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Flight Options (as of 04/18)

Cathay Pacific flies directly to/from JFK (777-300ER).         

Final date for this route, 02/23/20

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 #255 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?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #256 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #257 on: June 25, 2013, 04:05:09 PM »
Lots of DDFers in YVR this week and next....hope the weather is good!

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #258 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #259 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 ?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #260 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-

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #261 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

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #262 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #263 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
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #264 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #265 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

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #266 on: June 28, 2013, 12:30:45 PM »
Now I need to figure out exactly what activities we should do

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #267 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.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #268 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.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #269 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