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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

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #900 on: August 17, 2016, 04:49:46 PM »
can I buy shabbes food ? if yes where

Yes

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #901 on: August 17, 2016, 10:00:16 PM »
is this for 1 day or 2 days ? what order should I do it ?

Grouse mountain and the Suspension bridge Granville Island and Stanley park

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #902 on: August 19, 2016, 03:24:59 AM »
Figured I may as well start a TR so here it is
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=65249.new
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #903 on: August 21, 2016, 01:07:55 PM »
Whats a good place to get breakfast?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #904 on: August 21, 2016, 02:41:03 PM »
Any way to avoid paying for parking at the Pacific Rim?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #905 on: August 21, 2016, 05:02:05 PM »
Whats a good place to get breakfast?

There is only 1 choice for CY eaters. Shuk eat play
Non CY also have the JCC

Or buy food & create your own menu.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #906 on: August 23, 2016, 11:38:24 AM »
Which Safeway location has kosher aisle?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #907 on: September 04, 2016, 05:49:16 PM »
For those who don't read my thread, I thought this was fitting to post here as well. Sea plane takes off at the end in the distance.

Docked at Westin Bayshore this shabbas... so this is Westin Bayshore by Phantom:


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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #908 on: November 14, 2016, 01:13:32 PM »
Anyone stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim for Shabbos?
Do the stairs have sensor lights?
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #909 on: November 30, 2016, 05:30:12 PM »
Does anyone have a babysitter recommendation in Vancouver?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #910 on: February 01, 2017, 05:05:11 PM »
Anyone stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim for Shabbos?
Do the stairs have sensor lights?

Sorry for the very delayed response.

We stayed at the FPC for shabbas - Dan as I know you know - the hotel is amazing. We stayed at the Fairmont Banff Spring (in an upgraded suite) and at the FPC, the FPC was worlds better than the FBS.

The stairs do not have sensor lights, but you need to ask at the front desk every time you want to go back up stairs and someone will escort you up. The exit from the stairs takes you out to the back of the hotel.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #911 on: February 19, 2017, 04:06:57 PM »
thinking about 2 weeks in vancouver area with wife and 3 kids (3 yr old, 9 yr old and 10 yr old), and considering one shabbos in Victoria (airbnb at chabad nearby and they have minyan/meals) and one shabbos in an airbnb near TheKollel (minyanim and meals there with eruv). I was going to stay at the Sher and daven by Chabad Downtown, but it seems they dont have meals and it will be a hassle getting around with no eruv with a 3 yr old.
Saw several spent shabbos by theKollel and enjoyed, anyone have any insight about shabbos in Victoria (Vancouver Island)? if i do decide to choose one shabbos, is the family experience best at theKollel or maybe with the views in victoria?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #912 on: March 23, 2017, 12:24:15 PM »
How many days do you suggest to see the major sights/hikes in the Vancouver area? Was thinking maybe 4? I'm looking to use BA avios for the famous CX flight from NY

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #913 on: March 23, 2017, 02:18:33 PM »
Yes, 2 days Vancouver and two days Whistler is a good amount of time
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #914 on: April 05, 2017, 05:06:24 PM »
Trying to find the cheapest option with miles to go NYC-stopover for a week in LAX- YVR. Is singapore the only option? Tried pricing it out on UA but it charged per segment (thought I could use the stopover feature they introduced). There is UA saver space for the dates that I want. The LAX-YVR leg would be on AC