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Flight Options (as of 04/18)

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

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

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

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

Premium Economy:
20K AC OW

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

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

DP01 (07/13): CX availability becomes better closer to the flight. (MEIR613)
DP02 (04/18): CX availability disappears 3-5 days out on BA and AS. (SLMYRCB)
DP03 (08/18): CX availability can only show up on BA or AS if there is more than 1 seat remaining, if it's only 1 seat, it will only be available on CX.com Use CX.com to see actual # of seats available. (@Yehuda)


Food - BC Kosher List

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

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

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

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

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

Mount Royal Bagels - North Vancouver
701 Queensbury Ave
North Vancouver, BC
V7L 3V9, Canada
Tel: (604) 904-1116

Real Canadian Superstore
Marine Drive
Has kosher products

Kosher Food Warehouse
612 Kingsway (rear)
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 709-9889


Shabbos

Chabad Downtown - walkable from many hotels, no Eruv, Shacharis on Shabbos followed by Kiddush, Friday night Minyan last weekend each month.
TheKollel - in the community, yes Eruv, Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre only points hotel in the Eruv, Airbnb options, all Minyanim, free Shabbos meals. Some hotels downtown (outside the Eruv) are about an hour walk.
Eruv - https://goo.gl/maps/D2oLBC39GT72


Activities

Stanley park - trolley, rent bikes at Bayshore Bike/Spokes/lots of other places (Westin Bayshore provides 2 hours of free bikes), playground/water are, 9 o'clock gun
Aquarium in Stanley Park
Capilano suspension bridge - also tree walk and cliff walk
Capilano Salmon Hatchery
Lynn Canyon suspension bridge and hikes (Twin Falls, 30 Foot Pool) - free
Grouse Mountain - gondola up, can take chairlift even higher, then an elevator to top of windmill, view of Vancouver, ziplining, parasailing, lumberjack show, see grizzly bears, Grouse Grind - way to hike up the mountain instead
Granville island - market, street performers, kayaking, stand up paddleboat, false creek ferries, brewery tour, kids play area, rent a boat, can bike to here
Seaplane around Vancouver harbor or to Whistler -  http://www.harbour-air.com/index.php 
Whale watching
Victoria Island - ferry to the island/back, Butchart Gardens (expensive, underwhelming), Miniature World, Fisherman's Wharf, oldest Synagogue in Canada. Victoria seems to be very expensive, ferry $30, to bring a car $100, gardens $30.
Bowen Island
Seabus - cheap ferry across harbor and back
Deep Cove kayaking
UBC Garden - Greenheart TreeWalk (look for Groupon)
Zoo
Harbor boat tours - boatrent.ca, Harbor Cruises was terrible - dpk4588
Sea wall
Watch sea planes
Cypress Mountain
Seymour Mountain
Art Museum
Science center imax
Pacific Center Mall
See Olympic torch
"Tour Guys" free walking tour
Rivers to see salmon spawn (swim upstream)
Robson street
Denman street
Vancouver Convention Center - Olympics memorabilia
Kitsilano Beach
Kids Bowl Free
Takaya golf centre
Poets cove
Elizabeth gardens
Van dusen gardens - better than Elizabeth gardens
Canada Place - fly over canada ride experience
Brittania Mine Museum
Vancouver Lookout
Gastown - steam clock
Chinatown
Yaletown
http://scenicrush.com/ - exotic car drive up the Sea to sky highway
Dr SunYatSen Chinese Garden (Dan and a DDFer said not worth it)
Free Chinese Garden
Lighthouse park
Safari Eco Boat Tour and Seaplane flight  Sewellsmarina.com

On the way to Whistler: (see Whistler Master Thread)
Sea to sky highway
Sea to sky gondola in Squamish, can hike up and take gondola down
River rafting in Squamish
Shannon Falls
Brandywine Falls
Panorama Ridge Hike in Lake Garibaldi in between Squamish and Whistler

« Last edited by Zkpncs48 on August 15, 2019, 01:27:14 PM »

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1050 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

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1051 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...

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1052 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1053 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1054 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1055 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?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1056 on: August 02, 2018, 02:13:04 PM »
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1057 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1058 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1059 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?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1060 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, 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1061 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #1062 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.
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« Reply #1063 on: August 02, 2018, 04:34:33 PM »
We ended up doing white water rafting instead (which was a complete bust).
What happened?
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« Reply #1064 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.