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The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is a nonprofit organization that operates an annual 15-day summer fair, 10-day winter fair, a seasonal amusement park, and indoor arenas in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The PNE fair is held at Hastings Park, beginning in mid-to-late August and ending in early September, usually Labour Day, and in mid-December until Christmas.

The organization was established in 1907 as the Vancouver Exhibition Association, and organized its first fair at Hastings Park in 1910. The organization was renamed to the Pacific National Exhibition in 1946. During the mid-20th century, a number of facilities were built on the PNE grounds, including Pacific Coliseum and the PNE Agrodome. In 1993, the amusement park adjacent to the PNE, Playland, became a division of the PNE.

The Vancouver Exhibition Association (VEA), the predecessor to the Pacific National Exhibition organization was first formed in 1907;[3] although the association was not incorporated until 18 June 1908.[4] The VEA had petitioned Vancouver City Council to host a fair at Hastings Park; although faced early opposition from the city council and the local jockey club that used the park for horse races.[3] However, the city council eventually conceded to the VEA's request and granted the association a 5-year lease to host a fair at Hastings Park in 1909.[3]

The VEA held its first fair at Hastings Park in August 1910.[3] It was opened by then Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier as the Vancouver Exhibition.[3] The biggest attractions of the two-week fair are its numerous shops, stalls, performances, a nightly fireworks show, and the exhibition's Prize Home. From its beginnings, the exhibition was used as a showcase for the region's agriculture and economy.

In the initial years of the Second World War, the fairgrounds saw an increased military presence.[5] However, the exhibition itself was not cancelled until 1942, after the Canadian declaration of war against Japan was issued.[5] From 1942 to 1946 the exhibition and fair was closed, and like the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, served as a military training facility for the duration of World War II.[5] During this time, the exhibition barns that were used to house livestock, were used as processing centres for interned Japanese Canadians from all over British Columbia.[5] The interned Japanese Canadians were later shipped away to other internment camps throughout British Columbia, and Alberta. The Momiji (Japanese word for Maple) Gardens on the PNE's grounds serves as a memorial for the event. The barns used for the internment of Japanese Canadians are still used to house livestock during the annual fair, and serve as storage area to house some of the PNE's property the rest of the year.

On 7 February 1946, the Vancouver Exhibition Association changed its name to its current moniker, the Pacific National Exhibition;[4] and later reopened the fair to the public under that name in 1947.[5] The organization was formally reincorporated as the Pacific National Exhibition in 1955.[4]

The highest attendance at the fair was recorded in 1986, with 1.1 million guests visiting the PNE,[2] most likely due to Expo 86 that was occurring at the time. In 1993, the amusement park adjacent to the PNE, Playland, became a division of the PNE organization.[6]

During 1997-1998, the PNE grounds was transformed with the demolition of a number of buildings including the Food Building, Showmart and the Poultry Building. This gave way to the Sanctuary, a parkland setting with a pond. The pond restored part of a stream that once flowed in the park out to the Burrard Inlet. The city restored a large portion of the park. Many old fair buildings have been demolished and replaced by a more natural character. Although land was purchased in Surrey that was to become the fair's new home, the PNE has since transferred ownership from the province to the City of Vancouver and will remain at Hastings Park. The PNE is a registered charity.

Two attractions at the PNE were named as heritage sites by the City of Vancouver in August 2013. The Pacific Coliseum and the Wooden Roller Coaster were added to the list.[7]

In 2020, the fair went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside other agricultural and county fairs across Canada, including the Calgary Stampede, the Canadian National Exhibition, and K-Days.[8]

In the early hours of February 20, 2022, a major fire broke out on PNE grounds, where multiple vehicles, tools and equipment, and buildings were destroyed as a result.[9]

The Pacific National Exhibition occupies approximately 42 hectares (105 acres) at Hastings Park, a municipal park in the Hastings–Sunrise neighbourhood.[1] This includes the 6.1 hectares (15 acres) of land used by Playland, a PNE-operated amusement park.[1]

