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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 #210 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!
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #211 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #212 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #213 on: June 07, 2013, 04:11:42 PM »
Anyone ever been to Mount Royal Bagels, in north vancouver? What hashgacha are they under?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #214 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #215 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. 

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #216 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?

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« Reply #217 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #218 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?
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« Reply #219 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #220 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #221 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #222 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?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #223 on: June 18, 2013, 06:22:32 AM »
It's been the exact opposite IME.

Same here.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #224 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?