Playland Opens this Weekend with a Thrilling New Ride for 2015

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Playland at the PNE, Vancouver’s only amusement park, will be kicking off its 2015 season this Saturday, May 16th at 10:00am and will be open every weekend until June 21st, when it will remain open every day of the week for the rest of the summer.

This year, Playland will be introducing a new ride into their lineup of lovable favourites that include the famous Coaster, Corkscrew, Crazy Beach Party, and the Hellavator (full list of rides is here). New for 2015, thrill-seekers can check out “The Beast” a stomach-churning, high-flying monster of a ride!

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Playland Opens this Weekend with a Thrilling New Ride for 2015

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

On this long weekend we celebrate the birth of Her (late) Majesty, Queen Victoria. Some of this weekends celebratory events include a vampire movie, tiki burlesque, a suitably British car show, a drag competition, and Buddhist meditation, all of which can be feasibly done while sipping a dainty cup of tea and keeping tabs on the commonwealth.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Fright Nights at Playland, Oct. 10-Nov. 1 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Fright Nights at Playland

photo: Fright Nights at Playland

Western Canada’s scariest event is back with even more terrifying rides and attractions for the 2014 Halloween season. Brace yourself for bloodcurdling screams coming from inside the Haunted Houses, hair-raising creatures roaming behind you on the grounds, and gut-wrenching rides hurdling you through the dark as Fright Nights invades Playland at the PNE October 10th to November 1st.

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Fright Nights at Playland, Oct. 10-Nov. 1 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Vancouver’s Playland Amusement Park Getting $80-million Facelift

8202639344_6e065fc2b2_zVancouver’s famous Wooden Roller Coaster may be getting a little sprucing up.

Playland at the Pacific National Exhibition – the nearly century-old amusement park on the edge of downtown Vancouver – is about to begin an $80-million restoration project. The massive undertaking, set to start next fall and be completed over 13 years, will increase the size of the park by 50 percent, from 6 hectares to 9 hectares.

Playland and the PNE have a long, storied history in Vancouver. Hastings Park, home of Playland, was given to Vancouver by the province back in 1889.  The first annual PNE Fair took place way back in 1910.  Happyland, the precursor to Playland, opened in 1926.

Over the years, however, Playland has started to show its age.  Some of its signature rides, like the 1958 Wooden Roller Coaster and the 1960 Wave Swinger, are more than a half-century old, while many others, including the Scrambler, Pirate Ship, and Log Flume date from the 1980s.  The renovation plans call for modernizing rides while also “introducing a softer, more welcoming look and feel,” according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.

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Vancouver’s Playland Amusement Park Getting $80-million Facelift

Top 5 Decadent Foods at Vancouver’s 2014 PNE Fair

640px-Deep_frying_chicken_upper_wingThe PNE, Vancouver’s down-home country fair, is in town once again Aug. 16-Sept. 1, delighting crowds with the usual assortment of stomach-rumbling rides, agricultural exhibits and, of course, the most decadent food imaginable.

This year, there are some new additions to the calorie-rich smorgasbord at the fair, as well as many favourites from past years. Here are five decadent foods not to be missed at this year’s PNE.  Hope you’re hungry.

Deep-fried cheesecake at Granny’s Foods: What makes a rich, creamy cheesecake even more delicious? Dunking it a vat of boiling oil, of course.  Granny’s deep-fried cheesecake consists of a small sliver of cake, wrapped in a pastry coating and then fried to a crispy, golden-brown.  Also try delicacies like deep-fried Oreos and even deep-fried Kool-Aid. Continue reading:
Top 5 Decadent Foods at Vancouver’s 2014 PNE Fair