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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 #680 on: January 10, 2016, 02:11:46 PM »
by far the highlight of my visit to Vancouver was renting bikes at Spokes and riding around Stanely park and out to the seawall, took about 2 hours. The park is massive, no way to see it all on foot unless ur a long distance runner. I also really liked the vandusen gardens, which are much better than the Elizabeth gardens and worth the $8CAD entrance fee. Or skip the gardens and do the capilano suspension bridge. I went to the Lynn park suspension bridge bc it was free, bridge itself was kinda small, I heard capilano has many more.

+1 I did lynn park and was a little underwhelmed. If you can, go up to grouse mountain
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #681 on: January 10, 2016, 04:33:25 PM »
Any insight as to what Vancouver and Whistler weather is like during early April?
 
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #682 on: January 10, 2016, 05:01:25 PM »
I am going to be in Vancouver this summer from a Wednesday evening until thursday night (one day). I am looking to stay in a nice hotel that will allow me to do the most while I am there (preferable using points).

Additionally, if anyone know of one night activity and two sights to see during the day then that would be incredible.

Any help would be great.

Get the Chase Fairmont credit card for two free nights at any Fairmont.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim is the best hotel in Vancouver and the location is perfect.  You say you will be there only one night so you can have another night at a different location.   Either way, it's a free night at the best hotel.   To do:  walks thru Stanley Park, Capitano Suspension Bridge (there is a free shuttle from downtown to take you there and back), Fly Over Canada attraction at Canada Place, Thai massage (or regular massage) at Smile Thai Wellness, there is an aquarium in Stanley Park if that interests you, shopping.....the US$ is very strong compared to the Canadian $.  Walk the seawall, gastown, Robson street.  Great walking city
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #683 on: January 10, 2016, 05:04:13 PM »
Any insight as to what Vancouver and Whistler weather is like during early April?

Most likely rainy and on the chilly/cold side - but weather has become more and more unpredictable.
I like late May till late September Vancouver weather best.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #684 on: January 10, 2016, 06:01:01 PM »
Get the Chase Fairmont credit card for two free nights at any Fairmont.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim is the best hotel in Vancouver and the location is perfect.  You say you will be there only one night so you can have another night at a different location.   Either way, it's a free night at the best hotel.   To do:  walks thru Stanley Park, Capitano Suspension Bridge (there is a free shuttle from downtown to take you there and back), Fly Over Canada attraction at Canada Place, Thai massage (or regular massage) at Smile Thai Wellness, there is an aquarium in Stanley Park if that interests you, shopping.....the US$ is very strong compared to the Canadian $.  Walk the seawall, gastown, Robson street.  Great walking city

we stayed at the westin bayshore and it was pretty spectacular
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #685 on: January 10, 2016, 06:30:51 PM »
we stayed at the westin bayshore and it was pretty spectacular

That is where I was going to stay, are there nice views? My wife is just a tad picky for "beautiful" hotels. Would you classify it as one?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #686 on: January 10, 2016, 06:31:50 PM »
Get the Chase Fairmont credit card for two free nights at any Fairmont.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim is the best hotel in Vancouver and the location is perfect.  You say you will be there only one night so you can have another night at a different location.   Either way, it's a free night at the best hotel.   To do:  walks thru Stanley Park, Capitano Suspension Bridge (there is a free shuttle from downtown to take you there and back), Fly Over Canada attraction at Canada Place, Thai massage (or regular massage) at Smile Thai Wellness, there is an aquarium in Stanley Park if that interests you, shopping.....the US$ is very strong compared to the Canadian $.  Walk the seawall, gastown, Robson street.  Great walking city

Thank you. I am going to take a look at the Fairmont, not sure if it is worth the Credit pull for one night but perhaps I would include in my next round of apps.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #687 on: January 10, 2016, 06:35:55 PM »
That is where I was going to stay, are there nice views? My wife is just a tad picky for "beautiful" hotels. Would you classify it as one?

Nice views.  Fairmont Pacific Rim newer and more beautiful to make your wife happy.
http://www.fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver/

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #688 on: January 10, 2016, 08:26:11 PM »
That is where I was going to stay, are there nice views? My wife is just a tad picky for "beautiful" hotels. Would you classify it as one?

Does this qualify?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #689 on: January 10, 2016, 08:33:00 PM »
Does this qualify?



Yes. I would definitely consider that a nice enough view.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #690 on: January 10, 2016, 08:38:16 PM »
Yes. I would definitely consider that a nice enough view.

During the day

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #691 on: January 14, 2016, 04:33:53 PM »
During the day


What time of year was this picture taken in? the weather looks gorgeous!
According to accu weather forecast Feb is supposed to be dreary and cold.
Can anyone confirm Vancouver weather in the Feb? is it worth it?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #692 on: January 14, 2016, 06:35:11 PM »
What time of year was this picture taken in? the weather looks gorgeous!
According to accu weather forecast Feb is supposed to be dreary and cold.
Can anyone confirm Vancouver weather in the Feb? is it worth it?

I would not go to vancouver in feb.

I been there for jan-feb.  rained almost nonstop.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #693 on: January 14, 2016, 07:03:48 PM »
I would not go to vancouver in feb.

I been there for jan-feb.  rained almost nonstop.

Agreed, unless you enjoy cold, damp, dreary, rainy weather.
Recommend June-Sept.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #694 on: January 14, 2016, 11:44:49 PM »
Agreed, unless you enjoy cold, damp, dreary, rainy weather.
Recommend June-Sept.
I snagged the 10$ tix from lax. I didn't realize the weather changes so drastically from la.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #695 on: January 15, 2016, 12:16:00 AM »
What time of year was this picture taken in? the weather looks gorgeous!
According to accu weather forecast Feb is supposed to be dreary and cold.
Can anyone confirm Vancouver weather in the Feb? is it worth it?

This was June. weather was perfect
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« Reply #696 on: January 15, 2016, 02:21:55 AM »
I snagged the 10$ tix from lax. I didn't realize the weather changes so drastically from la.
Thanks for the feedback

Go to whistler. Its excellent. Even if not skiing. Mountains are covered in snow and incredible.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #697 on: January 15, 2016, 05:35:54 AM »
Deffinetly do capilino suspension bridge over Lynn canyon. I did both, you can't compare.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #698 on: January 15, 2016, 08:12:23 AM »
Not everyone wants to spend $38/person when there's a free option.

I'd hope the free version wouldn't compare to the $38 version or else they'd have no customers...
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #699 on: January 21, 2016, 05:22:17 PM »
The St. Regis in Vancouver isn't listed on SPG.com. Is it a nice hotel? It's just 120 a night.
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