The Fair at the PNE Unveils 2016 Line Up Wtih All-New Programming And Returning Faves

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The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) unveiled its line-up for the 2016 Fair at the PNE, British Columbia’s most popular event and an annual tradition for thousands of families from across the province. With a diverse entertainment line-up that will appeal to families, teenagers and those who are young at heart, the 2016 Fair is set to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated in recent memory.

“The Fair at the PNE is one of British Columbia’s most beloved and iconic events,” says Mike McDaniel, President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition. “With a diverse and exciting line-up of all-new exhibits and shows, and returning favourites, the 2016 Fair at the PNE provides the best ticket value in BC while delivering top-tier family entertainment.” 

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The Fair at the PNE Unveils 2016 Line Up Wtih All-New Programming And Returning Faves

5 Outrageous New Foods at Vancouver’s 2015 PNE Fair

Photo from the PNE blog

Photo from the PNE blog

Adventurous eaters have always found plenty to munch on at the PNE, Vancouver’s annual country fair and agricultural exhibit. From two-foot-long hotdogs to decadently battered mini donuts, the PNE is justifiably famous for its high-calorie, artery-busting offerings.

But 2015 promises to take the concept of indulgent fair fare to a whole new level. Though the PNE (Aug. 22-Sept 7) is still more than a month away, organizers have already unveiled on the official PNE blog some of the new menu options this year. Here are five outrageous foods debuting at this year’s fair:

Jalapeno Poutine Mini Donuts: This off-kilter take on poutine takes a second to get your head around. First, instead of fries, start with a bucketful of mini donuts. To that, add your cheese curds and gravy. Finally, top with a healthy helping of jalapeno pepper slices. Just when you thought poutine couldn’t get any more decadent … Offered by Cin City Mini Donuts, located in the PNE MarketPlace. 

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5 Outrageous New Foods at Vancouver’s 2015 PNE Fair

Broadway Hit Peter Pan (and Boyz II Men) Coming to Vancouver’s 2015 PNE Fair

Photo sourced from PNE.ca

Photo sourced from PNE.ca

Broadway is coming to the PNE. In a first, Vancouver’s 2015 Pacific National Exhibition – the city’s annual summer fair – will feature a Broadway production: the Tony-nominated hit Peter Pan.

The 90-minute spectacle, free with the price of admission ($16), is to be staged nightly at 7:30 p.m. for 9,500 guests in the Pacific Coliseum for the duration of the fair. It stars Tony Award-nominee Cathy Rigby, hailed by the Washington Post as having “mastered the boy who wouldn’t grow up.”

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Broadway Hit Peter Pan (and Boyz II Men) Coming to Vancouver’s 2015 PNE Fair

Off to the the races! Hastings Racecourse opens for 2015, Deighton Cup set for July in Vancouver

Photo credit: Hastings Racecourse on Facebook

Photo credit: Hastings Racecourse on Facebook

And there they go!

This coming Saturday and Sunday (April 25 and 26), the thoroughbreds will be off and running as Hastings Racecourse marks its opening weekend in Vancouver.

Whether or not you’re interested in betting, the scenic spot is a good place to enjoy some high-energy excitement on a nice day.

The season’s first stakes races happen this Sunday (April 26): the $50,000 George Royal and $50,000 Brighouse Belles. In 2015, the 50-day meet runs through October 12, with four tentative dates later in October.

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Off to the the races! Hastings Racecourse opens for 2015, Deighton Cup set for July in Vancouver

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 Personalities share their End of Summer Bucket Lists

Malkin Bowl: a popular summer concert destination || Photo CrediT; Flickr/Creative Commons Keep it Surreal

Malkin Bowl: a popular summer concert destination || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Paul Joseph

Swim at an outdoor pool. Go to Buntzen Lake. Say goodbye to sandals; say hello to closed toed shoes. Maximize patio time. Eat mini donuts at the PNE.

Thinking about the end of summer always makes me a bit panicky. Now that summer is running out and the sun is still shining I’ve decided I need to compile an ‘end of summer bucket list’ of places I want to go and Vancouver-y things I want to accomplish before the season’s end.

For a little inspiration I canvassed some Vancouver personalities about their end of summer bucket lists. As the days get shorter and the temperatures dip a little more each night, I want to stretch my summer to the max.

Below you’ll find some tips on how to extend the summer season from an artist, a mommy blogger, a designer, a food blogging duo and an editor/first time Sea Wheezer. Maybe you too will add a thing or two to your good-bye-sunny-warm-times-must-do-list.

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Vancouver Personalities share their End of Summer Bucket Lists