The PNE grounds maintains several gardens and natural preserves on the grounds including The Sanctuary; a small pond that serves as a resting place and breeding ground for approximately 130 species of birds.[10] Gardens at the PNE grounds includes an Italian garden and Momiji Commemorative Garden; the latter serving as a memorial for the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II.[11] Another memorial located on the park grounds is dedicated to the 29th Battalion, (Vancouver), CEF, an infantry battalion whose lineage is perpetuated by the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own).[12]

Approximately 24 hectares (60 acres) of Hastings Park is not managed by the Pacific National Exhibition.[1] This includes Hastings Racecourse, a 19 hectares (48 acres) facility operated by Great Canadian Gaming; and several facilities maintained by the municipal government, including Empire Field, an emergency dispatch centre, and local community centre.[1]

The PNE grounds contains several buildings and exhibition halls. The PNE Forum is a 4,200 square metres (45,000 sq ft) exhibition facility that is used for large displays and trade shows.[13] Rollerland is a 1,840 square metres (19,800 sq ft) exhibition, banquet hall and venue for the Terminal City Roller Derby.[13]

Two buildings on the PNE grounds are indoor arenas. The Pacific Coliseum is multi-purpose arena that holds 15,713 permanent seats, with provisions for 2,000 temporary seats for concerts and certain sports.[13] The PNE Agrodome is a smaller indoor arena with 3,000 permanent seats, with provisions to expand up to 5,000 seats.[13] Entertainment facilities includes the Garden Auditorium, a building that features a built-in stage and dance hall. The PNE grounds also feature amphitheatre with bench-style seating for 4,500 visitors.[13]

Other buildings on the PNE grounds includes the Livestock Barns, a large multi-use facility, and the organization's administrative offices.

The PNE grounds has several entrances or "gates," including the red gate off East Hastings Street and Renfrew Street, and the purple gate off East Hastings Street.[14] Both gates are situated in the southern portion of the PNE grounds, with the latter gate also the main entrance to Playland. Several gates are located in the northern portion of the PNE grounds, with the yellow gate situated off Renfrew Street near the Pacific Coliseum, while the green gate is located along Miller Drive.[14]

There exists several parking lots on site, with two parking lots off Renfrew Street and another off Bridgeway Street.[14] The PNE also operates another parking lot south of Playland, across East Hastings.[14] The PNE also operates a valet service for cyclists.[14]

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The Pacific National Exhibition, or PNE, has been an annual Vancouver fair for over 100 years. It has rides, shows, farm animals, midway games and concerts.

The PNE Fair takes place during the last three or so weeks of the summer each year. PNE events at other times include Playland, Fright Nights and the PNE Winter Fair. Lots of other private events use the venue too. For a list of what’s happening and when throughout the year, click Vancouver Events at the PNE. To learn about the fair at the end of the summer though, see below or visit the pne.ca website.

This article contains details about the following:

General PNE Information | Admission | Ways to Save | Summer Concerts | Concerts | Special Features | PNE Rides | PNE Ride Tips | PNE Prize Home | General Tips & Advice | PNE Video | PNE at Christmas | Other Information

Click on any of the above links to jump to specific information, or continue reading to learn all about the Pacific National Exhibition.

Taking place the last three weeks of the summer and finishing on the Labour Day Long Weekend, the PNE is when Vancouver’s Playland turns into a first-class fair. In 2023 the fair runs on most days between August 19th and September 4th.

The PNE has all of Playland‘s usual midway and various amusement rides. What’s more though are all the tantalizing food stalls, the live entertainment and the excitement of a carnival.

If you’ve never been to the Pacific National Exhibition, or you haven’t been for many years, you should go! It’s a Vancouver tradition. You’ll have a great time!

Admission prices, entertainment lineups and other details for the 2023 fair are to be confirmed. For an idea of what to expect, continue reading below for information from last year.

For full details about the PNE Fair see the official PNE.ca website.

Admission to the fair for 2022 was $20 at the gate for visitors ages 19-64. Seniors and folks ages 13-18 cost $14. Passes at the gate for children ages 4-12 cost $7 at the gate. It was also free for children ages 3 and under.

Playland Fair Ride passes for all-day access to the amusement rides were about $50 for most folks in 2022. There was also a secondary pass option at $39 for people shorter than 48 inches tall or those less interested in the bigger rides.

