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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

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #880 on: August 10, 2016, 08:51:09 PM »
There are an incredible number of Airbnb places in Vancouver. For best prices, book within a couple days of the stay. You can get half off at some places if you book that close.
Richmond or downtown?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #881 on: August 10, 2016, 08:51:27 PM »
There are an incredible number of Airbnb places in Vancouver. For best prices, book within a couple days of the stay. You can get half off at some places if you book that close.
any specific ones you've stayed in or recommend?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #882 on: August 11, 2016, 10:16:00 AM »
is there any nice hotels walking distance to the shoul for shabbes ?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #883 on: August 11, 2016, 05:16:01 PM »
Richmond or downtown?

I was in downtown, but there're places everywhere.

any specific ones you've stayed in or recommend?

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9014125 Is where I stayed.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #884 on: August 15, 2016, 09:41:52 AM »
can I get any shabbes food or I have to bring it with me ?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #885 on: August 16, 2016, 03:47:53 PM »
where is the best place to stay from Sunday for 4 nights ? I am looking for a nice hotel with point the only one availbale Is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre should I book this 1

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #886 on: August 16, 2016, 05:22:11 PM »
where is the best place to stay from Sunday for 4 nights ? I am looking for a nice hotel with point the only one availbale Is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre should I book this 1

When are you going? Im also going SUn for 4 nights...lol  (with kids)

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #887 on: August 16, 2016, 05:32:42 PM »
When are you going? Im also going SUn for 4 nights...lol  (with kids)

the coming Sunday yes with kids . 

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #888 on: August 16, 2016, 08:28:02 PM »
the coming Sunday yes with kids .
Nah, Im next sunday, guess Ill miss ya:(

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #889 on: August 16, 2016, 08:41:42 PM »
Staying where?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #890 on: August 16, 2016, 08:46:37 PM »
where is the best place to stay from Sunday for 4 nights ? I am looking for a nice hotel with point the only one availbale Is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre should I book this 1

If it's the only one available then book it.  My favorite is the Fairmont Pacific Rim

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #891 on: August 16, 2016, 10:20:32 PM »
If it's the only one available then book it.  My favorite is the Fairmont Pacific Rim

don't have that kind of points and cash is $550 per night

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #892 on: August 16, 2016, 10:56:29 PM »
don't have that kind of points and cash is $550 per night

Should have planned ahead.  Chase Fairmont Visa for a couple.   Two free nights each for a total of four. 

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #893 on: August 17, 2016, 01:22:29 AM »
If it's the only one available then book it.  My favorite is the Fairmont Pacific Rim
I stayed in the Westin for 2 nights. Room was fine, location was more convenient to davening and kosher food than downtown, and the Richmond night market on Sunday night was interesting and a 5 minute walk

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #894 on: August 17, 2016, 01:46:48 AM »
was planning on heading to Victoria BC tomorrow ( Wednesday) just saw the prices are ridiculous
(100 for car RT plus 325 RT and 315 for the gardens.)
Any alternative plans? Not sure if it's worth the $ for us
Since we're not such huge fans of gardens..
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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #895 on: August 17, 2016, 01:49:11 AM »
where is the best place to stay from Sunday for 4 nights ? I am looking for a nice hotel with point the only one availbale Is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre should I book this 1
They just did a huge renovation, it should be nice.

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #896 on: August 17, 2016, 10:04:38 AM »
is it to short of a stay if I go to Vancouver for 4 days with 2 kids ?

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Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« Reply #897 on: August 17, 2016, 12:04:37 PM »
can I buy shabbes food ? if yes where

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« Reply #898 on: August 17, 2016, 01:21:52 PM »
Anyone have suggestions of must-dos in or around Vancouver?

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« Reply #899 on: August 17, 2016, 01:28:32 PM »
can I buy shabbes food ? if yes where
so far I've been to maple grill and Sabra's they both had a shabbos take out menu
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