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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)
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 @Yehuda on March 13, 2019, 03:41:33 PM »

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #780 on: May 25, 2016, 03:53:53 PM »
pretty smooth, maybe slightly choppy when it lands. We basically stuck to MG.
Shuk Eat and Play is pretty great.

Great thanks!

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #781 on: May 25, 2016, 05:41:27 PM »
I stayed on the water and watched those planes take off. Pretty cool
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #782 on: May 25, 2016, 09:16:14 PM »
Did anyone ever try this?
http://scenicrush.com

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #783 on: May 29, 2016, 09:47:11 PM »
Any other good meat place other than MG?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #784 on: May 30, 2016, 12:05:41 AM »
Any other good meat place other than MG?
People drive up from Seattle just to go there
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #785 on: May 30, 2016, 12:25:39 AM »
People drive up from Seattle just to go there

went tonight was great, just wondering if there are other options.. this place is unreal, 9:25pm now and still not dark yet:-)

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #786 on: May 30, 2016, 09:08:07 AM »
Omnitsky's is very good. Deli style

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #787 on: May 30, 2016, 10:33:05 AM »
Omnitsky's is very good. Deli style

Thanks!

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #788 on: May 31, 2016, 08:32:43 AM »
Is there anyone else planning to be in Vancouver over shabbas July 1? We will be staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and I want to see if we can get a Friday night minyan happening that week.

I know there is the Chabad of downtown, but they only have a Friday night minyan the last weekend of every month.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #789 on: May 31, 2016, 08:35:03 AM »
Is there anyone else planning to be in Vancouver over shabbas July 1? We will be staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and I want to see if we can get a Friday night minyan happening that week.

I know there is the Chabad of downtown, but they only have a Friday night minyan the last weekend of every month.
When I was there, the rabbi told me he could come with 3-4 people for Friday night, if I come up with the rest.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #790 on: May 31, 2016, 08:37:38 AM »
When I was there, the rabbi told me he could come with 3-4 people for Friday night, if I come up with the rest.

I just messaged the Rabbi so I will see what comes of it. Thanks! I feel like that weekend should be a big tourist weekend.

Where did you get food from for shabbas? How did you heat it up? Right now we are looking at ordering from Sabra's. Also, the Pacific Rim agreed to put our food vouchers towards the cost of the kosher meals.


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« Reply #791 on: May 31, 2016, 08:44:20 AM »
I just messaged the Rabbi so I will see what comes of it. Thanks! I feel like that weekend should be a big tourist weekend.

Where did you get food from for shabbas? How did you heat it up? Right now we are looking at ordering from Sabra's. Also, the Pacific Rim agreed to put our food vouchers towards the cost of the kosher meals.
Not sure where you are from and what you are used to for shabbos. If you are expecting hemish fare that you would find in Monsey/lkwd/brklyn Sabra's won't cut it. As a matter of fact we came in on a Thursday, we were back and forth as wether to bring food along or to buy there. We ended up bringing most of the food. We went to supplement it at Sabra's and they had mostly Israeli style food, not your typical shabbos food (i.e. No potato kugel, or gefilte fish IIRC). Maybe when ordering in advance they are better with that...

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #792 on: May 31, 2016, 09:00:06 AM »
Not sure where you are from and what you are used to for shabbos. If you are expecting hemish fare that you would find in Monsey/lkwd/brklyn Sabra's won't cut it. As a matter of fact we came in on a Thursday, we were back and forth as wether to bring food along or to buy there. We ended up bringing most of the food. We went to supplement it at Sabra's and they had mostly Israeli style food, not your typical shabbos food (i.e. No potato kugel, or gefilte fish IIRC). Maybe when ordering in advance they are better with that...

I'm from the NY area, but we can do without the heimish food for a shabbas. Ordering in advance they are much better, they have prepared shabbas menus that you can choose different dishes and types of food you want. We also got menus from a number of other caterers including Omnitsky's, Nava's, MG, and Classic Catering. Looking to see which places people think are better.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #793 on: May 31, 2016, 09:08:52 AM »
I'm from the NY area, but we can do without the heimish food for a shabbas. Ordering in advance they are much better, they have prepared shabbas menus that you can choose different dishes and types of food you want. We also got menus from a number of other caterers including Omnitsky's, Nava's, MG, and Classic Catering. Looking to see which places people think are better.
MG is very solid I had basically their whole menu during the week, didn't try them for shabbos. Whatever we got from Sabra was good.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #794 on: May 31, 2016, 09:17:23 AM »
MG is very solid I had basically their whole menu during the week, didn't try them for shabbos. Whatever we got from Sabra was good.

We are planning to go to MG for at least one meal during the week, been there before and they are excellent. I was very underwhelmed with what they offer for shabbas, just not a great menu.