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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
30K 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)


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 @Yehuda on August 29, 2018, 11:07:26 AM »

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #75 on: August 17, 2012, 10:50:56 AM »
Metro or within 1 hour.

You can't go to Vancouver and not go to Whistler. It's a 2hr nauseating drive, but well worth it.

I would do 2-3 days Vancouver and 1-2 days Whistler. Make sure to go in summer months, where it is probably one of the best climates anywhere, otherwise lots of rain!

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: August 17, 2012, 10:52:52 AM »
You can't go to Vancouver and not go to Whistler. It's a 2hr nauseating drive, but well worth it.

I would do 2-3 days Vancouver and 1-2 days Whistler. Make sure to go in summer months, where it is probably one of the best climates anywhere, otherwise lots of rain!
It's worth driving 4.5 hours round-trip for 1 night there? What's there?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: August 17, 2012, 11:15:27 AM »
It's worth driving 4.5 hours round-trip for 1 night there? What's there?

The drive is 2 hours max and there are nice places to stop at like Shannon Falls. It's not so bad. To tell you the truth, I have only done Whistler without my kids, and done awesome ATVing, whitewater rafting, crazy mountain biking, and hiking. They are all awesome! But, in terms of activities with an infant, you may be limited to just the hiking and walking around the village. Still will be really beautiful views, but may not be as exciting. Personally, I would still make the trip.

In terms of Vancouver itself with an infant, you should check out Stanley Park and the sea wall. Its a beautiful park right on the water with an aquarium and many other activities around. I believe there is a trolley that goes around the park. Also, hit up Capilano suspension bridge (hold ur baby!)and grouse mountain. Take the gondola up. Oterhwise just stroll around downtown Vancouver and Robson street. Should be a very relaxing trip.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #78 on: August 17, 2012, 01:38:22 PM »
I think you can take a seaplane to Whistler. One of them has a very nice lounge...

Its a cute way to tour the mountains.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #79 on: August 19, 2012, 07:08:07 PM »
Anyone know of a good Doctor (family medicine/internal medicine) who will see patients privately in Vancouver? TIA

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #80 on: August 19, 2012, 10:51:57 PM »
FYI Kids Bowl Free works great for families in YVR...Takaya Golf Centre also has 2 for 1 Mini Putt (mini golf)...anyone have any helpful info on getting to victoria...take the car or not etc?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: August 24, 2012, 01:49:29 AM »
A couple tidbits to add to the YVR thread...a great walk in medical clinic in YVR is called Crossroads Clinic - on top of London Drugs. It's 507 W. Broadway Suite #350.

You may have to wait a while depending on traffic but service was excellent.

Also discovered that you can't buy beer at 7/11 and that alcohol sales stop at 9PM! I never thought I'd see a 7/11 that doesn't have a drop of alcohol in it...

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: August 31, 2012, 03:08:19 PM »
A couple tidbits to add to the YVR thread...a great walk in medical clinic in YVR is called Crossroads Clinic - on top of London Drugs. It's 507 W. Broadway Suite #350.

You may have to wait a while depending on traffic but service was excellent.

Also discovered that you can't buy beer at 7/11 and that alcohol sales stop at 9PM! I never thought I'd see a 7/11 that doesn't have a drop of alcohol in it...

Try any 7/11 in NJ

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: August 31, 2012, 04:49:17 PM »
Try any 7/11 in NJ

or in Baltimore, no alcohol there either..

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: October 24, 2012, 07:29:56 PM »
any updated kosher and good food places to eat????

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: October 24, 2012, 07:33:36 PM »
any updated kosher and good food places to eat????

unless the new chabad place is open, no

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: January 28, 2013, 01:29:28 PM »
How many days in YVR is ideal?
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« Reply #87 on: January 28, 2013, 02:46:07 PM »
2-4.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: January 28, 2013, 02:49:22 PM »
Counting trip to whistler or whatever it's called??
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« Reply #89 on: January 28, 2013, 02:51:49 PM »
Counting trip to whistler or whatever it's called??
No, Whistler or Victoria would need more time.
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