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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

« Last edited by pointer on February 16, 2020, 11:32:24 PM »

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #640 on: July 07, 2015, 12:26:12 AM »

Looking to travel from YVR or SFO to HNG on the 747 CX FIRST (heard its a great experience)
What would be my cheapest booking options?
Miles and fuel surcharges
Ive looked everywhere I cant find the answer to this

Thanks

Post here - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=21835

Best option is AA miles. 67.5k & no YQ.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #641 on: July 07, 2015, 12:28:03 AM »
Thanks!
is that 1 way or Trip

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« Reply #642 on: July 07, 2015, 12:31:33 AM »
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #643 on: July 07, 2015, 12:38:18 AM »
looking on aa.com its not showing a 67.5 option
How would I go about booking this?
over the phone w aa?

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looking on aa.com its not showing a 67.5 option
How would I go about booking this?
over the phone w aa?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #645 on: July 12, 2015, 12:58:24 AM »
TR from my trip to Vancouver/LA last month. I hope you guys enjoy and find it helpful.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #646 on: July 19, 2015, 09:15:50 AM »
Can I book with Avios and then cancel? WHat is hte current cancellation situation with avios?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #647 on: July 19, 2015, 12:25:41 PM »
Can I book with Avios and then cancel? WHat is hte current cancellation situation with avios?
Yes up to 24 hours before. It's $55 or taxes whichever is less, this case would be $55.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #648 on: July 19, 2015, 12:28:16 PM »
$55 per their new policy
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #649 on: July 19, 2015, 12:34:55 PM »
$55 per their new policy
Thanks, edited my post..

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #650 on: August 06, 2015, 05:40:32 PM »
At Granville island brewery right now. Does anyone have any information on the do's and don'ts of tasting at a microbrewery in regards to kashrus?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #651 on: August 06, 2015, 05:43:10 PM »
If I don't get info soon I don't think I'll be able to do tasting so any quick answer would be great!

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #652 on: August 07, 2015, 05:19:35 PM »
Any minyan in Whistler area? Or kosher food? Headed to Vancouver so any updated tips would be appreciated.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #653 on: August 07, 2015, 05:49:37 PM »
No and no
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #654 on: August 09, 2015, 09:54:51 AM »
Is there Chalav Yisroel items in Vancouver? And if I'm being in Vancouver and travelling to Whistler, what's my best option for picking up food there for the (2 day) Whistler trip? TIA

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #655 on: August 09, 2015, 11:10:05 AM »
There is a chain store called "super store" all over, the one on Marine Drive, (google it) sells cholov yisroel products and has a half an aisle with kosher products. They also sell Marvid frozen meat the heimish meat from Montreal.
Maybe we should put this in the wiki...

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #656 on: August 10, 2015, 01:32:05 AM »
Driving from Vancouver to Whistler on Monday and back on Wednesday. Where should we stop on the way there/ on the way back?
Also, is Vancouver Lookout a must? (Considering the price)
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« Reply #657 on: August 10, 2015, 05:17:36 AM »
Where to stay in Whistler or on the way? Why not drive the entire way in 1 shot. Its not that far

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #658 on: August 10, 2015, 07:41:52 AM »
I stayed in the Westin it's an SPG FOR 12K
The way up can be done in an hour and a half

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« Reply #659 on: August 10, 2015, 01:01:27 PM »
I meant to stop for sightseeing. I heard Brandywines falls is nice. I'm staying in that Westin for two days, anything I should no? They gave me options for an upgrade and I think I ended up getting the loft suite. Going tonight.