The Fair at the PNE: What to Do and What to See!

By VFS Web Team, on August 25, 2016

The Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is a one hundred and six year old tradition, hosting thousands of people each year who are looking to get their last fix of fun before summer officially ends. More than fifty rides and midway games await them, along with a dynamite lineup of food vendors (those famous little doughnuts will be back!), and an array of exciting exhibits and attractions. The Fair runs until September 5, which means that you have two weeks of awesomeness left.

Here’s a list of five things we’re looking forward to this year:

1   We’re all about educational experiences, especially when those experiences allow us to learn new things while petting llamas and eating corndogs. If you’re interested in BC’s agricultural trade, visit Farm Country! Also, there’s pig racing. They wear adorable things and have cheeky names like Kevin Bacon. You're welcome.

2   An encore presentation of the Vancouver Film School Short Film Showcase is playing daily at 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. so make sure to check it out. If you’re unable to find your way to the PNE this year, don’t fret! There’s a playlist with the selected short films for your convenience on our YouTube channel. Here’s a sample of some of the incredible work below. We brag because we’re proud.


3   We teased the food thing earlier, but you have to check out the breakdown of vendors on the PNE website. It’s unreal. There’s always a newer, crazier hotdog croissant something or other and this year is no different. All we have to say is: elastic waistbands and pace yourselves. This is a marathon, not a sprint. And for those who are less brave with tasty experimentations, fear not. There are healthy options, too! 

4   If you’re a PNE regular and you’re looking to experience something new this year, check out these exhibits:

Angry Birds Universe Interactive Exhibition (Daily 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.)

Yes, the Angry Birds exhibit is geared more towards children but what does that even mean? Are we going to start feeling guilty about enjoying cotton candy now, too? Word on the street is you get to *safely* propel yourself on ziplines onto big foam structures and learn about the physics behind the games. You had us at zipline.

Alien Worlds and Androids (Daily 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

If you’re at all curious about extraterrestrial life and the science that’s bridging the gap between fiction and fact, go! 

5   A true fair experience wouldn’t be complete without one (or a dozen) rides. Here’s our list of favourites within our list of favourites:

  • Corkscrew – Playland’s offering of twisty, scream-fun which has also been featured in “Final Destination.” This fact alone should make you want to go on it more, right?
  • Crazy Beach Party! -- Imported from Germany, this ride spins and sways until you kind of want to puke, but not really. Bonus: there’s a painting of David Hasselhoff on the ride.
  • Pirate Ship – for those that love a low dose of thrill, the Pirate Ship offers that weird flippy thingy that your stomach does when you’re unnaturally defying gravity.
  • Music Express – Also gravity defying, Music Express whips you around until you are smushed into the person beside you. It’s a great date ride if you would like to quite literally crush your crush.
  • The Wave Swinger / Wooden Roller Coaster – these two are tied for “most nostalgic/Instagramable rides at the Playland.” Both are best at night when you get to see the PNE and Vancouver all lit up while feeling that slight autumn chill bite through the air.

Take that, Canada’s Wonderland!

Our social media team will be around the playground this Friday, so if you see a t-shirt that reads “Team Social”, go say hi! And for those upcoming students about to start their educational journey at VFS, Megan from Team Social will be giving away TWO tickets to Playland at Orientation today.

Get your sunscreen, print off our list, and have fun. If you want to share your PNE experiences, connect with us on social media. We love pictures and videos!

Header Image by Jenn Chan via Facebook

Wave Swinger Image by Paul Joseph via Flickr