweet! Thanks.
The difference is only 4500 more Avios if you got them with the 40% deal.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 03, 2015, 10:36:22 PM
The difference is only 4500 more Avios if you got them with the 40% deal.
True, but you can always use Avios for short haul economy flights.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on May 04, 2015, 11:08:56 PM
If there's no availability for CX on BA's site, does that mean that calling up AA is a waste of time? Do they have same availability as BA (in other words does CX have one award bucket for partner redemption)?
Trying to find flights from NYC for end of June and coming up EMPTY!!!   >:( >:(

Any ideas or tips would be MASSIVELY appreciated!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on May 05, 2015, 12:10:01 AM
Wait
Sorry to interject but if AA was always 32.5 why was everyone saying BA for 37.5 all along ?
(And now that it's 50k then no question AA)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 05, 2015, 01:42:35 AM
If there's no availability for CX on BA's site, does that mean that calling up AA is a waste of time? Do they have same availability as BA (in other words does CX have one award bucket for partner redemption)?
Trying to find flights from NYC for end of June and coming up EMPTY!!!   >:( >:(

Any ideas or tips would be MASSIVELY appreciated!
Just did it last year... Your only option is to wait until a few weeks before the flight for availability to open up.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on May 05, 2015, 08:32:49 PM
Just did it last year... Your only option is to wait until a few weeks before the flight for availability to open up.
OK, I guess we'll play the waiting game.
Thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on May 11, 2015, 01:58:13 PM
If there's no availability for CX on BA's site, does that mean that calling up AA is a waste of time? Do they have same availability as BA (in other words does CX have one award bucket for partner redemption)?
Trying to find flights from NYC for end of June and coming up EMPTY!!!   >:( >:(

Any ideas or tips would be MASSIVELY appreciated!

Opens up as it gets closer.  I have booked business class numerous times and within 10 days to 2 days I have always upgraded to first. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on May 12, 2015, 09:52:40 AM
Updated wiki to reflect new rates on CX.
Feel free to correct if I'm off.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on May 14, 2015, 07:26:29 PM
Availability keeps changing. I'm hoping to go in June and there is availability but it keeps changing. :( kinda annoying

Highly recommend the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  Two people each get the Chase Fairmont card for two free nights each including $25pp towards breakfast. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on May 14, 2015, 07:43:13 PM
Highly recommend the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  Two people each get the Chase Fairmont card for two free nights each including $25pp towards breakfast.
I'm assuming there is no kosher option for that!?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on May 14, 2015, 07:47:26 PM
I'm assuming there is no kosher option for that!?

Dan stayed and managed. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on May 15, 2015, 02:52:49 PM
The difference is only 4500 more Avios if you got them with the 40% deal.
I forgot that with the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator (formerly USAir) I get a 10% bonus on AAdvantage miles redeemed, so the 32.5k turned out to only be 29,250, so the difference gets a little bigger.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on May 15, 2015, 03:10:04 PM
From what I see on the YVR website there are 4 lounges, AC, CX, BA, & Plaza Premium. How would I get into one of these lounges (and which would be the best) if I'm not flying CX ex-YVR?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 17, 2015, 06:10:21 PM
What's the weather like in the beginning of August?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on May 17, 2015, 06:18:18 PM
What's the weather like in the beginning of August?

Excellent.  I come to Vancouver from May thru the end of September to escape the Florida heat. 
Of course, weather is unpredictable. 
http://www.accuweather.com/en/ca/vancouver/v5y/august-weather/53286?monyr=8/1/2015&view=table
Shows average high of 73 degrees.  To me that's perfect. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 17, 2015, 06:57:23 PM
Any nice Marriott properties?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on May 17, 2015, 07:07:54 PM
Any nice Marriott properties?

There is the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown and the Residence Inn but I haven't stayed at either. 
I love the Fairmont Pacific Rim. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on May 17, 2015, 07:31:07 PM

Highly recommend the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  Two people each get the Chase Fairmont card for two free nights each including $25pp towards breakfast. 

I'm assuming there is no kosher option for that!?
Dan stayed and managed.
@Dan, I will be staying there in the summer.
Please advise what it took to get a kosher breakfast?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on May 18, 2015, 01:56:22 PM
Just realized that my trip at the end of June/beg July coincides with Canada Day on July 1.  >:(
http://www.statutoryholidays.com/canadaday.php (http://www.statutoryholidays.com/canadaday.php) "Canada Day is a national statutory holiday celebrated in all provinces and territories and it is a day off for most businesses."
Sounds like things are gonna be closed!
Anyone have experience with this? Any Canadians that can clarify?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 18, 2015, 01:58:15 PM
Just realized that my trip at the end of June/beg July coincides with Canada Day on July 1.  >:(
http://www.statutoryholidays.com/canadaday.php (http://www.statutoryholidays.com/canadaday.php) "Canada Day is a national statutory holiday celebrated in all provinces and territories and it is a day off for most businesses."
Sounds like things are gonna be closed!
Anyone have experience with this? Any Canadians that can clarify?
Supermarkets and the like will all be closed. But tourist attractions should all be open.
What exactly are you worried about?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on May 18, 2015, 02:02:22 PM
Supermarkets and the like will all be closed. But tourist attractions should all be open.
What exactly are you worried about?
That. But I guess there's nothing to worry about.
Thanks for clarifying!

Restaurants? Omnitzky's?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 18, 2015, 02:06:56 PM
Maple Grill - "We are Open Tomorrow Victoria Day 4:00pm-10:00pm"
I assume Canada Day will be similar
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on May 18, 2015, 02:09:34 PM
Alright great thanks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on May 18, 2015, 06:24:56 PM
Anyone have experience with getting kosher breakfast at the Fairmont Pacific Rim?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 18, 2015, 08:55:10 PM
What's the weather like in the beginning of August?
Amazing! And absolutely bug free (coming from the tri state, no pesky bugs or flies at night was amazing)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 18, 2015, 08:58:40 PM
Any nice Marriott properties?
The residence inn downtown is pretty nice... But if your looking for a nice upscale hotel just not that expensive (points wise, ie not fairmonts) then the Westin grand is really nice, all suite property and they gave me a double upgrade even though I am just spg gold.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 18, 2015, 09:26:38 PM
The residence inn downtown is pretty nice... But if your looking for a nice upscale hotel just not that expensive (points wise, ie not fairmonts) then the Westin grand is really nice, all suite property and they gave me a double upgrade even though I am just spg gold.

i'm staying at the westin bayshore. nothing available at westin grand
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 19, 2015, 11:46:46 AM
Amazing! And absolutely bug free (coming from the tri state, no pesky bugs or flies at night was amazing)

The residence inn downtown is pretty nice... But if your looking for a nice upscale hotel just not that expensive (points wise, ie not fairmonts) then the Westin grand is really nice, all suite property and they gave me a double upgrade even though I am just spg gold.
Thanks! I may sell some points and go to the Fairmont.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 20, 2015, 12:26:08 AM
Thanks! I may sell some points and go to the Fairmont.
My pleasure! I just did this whole trip last year, so I did a ton of research feel free to PM me if you need more info. BTW where you able to get CX F or J?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 20, 2015, 12:30:21 AM
i'm staying at the westin bayshore. nothing available at westin grand
Did research on that property as well, really good reviews there as well and its actually newer than the westin grand. It was a toss up between the 2 places. I was traveling with 2 kids so ultimately the westin grand (being an all suite property) won out.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on May 21, 2015, 01:43:01 PM
Flying CX in F, booked with AA, who do I contact about Kosher food?

Also there have been mixed reports I was wondering if there was an update. Is there Kosher food available in the BA First Class lounge?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 21, 2015, 05:12:35 PM
Is there Kosher food available in the BA First Class lounge?
You are not officially entitled. Mixed reports (mostly failures) as to whether you can get them to accommodate you.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on May 21, 2015, 05:14:37 PM
You are not officially entitled. Mixed reports (mostly failures) as to whether you can get them to accommodate you.
I know its technically for BA metal passengers only, I was wondering if anyone had any recent success in getting them to accommodate.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 29, 2015, 06:27:36 PM
Is the four seasons hotel nicer than the FPR?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on May 29, 2015, 06:30:07 PM
Is the four seasons hotel nicer than the FPR?

No
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on May 29, 2015, 06:31:14 PM
No
How much worse, I can get it for under $200 for the dates I'm going...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on May 29, 2015, 06:34:19 PM
How much worse, I can get it for under $200 for the dates I'm going...

There's nothing wrong with the FS.  I prefer the FPR.  Get the Chase Fairmont card for 2 free nights with breakfast. 
$200 a night for the FS is a great rate....even better if its $200CAD
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 29, 2015, 08:03:32 PM
Flying CX in F, booked with AA, who do I contact about Kosher food?

Also there have been mixed reports I was wondering if there was an update. Is there Kosher food available in the BA First Class lounge?
Call CX. The BA food is regular Bornstein meals so not particularly exciting. It will be the same thing you get on the plane. Note the biz class lounge has better snacks than the FCL.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: amm543 on June 02, 2015, 10:35:46 PM
Anyone have an undated lists of kosher restaurants in Vancouver? It appears that some mentioned in the forum are now closed. Also does anyone know if any kosher restaurants are open on motzei shabbos this time of year (when shabbos ends after 10:00pm in Vancouver)?

Any ideas on something to do for a frum couple on a motzei shabbos in the spring/summer?

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 02, 2015, 10:50:09 PM
Anyone have an undated lists of kosher restaurants in Vancouver? It appears that some mentioned in the forum are now closed. Also does anyone know if any kosher restaurants are open on motzei shabbos this time of year (when shabbos ends after 10:00pm in Vancouver)?

Any ideas on something to do for a frum couple on a motzei shabbos in the spring/summer?

read my TR..
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=49911.0

motzai Shabbos just walk around the city? not much "to do" technically
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: amm543 on June 02, 2015, 10:58:54 PM
You only went to Maple Grill? I will be there Friday - Sunday night so I wanted to see which restaurants are around besides Maple Grill. If Cafe 41 good for breakfast or lunch one day?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 02, 2015, 11:01:30 PM
You only went to Maple Grill? I will be there Friday - Sunday night so I wanted to see which restaurants are around besides Maple Grill. If Cafe 41 good for breakfast or lunch one day?

"Sunday AM we checked out & went to eat at a kosher cafe called "Cafe Forty One" tasty, great service & a very nice presentation as well.
Its a nice looking place. If you want to park the car in their basement parking lot you can do so. You just need to call out one of the workers to enter the pin code for you so the gates will open."
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: amm543 on June 03, 2015, 10:20:58 AM
Any1 ever go on those free walking tours in Vancouver "Tour Guys"? Worth doing? Is a tour bus worth going on?

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: reed on June 10, 2015, 08:16:14 PM
Can cathy pacific be booked With AA miles? If so how does one go about doing that? All I'm seeing on AA are American flights
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on June 10, 2015, 08:33:19 PM

Can cathy pacific be booked With AA miles? If so how does one go about doing that? All I'm seeing on AA are American flights
you need to call in, for availability check ba.com
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on June 10, 2015, 11:36:23 PM
I have been checking in for award availability on Cathay for 5 seats and there's nothing available in August for the past 2-3 weeks. What's the possibility rate to get it closer to the date??
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 10, 2015, 11:46:05 PM
I have been checking in for award availability on Cathay for 5 seats and there's nothing available in August for the past 2-3 weeks. What's the possibility rate to get it closer to the date??

Very high.  I find seats open as it gets closer (week to 10 days).  Economy, business of first?  I have always been able to upgrade to first from business for 2 seats.   Hopefully you are looking for an assortment of all classes of service.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on June 10, 2015, 11:53:33 PM
Very high.  I find seats open as it gets closer (week to 10 days).  Economy, business of first?  I have always been able to upgrade to first from business for 2 seats.   Hopefully you are looking for an assortment of all classes of service.
Thank you.. So far there is nothing yet. Even economy.

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 11, 2015, 12:04:36 AM
I have been checking in for award availability on Cathay for 5 seats and there's nothing available in August for the past 2-3 weeks. What's the possibility rate to get it closer to the date??
Very likely, especially if you are flexible with the different dates...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on June 11, 2015, 04:29:24 PM
I would like to stay 4 nights in the HR since both my husband and I have the 2 free nights and its walking distance to chabad.

Since I need the capacity to sleep 5 I will need their suite to accommodate all. Any tricks to be upgraded?? I have no platinum status and no protektzia..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 11, 2015, 04:32:30 PM
Very high.  I find seats open as it gets closer (week to 10 days).  Economy, business of first?  I have always been able to upgrade to first from business for 2 seats.   Hopefully you are looking for an assortment of all classes of service.

I just flew in business. How do you get upgraded to first (not that business was too shabby)?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 11, 2015, 06:03:21 PM
I just flew in business. How do you get upgraded to first (not that business was too shabby)?
U gotta upgrade using miles.. And the switch fee is only $40 on BA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 11, 2015, 06:35:48 PM
U gotta upgrade using miles.. And the switch fee is only $40 on BA

got it. I was gonna do that but there was only one F seat available. Wasn't gonna ditch my wife for it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 11, 2015, 06:49:37 PM
Quote from: tzifanya54 on Today at 06:03:21 PM
U gotta upgrade using miles.. And the switch fee is only $40 on BA

got it. I was gonna do that but there was only one F seat available. Wasn't gonna ditch my wife for it.

What about giving the seat to your wife. Usually another seat opens up
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 11, 2015, 06:50:37 PM
got it. I was gonna do that but there was only one F seat available. Wasn't gonna ditch my wife for it.
I would've #justkidding  ;)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 11, 2015, 06:51:02 PM
Quote from: tzifanya54 on Today at 06:03:21 PM
U gotta upgrade using miles.. And the switch fee is only $40 on BA

got it. I was gonna do that but there was only one F seat available. Wasn't gonna ditch my wife for it.

What about giving the seat to your wife. Usually another seat opens up
He flew already... And another doesn't always open up.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 11, 2015, 08:23:08 PM
He flew already... And another doesn't always open up.

exactly. I checked about 3 hours before the flight and at the check-in counter. Also, on a 4 hour red-eye flight it isn't worth driving yourself crazy.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 11, 2015, 11:19:16 PM
exactly. I checked about 3 hours before the flight and at the check-in counter. Also, on a 4 hour red-eye flight it isn't worth driving yourself crazy.
+1
Especially since their Bussiness class, makes domestic first look like economy.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 14, 2015, 05:20:35 PM
Quick TR (Part 1 is Seattle found here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2605.msg1175053#msg1175053)

We drove up to Vancouver after vistiting the Boeing factory (A must see!!!!!) We went straight to our hotel. Stayed at the Westin. They upgraded us to a "murphy suite" on the 19th floor. It is basically the living room of the adjacent room that has a murphy bed in there. It was extremely cramped because they just moved all the furniture around to make room for the bed. The bed was actually very comfortable so no complaints there. We were only staying for one night so it was worth it for the view. We were looking out at the harbor and it was fantastic!!

(http://s2.postimg.org/hm47zu3cp/20150607_174118.jpg) (http://postimage.org/)
View from our room

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Sunrise from our room (Don't worry, I went back to sleep afterwards)

There was also a seaplane "airport" right outside our window and it was pretty cool to watch them takeoff and land.

We rented bikes (there are places everywhere) and road around Stanley Park. It's about 2.5 miles and you are always on the water. It was really, really nice. That night we went to Maple Grill. It definitely rivals many of the meat restaurants in NYC. Whatever we ordered was great!

(http://s10.postimg.org/joaxz7fah/20150607_211721.jpg) (http://postimage.org/)
Some of the appetizers

Next day we drove to Grouse Mountain and took the gondola up. We paid a little extra and was able to take a chairlift even higher and an elevator to the top of their windmill. The chairlift is definitely worth it because you get better, less obstructed, views. The windmill was cool but not necessary. The views from on top of the mountain are stunning! We also enjoyed the lumberjack show.

(http://s18.postimg.org/me19juea1/20150608_111046.jpg) (http://postimage.org/)
View from the top.

We drove from there to the Lynn Canyon, following everyone's advice and skipping Capilano Bridge. It was pretty cool. We continued the hike a little and really enjoyed it. From there we headed back to the hotel to relax. We had to check out by 4 but the spa was nice enough to let us shower there. Then it was back to Maple Grill for a pre-flight dinner. We returned the car at YVR which was really easy. Car rentals are in the airport proper, no shuttle required. We roamed around the airport a little (beautiful) and hung out in the CX lounge. We caught one more sunset from there.

(http://s30.postimg.org/ejo2ner9d/20150608_211855_Richtone_28_HDR_29.jpg) (http://postimage.org/)

Flight home was CX J. It's kind of an annoying flight because it is a red-eye but only 4.5 hours of flying time so you don't really get to enjoy the flying experience or sleep for too long.

Overall, we had a great time in Seattle and Vancouver and would highly recommend both!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on June 14, 2015, 06:27:57 PM
Great TR. At least you were able to try CX J. That flight doesn't work for those already on the west coast.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 14, 2015, 06:38:11 PM
Great TR. At least you were able to try CX J. That flight doesn't work for those already on the west coast.

thanks
True. gives me chaishek to go to HKG  ;D
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2015, 07:43:35 PM
Nice read! Glad you found what seems to be great activities!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on June 14, 2015, 07:46:36 PM
Thanks for the tr nice and short planning to go in Aug
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 14, 2015, 08:05:25 PM
I actually did both and I disagree capalino is significantly better/cooler/more fun, than the Lynn bridge. They have also added a tree walk and a cliff walk there which deffinetly makes it a must see. Even at their crazy expensive prices...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 14, 2015, 10:26:08 PM
I actually did both and I disagree capalino is significantly better/cooler/more fun, than the Lynn bridge. They have also added a tree walk and a cliff walk there which deffinetly makes it a must see. Even at their crazy expensive prices...

Good to know. Maybe next time. It wasn't really crowded? Seemed like a lot of people in the parking lot.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 14, 2015, 11:56:58 PM
Good to know. Maybe next time. It wasn't really crowded? Seemed like a lot of people in the parking lot.
The place inside is quite large... Also a little tip if you guy an hour before closing, I think 7pm it's not nearly as crowded and it's half price!!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on June 15, 2015, 10:43:13 PM
I actually did both and I disagree capalino is significantly better/cooler/more fun, than the Lynn bridge. They have also added a tree walk and a cliff walk there which deffinetly makes it a must see. Even at their crazy expensive prices...

I didn't get to do Capalino but it's longer & higher than Lynn canyon. The additions looked pretty cool on the brochure.
Americans currently have a 20% discount due to the exchange rate.

IMO if you are short on time skip the Lynn canyon for the sea to sky highway, although once you are on the lions gate bridge 1 hour is enough to get to Lynn canyon walk the suspension bridge & get back to the 1 exit 14 where you got off the bridge.

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on June 16, 2015, 11:08:34 AM
Any ideas for breakfast in Vancouver? Has anyone tried Cafe41's?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on June 16, 2015, 12:31:31 PM
Any ideas for breakfast in Vancouver? Has anyone tried Cafe41's?

Excellent food. Fresh pastries right out the oven.

Generally I can second what everyone above wrote. Kosher food in Vancouver is much better then expected for a place with maybe 150 - 200 frum families.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on June 16, 2015, 01:59:14 PM
I've become obsessed with checking availability on ba.com on Cathay flights.  Any way to get alerts when flights become available??
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 16, 2015, 02:16:22 PM
I've become obsessed with checking availability on ba.com on Cathay flights.  Any way to get alerts when flights become available??
Expert flyer. But you need to pay
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 16, 2015, 02:17:44 PM
I've become obsessed with checking availability on ba.com on Cathay flights.  Any way to get alerts when flights become available??
Expert flyer. But you need to pay
Try the Wandering Arameans tool.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on June 16, 2015, 02:29:25 PM
Expert flyer.
-1
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on June 16, 2015, 02:35:43 PM
Try the Wandering Arameans tool.
Correct me if I'm wrong.. They currently only have star alliance searches. They say one world is coming soon..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 16, 2015, 03:01:42 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong.. They currently only have star alliance searches. They say one world is coming soon..
Pretty sure there is OW search.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 16, 2015, 09:16:46 PM
I've become obsessed with checking availability on ba.com on Cathay flights.  Any way to get alerts when flights become available??
There is a method to the madness. IME they (Cathay) release their business/first class with some amount of predictability. After going through the same thing last year, I found that they release about 5 days at a time, and it's IIRC about 5 weeks before the flight, keep on checking the whole month not just the day. Unless they switched things significantly from last year, you will notice a pattern.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on June 17, 2015, 12:07:29 AM
Some notes from last shabbos / weekend:

Chinatown - I didn't find it interesting at all. It has really shrunk & some streets near it are really shady. It's a stone's throw from downtown but you feel in a different world. As I stood looking at a tourist map someone came over to me telling me to turn back as next corner is an open drug market. (Around the corner from the free Chinese garden) 

While I guess frequent out of town / NYC traveled are aware of such, I wasn't, so let me advise novices like me who rarely travel outside for shabbos that while the food is great, if you need heimish type of food (chulent, kugel) you need to order that 24 hours in advance. You can do what we did & buy raw beans, and sabra told us in July & august he does have chulent, I would still recommend you order in advance. Omnisky / sabra /  Chabad catering (Menachem) or anyone else listed.

