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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

« Last edited by Zkpncs48 on August 15, 2019, 01:27:14 PM »

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #660 on: August 10, 2015, 01:56:48 PM »
Squamish is on the way (didn't stop there)


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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #661 on: August 10, 2015, 02:25:29 PM »
Squamish is on the way (didn't stop there)


We did awesome white water rafting in Squamish; otherwise there is no reason to stop
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #662 on: August 19, 2015, 10:41:28 AM »
I took up a Cessna on Glacier Air in Squamish which was very nice.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #663 on: August 19, 2015, 12:14:59 PM »
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...
YMMV on the cholov Yisroel they had very very little in stock when I was there. It's also like a 25 min drive from downtown and maple grill IIRC.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #664 on: September 21, 2015, 05:28:16 PM »
Hi
Hope Im doing this right
My husband and I are going to Vancouver for Chol Hamoed and wanted to know if Bowen Island is worth seeing?
Also anyone with experience with Sea to Sky Gondola, how much time is needed?
Any tips would be great
yes I read through most of this discussion and read some of the TRs

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #665 on: September 21, 2015, 06:52:44 PM »
Hi
Hope Im doing this right
My husband and I are going to Vancouver for Chol Hamoed and wanted to know if Bowen Island is worth seeing?
Also anyone with experience with Sea to Sky Gondola, how much time is needed?
Any tips would be great
yes I read through most of this discussion and read some of the TRs

No experience with sea to sky but IIRC over the phone they told me to allow 2 hours (it's 3 different gondolas). Driving time is supposed to be around 1.5 hour each way


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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #666 on: September 22, 2015, 01:20:16 AM »
Drive should be 45 minutes each way
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #667 on: September 28, 2015, 05:59:37 PM »
Any tips on sim cards or data? I will be in vancouver just for a long weekend, all the sim cards I've researched online run about $20-$30 for one month of data. It seems like a waste for only 4 days. I'm mainly just looking to use Google for public transit directions.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #668 on: September 29, 2015, 09:04:02 PM »
Any tips on sim cards or data? I will be in vancouver just for a long weekend, all the sim cards I've researched online run about $20-$30 for one month of data. It seems like a waste for only 4 days. I'm mainly just looking to use Google for public transit directions.

I did a roaming plan from verizon and used wifi.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #669 on: October 20, 2015, 07:54:08 AM »
2 thumbs up for Cafe 41 at Oak and 41..newish cholov yisroel cafe

food was great and great location..free parking in garage downstairs

omnitskys deli is now right across street

nava's in JCC (not all cholov yisroel) is just around the corner

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #670 on: November 04, 2015, 12:15:18 PM »
What/where are the kosher grocery stores? Not restaurants.

Also, are there any Amtrak stops in the city besides pacific central?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #671 on: November 04, 2015, 03:32:46 PM »
What/where are the kosher grocery stores? Not restaurants.

Also, are there any Amtrak stops in the city besides pacific central?
Omnitsky has some kosher items.
There seems to be some other places too. See link

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #672 on: November 04, 2015, 08:59:34 PM »
What/where are the kosher grocery stores? Not restaurants.

Also, are there any Amtrak stops in the city besides pacific central?
From what I remember not much of a kosher grocery scene over there.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #673 on: November 04, 2015, 09:24:08 PM »
From what I remember not much of a kosher grocery scene over there.

The link above has a grocery listed. No idea what they have.
Omnisky has rolls challah some bakery stuff candles grape juice etc. (more than the kosher aisle, but not a full fledged place) 
I guess they use a supermarket like Safeway for all standard stuff.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #674 on: November 04, 2015, 10:08:36 PM »
The link above has a grocery listed. No idea what they have.
Omnisky has rolls challah some bakery stuff candles grape juice etc. (more than the kosher aisle, but not a full fledged place) 
I guess they use a supermarket like Safeway for all standard stuff.
Right. In other words:
From what I remember not much of a kosher grocery scene over there.
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