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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

« Last edited by pointer on February 16, 2020, 11:32:24 PM »

Author Topic: Vancouver Master Thread  (Read 190504 times)

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #480 on: August 24, 2014, 03:48:11 AM »
Hyatt Regency or Westin Grand?

Can anyone who's stayed at either or both share their opinion?

TIA


P.S. Why are car rentals so expensive??!
Just spent five nights in the westin grand got upgraded to the one bedroom king corner suite with a separate living room and a balcony.... With an amazing view on the 29th floor. It was a great experience. Hotel is a bit dated but it was still really nice!

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #481 on: August 29, 2014, 04:39:58 PM »
Any reports from this place yet?
https://www.facebook.com/cafe41
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #482 on: August 29, 2014, 07:07:39 PM »
Any reports from this place yet?
https://www.facebook.com/cafe41
Both food and service are excellent.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #483 on: September 07, 2014, 10:46:37 PM »
I see availability in premium economy or business for CX but they don't show first at all what does that mean?
Do they show f as business and j as premium economy?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #484 on: September 07, 2014, 10:58:54 PM »
I see availability in premium economy or business for CX but they don't show first at all what does that mean?
Do they show f as business and j as premium economy?
means not available! (yet)

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #485 on: September 07, 2014, 11:13:51 PM »
means not available! (yet)
Yeh that makes sense, thanks. Just saw the wiki as well.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #486 on: January 11, 2015, 04:57:49 PM »
Is the room that is booked using two nights certificate from the Fairmont credit card large enough to fit two adults and two toddlers?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #487 on: January 26, 2015, 01:18:58 AM »
Does it make sense to stay in vancouver motzai shabbos, drive sunday am to whistler, back to vancouver to eat & sleep then Monday morning back to whistler to ski again & then back to YVR to catch a flight?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #488 on: January 26, 2015, 01:36:29 AM »
Does it make sense to stay in vancouver motzai shabbos, drive sunday am to whistler, back to vancouver to eat & sleep then Monday morning back to whistler to ski again & then back to YVR to catch a flight?
In most circumstances it doesn't make sense.
Are you travelling with kids?
It's a good 2hr drive, and there are some nice hotels in Whistler.
Why not take along food?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #489 on: January 26, 2015, 01:47:47 AM »
Sounds crazy to me
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #490 on: January 26, 2015, 01:54:51 AM »
All hotels booked solid, no kids

2/15-2/16
1 night 2 rooms. Notin

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #491 on: January 26, 2015, 02:15:34 AM »
Whistler village and inn seems to be available but a rip off.

Maybe look to stay in Pemberton or Squamish. Will make the drive much more reasonable. I imagine you'll also have traffic those days so it'll be a real pain to drive all the way back to Vancouver
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #492 on: January 26, 2015, 09:53:34 AM »
OK, may have to fork it out or walk into a "hotel" with closed eyes.. #spoiled
On a side note someone grabbed some CX availability I was eyeing! UUGGGHHHHH

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #493 on: January 27, 2015, 12:44:25 PM »
If I am going to have a FULL Friday to do anything in Vancouver. What should it be?

Sunday & Monday I am going to Whistler/Blackcomb. Any must do's over there?

TIA

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #494 on: January 28, 2015, 10:43:54 AM »
If I am going to have a FULL Friday to do anything in Vancouver. What should it be?

Sunday & Monday I am going to Whistler/Blackcomb. Any must do's over there?

TIA

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #495 on: January 28, 2015, 11:35:05 PM »
Depends what you like to see, and depends on weather!
Stanley Park is gorgeous, so is the aquarium there

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #496 on: February 01, 2015, 07:59:43 PM »
Starting March 15 Philippine airline will start operating flights JFK-YVR 4 times a week. Award availability is great as per Gary.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #497 on: February 01, 2015, 09:10:38 PM »
Starting March 15 Philippine airline will start operating flights JFK-YVR 4 times a week. Award availability is great as per Gary.
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #499 on: February 19, 2015, 05:52:40 AM »
Is 1 full day in Vancouver enough time to go to the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge, take the gondola car up Grouse Mountain, and a bike ride around Stanley Park?