There are really nice hotels downtown, but for shabbos we stayed at park inn on west Broadway 1 block off oak st. (We tried several b&b closer to the Shuls but they were all booked). It's not brand new or a fancy place, but is decent & the front desk staff were all aware of shabbos issues (automatic doors, coming up to the room to insert the keys, Etc.) and were really great. We took a bigger room which comes with a little Kitchenette (large fridge, sink microwave & counter). It's 25-30 min walk to the kollel on top of maple grill (Chabad place but under the name kollel) Down west Broadway (commercial strip). Under 15 min to Schara tczedek (MO shul & the Mikva in town) at oak & 19. And I guess around 40 min to Chabad at oak & 41.


Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 17, 2015, 01:39:10 AM
Some notes from last shabbos / weekend:

Chinatown - I didn't find it interesting at all. It has really shrunk & some streets near it are really shady. It's a stone's throw from downtown but you feel in a different world. As I stood looking at a tourist map someone came over to me telling me to turn back as next corner is an open drug market. (Around the corner from the free Chinese garden) 

While I guess frequent out of town / NYC traveled are aware of such, I wasn't, so let me advise novices like me who rarely travel outside for shabbos that while the food is great, if you need heimish type of food (chulent, kugel) you need to order that 24 hours in advance. You can do what we did & buy raw beans, and sabra told us in July & august he does have chulent, I would still recommend you order in advance. Omnisky / sabra /  Chabad catering (Menachem) or anyone else listed.

There are really nice hotels downtown, but for shabbos we stayed at park inn on west Broadway 1 block off oak st. (We tried several b&b closer to the Shuls but they were all booked). It's not brand new or a fancy place, but is decent & the front desk staff were all aware of shabbos issues (automatic doors, coming up to the room to insert the keys, Etc.) and were really great. We took a bigger room which comes with a little Kitchenette (large fridge, sink microwave & counter). It's 25-30 min walk to the kollel on top of maple grill (Chabad place but under the name kollel) Down west Broadway (commercial strip). Under 15 min to Schara tczedek (MO shul & the Mikva in town) at oak & 19. And I guess around 40 min to Chabad at oak & 41.
Funny, the same exact thing happened to me last year in Chinatown. A guy just walked over to me and said "you look like your not from here stay away from the next block" . DW was totally freaked out!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on June 17, 2015, 10:35:50 AM
There is a method to the madness. IME they (Cathay) release their business/first class with some amount of predictability. After going through the same thing last year, I found that they release about 5 days at a time, and it's IIRC about 5 weeks before the flight, keep on checking the whole month not just the day. Unless they switched things significantly from last year, you will notice a pattern.
Thanks you.
At least I could relax for the next couple of days ..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 17, 2015, 02:23:56 PM
Thanks you.
At least I could relax for the next couple of days ..
My pleasure... I know the feeling. One more point as soon as you notice availability, have your card in hand (taxes) and book right away. These things go fast..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: reed on June 23, 2015, 07:13:46 PM
Can I look at Cathay pacific's award availability and then call AA. I.e. Can I skip the BA step?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 23, 2015, 07:42:15 PM
Can I look at Cathay pacific's award availability and then call AA. I.e. Can I skip the BA step?

What miles you planning to use?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: reed on June 23, 2015, 07:45:03 PM
What miles you planning to use?

AA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 23, 2015, 07:48:53 PM
Can I look at Cathay pacific's award availability and then call AA. I.e. Can I skip the BA step?

You can call AA but to save time, you should look at the CX availability on BA then if available call AA with the flights you want.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: reed on June 23, 2015, 07:51:05 PM
You can call AA but to save time, you should look at the CX availability on BA then if available call AA with the flights you want.

My shailah is why not check Cathay pacific's site and then call AA. Why do I need to go through BA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 23, 2015, 07:54:13 PM
Cathay has more inventory for it's own members than CX/BA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: reed on June 23, 2015, 07:56:48 PM
Cathay has more inventory for it's own members than CX/BA

Meaning if it's on Cathay but not BA then it cannot be booked with AA miles?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 23, 2015, 08:00:34 PM
Meaning if it's on Cathay but not BA then it cannot be booked with AA miles?

Very possible.  But if its available on BA then it's available with AA points.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: reed on June 23, 2015, 08:04:16 PM
Very possible.  But if its available on BA then it's available with AA points.

Sure but if BA is coming up empty would it not be prudent to check Cathays website for availability?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 23, 2015, 08:08:49 PM
Sure but if BA is coming up empty would it not be prudent to check Cathays website for availability?

No, not if you are using AA points. Also, I find availability opens closer to departure date....especially for first class.  Are you looking for biz or first?  To Vancouver?  Busy in summertime due to cruises.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 23, 2015, 10:28:54 PM
Meaning if it's on Cathay but not BA then it cannot be booked with AA miles?
IME yes aa was a direct reflection of Ba availability.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: reed on June 23, 2015, 10:40:44 PM
You're all missing the point. Yes, I understand that being on BA means it will also show up on AA. My question is there a possibility that if there is availability on CX but not on BA is there any chance that it can be booked with AA points?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on June 23, 2015, 10:43:38 PM
You're all missing the point. Yes, I understand that being on BA means it will also show up on AA. My question is there a possibility that if there is availability on CX but not on BA is there any chance that it can be booked with AA points?
No.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 23, 2015, 10:46:31 PM
You're all missing the point. Yes, I understand that being on BA means it will also show up on AA. My question is there a possibility that if there is availability on CX but not on BA is there any chance that it can be booked with AA points?

We aren't missing the point.   Why don't you just call AA and see if they can book it if you see availability on CX since we all answered your question. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on June 23, 2015, 11:11:38 PM
We aren't missing the point.   Why don't you just call AA and see if they can book it if you see availability on CX since we all answered your question.
And for that we sat "experience is the best teacher"
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 23, 2015, 11:38:17 PM
IME yes aa was a direct reflection of Ba availability.
You're all missing the point. Yes, I understand that being on BA means it will also show up on AA. My question is there a possibility that if there is availability on CX but not on BA is there any chance that it can be booked with AA points?
Direct reflection-translation: If it appears on ba it can be booked by aa, if it doesn't appear it can't be booked with aa. Which part wasn't clear?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: reed on June 26, 2015, 12:57:21 AM
Ahh found availabilty on DL
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 01, 2015, 01:43:10 PM
Direct reflection-translation: If it appears on ba it can be booked by aa, if it doesn't appear it can't be booked with aa. Which part wasn't clear?
How about availability on aa can it be booked with avios??
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on July 01, 2015, 01:47:24 PM
How about availability on aa can it be booked with avios??
Availability on AA over the phone? Yes.

AA.com doesn't show CX availability.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 01, 2015, 04:35:48 PM
Availability on AA over the phone? Yes.

AA.com doesn't show CX availability.
Through aa or ba?? Aa can't and ba doesn't have availability..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 01, 2015, 04:47:20 PM
Through aa or ba?? Aa can't and ba doesn't have availability..
If you see saver on AA, you can call BA to book it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on July 01, 2015, 04:48:47 PM
Through aa or ba?? Aa can't and ba doesn't have availability..
You can book CX through AA and BA.
AA.com doesn't show CX flights. Search on BA.com, and if you see availability, either book on BA.com using Avios or call AA to book it using AA miles.

If you see saver on AA, you can call BA to book it.
You will never see CX on AA.com
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 01, 2015, 04:50:03 PM
English?
You will never see CX on AA.com
I didn't scroll that far up...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on July 01, 2015, 04:50:58 PM
I didn't scroll that far up...
Figured  :)
Title: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 01, 2015, 05:53:40 PM
How many miles does AA charge for first nyc-Yvn ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on July 01, 2015, 05:59:06 PM
How many miles does AA charge for first nyc-Yvn ?
You mean YVR? 32.5k
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on July 01, 2015, 06:25:36 PM
You mean YVR? 32.5k

CX via asia miles charges 30k IIRC, if you want the best option...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 01, 2015, 08:37:37 PM

You mean YVR? 32.5k
That's what I meant. Thank you. 
CX via asia miles charges 30k IIRC, if you want the best option...
  What's Asia miles ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on July 02, 2015, 01:02:59 AM
What's Asia miles ?
CX's milage program. Transfer partner from Amex.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 02, 2015, 09:49:12 AM

CX's milage program. Transfer partner from Amex.
It seems CX charges 25% of the revenue, plus taxes and fees, for a lap child. I'll pass.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 02, 2015, 10:02:25 AM
tell us more about the Aisa CX program.

I think it cost to sign up
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 02, 2015, 10:47:48 AM

tell us more about the Aisa CX program.

I think it cost to sign up
GIYF
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: D93 on July 02, 2015, 01:18:15 PM
tell us more about the Aisa CX program.

I think it cost to sign up
Incorrecct
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 02, 2015, 02:37:11 PM
Incorrecct
care to elaborate?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 02, 2015, 03:00:56 PM
care to elaborate?

Cathay Pacific Marco Polo program cost money

but Asia Miles Program is free
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 02, 2015, 03:01:28 PM
CX via asia miles charges 30k IIRC, if you want the best option...

When I searched Asia Miles I see they want 40K miles not 30K ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 02, 2015, 03:04:17 PM
Cathay Pacific Marco Polo program cost money

but Asia Miles Program is free
oh I see, thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 02, 2015, 03:15:06 PM
And I am having fun trying

see that they "Waitlist" ? just like SQ

So now a barrage of questions.. when, what and if is likely to clear ? anyone with experience ?

Anyone do this before ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 02, 2015, 03:23:12 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/2245
 more about the programs explained;
this was written years ago in 2007 B.C. :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on July 02, 2015, 05:17:00 PM
When I searched Asia Miles I see they want 40K miles not 30K ?
+1
CX via asia miles charges 30k IIRC, if you want the best option...
If you have the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator (formerly US Air Dividend Miles Card), its only 29,250 (after 10% rebate) on AA, so that would be the best option.
Title: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 02, 2015, 07:06:26 PM
If you have the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator (formerly US Air Dividend Miles Card), its only 29,250 (after 10% rebate) on AA, so that would be the best option.
I'll prob. be flying with my kid. The way I'm looking at it is, booking AA = 58.5k ( I have the aviator card ) plus 10% of revenue fare = about $375. Booking BA = 110k miles. Isn't 50K BA miles worth more then $375 ? Please CMIIW on the calculation.
ETA: I just realized that I can also book one ticket through BA, and one through AA. Then add the infant to the BA ticket. Total being 29,250 AA,  55k BA plus additional taxes, and YQ.
Title: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 05, 2015, 11:48:56 PM
Been searching NYC-YVR for the end of July, and the whole August on BA website, and can't find anything. Is there a better way to search for Cathay availability, or is this just standard for the summer, and I should just keep checking BA ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 05, 2015, 11:50:50 PM
Been searching NYC-YVR for the end of July, and the whole August on BA website, and can't find anything. Is there a better way to search for Cathay availability, or is this just standard for the summer, and I should just keep checking BA ?
That.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on July 06, 2015, 12:48:36 AM
Been searching NYC-YVR for the end of July, and the whole August on BA website, and can't find anything. Is there a better way to search for Cathay availability, or is this just standard for the summer, and I should just keep checking BA ?

Asiamiles.com
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 06, 2015, 12:57:10 AM
Asiamiles.com

Im assuming when u went you booked thru asiamiles, did you have to waitlist ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 06, 2015, 01:33:34 AM

Asiamiles.com
Thank you. Worked like a charm.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Wheelerdealer on July 07, 2015, 12:24:07 AM
Looking to travel from YVR or SFO to HNG on the 747 CX FIRST (heard its a great experience)
What would be my cheapest booking options?
Miles and fuel surcharges
Ive looked everywhere I cant find the answer to this

Thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 07, 2015, 12:26:12 AM

Looking to travel from YVR or SFO to HNG on the 747 CX FIRST (heard its a great experience)
What would be my cheapest booking options?
Miles and fuel surcharges
Ive looked everywhere I cant find the answer to this

Thanks

Post here - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=21835

Best option is AA miles. 67.5k & no YQ.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Wheelerdealer on July 07, 2015, 12:28:03 AM
Thanks!
is that 1 way or Trip
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on July 07, 2015, 12:31:33 AM
OW
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Wheelerdealer on July 07, 2015, 12:38:18 AM
looking on aa.com its not showing a 67.5 option
How would I go about booking this?
over the phone w aa?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 07, 2015, 12:52:44 AM

looking on aa.com its not showing a 67.5 option
How would I go about booking this?
over the phone w aa?

Please take this to the thread I mentioned above or the AA Award thread. This thread is for Vancouver. Not booking tickets.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on July 12, 2015, 12:58:24 AM
TR (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=53511.0) from my trip to Vancouver/LA last month. I hope you guys enjoy and find it helpful.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: henche on July 19, 2015, 09:15:50 AM
Can I book with Avios and then cancel? WHat is hte current cancellation situation with avios?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 19, 2015, 12:25:41 PM
Can I book with Avios and then cancel? WHat is hte current cancellation situation with avios?
Yes up to 24 hours before. It's $55 or taxes whichever is less, this case would be $55.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 19, 2015, 12:28:16 PM
$55 per their new policy
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 19, 2015, 12:34:55 PM
$55 per their new policy
Thanks, edited my post..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on August 06, 2015, 05:40:32 PM
At Granville island brewery right now. Does anyone have any information on the do's and don'ts of tasting at a microbrewery in regards to kashrus?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on August 06, 2015, 05:43:10 PM
If I don't get info soon I don't think I'll be able to do tasting so any quick answer would be great!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on August 07, 2015, 05:19:35 PM
Any minyan in Whistler area? Or kosher food? Headed to Vancouver so any updated tips would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2015, 05:49:37 PM
No and no
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on August 09, 2015, 09:54:51 AM
Is there Chalav Yisroel items in Vancouver? And if I'm being in Vancouver and travelling to Whistler, what's my best option for picking up food there for the (2 day) Whistler trip? TIA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on August 09, 2015, 11:10:05 AM
There is a chain store called "super store" all over, the one on Marine Drive, (google it) sells cholov yisroel products and has a half an aisle with kosher products. They also sell Marvid frozen meat the heimish meat from Montreal.
Maybe we should put this in the wiki...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on August 10, 2015, 01:32:05 AM
Driving from Vancouver to Whistler on Monday and back on Wednesday. Where should we stop on the way there/ on the way back?
Also, is Vancouver Lookout a must? (Considering the price)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on August 10, 2015, 05:17:36 AM
Where to stay in Whistler or on the way? Why not drive the entire way in 1 shot. Its not that far
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on August 10, 2015, 07:41:52 AM
I stayed in the Westin it's an SPG FOR 12K
The way up can be done in an hour and a half
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on August 10, 2015, 01:01:27 PM
I meant to stop for sightseeing. I heard Brandywines falls is nice. I'm staying in that Westin for two days, anything I should no? They gave me options for an upgrade and I think I ended up getting the loft suite. Going tonight.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on August 10, 2015, 01:56:48 PM
Squamish is on the way (didn't stop there)

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 10, 2015, 02:25:29 PM
Squamish is on the way (didn't stop there)


We did awesome white water rafting in Squamish; otherwise there is no reason to stop
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on August 19, 2015, 10:41:28 AM
I took up a Cessna on Glacier Air in Squamish which was very nice.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 19, 2015, 12:14:59 PM
There is a chain store called "super store" all over, the one on Marine Drive, (google it) sells cholov yisroel products and has a half an aisle with kosher products. They also sell Marvid frozen meat the heimish meat from Montreal.
Maybe we should put this in the wiki...
YMMV on the cholov Yisroel they had very very little in stock when I was there. It's also like a 25 min drive from downtown and maple grill IIRC.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ella on September 21, 2015, 05:28:16 PM
Hi
Hope Im doing this right
My husband and I are going to Vancouver for Chol Hamoed and wanted to know if Bowen Island is worth seeing?
Also anyone with experience with Sea to Sky Gondola, how much time is needed?
Any tips would be great
yes I read through most of this discussion and read some of the TRs
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on September 21, 2015, 06:52:44 PM
Hi
Hope Im doing this right
My husband and I are going to Vancouver for Chol Hamoed and wanted to know if Bowen Island is worth seeing?
Also anyone with experience with Sea to Sky Gondola, how much time is needed?
Any tips would be great
yes I read through most of this discussion and read some of the TRs

No experience with sea to sky but IIRC over the phone they told me to allow 2 hours (it's 3 different gondolas). Driving time is supposed to be around 1.5 hour each way

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 22, 2015, 01:20:16 AM
Drive should be 45 minutes each way
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: abo456 on September 28, 2015, 05:59:37 PM
Any tips on sim cards or data? I will be in vancouver just for a long weekend, all the sim cards I've researched online run about $20-$30 for one month of data. It seems like a waste for only 4 days. I'm mainly just looking to use Google for public transit directions.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 29, 2015, 09:04:02 PM
Any tips on sim cards or data? I will be in vancouver just for a long weekend, all the sim cards I've researched online run about $20-$30 for one month of data. It seems like a waste for only 4 days. I'm mainly just looking to use Google for public transit directions.

I did a roaming plan from verizon and used wifi.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on October 20, 2015, 07:54:08 AM
2 thumbs up for Cafe 41 at Oak and 41..newish cholov yisroel cafe

food was great and great location..free parking in garage downstairs

omnitskys deli is now right across street

nava's in JCC (not all cholov yisroel) is just around the corner
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on November 04, 2015, 12:15:18 PM
What/where are the kosher grocery stores? Not restaurants.

Also, are there any Amtrak stops in the city besides pacific central?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on November 04, 2015, 03:32:46 PM
What/where are the kosher grocery stores? Not restaurants.

Also, are there any Amtrak stops in the city besides pacific central?
Omnitsky (http://www.omnitskykosher.com/) has some kosher items.
There seems to be some other places too. See link (http://www.bckosher.org/consumer/foodservices.html)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on November 04, 2015, 08:59:34 PM
What/where are the kosher grocery stores? Not restaurants.

Also, are there any Amtrak stops in the city besides pacific central?
From what I remember not much of a kosher grocery scene over there.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on November 04, 2015, 09:24:08 PM
From what I remember not much of a kosher grocery scene over there.

The link above has a grocery listed. No idea what they have.
Omnisky has rolls challah some bakery stuff candles grape juice etc. (more than the kosher aisle, but not a full fledged place) 
I guess they use a supermarket like Safeway for all standard stuff.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on November 04, 2015, 10:08:36 PM
The link above has a grocery listed. No idea what they have.
Omnisky has rolls challah some bakery stuff candles grape juice etc. (more than the kosher aisle, but not a full fledged place) 
I guess they use a supermarket like Safeway for all standard stuff.
Right. In other words:
From what I remember not much of a kosher grocery scene over there.
:)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on November 04, 2015, 11:49:44 PM
Wow, I was under the impression it was a bit more happening kosher wise. I have a couple hours after I arrive in Vancouver before I go to Whistler for about 5 days (including Shabbos). Anybody know what kinda groceries I can get in Whistler? :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on November 04, 2015, 11:53:34 PM
Wow, I was under the impression it was a bit more happening kosher wise. I have a couple hours after I arrive in Vancouver before I go to Whistler for about 5 days (including Shabbos). Anybody know what kinda groceries I can get in Whistler? :)
There is a nice big supermarket in the center of town. I seemed to have all the basic stuff you find back in the states.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on November 05, 2015, 12:14:18 AM
Right. In other words: :)

The difference is that between Omnisky & Safeway you can probably get everything an ultra orthodox  Jewish person needs for a week, except maybe cholov Yisroel milk. (They have cheese, only milk is an issue). You will not find every flavor of crackers, but all basic necessaties are met.
IIRC sabra has shabbos hot plates for sale
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on January 10, 2016, 12:03:47 PM
I am going to be in Vancouver this summer from a Wednesday evening until thursday night (one day). I am looking to stay in a nice hotel that will allow me to do the most while I am there (preferable using points).

Additionally, if anyone know of one night activity and two sights to see during the day then that would be incredible.

Any help would be great.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: abo456 on January 10, 2016, 12:52:30 PM
I am going to be in Vancouver this summer from a Wednesday evening until thursday night (one day). I am looking to stay in a nice hotel that will allow me to do the most while I am there (preferable using points).

Additionally, if anyone know of one night activity and two sights to see during the day then that would be incredible.

Any help would be great.

by far the highlight of my visit to Vancouver was renting bikes at Spokes and riding around Stanely park and out to the seawall, took about 2 hours. The park is massive, no way to see it all on foot unless ur a long distance runner. I also really liked the vandusen gardens, which are much better than the Elizabeth gardens and worth the $8CAD entrance fee. Or skip the gardens and do the capilano suspension bridge. I went to the Lynn park suspension bridge bc it was free, bridge itself was kinda small, I heard capilano has many more.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 10, 2016, 02:11:46 PM
by far the highlight of my visit to Vancouver was renting bikes at Spokes and riding around Stanely park and out to the seawall, took about 2 hours. The park is massive, no way to see it all on foot unless ur a long distance runner. I also really liked the vandusen gardens, which are much better than the Elizabeth gardens and worth the $8CAD entrance fee. Or skip the gardens and do the capilano suspension bridge. I went to the Lynn park suspension bridge bc it was free, bridge itself was kinda small, I heard capilano has many more.

+1 I did lynn park and was a little underwhelmed. If you can, go up to grouse mountain
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 10, 2016, 04:33:25 PM
Any insight as to what Vancouver and Whistler weather is like during early April?
 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on January 10, 2016, 05:01:25 PM
I am going to be in Vancouver this summer from a Wednesday evening until thursday night (one day). I am looking to stay in a nice hotel that will allow me to do the most while I am there (preferable using points).

Additionally, if anyone know of one night activity and two sights to see during the day then that would be incredible.

Any help would be great.

