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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 #315 on: November 12, 2013, 01:28:58 PM »
Maybe an hour-1:30 granville island. An hour at Stanley park (it's gonna be cold). Rest of time @ grouse. I assume you'll rent a car?

Yes, with no hotel, I would need a place to keep my stuff.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #316 on: November 12, 2013, 09:19:17 PM »
Sounds like there's there's so much to do and so little time to do it in!

I crammed this in on the way home from LAX to experience CX F, and hopefully there's more to do here on 11/28 than in LA.

My flight lands 9:49, and my flight out is the CX 888 9:50 PM

I'd like to get in as much of these as possible:

1) Grouse Mountain - Cable car, Zip line
2) Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
3) Granville Island
4) Maple Grill Dinner & Pickup food for flight
5) Stanley Park

How far through the list can I get? I will need to be pretty well coordinated to pull this off, so help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #317 on: November 12, 2013, 09:36:58 PM »
Sounds like there's there's so much to do and so little time to do it in!

I crammed this in on the way home from LAX to experience CX F, and hopefully there's more to do here on 11/28 than in LA.

My flight lands 9:49, and my flight out is the CX 888 9:50 PM

I'd like to get in as much of these as possible:

1) Grouse Mountain - Cable car, Zip line
2) Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
3) Granville Island
4) Maple Grill Dinner & Pickup food for flight
5) Stanley Park

How far through the list can I get? I will need to be pretty well coordinated to pull this off, so help is greatly appreciated.
First of all Congrats, I'm doing the same thing for the way home to NYC.

Second, Sadly I don't think you are going to be able to cram that all in with such a short time span.

By the time you get off the plane, clear customs, luggage and pick up your car will probably be around an hour or so (you traveling with a kid?).

Vancouver on a regular day has tons of traffic not sure what's going to be on Thanksgiving.

I would definitely first hit up Grouse mountain (Lumber jack show is hilarious) and watch some shows or do some activities depending if you have a kid or not.

I didn't go to Granville Island, but you won't have time to do Stanley Park, Granville, and Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

I would stick to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Brie and if you have time on the way back you can stop by Stanley Park.

I would leave Maple Grill for the last stop and head out straight from there to the airport.


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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #318 on: November 12, 2013, 10:13:48 PM »
First of all Congrats, I'm doing the same thing for the way home to NYC.

Second, Sadly I don't think you are going to be able to cram that all in with such a short time span.

By the time you get off the plane, clear customs, luggage and pick up your car will probably be around an hour or so (you traveling with a kid?).

Vancouver on a regular day has tons of traffic not sure what's going to be on Thanksgiving.

I would definitely first hit up Grouse mountain (Lumber jack show is hilarious) and watch some shows or do some activities depending if you have a kid or not.

I didn't go to Granville Island, but you won't have time to do Stanley Park, Granville, and Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

I would stick to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Brie and if you have time on the way back you can stop by Stanley Park.

I would leave Maple Grill for the last stop and head out straight from there to the airport.

Thanks. Do you think 1 hour before the flight is enough time if I'm flying F or C? What's security like at YVR?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #319 on: November 12, 2013, 10:16:42 PM »
Thanks. Do you think 1 hour before the flight is enough time if I'm flying F or C?
1 hour should be good.

Besides, the lounge there is nothing exciting.

Probably better of in the AC lounge via PP. 

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« Reply #320 on: November 12, 2013, 10:16:59 PM »
It begins to pick up 90 mins prior and you'll have a wait. 2.5 hours + and YVR is a ghost town.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #321 on: November 12, 2013, 10:20:29 PM »
It begins to pick up 90 mins prior and you'll have a wait. 2.5 hours + and YVR is a ghost town.
2.5 hour wait??

How many flights are flying at that time?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #322 on: November 16, 2013, 06:40:28 PM »
No, at 2.5 hours prior, YVR is a ghost town.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #323 on: November 16, 2013, 07:16:50 PM »
No, at 2.5 hours prior, YVR is a ghost town.

With 12 hours total, I don't want want to spend an hour and a half waiting in the airport. What's the latest I can get to the airport without missing the flight? Also should I count on Thanksgiving factoring in at all?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #324 on: November 16, 2013, 08:12:12 PM »
With 12 hours total, I don't want want to spend an hour and a half waiting in the airport. What's the latest I can get to the airport without missing the flight? Also should I count on Thanksgiving factoring in at all?
Thanksgiving was in October. It won't play any factor
90 min and you'll be fine
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #325 on: February 03, 2014, 12:28:17 PM »
Vancouver in April/May?

How's the weather?
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« Reply #326 on: February 03, 2014, 12:29:30 PM »
Vancouver in April/May?

How's the weather?
Can't be worse than the weather I had in June
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« Reply #327 on: February 03, 2014, 12:30:20 PM »
Can't be worse than the weather I had in June

Lol- Rained the whole time?
 
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« Reply #328 on: February 03, 2014, 12:31:14 PM »
Lol- Rained the whole time?
 
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #329 on: March 17, 2014, 12:01:35 PM »
Thinking about taking a trip over July 4th weekend Thursday night-Monday night. CMIIAW its probably not enough time to do anything more than Vancouver itself? Anyone who did shabbos what hotels did you stay at and were they shabbos friendly? Any other info I should know.