PNE’s Wooden Roller Coaster Recognized as a “Place that Matters”

Photo: Pacific National Exhibition

Photo: Pacific National Exhibition

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation will be presenting a plaque during today’s 11:30 a.m. Superdogs performance at the Pacific Coliseum.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Places That Matter plaque project began in 2011 to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary of incorporation as a city, and the goal of the project is to raise awareness about the people, places and events that tell the story of Vancouver’s history.

Best Ever?: The Wooden Roller Coaster at the PNE

With the PNE in town, it might be a good time to revive the age-old debate: Could the Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland be the best coaster ever?

Upon initial consideration, this claim might seem a bit over the top.   The Wooden Roller Coaster, after all, was built all the back in 1958.  Its maximum height is a mere 75 feet and its top speed is a sluggish 90 kilometers per hour (Modern steel coasters, by comparison, can reach heights of nearly 500 feet and speeds in excess of 200 kilometers per hour).  The Wooden Roller Coaster doesn’t go upside down or backward.  And the ride lasts a mere 90 seconds.

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Best Ever?: The Wooden Roller Coaster at the PNE