Get the Chase Fairmont credit card for two free nights at any Fairmont.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim is the best hotel in Vancouver and the location is perfect.  You say you will be there only one night so you can have another night at a different location.   Either way, it's a free night at the best hotel.   To do:  walks thru Stanley Park, Capitano Suspension Bridge (there is a free shuttle from downtown to take you there and back), Fly Over Canada attraction at Canada Place, Thai massage (or regular massage) at Smile Thai Wellness, there is an aquarium in Stanley Park if that interests you, shopping.....the US$ is very strong compared to the Canadian $.  Walk the seawall, gastown, Robson street.  Great walking city
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on January 10, 2016, 05:04:13 PM
Any insight as to what Vancouver and Whistler weather is like during early April?

Most likely rainy and on the chilly/cold side - but weather has become more and more unpredictable.
I like late May till late September Vancouver weather best.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 10, 2016, 06:01:01 PM
Get the Chase Fairmont credit card for two free nights at any Fairmont.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim is the best hotel in Vancouver and the location is perfect.  You say you will be there only one night so you can have another night at a different location.   Either way, it's a free night at the best hotel.   To do:  walks thru Stanley Park, Capitano Suspension Bridge (there is a free shuttle from downtown to take you there and back), Fly Over Canada attraction at Canada Place, Thai massage (or regular massage) at Smile Thai Wellness, there is an aquarium in Stanley Park if that interests you, shopping.....the US$ is very strong compared to the Canadian $.  Walk the seawall, gastown, Robson street.  Great walking city

we stayed at the westin bayshore and it was pretty spectacular
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on January 10, 2016, 06:30:51 PM
we stayed at the westin bayshore and it was pretty spectacular

That is where I was going to stay, are there nice views? My wife is just a tad picky for "beautiful" hotels. Would you classify it as one?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on January 10, 2016, 06:31:50 PM
Get the Chase Fairmont credit card for two free nights at any Fairmont.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim is the best hotel in Vancouver and the location is perfect.  You say you will be there only one night so you can have another night at a different location.   Either way, it's a free night at the best hotel.   To do:  walks thru Stanley Park, Capitano Suspension Bridge (there is a free shuttle from downtown to take you there and back), Fly Over Canada attraction at Canada Place, Thai massage (or regular massage) at Smile Thai Wellness, there is an aquarium in Stanley Park if that interests you, shopping.....the US$ is very strong compared to the Canadian $.  Walk the seawall, gastown, Robson street.  Great walking city

Thank you. I am going to take a look at the Fairmont, not sure if it is worth the Credit pull for one night but perhaps I would include in my next round of apps.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on January 10, 2016, 06:35:55 PM
That is where I was going to stay, are there nice views? My wife is just a tad picky for "beautiful" hotels. Would you classify it as one?

Nice views.  Fairmont Pacific Rim newer and more beautiful to make your wife happy.
http://www.fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver/
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 10, 2016, 08:26:11 PM
That is where I was going to stay, are there nice views? My wife is just a tad picky for "beautiful" hotels. Would you classify it as one?

Does this qualify?

(http://i64.tinypic.com/fmq742.jpg)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on January 10, 2016, 08:33:00 PM
Does this qualify?

(http://i64.tinypic.com/fmq742.jpg)

Yes. I would definitely consider that a nice enough view.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 10, 2016, 08:38:16 PM
Yes. I would definitely consider that a nice enough view.

During the day

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2hchnxs.jpg)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on January 14, 2016, 04:33:53 PM
During the day

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2hchnxs.jpg)
What time of year was this picture taken in? the weather looks gorgeous!
According to accu weather forecast Feb is supposed to be dreary and cold.
Can anyone confirm Vancouver weather in the Feb? is it worth it?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 14, 2016, 06:35:11 PM
What time of year was this picture taken in? the weather looks gorgeous!
According to accu weather forecast Feb is supposed to be dreary and cold.
Can anyone confirm Vancouver weather in the Feb? is it worth it?

I would not go to vancouver in feb.

I been there for jan-feb.  rained almost nonstop.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on January 14, 2016, 07:03:48 PM
I would not go to vancouver in feb.

I been there for jan-feb.  rained almost nonstop.

Agreed, unless you enjoy cold, damp, dreary, rainy weather.
Recommend June-Sept.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on January 14, 2016, 11:44:49 PM
Agreed, unless you enjoy cold, damp, dreary, rainy weather.
Recommend June-Sept.
I snagged the 10$ tix from lax. I didn't realize the weather changes so drastically from la.
Thanks for the feedback
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 15, 2016, 12:16:00 AM
What time of year was this picture taken in? the weather looks gorgeous!
According to accu weather forecast Feb is supposed to be dreary and cold.
Can anyone confirm Vancouver weather in the Feb? is it worth it?

This was June. weather was perfect
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 15, 2016, 02:21:55 AM
I snagged the 10$ tix from lax. I didn't realize the weather changes so drastically from la.
Thanks for the feedback

Go to whistler. Its excellent. Even if not skiing. Mountains are covered in snow and incredible.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on January 15, 2016, 05:35:54 AM
Deffinetly do capilino suspension bridge over Lynn canyon. I did both, you can't compare.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2016, 08:12:23 AM
Not everyone wants to spend $38/person when there's a free option.

I'd hope the free version wouldn't compare to the $38 version or else they'd have no customers...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Venilla on January 21, 2016, 05:22:17 PM
The St. Regis in Vancouver isn't listed on SPG.com. Is it a nice hotel? It's just 120 a night.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on January 21, 2016, 05:28:04 PM
The St. Regis in Vancouver isn't listed on SPG.com. Is it a nice hotel? It's just 120 a night.
It's not part of the st Regis chain, its a small private hotel. I saw it from the outside this summer, it looked OK, but not super luxury. BTW, while driving across British Columbia , I ended up staying in a renovated classic hotel in kamloops, which was owned by the same group. Nice ,comfortable, and atmospheric, but not st Regis super luxury.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on January 21, 2016, 05:35:43 PM
The St. Regis in Vancouver isn't listed on SPG.com. Is it a nice hotel? It's just 120 a night.

Get the Chase Fairmont card for two free nights and stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  For SPG, choose the Westin Bayshore or Sheraton Wall Centre or Westin on Robson. Also a few Marriotts downtown and Hyatt in good location.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Venilla on January 21, 2016, 05:37:14 PM
The block it's on is not one of the best.  I'd avoid it. Get the Chase Fairmont card for two free nights and stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  For SPG, choose the Westin Bayshore or Sheraton Wall Centre or Westin on Robson. Also a few Marriotts downtown and Hyatt in good location.
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Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on January 21, 2016, 06:00:25 PM
The block it's on is not one of the best.  I'd avoid it.  Get the Chase Fairmont card for two free nights and stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  For SPG, choose the Westin Bayshore or Sheraton Wall Centre or Westin on Robson. Also a few Marriotts downtown and Hyatt in good location.
I dunno, I stayed at the westin  grand, a 5 minute walk away, and the neighborhood looked fine. You can also look a l'hermitage, which was a fortune in summer and now looks cheap.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 21, 2016, 06:27:47 PM
The St. Regis in Vancouver isn't listed on SPG.com.
https://lma.ca/real-st-regis-stand-up/
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on January 21, 2016, 07:09:36 PM
Not everyone wants to spend $38/person when there's a free option.

I'd hope the free version wouldn't compare to the $38 version or else they'd have no customers...
I said you couldn't compare, meaning that it is signifigantly better, and worth the money. You skipped it when you there, and if IIRC said something to the affect that "you couldn't imagine the paid version being too much better". That is just simply untrue, at least IME. Besides, there are many other cool features there other than the bridge.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on February 25, 2016, 10:28:50 AM
Can kids under 16 enter Canada without passport? (Would birth certificate work?)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on February 25, 2016, 12:19:48 PM
Can kids under 16 enter Canada without passport? (Would birth certificate work?)
For sure not when flying in.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 06, 2016, 09:24:45 PM
Is 3 full days in Vancouver silly? Sunday to Thursday.  I could do a week but part of me feels I'd rather go back when it's summer. This is for April.
Thoughts?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on March 06, 2016, 09:27:02 PM
Maybe drive up to Whistler? Gorgeous and an amazing drive.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 06, 2016, 09:33:32 PM
Maybe drive up to Whistler? Gorgeous and an amazing drive.

Technically I could do that one of my days. I know there is plenty to do. Just wondering if I'm better off with 3 days now and then going back when it's summer for some more. Would love to hit up Whistler. Have a whole list of places I'd love to go to. I could spend weeks there and still not see it all. Is 3 days too short?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on March 06, 2016, 09:35:56 PM
Technically I could do that one of my days. I know there is plenty to do. Just wondering if I'm better off with 3 days now and then going back when it's summer for some more. Would love to hit up Whistler. Have a whole list of places I'd love to go to. I could spend weeks there and still not see it all. Is 3 days too short?

Not if you are coming back in the summer.   Where are you flying from?   I prefer May-Sept for weather but 3 full days is ok.   Expect rain in April but you might get lucky.   I spend 5 months there (escaping the hot Florida summers). 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 06, 2016, 09:37:39 PM
I'm not coming back this summer necessarily.  I'd just like to come back one summer for a couple weeks.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 06, 2016, 09:38:10 PM
You're there 5 months out of the year? Nice!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on March 06, 2016, 09:38:20 PM
I'm not coming back this summer necessarily.  I'd just like to come back one summer for a couple weeks.

Highly recommend
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on March 06, 2016, 09:38:46 PM
You're there 5 months out of the year? Nice!

Yes!!   Very, very nice.  :D
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on March 06, 2016, 10:33:47 PM
Is 3 full days in Vancouver silly? Sunday to Thursday.  I could do a week but part of me feels I'd rather go back when it's summer. This is for April.
Thoughts?
I think 3 days is enough to get in the basics, just may be a tight squeeze.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on April 04, 2016, 04:23:58 PM
Is it worth going to Grouse Mountain to see the lumberjack show and the cable ride up and down. Any other idea of not strenuous or adventurous activities on it (sightseeing, other shows etc) if I will not be doing any hiking or ziplining?

Any thoughts on bringing up lunch and picnicking on top of mountain?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on April 04, 2016, 04:30:24 PM
Where is the best place to rent bikes inside Stanley Park, it seems that when I google bike rentals there are all located "minutes" away...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on April 04, 2016, 04:45:18 PM
Where is the best place to rent bikes inside Stanley Park, it seems that when I google bike rentals there are all located "minutes" away...
Rent it minutes away. I found a great place around the corner. just took a place with great google reviews.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on April 04, 2016, 04:48:39 PM
Is it worth going to Grouse Mountain to see the lumberjack show and the cable ride up and down. Any other idea of not strenuous or adventurous activities on it (sightseeing, other shows etc) if I will not be doing any hiking or ziplining?

Any thoughts on bringing up lunch and picnicking on top of mountain?
I liked the cable car in Squamish a lot.
https://www.seatoskygondola.com/
Beautiful and def. worth the drive and great place to have  a bbq. there's an outdoor fireplace and some small, easy hikes once on top.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on April 04, 2016, 04:49:32 PM
I liked the cable car in Squamish a lot.
https://www.seatoskygondola.com/
Beautiful and def. worth the drive and great place to have  a bbq. there's an outdoor fireplace and some small, easy hikes once on top.

Just to confirm, this would be instead of Grouse Mtn?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on April 04, 2016, 04:52:30 PM
Just to confirm, this would be instead of Grouse Mtn?
They are different views. I climbed Grouse ( has more activities on top) and took the cable car for the other one.
Don't know about replacement. But the best part of Grouse was the hike, not the view.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 04, 2016, 05:27:28 PM
Is it worth going to Grouse Mountain to see the lumberjack show and the cable ride up and down. Any other idea of not strenuous or adventurous activities on it (sightseeing, other shows etc) if I will not be doing any hiking or ziplining?

Any thoughts on bringing up lunch and picnicking on top of mountain?
I think it is. The views are pretty good too. There are a few shows, but the main thing is the lumberjack show. It's more kid oriented though.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on April 04, 2016, 09:09:00 PM
Where is the best place to rent bikes inside Stanley Park, it seems that when I google bike rentals there are all located "minutes" away...

Denman & Alberni Streets. Two blocks from the park
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on April 13, 2016, 05:13:05 PM
Has anyone gone whale watching in Vancouver? Is it worth it to do? We have 3 days in Vancouver including shabbas and we are trying to decide what we want to do.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on April 13, 2016, 05:14:07 PM
be careful, there was an accident earlier this year
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on April 13, 2016, 06:20:03 PM
I read about that a while ago and is definitely something to consider. I am trying to decide if its worth it to spend the time on our trip doing it. The trips start around 9am and can be anywhere from 3-5 hours, which seems like a pretty large portion of time.

Also, has anyone recently spent shabbas downtown and stayed HR? Any reviews from that or advice?

TIA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 13, 2016, 08:33:28 PM
I read about that a while ago and is definitely something to consider. I am trying to decide if its worth it to spend the time on our trip doing it. The trips start around 9am and can be anywhere from 3-5 hours, which seems like a pretty large portion of time.

Also, has anyone recently spent shabbas downtown and stayed HR? Any reviews from that or advice?

TIA
Chabad downtown will only have a shachris minyan. Sometimes they will have mincha and maariv on shabbos day. Almost for sure no minyan Friday night.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on April 13, 2016, 08:34:54 PM
Chabad downtown will only have a shachris minyan. Sometimes they will have mincha and maariv on shabbos day. Almost for sure no minyan Friday night.
how about community Kollel or the pti yeshiva?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 13, 2016, 08:38:46 PM
how about community Kollel or the pti yeshiva?
Depends where your staying. Don't know about the yeshiva but I think the Kollel is about 2 miles from the hotels.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 13, 2016, 08:39:15 PM
We davened (and ate) at the kollel Friday night and davened at Chabad shabbos day and are takeout in our room shabbos day. They poor is on a low floor upon request for shabbos. I remember it being somewhat of a hassle to get someone to open the stairs but don't recall more than that
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on April 13, 2016, 08:59:45 PM
We davened (and ate) at the kollel Friday night and davened at Chabad shabbos day and are takeout in our room shabbos day. They poor is on a low floor upon request for shabbos. I remember it being somewhat of a hassle to get someone to open the stairs but don't recall more than that
which hotel?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 13, 2016, 10:08:55 PM
Hyatt
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on April 14, 2016, 09:32:38 AM
We davened (and ate) at the kollel Friday night and davened at Chabad shabbos day and are takeout in our room shabbos day. They poor is on a low floor upon request for shabbos. I remember it being somewhat of a hassle to get someone to open the stairs but don't recall more than that

We are planning to stay at the Hyatt for shabbas as well. How far was the walk to the Kollel? What did you do about the keys to the room on shabbas? Where did you get food from?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 18, 2016, 06:39:53 PM
Anyone have any thoughts on the Sheraton vs Westin Bayshore?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on April 18, 2016, 08:18:56 PM
Location location location.

Westin is water front with amazing views.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 18, 2016, 09:15:12 PM
Any benefits to the Sheraton? Right now Westin isn't available with C and P. Hoping it will open up.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 18, 2016, 09:39:50 PM
Any benefits to the Sheraton? Right now Westin isn't available with C and P. Hoping it will open up.
Nope, very standard hotel... I would try for westin grand, it's definitely a better choice.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 18, 2016, 09:40:59 PM
Any chance c + p opens up? Anyone ever have luck getting them to book it c + p when award nights are available?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 18, 2016, 09:46:29 PM
Any chance c + p opens up? Anyone ever have luck getting them to book it c + p when award nights are available?
Westin grand (not bayshore) also doesn't have availability for c&p? I have tried getting properties to open up for c&p in the past without success..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 18, 2016, 09:47:25 PM
Westin grand (not bayshore) also doesn't have availability for c&p? I have tried getting properties to open up for c&p in the past without success..

Nope.  Only the Sheraton.
Have you stayed at both?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 18, 2016, 09:51:29 PM
Nope.  Only the Sheraton.
Have you stayed at both?
Yes. Although I did get a very nice upgrade at the westin grand, as opposed to the Sheraton. (I got an upgrade just not as good).
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 19, 2016, 11:42:42 AM
Do we have anyone who can update the wiki around here? Specifically the food situation? Seems like a lot has opened and closed. Would love some up to date info.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 19, 2016, 12:18:06 PM
Do we have anyone who can update the wiki around here? Specifically the food situation? Seems like a lot has opened and closed. Would love some up to date info.

Food:

1. Shuk Eat/Play: http://www.shukeatandplay.com/ (dairy-cholov yisrael)
2. Nava @ JCC - right around corner from above (dairy - some items cholov yisrael)
3. Omnitsky's - right across the street from Shuk - Eat/Play (meat)
4. Sabra's - 2 miles down oak street near Sharei Tzedek Shul (meat/dairy)
5. Maple Grill (meat)

The falafel places downtown aren't kosher/in existence afaik
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on April 19, 2016, 12:22:40 PM
Maple grill was open and really good (in summer)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on April 19, 2016, 02:44:44 PM
Maple grill was open and really good (in summer)
+1
Had practically their entire menu, no complaints.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on May 04, 2016, 12:23:14 PM
I got a room at the Westin Bayshore for shabbas, any advice on heating up food? Is it best to just eat it cold?

Regarding food I got this list from the Chabad downtown's website:
http://www.chabadcitycentre.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/825431/jewish/Kosher-Food.htm

It seems that Cafe Forty One became Shuk Eat and Play. Has anyone ordered from Classic Impressions? Is it good?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: jungarmtl on May 17, 2016, 11:11:19 AM
is August a good time to go to Vancouver for a few days?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 17, 2016, 03:33:55 PM
is August a good time to go to Vancouver for a few days?
Yes.
It should be beautiful then
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: jungarmtl on May 17, 2016, 04:19:42 PM
Yes.
It should be beautiful then
Thanks , How many days is ideal?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on May 18, 2016, 03:59:26 PM
2-4 days. More If you want to go to whistler too.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 18, 2016, 10:29:24 PM
Yes.
It should be beautiful then
+1
We had amazing weather in August besides for one rainy day.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 18, 2016, 10:37:37 PM
+1
We had amazing weather in August besides for one rainy day.
when did you go? Last year?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 19, 2016, 12:39:38 AM
when did you go? Last year?
2 years ago
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on May 22, 2016, 03:04:51 PM
heading there next week sun-wed. anyone know of a good breakfast place? is hike from Lynn canyon suspension bridge to falls difficult?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on May 22, 2016, 09:03:44 PM
heading there next week sun-wed. anyone know of a good breakfast place? is hike from Lynn canyon suspension bridge to falls difficult?
Shuk @ Chabad.

See wiki.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on May 23, 2016, 12:11:31 PM
from wiki "You can also book through United from EWR on UA or AC for 25K round trip in economy and 50K in business"

How do I book on through United on AC?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on May 23, 2016, 09:44:38 PM
from wiki "You can also book through United from EWR on UA or AC for 25K round trip in economy and 50K in business"

How do I book on through United on AC?
Aeroplan.com
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 24, 2016, 10:57:34 AM
Anyone have experience getting rental car after CX 889 JFK>YVR flight which arrives at 12:50am? Seems like most airport rental locations there close at 1 or 130.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 24, 2016, 10:58:58 AM
Anyone have experience getting rental car after CX 889 JFK>YVR flight which arrives at 12:50am? Seems like most airport rental locations there close at 1 or 130.
They stay open for passengers from this flight.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 24, 2016, 10:59:14 AM
How is Maple Grill not in the Wiki and what else is missing?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 24, 2016, 10:59:45 AM
They stay open for passengers from this flight.
Thanks! (whew)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 24, 2016, 02:58:15 PM
Anyone have experience getting rental car after CX 889 JFK>YVR flight which arrives at 12:50am? Seems like most airport rental locations there close at 1 or 130.
keep in mind that flight is usually delayed
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 24, 2016, 03:04:05 PM
keep in mind that flight is usually delayed
Yeah, I see that on google flights...delayed departure and also arrival? (they don't make up the time?)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 24, 2016, 03:06:13 PM
keep in mind that flight is usually delayed
Not that bad...

(https://i.gyazo.com/0be379357b8c6ff449cbc33ba020fc05.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/7a03465b9bf00014283db41cfb40fa03.png)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on May 24, 2016, 04:44:54 PM
Shuk @ Chabad.

See wiki.

not seeing anything on twin falls on wiki. whats the consensus on buschard gardens?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 24, 2016, 05:08:03 PM
not seeing anything on twin falls on wiki. whats the consensus on buschard gardens?

Wiki doesn't currently have any local attractions listed. See the several TR's listed in the wiki or feel free to make updates :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on May 24, 2016, 05:18:14 PM
Wiki doesn't currently have any local attractions listed. See the several TR's listed in the wiki or feel free to make updates :)

Ya saw them all, will do after trip..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 24, 2016, 05:21:34 PM
Ya saw them all, will do after trip..
Looking forward!
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Post by: tzifanya54 on May 24, 2016, 11:30:57 PM
not seeing anything on twin falls on wiki. whats the consensus on buschard gardens?
FTFY- Butchart gardens
Only go if you are really into that kind of stuff. Its a bloody fortune per person, and very underwhelming IME.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 25, 2016, 09:54:06 AM
How is Maple Grill not in the Wiki and what else is missing?

was amazing! we went twice! Some of the best wings i've ever had. the mapel glazed were my favorite
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 25, 2016, 09:55:33 AM
Anyone want to adopt this Wiki and update restaurants and activities?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on May 25, 2016, 12:25:15 PM
FTFY- Butchart gardens
Only go if you are really into that kind of stuff. Its a bloody fortune per person, and very underwhelming IME.

anything similar thats cheaper? all i hear about is how nice the scenery is
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 25, 2016, 01:21:19 PM
anything similar thats cheaper? all i hear about is how nice the scenery is
Depends on your budget, travel companions etc...
Was supposed to write  a TR but never got around to it, I will give the rough outline of what we did.