In years when there isn’t a global pandemic, there are several ways to save money at the PNE. They include going on special discounted days, saving with partner memberships, buying your tickets in advance, and other ways.

In 2022, admission tickets purchased online in advance were $2 cheaper than what they cost at the gate. Ride passes were $5 cheaper when purchased online!

There were other ways to save as well. Members of the BC Automobile Association (BCAA) received a 30% discount on both general admission and ride passes.

In addition, on Fridays (August 26th and September 2nd, 2022), if you showed proof that you took public transit to the fair you got 2-for-1 admission! This deal was only available at the gate to the first 5,000 guests that showed their Compass product or proof of fare.

Most years, the PNE hosts live outdoor concerts by rock bands of yesteryear, as well as the occasional country and rock groups still big in the present day.

There weren’t any concerts in 2020 because of COVID-19, and the 2021 music lineup was smaller-scale without any massive headliners. In 2019 bands included Blue Rodeo, Burton Cummings, Colin James, Billy Idol, the Beach Boys and other famous groups.

To find out who performed in 2022, continue reading.

Click PNE Summer Concerts for more details!

PNE Summer Night Concerts in 2022 were held on the GMC Stage in the PNE Amphitheatre. The concerts started at 8:30 pm and ran on most days during the fair. Unlike in previous years, all concerts in the series were paid events. General admission to the fair was also required.

The lineup of PNE Summer Night Concerts in 2022 was as follows:

Click PNE Summer Concerts for more details!

In 2022 the PNE featured some of the fair’s traditional exhibits including its free SuperDogs shows, farm displays and the vendor marketplace.

PNE attractions for 2022 included the following:

The PNE features close to three dozen amusement rides. Some are for kids and others only for extreme thrill-seekers. Many of the rides spin, some drop and others just go around and around.

For a list of some of the rides at the PNE, and descriptions of each, see our article about Playland Rides.

At Playland, in a typical year, people buy a day pass and can enjoy the rides all day. During the PNE, on the other hand, some people buy day passes for the rides, some folks just buy tickets for individual rides, and some people don’t go on the rides at all – they enjoy all the other activities instead.

During the PNE most years, ride ticket coupons usually cost less than $2 each. Each ride then takes a varying number of tickets.

In 2022, all-day ride passes cost $50 at the gate for individuals who wanted access to all the available rides during the PNE. Some of them were restricted to individuals at least 4 feet tall (i.e., 120 cm). For the younger ones or those who weren’t interested in the bigger rides, there was also a “Fun Pass” that cost $39 and granted access to just a select number of family-friendly rides.

Below we categorize the different rides usually operating at the PNE. Every person is different though, so what’s a tame ride for some can be terrifying for others. It all depends on your comfort with heights, drops, speed and spins.

PNE rides for little kids in a typical year include Balloon Explorers, Bug Whirled, Cool Cruzers, Choppers, Cap’n KC, Dizzy Drop, The Flutterbye, Honeybee Express, Merry-Go-Round, Teacups and the Super Slide. All of these rides are pretty tame.

There are also amusement rides that are good for almost everyone, like the Ferris Wheel, Wave Swinger and Rock-n-Cars (i.e., bumper cars).

Most of the above attractions require riders to be at least 3 feet tall, although, with a few, smaller children can still ride with a parent. With a couple of the rides there is a maximum height restriction of 5 feet, and, with a few others, smaller children taller than 36 inches still have to ride with an adult.

Medium-level rides at the PNE include the Alien Abduction, Kettle Creek Mine Coaster, Octopus, Scrambler and Tilt-A-Whirl. Unless you suffer from motion sickness, most of these rides are pretty fun and not too over the top. Another popular ride is the Flume, which is a log chute-style ride where you get wet at the end.

Some people also consider the Pirate Ship a medium-level ride, although it’s definitely on the more extreme end of this category’s spectrum. We list Kettle Creek Mine Coaster above as medium-level, but on the other hand, it is also arguably at the high edge of the little kid range.

