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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 #195 on: June 01, 2013, 10:35:46 PM »
So that would make it probably the international terminal, no?
Just realized that. I assume so.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #196 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #197 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)
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #198 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #199 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?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #200 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #201 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?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #202 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #203 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?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #204 on: June 04, 2013, 03:03:48 PM »
But you need to provide your own access, correct?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #205 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.


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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #206 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #207 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?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #208 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.
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« Reply #209 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?
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