Landed Thursday night

Friday- Granville Island

Shabbos-just chilled and walked up and down several times to the 31st floor!

Sunday-1)Grouse Mountain+shows and gondola 2)Lynn canyon suspension bridge 3)/capilino suspension bridge 4)a place where u see salmon swim upstream.

Monday- drove round trip to whistler mountain, stopped at some amazing waterfalls along the way. We couldn't do much on the mountains (3yr old and 1yr old) but the peak2peak gondola was pretty cool and insanely expensive.

Tuesday- took a seaplane sightseeing tour. Very cool, highly recommended if it's in your budget.
Checked out Stanley park and the sea wall, started to rain IIRC went to the aquarium for a few hours.
Evening we did the Chinese gardens (waste of time IMO) checked out gas town china town etc...

Wednesday- took the BC ferry (with the car) to Victoria- huge ship pretty cool. Don't recall exactly what we did there I think it was a museum and a mini Victoria place, and just walked around.

Thursday- checked out the town a bit, drove to butchart gardens spent a few hours there (had to get my monies worth) late afternoon took the ferry to Washington.

Friday- downtown Seattle, space needle, chihuly gardens, island crust cafe.

Shabbos- chilled (ground floor this time😃)

Sunday- drove to the volcanic mountain (don't recall the name) then headed down to Portland. Did the drive (don't recall the name) it had turnouts for lots of water falls.

Monday- Oregon coast, sea lion caves, sand dunes.

Tuesday- drove to crater lake (a few nice falls along the way), and then back up to Seattle.

Wednesday- Seattle waterfront, Ferris wheel, first Starbucks, pikes place market. Afternoon we headed up to Everest and did the Boeing tour. Crossed the border, overnighted in Vancouver.

Thursday- Relaxed after all that running around, went back to Granville island, Flew home.
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Post by: stever on May 25, 2016, 01:56:18 PM
Depends on your budget, travel companions etc...
Was supposed to write  a TR but never got around to it, I will give the rough outline of what we did.

Landed Thursday night

Friday- Granville Island

Shabbos-just chilled and walked up and down several times to the 31st floor!

Sunday-1)Grouse Mountain+shows and gondola 2)Lynn canyon suspension bridge 3)/capilino suspension bridge 4)a place where u see salmon swim upstream.

Monday- drove round trip to whistler mountain, stopped at some amazing waterfalls along the way. We couldn't do much on the mountains (3yr old and 1yr old) but the peak2peak gondola was pretty cool and insanely expensive.

Tuesday- took a seaplane sightseeing tour. Very cool, highly recommended if it's in your budget.
Checked out Stanley park and the sea wall, started to rain IIRC went to the aquarium for a few hours.
Evening we did the Chinese gardens (waste of time IMO) checked out gas town china town etc...

Wednesday- took the BC ferry (with the car) to Victoria- huge ship pretty cool. Don't recall exactly what we did there I think it was a museum and a mini Victoria place, and just walked around.

Thursday- checked out the town a bit, drove to butchart gardens spent a few hours there (had to get my monies worth) late afternoon took the ferry to Washington.

Friday- downtown Seattle, space needle, chihuly gardens, island crust cafe.

Shabbos- chilled (ground floor this time😃)

Sunday- drove to the volcanic mountain (don't recall the name) then headed down to Portland. Did the drive (don't recall the name) it had turnouts for lots of water falls.

Monday- Oregon coast, sea lion caves, sand dunes.

Tuesday- drove to crater lake (a few nice falls along the way), and then back up to Seattle.

Wednesday- Seattle waterfront, Ferris wheel, first Starbucks, pikes place market. Afternoon we headed up to Everest and did the Boeing tour. Crossed the border, overnighted in Vancouver.

Thursday- Relaxed after all that running around, went back to Granville island, Flew home.

good stuff! how was granville? sounds like Grouse and Lynn canyon suspension bridge is a must. any other musts iyo?
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Post by: tzifanya54 on May 25, 2016, 02:22:36 PM
For kids amazing.... For adults, it's cute, but not a must.
As far as must dos: I think the sea to sky highway on the way up to whistler was really nice.
If you can afford it deffinetly do the seaplane. Also I personally (after going to both) would do the capilino bridge (they charge an entrance fee) over the (free) Lynn canyon one. It's also got a cliff walk and treetop walks in there. As far as food Maple Grill is very solid and if you go to Seattle ISland Crust cafe is amazing. In Seattle the must dos: Space needle and chihuly gardens.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on May 25, 2016, 03:03:56 PM
For kids amazing.... For adults, it's cute, but not a must.
As far as must does: I think the sea to sky highway on the way up to whistler was really nice.
If you can afford it deffinetly do the seaplane. Also I personally (after going to both) would do the capilino bridge (they charge an entrance fee) over the (free) Lynn canyon one. It's also got a cliff walk and treetop walks in there. As far as food Maple Grill is very solid and if you go to Seattle ISland Crust cafe is amazing. In Seattle the must does: Space needle and chihuly gardens.

cool, going without kids. is seaplane smooth? will be there for 3 nights, any other decent place open other than MG? i see some places have closed down
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 25, 2016, 03:10:53 PM
Shuk Eat and Play is pretty great. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 25, 2016, 03:20:30 PM
cool, going without kids. is seaplane smooth? will be there for 3 nights, any other decent place open other than MG? i see some places have closed down
pretty smooth, maybe slightly choppy when it lands. We basically stuck to MG.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on May 25, 2016, 03:53:53 PM
pretty smooth, maybe slightly choppy when it lands. We basically stuck to MG.
Shuk Eat and Play is pretty great.

Great thanks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 25, 2016, 05:41:27 PM
I stayed on the water and watched those planes take off. Pretty cool
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 25, 2016, 09:16:14 PM
Did anyone ever try this?
http://scenicrush.com
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on May 29, 2016, 09:47:11 PM
Any other good meat place other than MG?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 30, 2016, 12:05:41 AM
Any other good meat place other than MG?
People drive up from Seattle just to go there
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on May 30, 2016, 12:25:39 AM
People drive up from Seattle just to go there

went tonight was great, just wondering if there are other options.. this place is unreal, 9:25pm now and still not dark yet:-)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on May 30, 2016, 09:08:07 AM
Omnitsky's is very good. Deli style
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on May 30, 2016, 10:33:05 AM
Omnitsky's is very good. Deli style

Thanks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on May 31, 2016, 08:32:43 AM
Is there anyone else planning to be in Vancouver over shabbas July 1? We will be staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and I want to see if we can get a Friday night minyan happening that week.

I know there is the Chabad of downtown, but they only have a Friday night minyan the last weekend of every month.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 31, 2016, 08:35:03 AM
Is there anyone else planning to be in Vancouver over shabbas July 1? We will be staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and I want to see if we can get a Friday night minyan happening that week.

I know there is the Chabad of downtown, but they only have a Friday night minyan the last weekend of every month.
When I was there, the rabbi told me he could come with 3-4 people for Friday night, if I come up with the rest.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on May 31, 2016, 08:37:38 AM
When I was there, the rabbi told me he could come with 3-4 people for Friday night, if I come up with the rest.

I just messaged the Rabbi so I will see what comes of it. Thanks! I feel like that weekend should be a big tourist weekend.

Where did you get food from for shabbas? How did you heat it up? Right now we are looking at ordering from Sabra's. Also, the Pacific Rim agreed to put our food vouchers towards the cost of the kosher meals.

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 31, 2016, 08:44:20 AM
I just messaged the Rabbi so I will see what comes of it. Thanks! I feel like that weekend should be a big tourist weekend.

Where did you get food from for shabbas? How did you heat it up? Right now we are looking at ordering from Sabra's. Also, the Pacific Rim agreed to put our food vouchers towards the cost of the kosher meals.
Not sure where you are from and what you are used to for shabbos. If you are expecting hemish fare that you would find in Monsey/lkwd/brklyn Sabra's won't cut it. As a matter of fact we came in on a Thursday, we were back and forth as wether to bring food along or to buy there. We ended up bringing most of the food. We went to supplement it at Sabra's and they had mostly Israeli style food, not your typical shabbos food (i.e. No potato kugel, or gefilte fish IIRC). Maybe when ordering in advance they are better with that...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on May 31, 2016, 09:00:06 AM
Not sure where you are from and what you are used to for shabbos. If you are expecting hemish fare that you would find in Monsey/lkwd/brklyn Sabra's won't cut it. As a matter of fact we came in on a Thursday, we were back and forth as wether to bring food along or to buy there. We ended up bringing most of the food. We went to supplement it at Sabra's and they had mostly Israeli style food, not your typical shabbos food (i.e. No potato kugel, or gefilte fish IIRC). Maybe when ordering in advance they are better with that...

I'm from the NY area, but we can do without the heimish food for a shabbas. Ordering in advance they are much better, they have prepared shabbas menus that you can choose different dishes and types of food you want. We also got menus from a number of other caterers including Omnitsky's, Nava's, MG, and Classic Catering. Looking to see which places people think are better.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 31, 2016, 09:08:52 AM
I'm from the NY area, but we can do without the heimish food for a shabbas. Ordering in advance they are much better, they have prepared shabbas menus that you can choose different dishes and types of food you want. We also got menus from a number of other caterers including Omnitsky's, Nava's, MG, and Classic Catering. Looking to see which places people think are better.
MG is very solid I had basically their whole menu during the week, didn't try them for shabbos. Whatever we got from Sabra was good.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on May 31, 2016, 09:17:23 AM
MG is very solid I had basically their whole menu during the week, didn't try them for shabbos. Whatever we got from Sabra was good.

We are planning to go to MG for at least one meal during the week, been there before and they are excellent. I was very underwhelmed with what they offer for shabbas, just not a great menu.
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Post by: BKYW on May 31, 2016, 01:14:03 PM
I'm from the NY area, but we can do without the heimish food for a shabbas. Ordering in advance they are much better, they have prepared shabbas menus that you can choose different dishes and types of food you want. We also got menus from a number of other caterers including Omnitsky's, Nava's, MG, and Classic Catering. Looking to see which places people think are better.

I was there in June & found out the hard way that for my style you have to order 24 hours in advance. Got local recommendations for Chabad catering chef Menachem, but it was too late.

In the end we got smoked fish from Omnitsky & grilled salmon From sabre (could have gotten both from Omnitsky) , Omnitsky chicken soup was good. I think some type of knish instead of kugel & we bought raw beans & made our own cholent with cold cuts from  Omnitsky. 
Challah we bought from both Omnitsky & sabre both were good
Sabre told us that in July & August he has cholent.
Title: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 01, 2016, 03:37:01 PM
Are the BA rates on Cathay Pacific still 12.5, 25, 37.5 from NY?
And does ba call business premium economy and first business? Or is premium economy called premium economy?

ETA: i see now that you need to specifically click first class for it to show up and it's 50k
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 01, 2016, 03:46:47 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/85765
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 01, 2016, 09:00:02 PM
Why not daven and eat at kollel by maple grill on Friday night?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on June 01, 2016, 09:25:20 PM
Ok in the airport ready to leave so I'll start my tr.
Got the tkts on kayak for $240 RT about a month ago and there was availbilty at Hyatt for 12k/night so I figured why not let's do this.
We flew out west jet which was uneventful(no biz class) flight time was 2:45 so we landed in Yvr about 3pm Sunday. Yvr is a really nice small airport, but things took a while. Customs was actually pretty quick but bags took forever to come out. Then they needed to verify passport which took time plus the whole India must've recently landed so I really had to suck in some precious air. Rented from enterprise, they were super nice - like super nice. Heard the driver on the way over telling them whose coming and there was like 5 people waiting for us each grabbing a bag. Cool. We picked a brand new Buick la crosse (premium car)with like 600km on it at a full size price so total was $112 cad as sp and Geico handled my insurance. Phone was also easy as Verizon had a $2/day charge and worked perfectly.
We got the the Hyatt around 4:30, someone had emailed me prior to our trip welcoming me so I took the liberty to ask for an upgrade and she agreed so I had that backup ammo just in case. They gave me a room on the 24th floor - as a plat member that sounded nice. When we went up to the room I was not happy at all. Not sure exactly what it was but I didn't love the lobby area as it was dirty, the room was very simple and dark, the republic of China girls school had also packed into the hotel at the same time so all 5 elevators were clogged. Plus it was a business hotel - so all tide put together I was not happy. My wife started looking online to switch to an Spg but no availability. Four seasons and fairmont but we're over $600 each. So I tried plan c. Had my bags brought back down to the lobby, Called a manager and told her nicely but very sternly that this is not how I roll, place is unkept, room is disgusting and my wife is right over there booking another hotel. It worked! She upgraded me to an executive suite which was double the size on the 33rd floor.while we waited for room to be ready we enjoyed Starbucks compliments of Hyatt regency.  So that was cool.

By that time was getting late. We spent the next 3 nights at maple grill and to be honest the food was good but I think it was a bit overrated (will send pics eventually). Ordered chicken spring rolls which were good 4.5/5 and chicken chili bites with won ton crisps which were awesome 5/5. Main was fetticuni with grilled chk and top hat salad which was also good 4/5. Dessert was another story. I ordered hot lava cake which was salty. I told the waitress who was obviously new and she told me that she brought it back to the kitchen and they laughed at her. Well come back to this later/). Mrs Stever ordered a fruit cup which she didn't like 1/5 for both.
Aright gotta board. Tbc..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on June 01, 2016, 10:52:09 PM
Why not daven and eat at kollel by maple grill on Friday night?

The walk is pretty far from our hotel, Google maps say it would be about an hour. Shabbas is already very late. We were hoping to get a meal for shabbas lunch somewhere. If not, we have no problem just ordering and eating deli/cold shnitzel for lunch. I contacted the Chabad rabbi, but I have not heard back yet.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on June 02, 2016, 07:47:24 PM
Shabbas is already very late.

The entire community does early Shabbos around plag time which means that you have too. Check the websites of kollel / Chabad / MO for exact time.

IIRC kollel also did Shabbos lunch. But an hour is a long walk
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on June 15, 2016, 01:23:51 PM
Thanks for all the help and suggestions so far.

Has anyone spent shabbas in the Fairmont Pacific Rim, any tips? Are the doors only electronic?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 16, 2016, 08:56:46 PM
Thanks for all the help and suggestions so far.

Has anyone spent shabbas in the Fairmont Pacific Rim, any tips? Are the doors only electronic?

The doors are not electronic.  Doormen at the main entrance.  I am not observant but spend months at the Fairmont Pacific Rim private residences.   I think it's the best hotel in Vancouver.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on June 16, 2016, 11:42:25 PM
Thanks! I'v heard great things about the hotel and am looking forward to staying there.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 17, 2016, 12:06:12 AM
Thanks! I'v heard great things about the hotel and am looking forward to staying there.
When do you arrive?  If you have any questions while you are here, just send me a message.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on June 17, 2016, 12:33:16 AM
Thanks! I'v heard great things about the hotel and am looking forward to staying there.
Beutiful property.
Make sure you get a river view... watching those sea planes....
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on June 17, 2016, 09:18:00 AM
When do you arrive?  If you have any questions while you are here, just send me a message.

We arrive on Friday July 1 and are staying until July 4. Thanks!

Beutiful property.
Make sure you get a river view... watching those sea planes....

I tried but they only have cityview rooms available  :-\
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 17, 2016, 09:41:23 AM
We arrive on Friday July 1 and are staying until July 4. Thanks!

I tried but they only have cityview rooms available  :-\

July 1 is Canada Day, so it's a busy time.  Hope you don't have a long wait on customs line (unless you have Nexus).  If you arrive early enough you will get to enjoy the festivities right outside the hotel.  https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day/
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on June 17, 2016, 09:54:11 AM
Ya I know, we are excited to see everything happening. We are coming from Calgary that morning so we dont have to go through customs then. We get into the city at 7:30am so we should be able to see all the celebrations!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 17, 2016, 10:13:37 AM
Ya I know, we are excited to see everything happening. We are coming from Calgary that morning so we dont have to go through customs then. We get into the city at 7:30am so we should be able to see all the celebrations!

That's good!  If they don't have your room available ask for the key to have spa access. Great spa area with lounges, tea, great snacks, fruit, etc!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on June 20, 2016, 01:30:42 PM
Can you book Philippine airlines Via Eithad or ANA for 23K each way?  (Jfk-YVR) They have pretty decent fares now so prob not worth miles!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sedge on June 28, 2016, 01:11:39 AM
Is the Westin Bear Mountain on Vancouver Island kid/family friendly?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: michael on July 05, 2016, 08:27:40 PM
On Grouse Mountain. My baby just won the wooden chair at the lumberjack show!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 13, 2016, 11:47:51 AM
Any opinions on Hilton Vancouver Airport in terms of hotel and weekday proximity to minyan/kosher?
Also, any recommendation for hotel to stay at in Whistler with family for possibly one night (Fairmont not an option), or is it best to make one longer day trip?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 13, 2016, 04:43:13 PM
Probably a long shot, but anyone done any salmon fishing in and around YVR? Specifically, Campbell River / April Point, or even Ucluelet?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 13, 2016, 09:09:18 PM
Any opinions on Hilton Vancouver Airport in terms of hotel and weekday proximity to minyan/kosher?
Also, any recommendation for hotel to stay at in Whistler with family for possibly one night (Fairmont not an option), or is it best to make one longer day trip?
There's a nice Westin, SPG property there.
Stayed there.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on July 13, 2016, 09:18:25 PM
There's a nice Westin, SPG property there.
Stayed there.
+1. Got upgrade for SPG Gold to nice suite.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on July 24, 2016, 01:42:43 AM
+1. Got upgrade for SPG Gold to nice suite.
Am I better off at westin airport, or at the westin grand downtown? I'm doing a weekday trip.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on July 24, 2016, 01:45:34 AM
Am I better off at westin airport, or at the westin grand downtown? I'm doing a weekday trip.

Downtown
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on July 24, 2016, 01:47:48 AM
I've been to the westin grand last year. Hotel was OK. Seems like the drive to maple grill/davening is about the same. Is the area around the airport hotel the issue?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on July 24, 2016, 02:54:31 AM
I've been to the westin grand last year. Hotel was OK. Seems like the drive to maple grill/davening is about the same. Is the area around the airport hotel the issue?

I just prefer the downtown area.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on July 24, 2016, 09:00:50 AM
Has anyone stayed at the element hotel in metrotown?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on July 25, 2016, 07:51:24 PM
Is there a particular reason that Maple Grill is not on the Wiki?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 25, 2016, 08:43:45 PM
is a weak to much to spend there .

what area is the best for shabbes ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 27, 2016, 01:08:55 PM
will kids age 8 and 3 enjoy this place Vancouver ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on July 28, 2016, 12:27:30 AM
It's a beautiful city  with lots of attractions- most of them are upthread
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on July 28, 2016, 12:30:17 AM
Can anyone recommend things to see in the downtown Victoria area? We plan on taking a ferry from Vancouver in the morning, and found to butchart gardens, but I'd like to get in something of a feel for Victoria before heading back.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 28, 2016, 10:03:58 AM
Can anyone recommend things to see in the downtown Victoria area? We plan on taking a ferry from Vancouver in the morning, and found to butchart gardens, but I'd like to get in something of a feel for Victoria before heading back.
There isn't much to do in the downtown area, unless you are into historical old stuff. That being said, it is an interesting place to walk around for an hour or two (by the inner harbor, and fishermans wharf). We also did this miniature world place that the kids enjoyed.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 28, 2016, 12:19:18 PM
what is there to do in whistler ?

where is a nice place to stay ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 28, 2016, 01:37:29 PM
what is there to do in whistler ?

where is a nice place to stay ?

Peak to Peak.
Stunning hikes.

Stay at the Westin. Lot's of great reviews from bloggers.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: csl1 on July 29, 2016, 09:59:51 AM
Peak to Peak.
Stunning hikes.

Stay at the Westin. Lot's of great reviews from bloggers.

What time of year did you travel to Whistler? We are considering staying there for a week towards the end of August.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 29, 2016, 10:38:03 AM
What time of year did you travel to Whistler? We are considering staying there for a week towards the end of August.
Was there August 2015
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 29, 2016, 11:30:14 AM
Peak to Peak.
Stunning hikes.

Stay at the Westin. Lot's of great reviews from bloggers.

anything to do with kids ? how many days should  I stay there ? any kosher food there ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on July 29, 2016, 11:38:08 AM
I don't think there's food there. 2-3 days not more
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: csl1 on July 29, 2016, 12:37:40 PM
If we would visit, we would be there a full week. I did some research on tripadvisor and discovered about 7-10 recreational activities - hiking/boating that we would do during that time.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: csl1 on July 29, 2016, 12:43:00 PM
we would also travel with two children, ages 6 and 9
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 31, 2016, 09:06:26 PM
Any recommendations from Shuk Eat & Play?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on August 01, 2016, 09:24:42 AM
Any recommendations from Shuk Eat & Play?

I personally did like the pizza (Doughy and very cheesy)  and fries (bland), though the milkshakes were pretty good.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 01, 2016, 09:33:23 AM
I personally did like the pizza (Doughy and very cheesy)  and fries (bland), though the milkshakes were pretty good.
Did or didn't?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 01, 2016, 11:22:14 AM
Any recommendations from Shuk Eat & Play?
Wasn't the cleanest, went for breakfast - decent eggs and coffee. Really liked the JEC next door. Went there the next 2 mornings
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: michael on August 01, 2016, 04:21:29 PM
Any recommendations from Shuk Eat & Play?

