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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

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #150 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #151 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?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #152 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/). 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #153 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #154 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #155 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

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #156 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #157 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?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #158 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #159 on: May 29, 2013, 06:58:00 PM »
You asked in advance?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #160 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #161 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #162 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...

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #163 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #164 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/). 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?