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“PNE” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pacific National Exhibition

Pacific National Exhibition
2901 East Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia V5K 5J1, Canada
+1 604-253-2311
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Ranked #89 of 150 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Amusement Parks
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Owner description: Playland is part of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) fairgrounds in Vancouver and is BC’s most famous amusement park. Playland features exhilarating rides and attractions, exciting midway games, mini-golf, a climbing wall, arcade and a variety of delicious food. Playland offers over 35 rides and attractions, including three exciting roller coasters. One of the most loved and talked about attractions at Playland is the historic Wooden Roller Coaster. This spectacular coaster has been operating at the park since 1958 and is cited as a “Coaster Classic” by the American Coaster Enthusiasts organization, which is an honour shared by only 22 other wooden coasters in the world. For the more adventurous visitors, there is the Corkscrew roller coaster which takes thrill-seekers upside down with a double helix inversion and the extreme swing ride ATMOSFEAR, which takes you up 218 feet in the air while spinning 70km/hour. For those wanting a slower pace, there’s a variety of rides including the Westcoast Wheel, a ferris wheel that gives you views of the entire city. Unique to Playland is Kids Playce, an area designated for parents and families with children between the ages of 2-10. Kids Playce provides the perfect setting for families looking to spend some time together in a clean, safe and kid-friendly environment. In 2013, two new rides were added to Kids Playce: Teacups and Balloon Explorers. Bring your friends and family out to Playland for a full day of fun! The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) fairgrounds was established in 1910 to showcase British Columbia. The PNE operates on a 114-acre site at the City of Vancouver-owned Hastings Park and consists of Playland, the annual 15-day Fair at the PNE, and Fright Nights at Playland. The PNE also includes year-round rental facilities for concerts, conventions, trade shows and sporting events with the Pacific Coliseum the largest venue within Hastings Park. The Pacific Coliseum was proud to be the official venue for Short Track Speed Skating and Figure Skating during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is currently home to the WHL’s Vancouver Giants hockey team. No single location in Vancouver captures the spirit and history of this city, its people and its many achievements as the Pacific National Exhibition. For over 100 years, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual Fair at the PNE. It’s fun for the entire family! Playland is open from May to September.
Maple Ridge, Canada
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“PNE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

PNE is a great fair in the Summer in B.C. Great food booths and green space to relax and enjoy. The nightly free shows are well worth it.

Visited August 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Rides, Food, Carnival”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The midway with the smell of corn on the cob, cotton candy, and toffee apples is all that you would want. Lots of rides, the usual slightly sleazy games, events (Superdogs is my favourite), and evening entertainment. It's a good day whether you're a kid or adult.

Visited August 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Once is enough”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The PNE is the type of fair that is still going just to keep it going. It doesn't change much year to year and is best described as over rated. It's worth going for the "free" music guests if your band is playing but they are usually geared towards either the +50 or under 20 crowd. If you like shopping for cheap import stuff or you need a new sham wow and you like mindless crowds this is the place for you, otherwise if you've gone once in the last ten years you've seen it all already.

Visited August 2012
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Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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“Labour Day weekend tradition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We always have to visit the PNE and it seems we`ve made it a Labour Day weekend tradition with our family since they were in their early teens. Love all the ``old`bands and stars for us ``oldies`and the young ones love the food and the new events. Super Dogs is our favourite as well as the homeshow centre for the newest ideas. When the kids were younger our favourite thing was to see what was being born in the barns. It`s still got that underlying carnival atmosphere and we love to see all the people. PNE showhome tour is a must but we haven`t won yet although we keep trying

Visited September 2012
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Rome, Italy
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“Great when it comes to playland in summer time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Just great in summer time, well organized and gun. Even the food inside is not bad! Can't wait for 2013 edition!

Visited April 2012
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