I had the falafel a couple weeks ago. It was very good.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 02, 2016, 04:21:36 PM
travelling with 5 people +luggage
 planning on driving from Vancouver to Seattle
cant seem to find any minivan rental 
any advice would be much appreciated
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 02, 2016, 08:11:48 PM
travelling with 5 people +luggage
 planning on driving from Vancouver to Seattle
cant seem to find any minivan rental 
any advice would be much appreciated

Train ride? It's very nice.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 03, 2016, 11:58:24 AM
Greenheart TreeWalk- best for which ages? (groupon available)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 03, 2016, 12:39:08 PM
Train ride? It's very nice.
thank you
looks like that's my only option
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on August 03, 2016, 12:58:12 PM
travelling with 5 people +luggage
 planning on driving from Vancouver to Seattle
cant seem to find any minivan rental 
any advice would be much appreciated

Call the local branch
When I was there Avis had loads of cars with US plates, people travel one way (both directions) all the time. But the website might not be programmed to allow dropping off in another country.

Call the local branch & ask
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 03, 2016, 01:00:08 PM
Call the local branch
When I was there Avis had loads of cars with US plates, people travel one way (both directions) all the time. But the website might not be programmed to allow dropping off in another country.

Call the local branch & ask
Most places will add a one way fee of at least $100+
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 03, 2016, 08:29:34 PM
Here are a few data points from a recent trip.
1. Air Canada has excellent availability in lie flat J on a dreamliner or 777 from Toronto. 40k roundtrip using Singapore miles or even less using Lufthansa miles.
2. The city itself is really beautiful
3. A great day trip from Vancouver is to ride the BC Ferry from Vancouver/Tawswassen to Victoria, and back. The  1.5 hour ride is absolutely beautiful. I saw otters and seals along side the boat, and a distant snow capped Mount Baker along the way.
In Victoria, Butchart Gardens are really the most elaborate garden most of us will ever see. The ferry costs $16 per person plus $50 for the car each way. It can be a better idea to park your car at the Vancouver ferry terminal, because you avoid the need to make reservations. Taxis in Victoria to the gardens run about $45 each way. There is no Uber in British Columbia.
3. The Chabad of Richmond had only 9 men the day I was there. Schara Tzedeck had a reliable minyan 3 times a day.
4. I thought Grouse Mountain was quite skippable.
5. Flyover Canada ride at the canada place downtown was fantastic! Right outside we also watched the seaplanes take off and land.
6. The food at maple grill was in my opinion exceptional, and reasonably priced.
7. There is a decent selection of kosher food and fresh bakery goods at Real Canadian SuperStore near the airport, on
marine drive.
8.The bike Ride around Stanley Park was beautiful.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 05, 2016, 06:11:07 PM
Thanks for the info planning a trip there did u go with kids ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 05, 2016, 06:11:58 PM
Can any tell me what to do in wistler .
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 06, 2016, 10:15:12 PM
Thanks for the info planning a trip there did u go with kids ?
With a baby
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 06, 2016, 10:16:17 PM
Peak 2 peak gondola, sea to sky sky ride, Shannon falls.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 07, 2016, 02:31:55 PM
Peak 2 peak gondola, sea to sky sky ride, Shannon falls.
+1 that was excellent
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 07, 2016, 02:46:40 PM
Peak 2 peak gondola, sea to sky sky ride, Shannon falls.

so 2 days is more then enough time with kids ages 2 and 9
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 07, 2016, 02:47:35 PM
so 2 days is more then enough time with kids ages 2 and 9
Shannon falls is about 40 min before whistler
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 08, 2016, 09:42:04 AM
can u get kosher milk in Vancouver ?

how about bringing in meat and milk is it a problem ?

as per the Wiki there is 2 meat places and there is maple grill is there anything else ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on August 08, 2016, 01:31:56 PM
can u get kosher milk in Vancouver ?

how about bringing in meat and milk is it a problem ?

as per the Wiki there is 2 meat places and there is maple grill is there anything else ?

Dairy products are not an issue, milk is thougher. Try calling shuk eat & play if they can sell you / bring in extra

You can bring in meat & dairy, have them clearly marked product of US. In the banff thread a local wrote that don't bring them in boxes, as these get more scrutiny. Use a suitcase / bag etc

Per BC kosher website, that's it.   http://www.bckosher.org/consumer/foodservices.html
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on August 09, 2016, 10:32:59 AM
Parents are in Vancouver right now and shocker of shockers the weather is actually not too great.
Anyone know of any indoor stuff to do in the city on a rainy day?
TIA
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on August 09, 2016, 10:40:20 AM
Parents are in Vancouver right now and shocker of shockers the weather is actually not too great.
Anyone know of any indoor stuff to do in the city on a rainy day?
TIA
Flyover Canada @ Canada Center.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on August 09, 2016, 10:45:34 AM
Flyover Canada @ Canada Center.
Thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on August 09, 2016, 10:50:21 AM
Parents are in Vancouver right now and shocker of shockers the weather is actually not too great.
Anyone know of any indoor stuff to do in the city on a rainy day?
TIA
Where are they staying?  Yes, agree with Flyover Canada but that's about 30 minutes.  Spa treatments.  Smile Thai Wellness on Robson Street. Aquarium in Stanley Park.  Art Museum. Pacific Center Mall. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on August 09, 2016, 11:05:51 AM
Where are they staying?  Yes, agree with Flyover Canada but that's about 30 minutes.  Spa treatments.  Smile Thai Wellness on Robson Street. Aquarium in Stanley Park.  Art Museum. Pacific Center Mall.
Westin Bayshore
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 09, 2016, 11:48:03 AM
where is the best place to daven on shabbes ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 09, 2016, 12:34:51 PM
Peak 2 peak gondola, sea to sky sky ride, Shannon falls.
care to elaborate?
going with a group of five
don't want any major hikes..

has anyone done the seaplane tour?
is it worth it? which option?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 09, 2016, 01:16:16 PM
care to elaborate?
going with a group of five
don't want any major hikes..

has anyone done the seaplane tour?
is it worth it? which option?
I did the 30 min one, it's expensive but worth it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 09, 2016, 02:05:55 PM
care to elaborate?
going with a group of five
don't want any major hikes..

has anyone done the seaplane tour?
is it worth it? which option?
Sea to sky gondola takes you from the coast up to the top of the mountain. The views of the sea from on high are excellent. There is also a suspension bridge and trails for walking up there.
Shannon falls are thin but incredibly high, and can be reached with a short walk from the parking lot.
Peak 2 peak is a very beautiful gondola ride between 2 mountains.
I didn't take the sea plane.
If you like the"soaring" ride at Disney, the flyover Canada ride at Canada place is longer and most say much better. It costs about$20 per person, and for some might be more of a thrill than the sea plane
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 09, 2016, 02:08:20 PM
Parents are in Vancouver right now and shocker of shockers the weather is actually not too great.
Anyone know of any indoor stuff to do in the city on a rainy day?
TIA
Aquarium, science center IMAX,
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 09, 2016, 03:02:32 PM
Sea to sky gondola takes you from the coast up to the top of the mountain. The views of the sea from on high are excellent. There is also a suspension bridge and trails for walking up there.
Shannon falls are thin but incredibly high, and can be reached with a short walk from the parking lot.
Peak 2 peak is a very beautiful gondola ride between 2 mountains.
I didn't take the sea plane.
If you like the"soaring" ride at Disney, the flyover Canada ride at Canada place is longer and most say much better. It costs about$20 per person, and for some might be more of a thrill than the sea plane
thanks. should i reserve in advance
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on August 09, 2016, 03:22:48 PM
where is the best place to daven on shabbes ?

Depends what you looking for & where you are staying.

Schara Tzedek is MO. They also have the mikvah. There is a large building for Sephardic cons which I didn't visit.  Kollel is a Chabad place which had several yungeleit with kapotes, local orthodox people etc. I guess main Chabad is similar. Downtown Chabad I guess is mostly local & tourists.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 09, 2016, 04:37:47 PM
care to elaborate?
going with a group of five
don't want any major hikes..

has anyone done the seaplane tour?
is it worth it? which option?

i used Harbor Air, did the 30 min one. I liked it, wife didnt love the loud noise and engine diesel smell. but views were amazing. gotta finish my TR with pics one of these days:)

for sea to sky you dont need to do any of the hikes, as stated short walk to shannon falls and a gondola ride all the way up. we were told this is far and above better than Grouse mountain
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 09, 2016, 04:39:35 PM
i used Harbor Air, did the 30 min one. I liked it, wife didnt love the loud noise and engine diesel smell. but views were amazing. gotta finish my TR with pics one of these days:)

for sea to sky you dont need to do any of the hikes, as stated short walk to shannon falls and a gondola ride all the way up. we were told this is far and above better than Grouse mountain
can you do that before next week ::)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 09, 2016, 04:53:20 PM
can you do that before next week ::)
lol! pm me
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 09, 2016, 06:10:48 PM
Depends what you looking for & where you are staying.

Schara Tzedek is MO. They also have the mikvah. There is a large building for Sephardic cons which I didn't visit.  Kollel is a Chabad place which had several yungeleit with kapotes, local orthodox people etc. I guess main Chabad is similar. Downtown Chabad I guess is mostly local & tourists.


I don't care where to daven I need 10 for shabbes that's why I need to decide whrere to stay
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 09, 2016, 06:19:21 PM
I don't care where to daven I need 10 for shabbes that's why I need to decide whrere to stay
not too many hotels are in the eruv/walking distance
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 10, 2016, 12:17:17 AM
not too many hotels are in the eruv/walking distance
So which one's is in the  eruv and how far does it go the eruv
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 10, 2016, 07:24:46 AM
So which one's is in the  eruv and how far does it go the eruv
here's link to eruv map:
https://goo.gl/maps/D2oLBC39GT72
Check park Inn and holiday Inn.  Might be others
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on August 10, 2016, 01:47:53 PM
here's link to eruv map:
https://goo.gl/maps/D2oLBC39GT72
Check park Inn and holiday Inn.  Might be others

Both are about 25 min walk to kollel & Chabad, under 15 to shara Tzedek. There are a lot of B&B & Airbnb Etc homes
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 10, 2016, 04:17:30 PM
Both are about 25 min walk to kollel & Chabad, under 15 to shara Tzedek. There are a lot of B&B & Airbnb Etc homes

so any of the nice hotels is not walking distance to the shoul ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 10, 2016, 08:50:06 PM
There are an incredible number of Airbnb places in Vancouver. For best prices, book within a couple days of the stay. You can get half off at some places if you book that close.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 10, 2016, 08:51:09 PM
There are an incredible number of Airbnb places in Vancouver. For best prices, book within a couple days of the stay. You can get half off at some places if you book that close.
Richmond or downtown?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ari9 on August 10, 2016, 08:51:27 PM
There are an incredible number of Airbnb places in Vancouver. For best prices, book within a couple days of the stay. You can get half off at some places if you book that close.
any specific ones you've stayed in or recommend?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 11, 2016, 10:16:00 AM
is there any nice hotels walking distance to the shoul for shabbes ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 11, 2016, 05:16:01 PM
Richmond or downtown?

I was in downtown, but there're places everywhere.

any specific ones you've stayed in or recommend?

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9014125 Is where I stayed.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 15, 2016, 09:41:52 AM
can I get any shabbes food or I have to bring it with me ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 16, 2016, 03:47:53 PM
where is the best place to stay from Sunday for 4 nights ? I am looking for a nice hotel with point the only one availbale Is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre should I book this 1
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on August 16, 2016, 05:22:11 PM
where is the best place to stay from Sunday for 4 nights ? I am looking for a nice hotel with point the only one availbale Is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre should I book this 1

When are you going? Im also going SUn for 4 nights...lol  (with kids)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 16, 2016, 05:32:42 PM
When are you going? Im also going SUn for 4 nights...lol  (with kids)

the coming Sunday yes with kids . 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on August 16, 2016, 08:28:02 PM
the coming Sunday yes with kids .
Nah, Im next sunday, guess Ill miss ya:(
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on August 16, 2016, 08:41:42 PM
Staying where?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on August 16, 2016, 08:46:37 PM
where is the best place to stay from Sunday for 4 nights ? I am looking for a nice hotel with point the only one availbale Is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre should I book this 1

If it's the only one available then book it.  My favorite is the Fairmont Pacific Rim
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 16, 2016, 10:20:32 PM
If it's the only one available then book it.  My favorite is the Fairmont Pacific Rim

don't have that kind of points and cash is $550 per night
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on August 16, 2016, 10:56:29 PM
don't have that kind of points and cash is $550 per night

Should have planned ahead.  Chase Fairmont Visa for a couple.   Two free nights each for a total of four. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 17, 2016, 01:22:29 AM
If it's the only one available then book it.  My favorite is the Fairmont Pacific Rim
I stayed in the Westin for 2 nights. Room was fine, location was more convenient to davening and kosher food than downtown, and the Richmond night market on Sunday night was interesting and a 5 minute walk
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 17, 2016, 01:46:48 AM
was planning on heading to Victoria BC tomorrow ( Wednesday) just saw the prices are ridiculous
(100 for car RT plus 32◊5 RT and 31◊5 for the gardens.)
Any alternative plans? Not sure if it's worth the $ for us
Since we're not such huge fans of gardens..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 17, 2016, 01:49:11 AM
where is the best place to stay from Sunday for 4 nights ? I am looking for a nice hotel with point the only one availbale Is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre should I book this 1
They just did a huge renovation, it should be nice.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 17, 2016, 10:04:38 AM
is it to short of a stay if I go to Vancouver for 4 days with 2 kids ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 17, 2016, 12:04:37 PM
can I buy shabbes food ? if yes where
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Jeremiah on August 17, 2016, 01:21:52 PM
Anyone have suggestions of must-dos in or around Vancouver?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 17, 2016, 01:28:32 PM
can I buy shabbes food ? if yes where
so far I've been to maple grill and Sabra's they both had a shabbos take out menu
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on August 17, 2016, 04:49:46 PM
can I buy shabbes food ? if yes where

Yes

Read up thread
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 17, 2016, 10:00:16 PM
is this for 1 day or 2 days ? what order should I do it ?

Grouse mountain and the Suspension bridge Granville Island and Stanley park
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 19, 2016, 03:24:59 AM
Figured I may as well start a TR so here it is
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=65249.new
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 21, 2016, 01:07:55 PM
Whats a good place to get breakfast?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Jeremiah on August 21, 2016, 02:41:03 PM
Any way to avoid paying for parking at the Pacific Rim?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on August 21, 2016, 05:02:05 PM
Whats a good place to get breakfast?

There is only 1 choice for CY eaters. Shuk eat play
Non CY also have the JCC

Or buy food & create your own menu.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 23, 2016, 11:38:24 AM
Which Safeway location has kosher aisle?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 04, 2016, 05:49:16 PM
For those who don't read my thread, I thought this was fitting to post here as well. Sea plane takes off at the end in the distance.

Docked at Westin Bayshore this shabbas... so this is Westin Bayshore by Phantom:


Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 14, 2016, 01:13:32 PM
Anyone stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim for Shabbos?
Do the stairs have sensor lights?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on November 30, 2016, 05:30:12 PM
Does anyone have a babysitter recommendation in Vancouver?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ysturmwind on February 01, 2017, 05:05:11 PM
Anyone stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim for Shabbos?
Do the stairs have sensor lights?

Sorry for the very delayed response.

We stayed at the FPC for shabbas - Dan as I know you know - the hotel is amazing. We stayed at the Fairmont Banff Spring (in an upgraded suite) and at the FPC, the FPC was worlds better than the FBS.

The stairs do not have sensor lights, but you need to ask at the front desk every time you want to go back up stairs and someone will escort you up. The exit from the stairs takes you out to the back of the hotel.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on February 19, 2017, 04:06:57 PM
thinking about 2 weeks in vancouver area with wife and 3 kids (3 yr old, 9 yr old and 10 yr old), and considering one shabbos in Victoria (airbnb at chabad nearby and they have minyan/meals) and one shabbos in an airbnb near TheKollel (minyanim and meals there with eruv). I was going to stay at the Sher and daven by Chabad Downtown, but it seems they dont have meals and it will be a hassle getting around with no eruv with a 3 yr old.
Saw several spent shabbos by theKollel and enjoyed, anyone have any insight about shabbos in Victoria (Vancouver Island)? if i do decide to choose one shabbos, is the family experience best at theKollel or maybe with the views in victoria?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mimb on March 23, 2017, 12:24:15 PM
How many days do you suggest to see the major sights/hikes in the Vancouver area? Was thinking maybe 4? I'm looking to use BA avios for the famous CX flight from NY
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 23, 2017, 02:18:33 PM
Yes, 2 days Vancouver and two days Whistler is a good amount of time
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mimb on April 05, 2017, 05:06:24 PM
Trying to find the cheapest option with miles to go NYC-stopover for a week in LAX- YVR. Is singapore the only option? Tried pricing it out on UA but it charged per segment (thought I could use the stopover feature they introduced). There is UA saver space for the dates that I want. The LAX-YVR leg would be on AC
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: normathej on April 25, 2017, 12:02:17 PM
Which is a better experience - AC Dreamliner EWR-YVR or CX 777 JFK-YVR? And is Avios the cheapest way to book the CX flight?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2017, 12:33:51 PM
Which is a better experience - AC Dreamliner EWR-YVR or CX 777 JFK-YVR? And is Avios the cheapest way to book the CX flight?
In what class?

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/85765
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: normathej on April 25, 2017, 12:43:59 PM
F

And thanks for the link!  I was looking all over for this chart.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2017, 01:12:43 PM
AC doesn't have F, so obviously there is no comparison.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: normathej on April 25, 2017, 01:29:44 PM
and if I can only get business on CX?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 02, 2017, 09:51:55 AM
anyone stay at Marriott's Delta Hotel in whistler? how does it compare to the westin?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 02, 2017, 12:55:00 PM
is sunday thru Thursday enough time for Vancouver and Whistler?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 02, 2017, 08:56:36 PM
is sunday thru Thursday enough time for Vancouver and Whistler?

yes I did it with kids for the same amount of time .  but I would for sure go back one day it was amazing .
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 03, 2017, 12:14:42 AM
Looking to go early Sunday till late Thur night, how long is travel time from Vancouver to whistler? Thinking 3 nights in whistler & 1 in Vancouver, is that enough time for Vancouver?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 03, 2017, 09:34:15 AM
Looking to go early Sunday till late Thur night, how long is travel time from Vancouver to whistler? Thinking 3 nights in whistler & 1 in Vancouver, is that enough time for Vancouver?

rather stay more nights in Vancouver . I think u don't need more then 1 day in whistler the way to whistler can take a full day if u stop by all the places on the way . if u don't stop on the way its about 1 hour in 35 min .
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: aarony on May 03, 2017, 09:42:46 AM
I am flying into Vancouver on a wed night.  My plan is to spend thurs and Friday (and shabbos) in Vancouver.  Drive the sea to sky highway on Sunday. Sleep in whistler Sunday night and spend Monday in whistler before we continue on towards jasper. 

Should I skip whistler and just head towards jasper earlier? The activities in whistler that appealed to me are the peak to peak gondola, kayaking the river of golden dreams and perhaps zipline for the teens.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 03, 2017, 12:03:26 PM
I am flying into Vancouver on a wed night.  My plan is to spend thurs and Friday (and shabbos) in Vancouver.  Drive the sea to sky highway on Sunday. Sleep in whistler Sunday night and spend Monday in whistler before we continue on towards jasper. 

Should I skip whistler and just head towards jasper earlier? The activities in whistler that appealed to me are the peak to peak gondola, kayaking the river of golden dreams and perhaps zipline for the teens.

whistler is a must to do . on the way u can stop by a place called Britannia Mine Museum they have tours every hour it was quite interesting .
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2017, 12:08:30 PM
Can also do the Sea to Sky Gondola without going all the way to Whistler.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 03, 2017, 12:17:14 PM
how does the 4 seasons compare to Westin and Fairmont?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2017, 12:20:02 PM
how does the 4 seasons compare to Westin and Fairmont?
Much nicer obviously.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 03, 2017, 02:09:18 PM
Much nicer obviously.
It's only 200$..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2017, 02:09:54 PM
Joys of off season travel.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 03, 2017, 02:21:25 PM
considerably cheaper than Fairmont and basically same price as Westin.. question is to get standard/deluxe room in 4 seasons or go to Westin with plat status...hmmm
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2017, 02:25:25 PM
When are you ever going to find a 4S for the same price as a Westin in the future?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 03, 2017, 02:50:46 PM
When are you ever going to find a 4S for the same price as a Westin in the future?