Some of the more serious rides at the PNE include the Atmosfear, Breakdance, the Crazy Beach Party, Gladiator and Music Express. They all rip around pretty fast! The Wooden Roller Coaster is also a serious ride when it is available.

The most serious rides at the PNE are, arguably, the Beast, Enterprise, Hell’s Gate and Hellevator. They are all pretty impressive!

The other two most extreme rides at the fair are the Drop Zone and Revelation, both of which cost extra. With the former, you are shot up into the air bungee-style, and with the other, you are spun around and around from ground level way up into the sky.

For more information about the various rides click Playland Rides Descriptions.

Below are some tips and advice to help you enjoy your PNE rides as much as possible.

TIP #1: If you don’t want to get wet, don’t go on the Flume. If it’s a hot sunny day though, and you do want to cool down, then head to the Flume early before the lineup gets really long. It’s an especially popular ride when the weather is hot.

TIP #2: For folks who don’t like spinning around and getting dizzy, some of the rides you’ll want to avoid include the Tilt-A-Whirl, Octopus, Breakdance, Gladiator, Scrambler and possibly even the Tea Cups.

TIP #3: If you’ve never been on a roller coaster and want to test one out, go on the Kettle Creek Mine Coaster first. It’s fun and a little crazy, but nothing too extreme.

TIP #4: In our opinion, the ride most likely to give you a heart attack is the Hellevator, followed by the Wooden Roller Coaster in years when it’s available. Rides most likely to make you queasy are the Enterprise, Revelation, Hell’s Gate, Octopus and Crazy Beach Party. Everyone is different though, so actual results may vary!

TIP #5: If you have neck or back problems, stick to the tamest rides (like the Ferris Wheel) and don’t even think about going on the roller coaster or even the bumper cars.

TIP #6: Proper footwear is required on some rides. For example, flip-flops and slip-on shoes are not allowed on the Beast or Hell’s Gate.

Every summer the PNE has a lottery where ticket purchasers can win a dream home as well as other valuable prizes. The PNE Prize Home is usually built on the grounds of the Pacific National Exhibition and during the PNE Fair in the summer people can go inside and look around.

Most years, after the fair ends and the lucky ticket is drawn, the house is moved to another location, usually outside the Lower Mainland. In 2021, however, the house was built and could be viewed at its permanent address. This was the case again in 2022, as tours were available in Langley on select weekends in June and July. Despite that, there was still a display on-site at the fair that you could have visited for a taste of what the main prize home was like.

In addition to the house, other prizes in the lottery typically include cars, vacations and cash.

To learn more about the lottery see our article about the PNE Prize Home Lottery.

Here are some more tips and suggestions on how to make the most out of your experience at the PNE:

TIP #1: You don’t have to go on rides to enjoy the PNE – you can easily spend the whole day just taking in the sights and entertainment. If you just want the rides, then you can go to Playland when the PNE isn’t taking place. Go in May, June, July, early August or late September.

TIP #2: If you don’t like crowds, then the Pacific National Exhibition might not be the best place to go as it is such a popular place. Good times to avoid the masses though include rainy days and in the evenings from about 7:30 until 9:30 while everyone is at the concerts.

For a look at some of the many great things to see and do at the Pacific National Exhibition, check out the video below.

The PNE is most famous for its end-of-summer Fair and Playland rides. The place hosts major events at other times of the year too though, including at Christmas. A couple of years ago it was the host venue for the Aurora Winter Festival. It hosted the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival before that. In 2021 the Pacific National Exhibition held the PNE WinterLights drive-thru event.

In 2022 the venue hosts the PNE Winter Fair. The Christmas-themed event runs daily from December 14th to the 23rd. At the event people can enjoy holiday illuminations, festive food, an outdoor market, ice skating and live entertainment.

Admission to the PNE Winter Fair in 2022 costs between $12 and $17 depending on your age and when you buy your tickets.

To learn more see our article about the PNE Winter Fair or visit the PNE’s Official Website.

In 2022 529,772 people attended the PNE Fair in the summer. This compares with 730,000 which was the last year before the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information about Playland and the PNE, check out the following:

For information on the PNE in October, click PNE Fright Nights at Halloween.

Other articles that may be of interest include the following:

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