Grey skies. Rainy days. Chilly nights. March in Vancouver can make you dream for the glorious summer months ahead of sunshine, fireworks at English Bay and maybe a mini-doughnut or two and a ride on the wooden roller coaster at the PNE fair.
Don’t despair. Even though Playland at the PNE doesn’t even open for another six weeks, you can still get a mini preview of summer excitement this weekend in downtown Vancouver. Just in time for the end of spring break, Canada’s largest indoor carnival has rolled into BC Place.
PlayDome packs a whopping 45 rides and attractions into BC Place. And these aren’t just kiddie rides. Here’s what you can expect.
Brave the Ring of Fire, holding on as open air cars lurch back and forth (and upside down) inside a massive loop. Experience mega G forces (and try not to lose your lunch) while whirling round and round on the Zero Gravity ride. Or – for the real daredevils – be dropped from the heights of BC Place on the Super Shot, which slowly creeps higher and higher before suddenly plummeting back to earth with its screaming cargo.
The carnival also features classics like the Ferris wheel, the Zipper and the old favourite 1001 Nights. The thought of taking a spin on the Ferris wheel in the same stadium where the Lions and Whitecaps play actually sounds pretty fun.
Apart from the attractions, the other big perk of PlayDome is the price. A Dome Pass, valid for all rides, is $25 (which is a bargain, if you’ve been keeping up with carnival prices these days). If you plan to spend a few days at PlayDome, you can also get a multi-day Dome Pass for $40. And if you just want to come and watch all the excitement, Guest Passes are available for $6. Tickets are only available at the BC Place Stadium box office.
PlayDome runs from Friday, March 16, to Tuesday, March 20. On Friday, March 16, it’s open 2 p.m.-9 p.m. All other days, it’s open 10 a.m.-9 p.m.