Agreed, so theoretically you think your better off with a standard room in 4 seasons vs suite in westin?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2017, 02:57:58 PM
Agreed, so theoretically you think your better off with a standard room in 4 seasons vs suite in westin?
For how many travelers?
Does the Westin allow same day cancel?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 03, 2017, 03:19:57 PM
For how many travelers?
Does the Westin allow same day cancel?
2, I wouldn't receive status if I used a 3rd party for booking at the Westin, right? Assuming not so would use points
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2017, 03:21:03 PM
Why do 2 pax need a suite?
Go for the 4S.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 03, 2017, 03:23:37 PM
Why do 2 pax need a suite?
Go for the 4S.
true dat. thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on May 03, 2017, 03:27:57 PM
2, I wouldn't receive status if I used a 3rd party for booking at the Westin, right? Assuming not so would use points
I booked at that Westin with only Gold status and got upgraded to a nice bi-level suite. And this was in the summer
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: aarony on May 03, 2017, 03:36:19 PM
Can also do the Sea to Sky Gondola without going all the way to Whistler. 
We plan on hiking up the chief and coming down with the gondola

That is why I was not sure if Whistler was still a must especially considering that we will be spending a week in the Rockies from jasper to Canmore
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 03, 2017, 03:39:54 PM
I booked at that Westin with only Gold status and got upgraded to a nice bi-level suite. And this was in the summer
which westin?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on May 03, 2017, 08:20:44 PM
which westin?
Whistler
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on May 09, 2017, 11:07:56 PM
We would like to go to Seattle & Vancouver in the summer.  How many days should we spend in each place?  Where am I better off spending Shabbos?  We want to Daven with a minyan.
Should I fly into Seattle and leave from Vancouver or visa versa?  Or just fly into one airport and drive back and forth?
Is there an issue renting a car from one location and dropping off in another location?  Any surcharges to leave the country?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 09, 2017, 11:47:05 PM
We would like to go to Seattle & Vancouver in the summer.  How many days should we spend in each place?  Where am I better off spending Shabbos?  We want to Daven with a minyan.
Should I fly into Seattle and leave from Vancouver or visa versa?  Or just fly into one airport and drive back and forth?
Is there an issue renting a car from one location and dropping off in another location?  Any surcharges to leave the country?
1) I think 4 days in Vancouver/whistler 2-3 days Seattle
2)Have stayed in both for shabbos I prefer Vancouver (obviously depends which hotel etc..)
3)can daven with a minyan in both
4)either way
5) it will be a cheaper rental to pick up and drop off in same place
6)no
7)no
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on May 09, 2017, 11:57:53 PM
1) I think 4 days in Vancouver/whistler 2-3 days Seattle
2)Have stayed in both for shabbos I prefer Vancouver (obviously depends which hotel etc..)
Where do you recommend staying in Vancouver for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 09, 2017, 11:59:04 PM
Where do you recommend staying in Vancouver for Shabbos?
How many people? Any kids?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on May 10, 2017, 12:02:19 AM
How many people? Any kids?
No kids just adults
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 10, 2017, 12:06:11 AM
No kids just adults
If you want a some sort of kitchen for shabbos. I would go with residence inn downtown. Chabad downtown is right there. Should have shabbos shachris mincha/marriv and some weeks kabalas Shabbos. If you are looking for fancier there are many options walking distance to chabad downtown.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: aarony on May 10, 2017, 12:11:24 AM
When are you going to whistler?  I am scheduled to be there sun afternoon aug 6 to Monday evening aug 7 before we head off to the Rockies.  Hoping to have a minyan...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: aarony on May 25, 2017, 07:52:31 PM
Does hertz in Vancouver airport also stay open past midnight if you call them?   So far I have not been able to reach them on the telephone.   My reservation is for August so I have time but I need to know if they will be around when I land after my flight from JFK on Cathay Pacific  Or if I should change the reservation to pick up in the morning once they are open.

It is very difficult to get a decent price on a one-way minivan from Vancouver to Calgary in the summer. so I want to make sure I don't somehow lose this reservation if they close before I get there
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on June 09, 2017, 01:29:47 PM
Is it better to stay in a Downtown Vancouver for Shabbos or stay near the Kollel?  Or should I go to Victoria for Shabbos and stay in the Comfort Inn? 
 How is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam leese on June 15, 2017, 12:57:23 AM
I would go with residence inn downtown. Chabad downtown is right there. Should have shabbos shachris mincha/marriv and some weeks kabalas Shabbos. If you are looking for fancier there are many options walking distance to chabad downtown.
does this hotel have sensors on the doors?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: FJA on June 22, 2017, 12:38:22 PM
We are deciding between the Hyatt Regency and Sheraton Wall Centre using 12k/night UR and SPG, respectively.  Which hotel is nicer for a weekday stay?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: normathej on July 11, 2017, 12:17:56 PM
CX J or AC J, which makes for a better trip?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 12, 2017, 12:03:40 PM
CX J or AC J, which makes for a better trip?
CX J.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: normathej on July 12, 2017, 12:08:48 PM
CX J.

Does CX F often open up closer to date of flight, or if i'm 3 weeks out just throw in the towel and book J?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 12, 2017, 02:17:10 PM
Can someone help me how to put a link of my Vancouver TR in the wiki ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: normathej on July 17, 2017, 11:49:19 AM
I'm going to use SPG points for hotels - which Westin is the best choice - Bayshore, Wall Centre, or Grand?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 17, 2017, 11:50:07 AM
Does CX F often open up closer to date of flight, or if i'm 3 weeks out just throw in the towel and book J?
Yes, nearly 100% of the time 24-72h before the flight
But probably worth booking J and changing later in case F is sold out.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tov hashem on July 19, 2017, 01:15:54 AM
Planing to be there August 7-10. So far I grabbed 1 seat CX F (1A). hope it will open another seat booked with BA. Looking for a rentel with a private pool in the area any recomandations? (maybe at the Vancouver island)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: normathej on July 20, 2017, 11:48:48 AM
Sea to Sky Gondola or Peak to Peak in Whistler?

Shannon Falls or Brandywine Falls?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 20, 2017, 05:03:09 PM
Anybody been to the Lighthouse park?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on July 20, 2017, 05:15:54 PM
Sea to Sky Gondola or Peak to Peak in Whistler?
We enjoyed Peak to Peak, not sure if that helps
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: jmz on July 20, 2017, 07:07:55 PM
Planing to be there August 7-10. So far I grabbed 1 seat CX F (1A). hope it will open another seat booked with BA. Looking for a rentel with a private pool in the area any recomandations? (maybe at the Vancouver island)
I've been looking for the same type of lodging for the following week. If you have any luck maybe you can share.
Thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tov hashem on July 20, 2017, 08:08:55 PM
I've been looking for the same type of lodging for the following week. If you have any luck maybe you can share.
Thanks
I booked 2 nights at fairmont pacific rim and for one night I would like to stay at AIRBNB kind
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on July 23, 2017, 10:04:19 PM
Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles, USA for only $180 CAD roundtrip
http://ift.tt/2tstWrZ
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: elya on July 24, 2017, 05:27:19 PM
Was it someone here that just snagged the last 2 CX F seats JFK-YVR on 8/6, while I was on the phone with a BA agent processing the upgrade?!?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 24, 2017, 05:37:03 PM
Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles, USA for only $180 CAD roundtrip
http://ift.tt/2tstWrZ
Airfare deals belong in "Up In The Air"
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tov hashem on July 24, 2017, 08:48:15 PM
Was it someone here that just snagged the last 2 CX F seats JFK-YVR on 8/6, while I was on the phone with a BA agent processing the upgrade?!?
im actually trying to get 8/7. Does it mean that tomorrow will 8/7 become avail.?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: normathej on August 04, 2017, 10:40:52 AM
Flying J on CX 889.  How much before the flight do you need to be at the airport?  Is there a separate security line for business?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 27, 2017, 06:00:57 AM
Visiting YVR for the first time now, what a beautiful place. staying for the week. so far weather is amazing, whale watching was really cool, and shabbos at theKollel (above maple grill) was very chilled and nice and the food was good too. I think i would live here if they didn't have such foolish alcohol policies (seems u can only get at liquor stores, and they have pretty strange selections and like a 12% tax on top of everything).
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: smaxber on October 01, 2017, 03:19:24 PM
Using awardhacker.com
JFK-YVR
I see that flying on SQ is better mileage than Cathay.
Any special business/first class opportunities on SQ like Dan writes about Cathay?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: nobiggy on October 01, 2017, 03:23:24 PM
Using awardhacker.com
JFK-YVR
I see that flying on SQ is better mileage than Cathay.
Any special business/first class opportunities on SQ like Dan writes about Cathay?
The only thing you can begin to compare would be on AC from EWR which is lie flat non-stop.

Then again who would choose AC over CX in J and especially if you want F.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on December 27, 2017, 06:43:30 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?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 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.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals 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?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shauly 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?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz 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
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SLMYRCB 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).
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.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb 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?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: SLMYRCB 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.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar 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?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan 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.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar 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?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz 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.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz 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. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 16, 2018, 05:18:02 PM
anyone ever flew on Philippines airline?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 22, 2018, 01:51:24 AM
In whistler -4 season or fairmont ?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 22, 2018, 03:04:06 AM
In whistler -4 season or fairmont ?
Do you want 5 star or 4 star?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on May 23, 2018, 12:57:10 AM
Do you want 5 star or 4 star?

A higher rating doesnít always equal better
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 05, 2018, 02:10:45 PM
Are either Vancouver/Whistler or Banff/Jasper good trips if bringing a 1 year old along? I haven't read up on them, so just looking for a general consensus - are these places mostly nature hikes (seems that way from TR pics)?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 05, 2018, 02:41:24 PM
Are either Vancouver/Whistler or Banff/Jasper good trips if bringing a 1 year old along? I haven't read up on them, so just looking for a general consensus - are these places mostly nature hikes (seems that way from TR pics)?
Vancouver/Whistler is definitely more kid friendly, than Banff/Jasper. That being said I have done both with kids and we had a great time.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: cholent on June 25, 2018, 11:41:14 PM
Does it make sense to do Vancouver with an infant, or are we not going to be able to do anything?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 26, 2018, 12:03:17 AM
Does it make sense to do Vancouver with an infant, or are we not going to be able to do anything?
I did it. Though we flew CX F/J for free thanks to BMI:
https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/trip-notes/trip-notes-vancouver/
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on June 27, 2018, 08:36:37 PM
How many AA miles is CX JFK-YVR in J, 30 or 37.5?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 27, 2018, 09:01:28 PM
How many AA miles is CX JFK-YVR in J, 30 or 37.5?

37.5 in J
50 in F
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on June 28, 2018, 11:02:14 AM
Does United Plan B still work? The only availability for dates I want are 32.5K on United..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on June 28, 2018, 11:17:21 AM
Also, if anyone has any input on how the following Vancouver hotels stack up against each other I would greatly appreciate it!

 Pacific Rim
 Westin Bayshore
 Westin Grand
 Marriott Pinnacle
 JW
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on June 28, 2018, 11:22:57 AM
Also, if anyone has any input on how the following Vancouver hotels stack up against each other I would greatly appreciate it!

 Pacific Rim
 Westin Bayshore
 Westin Grand
 Marriott Pinnacle
 JW

My favorite is the Fairmont Pacific Rim.   The JW Marriott Parq is beautiful but I prefer the location of the others....even though downtown Vancouver is a great walking city. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 05, 2018, 08:59:18 PM
Anywhere downtown have shabbos meals like the kolel does?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: elya on July 05, 2018, 10:40:13 PM
Also, if anyone has any input on how the following Vancouver hotels stack up against each other I would greatly appreciate it!

 Pacific Rim
 Westin Bayshore
 Westin Grand
 Marriott Pinnacle
 JW
Definitely Pacific Rim.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 06, 2018, 01:26:59 AM
Also, if anyone has any input on how the following Vancouver hotels stack up against each other I would greatly appreciate it!

 Pacific Rim
 Westin Bayshore
 Westin Grand
 Marriott Pinnacle
 JW
I have only been to Vancouver once, stayed at the JW, liked it a lot, sorry did not try the other hotels .
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on July 08, 2018, 06:46:29 PM
I have only been to Vancouver once, stayed at the JW, liked it a lot, sorry did not try the other hotels .
Thanks- is the location ideal? Itís like $500 usd or 13k Spg...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 08, 2018, 10:31:56 PM
Thanks- is the location ideal? Itís like $500 usd or 13k Spg...
Yes good location, easy access to  the marinas and waterfront, and within walking distance of downtown, Chinatown, Gastown,Yaletown .
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on July 09, 2018, 11:01:19 AM
Yes good location, easy access to  the marinas and waterfront, and within walking distance of downtown, Chinatown, Gastown,Yaletown .

Thanks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 09, 2018, 11:13:19 AM
Anywhere downtown have shabbos meals like the kolel does?
bump
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 16, 2018, 10:33:34 AM
bump
don't think so.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 16, 2018, 04:13:59 PM
Anywhere downtown have shabbos meals like the kolel does?
ask chabad at cafe 41, i think they have a big kiddush at least.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: GAM Z. on July 16, 2018, 05:28:52 PM
Are there any hotels that are near minyanim and kosher food?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 16, 2018, 09:31:17 PM
Are there any hotels that are near minyanim and kosher food?
yes most of the downtown hotels are.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: GAM Z. on July 16, 2018, 09:48:24 PM
yes most of the downtown hotels are.
Thanks
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 20, 2018, 11:54:41 AM
Has anyone done Vancouver on Shabbos with a baby? What did you do about no Eruv?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 20, 2018, 12:12:52 PM
Has anyone done Vancouver on Shabbos with a baby? What did you do about no Eruv?
ask anyone who lives in brooklyn ;D
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on July 22, 2018, 03:41:44 PM
Below are the following activities Iím looking to do in Vancouver & whistler, any recommendations tips, & input will be  greatly appreciated:

In Vancouver:
whale watching on a Zodiac from Vancouver (not Victoria).

In whistler:
1- class 4 rafting
2- Zip Line
3- atv
4- seaplane tour
5- glacier climbing
6- rock climbing


Thank you!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 22, 2018, 03:59:19 PM
Has anyone done Vancouver on Shabbos with a baby? What did you do about no Eruv?
there is an eruv, though if u NEED to stay in a hotel outside the eruv thats an issue. there are great cheap airbnb's near thekollel (where they have minyanim and meals above maple grill), and iirc the holiday inn further down the block is also within the eruv. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1lvDpkRo5LvxYoHtnPy4197dw8UU&ll=49.25148992717316%2C-123.13754705344235&z=14
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 22, 2018, 05:22:43 PM
there is an eruv, though if u NEED to stay in a hotel outside the eruv thats an issue. there are great cheap airbnb's near thekollel (where they have minyanim and meals above maple grill), and iirc the holiday inn further down the block is also within the eruv. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1lvDpkRo5LvxYoHtnPy4197dw8UU&ll=49.25148992717316%2C-123.13754705344235&z=14
Thanks, since I posted that I found out about the kollel. When I said no eruv, I was referring to downtown, as I hadn't considered staying in the community. I hadn't seen any Airbnb under $250 for my dates. But thanks for the Holiday Inn info - it is in the Eruv! It hasn't come up in my searches. Oh boo, no availability.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 23, 2018, 11:28:40 AM
Thanks, since I posted that I found out about the kollel. When I said no eruv, I was referring to downtown, as I hadn't considered staying in the community. I hadn't seen any Airbnb under $250 for my dates. But thanks for the Holiday Inn info - it is in the Eruv! It hasn't come up in my searches. Oh boo, no availability.
what are your dates? we stayed here for bupkis and it was just what we needed, a few blocks from thekollel (but no availability in the next month or so) https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14568192?wl_source=list&wl_id=199288103&role=wishlist_owner&guests=6&adults=6&children=0&infants=0
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 24, 2018, 12:13:28 PM
what are your dates? we stayed here for bupkis and it was just what we needed, a few blocks from thekollel (but no availability in the next month or so) https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14568192?wl_source=list&wl_id=199288103&role=wishlist_owner&guests=6&adults=6&children=0&infants=0
August, so that won't work.

@Ergel my trip would be the same days of the week as yours (Weds night flight, return Monday night). Did your trip work out well in regards to the itinerary you posted? Looking back, would you still do Vancouver before Shabbos and Whistler afterwards or perhaps swap?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 24, 2018, 01:09:01 PM
Definitely wouldn't swap. When would you go to Whistler? In the middle of the night Wednesday? Or Thursday morning and then have to come back right before shabbos?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 24, 2018, 01:31:25 PM
Definitely wouldn't swap. When would you go to Whistler? In the middle of the night Wednesday? Or Thursday morning and then have to come back right before shabbos?
Fair point. The long drive from Whistler to the airport is what made me just double check that it's the right option, but maybe we can stop in Vancouver for dinner on the way to the airport to help break up the drive.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 24, 2018, 02:05:22 PM
Below are the following activities Iím looking to do in Vancouver & whistler, any recommendations tips, & input will be  greatly appreciated:

In Vancouver:
whale watching on a Zodiac from Vancouver (not Victoria).

In whistler:
1- class 4 rafting
2- Zip Line
3- atv
4- seaplane tour
5- glacier climbing
6- rock climbing


Thank you!
Why donít you do the seaplane tour of downtown Vancouver. This way you have one less thing to do. In whistler. I did it, and it was great, never did the Whistler one though...

ETA IIRC it was cheaper as well.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 24, 2018, 05:56:44 PM
Why donít you do the seaplane tour of downtown Vancouver. This way you have one less thing to do. In whistler. I did it, and it was great, never did the Whistler one though...

ETA IIRC it was cheaper as well.
The seaplane tour is nice and fun.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 25, 2018, 02:24:57 PM
Hmm... any help?

0 Fairmont Rooms available at any Fairmont.
No points availability at any SPG, HR, Marriott other than 80k at Douglas Autograph Collection.

Suggestions of use Amex FHR and other sites are drawing blanks as prices for these hotels are still over $400.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 25, 2018, 02:50:47 PM
Hmm... any help?

0 Fairmont Rooms available at any Fairmont.
No points availability at any SPG, HR, Marriott other than 80k at Douglas Autograph Collection.

Suggestions of use Amex FHR and other sites are drawing blanks as prices for these hotels are still over $400.
Which nights? I may have an extra points reservation 8/23-8/26.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 25, 2018, 02:54:26 PM
Which nights? I may have an extra points reservation 8/23-8/26.
Week before that, but thank you for the kind offer.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on July 25, 2018, 04:14:55 PM
Week before that, but thank you for the kind offer.

check airbnb?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on July 26, 2018, 04:19:59 PM
Hmm... any help?

0 Fairmont Rooms available at any Fairmont.
No points availability at any SPG, HR, Marriott other than 80k at Douglas Autograph Collection.

Suggestions of use Amex FHR and other sites are drawing blanks as prices for these hotels are still over $400.
Whistler is half that price, but for Vancouver I am using Spg 50% off rack rate which ends up at 375 usd all in Plus Getting 60 Back from amex offers..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on July 26, 2018, 04:21:25 PM
Why donít you do the seaplane tour of downtown Vancouver. This way you have one less thing to do. In whistler. I did it, and it was great, never did the Whistler one though...

ETA IIRC it was cheaper as well.
Thanks, but think I rather whistler
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on July 26, 2018, 04:57:48 PM
Hmm... any help?

0 Fairmont Rooms available at any Fairmont.
No points availability at any SPG, HR, Marriott other than 80k at Douglas Autograph Collection.

Suggestions of use Amex FHR and other sites are drawing blanks as prices for these hotels are still over $400.
I got a good rate at the Four Seasons Vancouver. PM me if you'd like info of the guy who helped me.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 26, 2018, 09:48:42 PM
Whistler is half that price, but for Vancouver I am using Spg 50% off rack rate which ends up at 375 usd all in Plus Getting 60 Back from amex offers..
How do you get 50% off SPG?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 26, 2018, 10:52:39 PM
How do you get 50% off SPG?
+1 Please explain?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 26, 2018, 11:03:20 PM
SPG50 of course.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 26, 2018, 11:20:17 PM
Thanks. No SPG50 available for my dates. Fortunately found room at the Sheraton on points (had to search 1 night at a time...) and at the Douglas autograph collection. 16k spg vs. 13k spg. But it's a mistake to stay on that side of town right? I want to rather be on the Vancouver Harbor side of town?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 26, 2018, 11:23:32 PM
SPG50 of course.
Another thing to say bye to in August...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 26, 2018, 11:24:24 PM
Another thing to say bye to in August...
SPG was great while it lasted :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 26, 2018, 11:25:55 PM
Why are Aug 14-16 blackout dates at FPR? Something so exciting happening in Vancouver that week?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on July 27, 2018, 12:24:05 AM
Why are Aug 14-16 blackout dates at FPR? Something so exciting happening in Vancouver that week?

Itís blacked out Aug 13-16.  Probably due to big conferences at the convention center.  Guessing this one:     https://s2018.siggraph.org/conference/
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 27, 2018, 07:21:42 AM
Itís blacked out Aug 13-16.  Probably due to big conferences at the convention center.  Guessing this one:     https://s2018.siggraph.org/conference/
Thanks, that's a much better answer than the guy at the hotel - you'd have to call corporate headquarters to find out why it's blacked out. ???
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 27, 2018, 11:45:28 AM
Thanks. No SPG50 available for my dates. Fortunately found room at the Sheraton on points (had to search 1 night at a time...) and at the Douglas autograph collection. 16k spg vs. 13k spg. But it's a mistake to stay on that side of town right? I want to rather be on the Vancouver Harbor side of town?
the sheraton wall centre is great (esp if u can convince them to give u club access if maybe u reserved with your bus spg now before the changes). try to get a high floor and u can see everything.
I got a good rate at the Four Seasons Vancouver. PM me if you'd like info of the guy who helped me.
note there is also an amex offer for four seasons i think...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 27, 2018, 02:19:03 PM
the sheraton wall centre is great (esp if u can convince them to give u club access if maybe u reserved with your bus spg now before the changes). try to get a high floor and u can see everything.
Thank you! That makes me more comfortable. Will still keep an eye on other options.

Did you find that you were far from the main activities - the park, sea wall, harbor?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 29, 2018, 01:43:03 AM
Thank you! That makes me more comfortable. Will still keep an eye on other options.

