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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

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: January 28, 2013, 02:58:26 PM »
Counting trip to whistler or whatever it's called??

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: January 28, 2013, 03:04:22 PM »
Counting whistler?   :o

You'd need 2-4 just for Whistler.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: January 28, 2013, 03:08:12 PM »
What's shabbos situation in yvr?
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« Reply #93 on: January 28, 2013, 04:30:52 PM »
What's shabbos situation in yvr?

There is a minyan in downtown YVR, but its hit or miss depending on the week.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: January 28, 2013, 04:32:21 PM »
There is a minyan in downtown YVR, but its hit or miss depending on the week.

When is the TR coming?
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« Reply #95 on: January 28, 2013, 04:33:08 PM »
When is the TR coming?

When my wife finishes writing it :)
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« Reply #96 on: January 28, 2013, 04:34:56 PM »
When my wife finishes writing it :)

Well she cant write how you planned it if she didnt even know she was going on a plane while in the airport  ;) (unless you told her of course)
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« Reply #97 on: January 28, 2013, 04:45:08 PM »
Well she cant write how you planned it if she didnt even know she was going on a plane while in the airport  ;) (unless you told her of course)

She knows now how I did it, of course, and has all the info she needs to write it up.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: February 26, 2013, 02:42:26 PM »
Any updates on nice hotels for Vancouver? I'm IY"H going next week for a few days. I know the Fairmont Pacific Rim is highly recommended, but I have no shaychus to Fairmont whatsoever - no status, no points, nothing. I don't even know if they do points. :P

I have SPG Gold, Hyatt Plat, Accor Plat, Priority Club Plat, and GHA Plat. Any recommendations?

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« Reply #99 on: February 26, 2013, 03:11:18 PM »
Westin Bayshore is on the water and a nice hotel.

Hyatt Regency was also nice and very modern, but its in the heart of downtown.
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« Reply #100 on: February 26, 2013, 03:12:55 PM »
Westin Bayshore is on the water and a nice hotel.

Hyatt Regency was also nice and very modern, but its in the heart of downtown.

Which did you stay at?

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« Reply #103 on: February 26, 2013, 06:25:58 PM »
Care to elaborate a bit?

On?

I'd be happy to answer any specific questions.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: February 26, 2013, 08:39:15 PM »
On?

I'd be happy to answer any specific questions.

How long were you at each hotel? Did you stay anywhere else as well? If you had to choose only one, which? What was outstanding (good and bad) about each property?