Playland and the Pacific National Exhibition

The PNE Playland and the Pacific National Exhibition is a longstanding and fun filled annual event in Vancouver

Part of PNE Playland Including the Famous Wooden Rollercoaster
Part of PNE Playland Including the Famous Wooden Rollercoaster cc licensed photo by tiffa130

The Pacific National Exhibition located in Hastings Park has been a popular Vancouver tradition providing fun and entertainment to all ages for over 100 years.

Commonly refered to as the PNE, the annual 17 day fair includes commercial and agricultural exhibits and displays, performances by popular entertainers, nightly fireworks, tours of the PNE prize home, all kinds of fast food and an amusement park. One of the highlights of Playland is the famous wooden rollercoaster originally built in 1958. While not the highest or fastest of roller coasters, its first drop and tight turns make for a very thrilling ride. Playland also has a newer corkscrew coaster along with many other rides from extreme thrillers to rides for young children. The midway features about 20 different games.

The PNE was once much larger with many more buildings. In 1998 many of the buildings were demolished and a substantial portion of the grounds were returned to parkland, however the annual fair still thrives and now has a 'country fair' feel to it.

The fair starts two weeks before Labour Day weekend and runs through Labour Day except on Mondays. Playland opens on weekends beginning in May and is open daily throughout the Summer.

There are some discounted and free times to visit (see the official website linked below). Discounted entrance tickets are available online or from 7-Eleven, Save-on-Foods or Safeway stores.

Facts for Your Visit

Fee: Yes - See the official website for the various rates

Hours: The Fair at the PNE is open daily except Monday from 11am until late during the last 2 weeks of summer break up to and including Labour Day. Playland is open on weekends beginning in May and daily during July and August and then again on weekends until the last day of summer.

Address: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Phone: +1 604-253-2311

Accommodations near Pacific National Exhibition PNE:


Skytrain and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Canada or Expo Line (Downtown)Waterfront Station1 Minute
Expo Line29th Avenue Station0 Minutes

How to get to Pacific National Exhibition PNE by Skytrain and Bus

From Waterfront Station on the Canada or Expo line catch the 135 SFU bus going west on Hastings Street and ride about 15 minutes to Hastings and Renfrew.

From 29th Avenue Station on the Expo line catch the 16 Arbutus bus from Bay 4 and ride to Hastings and Renfrew or during the Pacific Annual Exhibition catch the PNE Express bus at the designated bay and ride to the last stop at the PNE.

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