Did you find that you were far from the main activities - the park, sea wall, harbor?
i had a car so no. drove wherever i wanted to go and parked. went on a seaplane, the park etc.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on July 29, 2018, 10:31:18 AM
the sheraton wall centre is great (esp if u can convince them to give u club access if maybe u reserved with your bus spg now before the changes). try to get a high floor and u can see everything.  note there is also an amex offer for four seasons i think...
Did you ever check out the Bayshore to compare the 2?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 29, 2018, 11:01:02 AM
i had a car so no. drove wherever i wanted to go and parked. went on a seaplane, the park etc.
I plan on a car also, just don't know what to expect with parking (is street parking a possibility or everywhere needs a lot?).
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on July 29, 2018, 10:03:29 PM
I plan on a car also, just don't know what to expect with parking (is street parking a possibility or everywhere needs a lot?).
street parking was accessible
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 30, 2018, 02:28:06 AM
Did you ever check out the Bayshore to compare the 2?
I did. The bayshore is all about location.... Wall centre was very nicely redone about 4 years ago, very nice downtown hotel just not on the water.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on July 30, 2018, 01:06:36 PM
We are a family of 9 heading to Vancouver from August 16 - August 23.  Ages range from mid-60s (good shape, and can hike moderate but not strenuous) to 2 years old.  So looking for tips for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (and for an easy day Friday)

We have nothing specific planned but want to do Whistler, Victoria and Grouse Mountain.  I would like to turn each of these into a full day - so I am looking for stuff to do not only at these places but on the way.  We would like to include two moderate hikes.  Suggestions?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 30, 2018, 02:31:43 PM
We are a family of 9 heading to Vancouver from August 16 - August 23.  Ages range from mid-60s (good shape, and can hike moderate but not strenuous) to 2 years old.  So looking for tips for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (and for an easy day Friday)

We have nothing specific planned but want to do Whistler, Victoria and Grouse Mountain.  I would like to turn each of these into a full day - so I am looking for stuff to do not only at these places but on the way.  We would like to include two moderate hikes.  Suggestions?

check out my TR I think it will help .
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 30, 2018, 07:51:12 PM
I did. The bayshore is all about location.... Wall centre was very nicely redone about 4 years ago, very nice downtown hotel just not on the water.
yeah in my informal review of every picture available online of the two i found the sheraton wall nicer and updated. we got a junior suite that was great (paid up a few extra points), and if u can get club room (we got with spg business pre aug 1) thats a big plus too, lots of kosher goodies plus drinks/fruits etc.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 01, 2018, 05:24:37 PM
Anything to do in Victoria besides the gardens?
Is it worth wasting a day for the boat ride and the gardens?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 01, 2018, 05:33:50 PM
Anything to do in Victoria besides the gardens?
Is it worth wasting a day for the boat ride and the gardens?

taking the boat ride by it self is Amazing and the views is breathtaking . I did not have time to go to Victoria but I went to a other island and I would do it again if I come back
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 01, 2018, 11:02:24 PM
yeah in my informal review of every picture available online of the two i found the sheraton wall nicer and updated. we got a junior suite that was great (paid up a few extra points), and if u can get club room (we got with spg business pre aug 1) thats a big plus too, lots of kosher goodies plus drinks/fruits etc.
That can still be done it just depends on your sweet talking skills. I stayed in one of the the club level suites, for the same 12k points...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on August 01, 2018, 11:16:42 PM
taking the boat ride by it self is Amazing and the views is breathtaking . I did not have time to go to Victoria but I went to a other island and I would do it again if I come back
Which island if I may ask? What did you like the most about it? I know the boat ride is amazing, we enjoyed it especially our children, at the time my twins were 15 , and they had a great time.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 01, 2018, 11:41:29 PM
Please share. Victoria seems like a nice place (nice looking Westin) but an expensive ferry and expensive gardens.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 02, 2018, 10:18:19 AM
Which island if I may ask? What did you like the most about it? I know the boat ride is amazing, we enjoyed it especially our children, at the time my twins were 15 , and they had a great time.

check out my TR
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 02, 2018, 01:49:00 PM
So gondolas, suspension bridges... which one/how many?

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge - free
Grouse Mountain Gondola - $56
Capilano Suspension Bridge - $47
Sea to Sky Gondola & Suspension Bridge - $42

Based on most reviews, I've written off Capilano. Is there a point to do Lynn + Grouse and also do Sea to Sky? Are the views so different that it's worth doing both?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on August 02, 2018, 02:13:04 PM
check out my TR
Will do, thanks.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: emak on August 02, 2018, 02:24:18 PM
So gondolas, suspension bridges... which one/how many?

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge - free
Grouse Mountain Gondola - $56
Capilano Suspension Bridge - $47
Sea to Sky Gondola & Suspension Bridge - $42

Based on most reviews, I've written off Capilano. Is there a point to do Lynn + Grouse and also do Sea to Sky? Are the views so different that it's worth doing both?
We did the Lynn Canyon and loved it. Don't know about the other ones. There's also an area by the bridge to go hiking and check out the falls.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 02, 2018, 03:51:57 PM
So gondolas, suspension bridges... which one/how many?

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge - free
Grouse Mountain Gondola - $56
Capilano Suspension Bridge - $47
Sea to Sky Gondola & Suspension Bridge - $42

Based on most reviews, I've written off Capilano. Is there a point to do Lynn + Grouse and also do Sea to Sky? Are the views so different that it's worth doing both?

I think this place is a waste of time Grouse Mountain Gondola - $56
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 02, 2018, 03:53:56 PM
So gondolas, suspension bridges... which one/how many?

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge - free
Grouse Mountain Gondola - $56
Capilano Suspension Bridge - $47
Sea to Sky Gondola & Suspension Bridge - $42

Based on most reviews, I've written off Capilano. Is there a point to do Lynn + Grouse and also do Sea to Sky? Are the views so different that it's worth doing both?
It's two totally different mountains that are 1.5 hours away. I mean, have you been to Switzerland, why do you need to go see another mountain?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 02, 2018, 04:09:32 PM
I think this place is a waste of time .
Which place? I listed a few in that post.

It's two totally different mountains that are 1.5 hours away. I mean, have you been to Switzerland, why do you need to go see another mountain?
Did you do both? 45 min (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Grouse+Mountain,+Nancy+Greene+Way,+North+Vancouver,+BC,+Canada/Sea+to+Sky+Gondola+(WB),+Squamish,+BC,+Canada/@49.5042237,-123.4666639,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x54866f8566eb3e37:0x4d63448ce84b46f6!2m2!1d-123.0994869!2d49.3722894!1m5!1m1!1s0x5486f7fde98472b7:0x245c533e1e5d687c!2m2!1d-123.157802!2d49.6755515!3e0), btw. :P

I plan on doing P2P in Whistler. I understand there's a difference in seeing the views up in the mountains (Whistler) vs. Grouse where you see views of the city and ocean. Where does Sea to Sky fall? Is it mountains or city or something else? If it's the same as either, then I would say regards to Swiss, I wouldn't go up 2 different Alps on the same trip specifically to see the views. But 4 years after going up an Alp, I would go up another mountain in Canada.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 02, 2018, 04:19:45 PM
We didn't do sea 2 sky. We ended up doing white water rafting instead (which was a complete bust).
Also didn't do peak 2 peak in Whistler (the entire mountain was shrowded in a huge cloud, almost went over to the information desk to ask them if they knew where I could find a mountain). We went ATVing instead which was a lot of fun
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 02, 2018, 04:34:07 PM
Lynn and Capilano are both cool.
Capilano is more crowded and has more to do, treetop courses, etc.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 02, 2018, 04:34:33 PM
We ended up doing white water rafting instead (which was a complete bust).
What happened?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 02, 2018, 04:50:25 PM
(the entire mountain was shrowded in a huge cloud, almost went over to the information desk to ask them if they knew where I could find a mountain).
I saw this upthread, lol. Seems like it's hard to find someone who has done all these gondolas to compare. I know a local, will ask them.

Lynn and Capilano are both cool.
Capilano is more crowded and has more to do, treetop courses, etc.
Right, so I'd do Lynn, unless it just makes sense to skip Grouse/Lynn and do Sea2Sky which has gondola and a suspension bridge for cheaper than Capilano. But even if I decide to do Lynn/Grouse, I'd also like to go to UBC Gardens which has a treewalk as well for a couple of bucks on Groupon.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 02, 2018, 05:06:52 PM
But even if I decide to do Lynn/Grouse, I'd also like to go to UBC Gardens which has a treewalk as well for a couple of bucks on Groupon.
Sounds good to me.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 02, 2018, 05:55:37 PM
What happened?
Scratch that, just found our trip notes,
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We drove up to Squamish and went White Water Rafting with Canadian Outback. It was definitely the
most organized and informative trip we ever went on. It was fun and we had a great guide-Graham and
of course everyone wanted to know about religious Judaism thanks to my skirt. The scenery was unreal
and it was a very worthwhile trip.

It was in Scotland where we had the bad experience
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on August 02, 2018, 11:49:32 PM
Scratch that, just found our trip notes,
It was in Scotland where we had the bad experience

Thinking of doing Squamish- how were the rapids? Did you do class 4?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on August 02, 2018, 11:51:56 PM
Anyone do the whale watching from Victoria or Vancouver? Any place to recommend/avoid?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on August 02, 2018, 11:55:08 PM
Scratch that, just found our trip notes,
It was in Scotland where we had the bad experience
did you make a TR? I donít see it in the wiki. Which atv tour did you do?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 03, 2018, 01:08:32 AM
Thinking of doing Squamish- how were the rapids? Did you do class 4?
That's the extent of my notes. Don't remember
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 03, 2018, 01:10:35 AM
Please share. Victoria seems like a nice place (nice looking Westin) but an expensive ferry and expensive gardens.
We did the ferry and gardens as a day trip from Vancouver, and or was a highlight of the of the whole trip.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 03, 2018, 01:12:44 AM
We are a family of 9 heading to Vancouver from August 16 - August 23.  Ages range from mid-60s (good shape, and can hike moderate but not strenuous) to 2 years old.  So looking for tips for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (and for an easy day Friday)

We have nothing specific planned but want to do Whistler, Victoria and Grouse Mountain.  I would like to turn each of these into a full day - so I am looking for stuff to do not only at these places but on the way.  We would like to include two moderate hikes.  Suggestions?
Rent bikes and ride around Stanley Park
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 03, 2018, 03:04:31 PM
Four Seasons closing down (or perhaps moving somewhere else).

https://theprovince.com/business/commercial-real-estate/vancouvers-four-seasons-hotel-will-be-closing-in-2020/wcm/eb6d0556-86fe-4486-8a83-9c680b570c47#link_time=1525285201
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on August 03, 2018, 03:12:53 PM
Four Seasons closing down (or perhaps moving somewhere else).

https://theprovince.com/business/commercial-real-estate/vancouvers-four-seasons-hotel-will-be-closing-in-2020/wcm/eb6d0556-86fe-4486-8a83-9c680b570c47#link_time=1525285201
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Yes, lost their lease.  Friend just stayed there. He said ďitís a dumpĒ.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 07, 2018, 04:36:42 PM
What do people do for a rental car if taking the CP flight with the car rental places seemingly being closed?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 07, 2018, 04:37:57 PM
What do people do for a rental car if taking the CP flight with the car rental places seemingly being closed?
Avis stays open till 1:30-2
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 07, 2018, 04:41:50 PM
Avis stays open till 1:30-2

So is Avis the only option.  Will other's stay open?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 07, 2018, 05:51:43 PM
Just spoke to Budget - they won't stay open past 1am.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 07, 2018, 07:49:57 PM
Just spoke to Budget - they won't stay open past 1am.

Alamo is open until 1:30 but seems to close...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 07, 2018, 11:16:41 PM
Alamo is open until 1:30 but seems to close...
I plan on taking a taxi to my hotel and picking up a car downtown the next day. Taxi will hopefully be quickest way to hotel (not dealing with getting a car rental), the cost should be a wash with hotel parking there night, and downtown rates are cheaper than airport rates because of airport taxes.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 08, 2018, 06:37:15 PM
I will say that I have never seen such expensive car rental rates in any city that I have ever rented a car.  Not only that but almost all the agencies are closed with the CP flight. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 08, 2018, 06:57:40 PM
I will say that I have never seen such expensive car rental rates in any city that I have ever rented a car.  Not only that but almost all the agencies are closed with the CP flight.
Most of the people here who took that flight seem to have used Avis. We just don't know what code they used.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 09, 2018, 07:22:30 PM
I will say that I have never seen such expensive car rental rates in any city that I have ever rented a car.  Not only that but almost all the agencies are closed with the CP flight.
Just bite the bullet and get the van!  :P
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 09, 2018, 11:47:30 PM
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I will say that I have never seen such expensive car rental rates in any city that I have ever rented a car.  Not only that but almost all the agencies are closed with the CP flight. 
i ended up renting from a place far from the airport (i took a cab to the avis) that had a cheaper rate, but that was during the day.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 10, 2018, 07:51:16 AM
Just bite the bullet and get the van!  :P

I did - but doesn't mean I can't grumble about it.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 22, 2018, 12:08:00 AM
I'm going to post a full 1 week itinerary when I have the time to write it up, but a strong warning (that maybe someone can add to a prominent place in the wiki) about traveling to Vancouver in August. It is apparently forest fire season in British Columbia. It makes for a very, very difficult time as the views (the main attraction here) are quite hampered. This year is the second worse ever but it seems that the last few years had similar issues (just not as bad). I wish someone had warned me, so consider yourself warned.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Square on August 22, 2018, 01:28:21 PM
We did the ferry and gardens as a day trip from Vancouver, and or was a highlight of the of the whole trip.

We did the same, and it was a day wasted for us.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 22, 2018, 03:06:02 PM
I'm going to post a full 1 week itinerary when I have the time to write it up, but a strong warning (that maybe someone can add to a prominent place in the wiki) about traveling to Vancouver in August. It is apparently forest fire season in British Columbia. It makes for a very, very difficult time as the views (the main attraction here) are quite hampered. This year is the second worse ever but it seems that the last few years had similar issues (just not as bad). I wish someone had warned me, so consider yourself warned.
From my research this doesn't happen often. Someone I know who lives there says it was only like this 3 times in the past 40 or so years. I agree it definitely hampered the trip, although thankfully I still had a great time last week despite not being able to do many of the highlight activities.

We did the same, and it was a day wasted for us.
Heard similar from a traveler last week. Crazy how it's hit or miss. My gut says the gardens are beautiful, but the trip becomes a long day and for someone who doesn't mind the commute, it's a great day, for those who aren't fans of the long boat rides and travelling on the island + the cost, it becomes a drag of a day.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 23, 2018, 04:15:53 PM
It is apparently forest fire season in British Columbia. It makes for a very, very difficult time as the views (the main attraction here) are quite hampered. This year is the second worse ever but it seems that the last few years had similar issues (just not as bad). I wish someone had warned me, so consider yourself warned.
i was there for a week end of august last year and had no mention or notice of forest fires, had a great time.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 24, 2018, 10:17:04 AM
I was there Aug 2016 I head nice weather all week .
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 24, 2018, 01:53:28 PM
I was there Aug 2016 I head nice weather all week .
i was there for a week end of august last year and had no mention or notice of forest fires, had a great time.

And this is precisely my point. On the Banff thread Aarony wrote that last year he had the same problem in August and Shiframeir didn't.  Someone who went two weeks ago was likely fine.

The point is exactly that. During forest fire season, because you never know which week may have zero visibility, you're taking a risk that is not the usual weather related risks.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on August 24, 2018, 06:12:57 PM
I'm going to post a full 1 week itinerary when I have the time to write it up, but a strong warning (that maybe someone can add to a prominent place in the wiki) about traveling to Vancouver in August. It is apparently forest fire season in British Columbia. It makes for a very, very difficult time as the views (the main attraction here) are quite hampered. This year is the second worse ever but it seems that the last few years had similar issues (just not as bad). I wish someone had warned me, so consider yourself warned.
Ditto! Iíve been wondering for a while why the fairmont/4 seasons are 200-300 a night in whistler during summer months while they are 800-1000 in banff.. now I know the answer..
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 26, 2018, 02:39:23 AM
Ditto! Iíve been wondering for a while why the fairmont/4 seasons are 200-300 a night in whistler during summer months while they are 800-1000 in banff.. now I know the answer..
It's cheap because it's off season as the main attraction in whistler is skiing in the winter
Banff had the same wild fire issues as whistler last week

I went 2 weeks ago and had beautiful weather and visibility
During the spring and fall they have lots of rain so July-Aug is still usually the best time to visit
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 26, 2018, 08:32:46 AM
There are at least a dozen TRs on DDF, and no one else mentioned having this issue. I think we just got back luck @Friars500 . @Suz can probably chime in as someone who spends a lot of summers in YVR.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 26, 2018, 08:34:52 AM
No fire issues in YVR in August 2012 or 2016 when we were there.
It was really cold and wet in 2016 though.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 26, 2018, 10:14:54 AM
No fire issues in YVR in August 2012 or 2016 when we were there.
It was really cold and wet in 2016 though.

Perhaps it was bad luck or perhaps it was the start of a new trend. I don't know but forest fires in BC have been an issue for some years and this not the first year this has been issue. Whether the fires effect Vancouver is probably a factor on precipitation in July/August, wind patterns and timing.  This is why Tzadik Nistar had no issue and @yehuda came a day after he left had issues. This is why I had a nice day in Squamish, the day after they actually closed the gondola due to visibility issues. I think early August is probably better than late August and if it rains in August (which it didn't this year), then there will probably be no issues.

My point is and remains that August is forest fire season in BC. If the conditions are like they were this year, your trip will be hampered and if you are like me, a person who saves miles each year to take a once in a year vacation to a nice place with his family, you may want to take into consideration and be forewarned. If you are a person who drops in and out of vacations or has miles to spare, it probably won't matter much.

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on August 26, 2018, 12:40:41 PM
There are at least a dozen TRs on DDF, and no one else mentioned having this issue. I think we just got back luck @Friars500 . @Suz can probably chime in as someone who spends a lot of summers in YVR.

Iíve been spending long summers (May-October 1) in Vancouver for 13 years and this year seems to have been the longest stretch of the bad air.  It hasnít been an every year occurrence as you can tell by other commenters.  Of course, itís not ideal if you are only here for a week but weather is unpredictable. 
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on August 27, 2018, 02:22:04 PM
Iíve been spending long summers (May-October 1) in Vancouver for 13 years and this year seems to have been the longest stretch of the bad air.  It hasnít been an every year occurrence as you can tell by other commenters.  Of course, itís not ideal if you are only here for a week but weather is unpredictable.

They kept telling me last yr was the worst since it was like that for almost a month (heard that from many different ppl there)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 27, 2018, 04:17:22 PM
They kept telling me last yr was the worst since it was like that for almost a month (heard that from many different ppl there)

Lol, because everyone keeps saying that this year is the worst. But that is my point, people just need to be aware of the possibility and make an informed decision. If you look at the Whistler webcams or the Sea to Sky webcams, just 96 hours after I left, it looks like it mostly cleared up and a week before I got there it was nice also.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Suz on August 27, 2018, 04:41:30 PM
Lol, because everyone keeps saying that this year is the worst. But that is my point, people just need to be aware of the possibility and make an informed decision. If you look at the Whistler webcams or the Sea to Sky webcams, just 96 hours after I left, it looks like it mostly cleared up and a week before I got there it was nice also.

Itís picture perfect beautiful today!  :D
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 27, 2018, 08:30:14 PM
Lol, because everyone keeps saying that this year is the worst. But that is my point, people just need to be aware of the possibility and make an informed decision. If you look at the Whistler webcams or the Sea to Sky webcams, just 96 hours after I left, it looks like it mostly cleared up and a week before I got there it was nice also.
Wow the webcams are awesome today. I want to go back :P
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread,
Post by: Suz on August 27, 2018, 11:08:18 PM
Wow the webcams are awesome today. I want to go back :P

Yes, you would have loved it today.  Perfect! 
Give Vancouver another try.  :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 28, 2018, 11:30:02 AM
Well Forest Fires or not - this was our trip - and it was nice.  I had just heard so many nice things about the beauty it was very tough with the poor visibility.  Had a large group of 10, ages ranged from 68 - 2, so for those with babies or children (or seniors) this is a very doable itinerary.  For those who want a little more intense hiking, do the High Note hike in Whistler or the Panorama Ridge Hike in Lake Garibaldi in between Whistler and Squamish.

We thoroughly enjoyed Maple Grill, Ominitsky for sandwiches and Cafe 41 for everything we ate there (surprisingly very good pizza).  We brought along our own food for shabbos (supplemented by Ominitsky) and I had grilled hamburgers for dinner on our Victoria day because it's late.   

Also, for those on Cathay Pacific, YVR car rentals do close at their designated times and even if they promise to stay open, may actually not.  Read the reviews of YVR car rental places, I have never seen worse reviews of a Budget franchise and my FIL was hit with a "cut in the tire" bs line.  Alamo, would not stay open past their time for me and Avis although promising they would, left anyway (yes, they did make it up to me with a significant discount on the rental).

Friday

UBC Botanical Gardens with Treetop walk
Aquarium + Stanley Park (Walk to Totem Poles from aquarium and then just around a little). *Tip, if you park right near the aquarium and then walk to the Totem Poles, it's only a 12 minute walk.  However, the edge of the parking lot, which you need to drive to anyway to get out of the aquarium parking lot, is usually empty and only a five minute walk to the poles.

Shabbos

Walked around Queen Elizabeth Park.

Sunday

Grouse Mountain (Gondola up, view of Vancouver, several shows including a really good lumberjack show and birds demonstration, nature walk, chairlift to an even higher peak)
Suggested timing to get all in (Summer 2018 Schedule) -
Arrive at Grouse around 10 take Gondola up
10:45 - Owl Interpretive Session (25 minutes)
11:15 - Lumberjack Show (40 minutes) (cute and funny)
12:15 - Ranger Talk about the Wildlife refuge and 2 Bears they have there (kind of boring)- quick snack time (not lunch)/ or Chairlift up
1:00 - Guided Eco Walk (45 Minutes)
Eat lunch in the Pollinator Gardens - general free time
3:15 - Birds in motion demonstration (really good)
4:00 - finish up anything that caught our fancy and head down gondola

Capilano Salmon Hatchery - Kids enjoyed.

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and Hikes (this one is free compared to Capilano Suspension Bridge).

Maple Grill for dinner - very good food, but overwhelmed by amount of tourist (reservation did not help).

Monday

Victoria Island - Boat Ferry to Island, Miniature World, Walk around Downtown Victoria, Drive by Canada's oldest shul).
Butchart Gardens - a truly beautiful and magnificent Botanical Garden (and not redundant to UBC).  Ferry back to Vancouver, ate dinner on ferry (grilled burgers we had brought).

Tuesday

Squamish Area - Drove via Highway 99, also known as the Sea to Sky Highway to Sea to Sky Gondola area. Their parking lot also leads to Shanon Falls, which we did first. Then we took Gondola up and walked the suspension bridge. From there we did the Ridge Loop very short hike.  Then group did the Panorama Lookout Hike. After that, some of the group did the Wonderland Lake hike, while others rested in the main area which included a play area for the baby.

After Sea to Sky area, we drove back towards Vancouver but stopped at the Britannia Mine, which was enjoyable for both adults and children.

Cafe 41 Dinner (we took out).

Wednesday

Whistler - note Whistler is further north than Squamish. It probably makes sense to stay over night between Squamish and Whistler, rather than drive back to Vancouver and then come back another day.

Whistler Village walk around
Gondola up. Suspension Bridge and several hikes (there is snow in pockets of the mountain (even is summer) so go have a snowball fight!).  Peak to Peak (several hikes option on other peak, Blackcomb).
After we went down, Bike ridding around Village.


Thursday

Granville Island - kids water park (free) and interesting shops to walk around. Nice, small indoor kids zone.  Also a place to buy from these stores souvenirs for trip.

Also, be sure to check out the Granville Island Brewery. They do tours (10 bucks) or just tastings for rather cheap.

Cafe 41 for lunch and across the street to Ominitsky's to pick up sandwiches for plane ride back.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 28, 2018, 01:30:05 PM
I haven't read the whole thing, but I thought Cafe 41 was TERRIBLE, including the pizza. Wow, such an opposite experience. Haha. This must be like Red Heifer in Cancun - people having completely opposite experiences.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 28, 2018, 01:36:50 PM
I haven't read the whole thing, but I thought Cafe 41 was TERRIBLE, including the pizza. Wow, such an opposite experience. Haha. This must be like Red Heifer in Cancun - people having completely opposite experiences.

To be clear, Cafe 41 had a thick dough pizza and saltier taste in the dough and cheese. Both of which are plusses to my group. If someone is a thin crust, sweet tasting type, then they will likely hate it.

Soup and sandwiches were good. Mac and cheese ok. Salmon was ok but small portion. Salad tasted like leaves and vegetables should and was a big portion.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 28, 2018, 01:56:49 PM
To be clear, Cafe 41 had a thick dough pizza and saltier taste in the dough and cheese. Both of which are plusses to my group. If someone is a thin crust, sweet tasting type, then they will likely hate it.

Soup and sandwiches were good. Mac and cheese ok. Salmon was ok but small portion. Salad tasted like leaves and vegetables should and was a big portion.
we LOVED cafe 41, thought pizza was really a "camp" pizza for those that remember, not a classic pizza store pizza.  For next time, dont go to maple grill sunday night, go to cafe 41 which was rarely full for dinner. maple for weeknights :)
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 29, 2018, 11:07:17 AM
To be clear, Cafe 41 had a thick dough pizza and saltier taste in the dough and cheese. Both of which are plusses to my group. If someone is a thin crust, sweet tasting type, then they will likely hate it.

Soup and sandwiches were good. Mac and cheese ok. Salmon was ok but small portion. Salad tasted like leaves and vegetables should and was a big portion.
Finished the TR - nice job! Can't believe you drove back and forth to Sea-to-Sea and then back to Whistler, but I understand the appeal of staying in the same place the whole trip.

TR to come, but the smoothie had 0 flavor, the mac n cheese had also barely any flavor, the cheese wasn't melted on the pizza, although yes, otherwise it wasn't the dish that made me say "terrible". The fries were the only good food. Enjoyed Nava much better.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on August 30, 2018, 04:38:28 PM
Finished the TR - nice job! Can't believe you drove back and forth to Sea-to-Sea and then back to Whistler, but I understand the appeal of staying in the same place the whole trip.

TR to come, but the smoothie had 0 flavor, the mac n cheese had also barely any flavor, the cheese wasn't melted on the pizza, although yes, otherwise it wasn't the dish that made me say "terrible". The fries were the only good food. Enjoyed Nava much better.

TR coming hopefully next week, and i happened to have enjoyed the restaurant but I want to make a point that so often is overlooked on this forum/dansdeals website: when you go out of town, the Kosher food options are not being provided by large businesses but small mom& pop shops that are typically some families only parnasa and they are prob bearly getting by even if they are ďsuccessfulĒ. When ppl start bashing eateries because they werenít a fan they should take pause and realize this is someoneís reputation and livelihood your affecting. Iím not saying you have to say it was good and you loved it but language like terrible/disgusting and horrible service I think should be toned down.

Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on August 30, 2018, 04:39:39 PM
TR coming hopefully next week, and i happened to have enjoyed the restaurant but I want to make a point that so often is overlooked on this forum/dansdeals website: when you go out of town, the Kosher food options are not being provided by large businesses but small mom& pop shops that are typically some families only parnasa and they are prob bearly getting by even if they are ďsuccessfulĒ. When ppl start bashing eateries because they werenít a fan they should take pause and realize this is someoneís reputation and livelihood your affecting. Iím not saying you have to say it was good and you loved it but language like terrible/disgusting and horrible service I think should be toned down.
And for the record I am not in the restaurant business, am a big foody and have 100 Kosher places in my 5 mike radius so this was not a plug of any sort
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 30, 2018, 04:59:51 PM
As someone who grew up in a smaller NJ community with a few restaurants and married an out of town girl from a place with 2 restaurants, I disagree with the idea that they get a pass for having bad food/service. How did my local pizza and chinese store serve great food even though it's a small community? Maybe I could have used nicer words like "we didn't like the food". But I was more willing to speak the way I did because it's not like there's only 1 option. Vancouver has a lot of Kosher options for an "out of town place", including having 2 dairy options next door to each other! One was simply much better than the other. I am not a foodie, nor am I a NYer trying to be mean and not understanding of an OOT restaurant. I just don't see how someone can recommend this place over the other. (Unless it really is like Red Heifer - completely different experiences every time you go in.)

I also don't get your other point, restaurants are people's parnassas even in NYC.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on August 30, 2018, 06:28:30 PM
As someone who grew up in a smaller NJ community with a few restaurants and married an out of town girl from a place with 2 restaurants, I disagree with the idea that they get a pass for having bad food/service. How did my local pizza and chinese store serve great food even though it's a small community? Maybe I could have used nicer words like "we didn't like the food". But I was more willing to speak the way I did because it's not like there's only 1 option. Vancouver has a lot of Kosher options for an "out of town place", including having 2 dairy options next door to each other! One was simply much better than the other. I am not a foodie, nor am I a NYer trying to be mean and not understanding of an OOT restaurant. I just don't see how someone can recommend this place over the other. (Unless it really is like Red Heifer - completely different experiences every time you go in.)

I also don't get your other point, restaurants are people's parnassas even in NYC.

I didnít mean to single you out I was saying more as a general concept that ppl should realize that since this a public travel forum your words will impact others decision and since a lot of these establishments rely on tourist for their income (and yes Vancouver has many food options but still a small local community) ppl shouldnít just flippantly knock a place.. As for nyc I donít think a place like reserves cut will give a damn if you say their food isnít good because you have hundreds of other reviews online to contest you but not so in a random place. I think there is also a distinction between some places that take advantage of being the only option and therefore serve crap and give you attitude/charge a fortune vs some lady or Israeli guy that just doesnít make a good falafel..

For the record Iím personally not a fan of Manalipan/Elizabeth Chinese but clearly there are a difference of opinions (my point exactly)😀
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on September 03, 2018, 05:13:45 PM
Happen to not be a fan of their pizza but e/t else was spot on, IME 2 years ago and end of August this year.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on September 03, 2018, 10:45:54 PM
Happen to not be a fan of their pizza but e/t else was spot on, IME 2 years ago and end of August this year.

Welcome back - sorry I missed you - our planes probably flew right by each other!!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on September 03, 2018, 11:59:33 PM
Welcome back - sorry I missed you - our planes probably flew right by each other!!
Lol.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Berry6 on November 12, 2018, 07:21:44 PM
To whoever recommendEd Sabra grill, their shwarma was underwhelming. Bakery was a strength. Try the Nanaimo bar if you go.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: DTM on December 22, 2018, 09:54:35 PM
Is there a Chabad or similar availability of Shabbos meals?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on December 22, 2018, 10:36:50 PM
Is there a Chabad or similar availability of Shabbos meals?
Chabad downtown has sit down day kidush with cholent and challah rolls.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: DTM on December 23, 2018, 02:09:20 PM
Chabad downtown has sit down day kidush with cholent and challah rolls.
Thanks, what can be done for Shabbos dinner Friday night?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on December 23, 2018, 02:13:13 PM
Thanks, what can be done for Shabbos dinner Friday night?
Iíve always just brought food from sabra or omnitskys. They sell everything you need and food is quite good.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: DTM on December 23, 2018, 03:21:48 PM
I see that the Kollel offers free Shabbos meals. Any reviews or comments?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on December 23, 2018, 06:31:47 PM
I see that the Kollel offers free Shabbos meals. Any reviews or comments?
It depends on your preference do you want a full ready meal for a set price or would you rather pick your items?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: DTM on December 23, 2018, 08:47:21 PM
It depends on your preference do you want a full ready meal for a set price or would you rather pick your items?
The main thing is that we would prefer not to eat the Friday night Shabbos Seuda alone in our hotel room, nicer to be served in a dining room setting. Also candle lighting in Hotel room might also be an issue.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on December 23, 2018, 09:49:53 PM
The main thing is that we would prefer not to eat the Friday night Shabbos Seuda alone in our hotel room, nicer to be served in a dining room setting. Also candle lighting in Hotel room might also be an issue.

I was in Vancouver several years ago in June. The Kollel had nice big meals but I didnít eat there. A lot of locals with all levels of observance.  Would I call it a dining room setting ? Itís a Chabad house, not exactly the Same in my book. But if you want company itís great.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 23, 2018, 11:54:40 PM
I see that the Kollel offers free Shabbos meals. Any reviews or comments?
search upthread many of us have eaten there. i loved it (of course u should give a nice donation)...
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on December 24, 2018, 09:04:58 AM
It depends on your preference do you want a full ready meal for a set price or would you rather pick your items?
Just realized you were asking about the free meals not buying food from Maple Grill. Never mind my response.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: DTM on December 24, 2018, 09:31:42 AM
Just realized you were asking about the free meals not buying food from Maple Grill. Never mind my response.
I definitely want and plan to pay, whether directly or via a donation. was just looking for a nice Shabbos meal experience for my wife and I, rather than take-out in the hotel room. Thanks all for your responses. I will skim the many pages on this thread for more, but thus far the Kolel seems best choice for us. It seems that Holiday Inn would be nicest hotel within the eruv, and will probably move  from a better downtown Hotel for Shabbos.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 25, 2018, 07:39:30 AM
I definitely want and plan to pay, whether directly or via a donation. was just looking for a nice Shabbos meal experience for my wife and I, rather than take-out in the hotel room. Thanks all for your responses. I will skim the many pages on this thread for more, but thus far the Kolel seems best choice for us. It seems that Holiday Inn would be nicest hotel within the eruv, and will probably move  from a better downtown Hotel for Shabbos.
TR to come.... but that's what I did - moved from Westin Bayshore to Holiday Inn, ate both meals by Chabad. It was fine food, but not so much of it. Self-serve from buffet - not a waiter/restaurant sort of meal. You find seats at a random table with people, etc. as can be expected by a Chabad.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: DTM on December 25, 2018, 09:49:44 AM
TR to come.... but that's what I did - moved from Westin Bayshore to Holiday Inn, ate both meals by Chabad. It was fine food, but not so much of it. Self-serve from buffet - not a waiter/restaurant sort of meal. You find seats at a random table with people, etc. as can be expected by a Chabad.
Thanks! They seem to call it the Kolel, but I asssume itís also Chabad or similar? A few follow up questions, please: Is davening also at the same location? Place to light candles? Was Holiday Inn Shabbos friendly, such as helping you get into your room? Do you use Hilton points for Holiday Inn and Marriot or SPG for the Westin Bayshore?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 25, 2018, 08:07:33 PM
Thanks! They seem to call it the Kolel, but I asssume itís also Chabad or similar? A few follow up questions, please: Is davening also at the same location? Place to light candles? Was Holiday Inn Shabbos friendly, such as helping you get into your room? Do you use Hilton points for Holiday Inn and Marriot or SPG for the Westin Bayshore?
- Yes, same place. There is an actual Chabad center a few minutes away, although I don't know if it has Minyanim or meals. This place started as a Kollel run by a Chabad Rabbi. The Kollel didn't work out due to the insane cost of living in YVR (Rabbi is happy to share the longer story), so it retains that name, but now acts more as a Kiruv program.
- Davening is in same place.
- They have candle lighting, although AYLOR about lighting where you sleep vs. eat.
- Holiday Inn is slightly tricky for Shabbos, but doable. The only stairwell leads to the outside of the building on the street, so the door is locked from the outside. Exiting is easy, as you can leave from your floor and get deposited outside. However to get in, you need someone at the front desk to come outside and open the door for you as well as let you onto your floor. (One time someone walked up with us, the other time, he let us into the stairwell, then took the elevator and met us on the floor.) The lobby door is automatic, and front desk can't see you at the door, so getting someone's attention isn't easy. One option is that the restaurant next door has a manual door you can enter, and is attached to the lobby through a manual door as well. However, the restaurant may not be open at all the times you need to enter. The other option is if you're comfortable following someone through the automatic doors, you can run in behind them. Of course, that could mean waiting some time until someone else enters/exits. The lowest floor for rooms is the 6th floor IIRC, which is what we were on.
- IHG points for the Holiday Inn, and you're correct for the Westin.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: DTM on December 25, 2018, 08:48:36 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 26, 2018, 02:03:12 AM
there are also a few airbnbs around thekollel and in the eruv if u choose to go that way instead of the holiday inn. i found a really cheap one nearby but it looks like it isnt available anymore.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ungar17@yahoo.com on May 20, 2019, 09:02:33 PM
My wife and I will be in Vancouver for 2 days and one night. Any suggestions of what to do in that short time? We will be with our 9 month old baby. Also, what would be the cheapest way of getting around?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 21, 2019, 07:21:44 AM
My wife and I will be in Vancouver for 2 days and one night. Any suggestions of what to do in that short time? We will be with our 9 month old baby. Also, what would be the cheapest way of getting around?
Bike Stanley Park
Aquarium (itís in the park)
UBC TreeWalk
YVR is a car city - need it to get to the restaurants and many activities. If you stay at Weston bayshore youcan walk to the park which would cover 2 of the activities I listed.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: ungar17@yahoo.com on May 24, 2019, 10:53:58 AM
Bike Stanley Park
Aquarium (itís in the park)
UBC TreeWalk
YVR is a car city - need it to get to the restaurants and many activities. If you stay at Weston bayshore youcan walk to the park which would cover 2 of the activities I listed.
Thanks! Don't see the Westin Bayshore on the Marriott website. Just Westin Grand and Westin Wall Center
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 24, 2019, 12:02:26 PM
My wife and I will be in Vancouver for 2 days and one night. Any suggestions of what to do in that short time? We will be with our 9 month old baby. Also, what would be the cheapest way of getting around?
Check out my TR it should help
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 24, 2019, 02:28:38 PM
Thanks! Don't see the Westin Bayshore on the Marriott website. Just Westin Grand and Westin Wall Center
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yvrwi-the-westin-bayshore-vancouver/
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on June 11, 2019, 10:31:21 PM
Wil be heading to vancouver for 6 days in july. Landing there friday morning and leaving late wednesday night. Trying to figure out the best way to maximize my time. Will have 1.5 yr. old an a 4 year old.
Friday we dont plan on doing much and just relaxing and getting ready for shabbos.
Is it worth it to drive to Whistler with the limited amoint of time we have?
Any other suggestions for activities that we should do that will work with kids?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on June 11, 2019, 11:56:27 PM
I would rent a bike with trailers for babies just outside of Stanley park ( we used spokes) and bike the path. Just beautiful,and relaxing.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on June 12, 2019, 02:13:37 PM
Wil be heading to vancouver for 6 days in july. Landing there friday morning and leaving late wednesday night. Trying to figure out the best way to maximize my time. Will have 1.5 yr. old an a 4 year old.
Friday we dont plan on doing much and just relaxing and getting ready for shabbos.
Is it worth it to drive to Whistler with the limited amoint of time we have?
Any other suggestions for activities that we should do that will work with kids?

Check out my TR - had a similar schedule and a 1.75 year old
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 12, 2019, 04:56:51 PM
Wil be heading to vancouver for 6 days in july. Landing there friday morning and leaving late wednesday night. Trying to figure out the best way to maximize my time. Will have 1.5 yr. old an a 4 year old.
Friday we dont plan on doing much and just relaxing and getting ready for shabbos.
Is it worth it to drive to Whistler with the limited amoint of time we have?
Any other suggestions for activities that we should do that will work with kids?
Not much to do in Whistler with kids those ages. You can go up the mountains and do peak to peak. Its very expensive and not worth it IMO. I would drive like about an hour towards whistler on the Sea to Sky highway, and take the Sea to Sky Gondola. There is also a mine there that was pretty cool.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: pointer on June 18, 2019, 11:03:11 PM
Wil be heading to vancouver for 6 days in july. Landing there friday morning and leaving late wednesday night. Trying to figure out the best way to maximize my time. Will have 1.5 yr. old an a 4 year old.
Friday we dont plan on doing much and just relaxing and getting ready for shabbos.
Is it worth it to drive to Whistler with the limited amoint of time we have?
Any other suggestions for activities that we should do that will work with kids?
Not much to do in Whistler with kids those ages. You can go up the mountains and do peak to peak. Its very expensive and not worth it IMO. I would drive like about an hour towards whistler on the Sea to Sky highway, and take the Sea to Sky Gondola. There is also a mine there that was pretty cool.
OMG you are wrong!
(ok not wrong, its your opinion)
went there with a 9 month old, enjoyed every second of it!
even the drive itself is worth it!
its stunning up there! peak to peak is def. worth it!
Do yourself a favor @rileywiles23 and take the trip, you'll thank me
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on June 18, 2019, 11:16:55 PM


OMG you are wrong!
(ok not wrong, its your opinion)
went there with a 9 month old, enjoyed every second of it!
even the drive itself is worth it!
its stunning up there! peak to peak is def. worth it!
Do yourself a favor @rileywiles23 and take the trip, you'll thank me

Worth it to go if I need to drive back the same day and not sleeping over in Whistler?
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: pointer on June 18, 2019, 11:18:57 PM

Worth it to go if I need to drive back the same day and not sleeping over in Whistler?
Absolutely! (ok, IMHO)
I did the same.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 18, 2019, 11:22:49 PM
Not much to do in Whistler with kids those ages. You can go up the mountains and do peak to peak. Its very expensive and not worth it IMO. I would drive like about an hour towards whistler on the Sea to Sky highway, and take the Sea to Sky Gondola. There is also a mine there that was pretty cool.
Agreed.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: pointer on June 18, 2019, 11:54:05 PM
Not much to do in Whistler with kids those ages. You can go up the mountains and do peak to peak. Its very expensive and not worth it IMO. I would drive like about an hour towards whistler on the Sea to Sky highway, and take the Sea to Sky Gondola. There is also a mine there that was pretty cool.
Agreed.
Again, if you looking to "do" stuff, then its no place for a kid
But I don't see why you have to do anything besides take in its mind boggling beauty
we were awestruck by the scenery, the snowy caps, eating lunch on top of on top of blackcomb, beautiful!
Perfect for a day trip.
Might even be able to have a little snowball fight with your 4 year old!
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 18, 2019, 11:55:51 PM
Again, if you looking to "do" stuff, then its no place for a kid
But I don't see why you have to do anything besides take in its mind boggling beauty
we were awestruck by the scenery, the snowy caps, eating lunch on top of on top of blackcomb, beautiful!
Perfect for a day trip.
Might even be able to have a little snowball fight with your 4 year old!
Can get that with the Sea to Sky Gondola and Grouse Mountain.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: pointer on June 19, 2019, 12:01:22 AM
Can get that with the Sea to Sky Gondola and Grouse Mountain.
no way in in the world to grouse mountain!
Did you ever go up blackcomb in the summer?

Didn't do Sea to Sky Gondola, went straight up to whistler
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 19, 2019, 12:02:52 AM
I said and, not or.

I did P2P in April. It's nice, but certainly not Banff.
Title: Re: Vancouver Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 19, 2019, 09:10:33 AM
Also, please read the forest fire forecast before you go. Was so smokey on our trip, we didn't go up any gondolas. Can also view each one's webcam online before you go to see how bag the smoke is up there.