Aug 21

5 tips for taking transit to the PNE Fair

The PNE Fair is conveniently located near myriad bus routes, including the 95 B-Line, 14, 16, 210 and 211, and TransLink’s boosting service to get you there. Look out for the PNE specials departing from Phibbs Exchange, 29th Avenue Station, Renfrew Station and the Pacific Coliseum.

Ready to transit to the PNE Fair? Here are some tips!

Save with a Compass Card

Load money onto a Compass Card and use it to pay your transit fare, and you’ll receive a discount over most cash fares. And if you visit the PNE Fair on Fridays (Aug 23,30), you’ll receive 2-for-1 adult gate admission by showing your Compass Card (or any of the other Compass fare products).

Compass Cards are available for a $6 deposit from Compass Vending Machines at SkyTrain stations and select London Drugs (adult only), online at compasscard.ca, and at select retailers.


Use your contactless credit card to pay your transit fare

Not quite ready to commit to a Compass Card?

On those same readers used for Compass Cards, you can tap your contactless Visa and Mastercard credit cards, as well as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay to pay for an adult, cash fare. Visit translink.ca/taptopay for details.

Both a Compass Card and a contactless credit card will allow you to transfer from bus to SkyTrain, while if you pay using cash onboard the bus, it will only allow transfers between buses.


One zone fare after 6:30 p.m. and on weekends

A Fair Gate Pass is just $6.00 after 9 p.m. and a Fair Ride Pass is just $30.75 after 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. Make it a trifecta of savings with transit!

SkyTrain and SeaBus are a one-zone fare for journeys that start after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Bus is a one-zone fare all day, every day.


Plan your trip using TransLink’s Trip Planner

Tell TransLink’s Trip Planner where you’re starting from and it’ll find the best route to get you to the PNE Fair. It will tell you how long your trip will take, if there are any transfers involved, whether there’s any walking required to get from one stop to another, and your transit fare.

Looking for something more personal? TransLink’s Customer Information team is available by phone at 604.953.3333, by live chat and @TransLink on Twitter.


Be prepared and know before you go

The PNE Fair is one of the most popular events in Metro Vancouver, so expect it to be busy — both while waiting in line for mini donuts and on transit getting there.

Summer is also road construction season. TransLink’s buses are only as reliable as the roads they travel on.

Check and subscribe to Transit Alerts for up-to-date information on service and detours. Text your bus stop number and route number to 33333 for next bus arrival times.

When waiting for the bus, stand by the bus stop pole to let the bus operator know you’d like to board. If you’re planning to get off at the next stop, pull the chord that runs along the window or push the “Stop” button to let the bus operator know.

For even more tips, visit TransLink’s Transit 101 page.

Aug 14

Beloved PNE Fair legend passes away at 88

It is with incredible sadness that the Pacific National Exhibition acknowledges the passing of one of our longest standing concessionaires and iconic members of our Fair family, Bill Konyk, known across the Canadian fair industry as Hunky Bill.

Bill passed away peacefully last night, surrounded by his family.

Hunky Bill was a beloved member of the extended PNE family for 52 years, beginning, as the legend has it, when the then Vancouver based radio executive bet a friend $10 that he could get a booth at the PNE to sell his homemade Ukrainian style perogy’s. The story goes that Bill showed up at the PNE administration office and spent an hour and a half convincing the then head of the PNE booth sales department to give him a chance. Konyk got his booth, won his $10 and began a 52-year journey during which time Hunky Bill has become one of the most iconic pitchmen and restaurateurs in Canadian history.

Hunky Bill’s has always been a family operated business spanning three generations. Bill’s loving wife Kay and three sons Bill Jr., Clayton, and Mark will continue on the tradition of serving the best Ukrainian food in the city.

Hunky Bill will be incredibly missed by his many friends and family across Canada, including all those in his PNE Fair family.

May 29

Entertaining Made Easy with Two Kitchens in the 2019 PNE Prize Home

Low and behold – it’s the time of the year to win your dream house with the PNE Prize Home Lottery! This farmhouse-inspired masterpiece, coupled with a contemporary twist will be relocated to Kelowna’s scenic Kirschner Mountain – so you can enjoy breathtaking views while preparing your every meal. This year’s Prize Home features two kitchens, making sure you have all the space to gather with and entertain your guests.

Nothing says home more than a clean and spacious kitchen that makes guests feel welcomed and you feel at ease. Since people at parties gravitate towards the kitchen, and you want to remain it tidy, this home comes complete with a separate prep kitchen – filled with Whirlpool appliances – to hide the mess and keep your secret recipes safe behind closed doors!

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the 36-inch KitchenAid induction cooktop and copper-toned Elica hood are the stars of the show. Add the finishing touches to your sauces here to leave your guests watching in awe from your dining nook. Don’t forget to start your guests off right with a chilled drink from the under-counter beverage centre from KitchenAid. On restless summer nights, grab your favourite midnight snack from your built-in fridge, all without making a peep because of the soft-close door technology from KitchenAid.

All of the appliances were supplied by PNE Prize Home partner Coast Appliances.

 

The off-white Corian quartz countertops require little to no maintenance, so you can focus on hosting and will never run out of counter space. The Maple Lacquer finished cabinets offer extra storage space, so you can tuck your finest china away.

Take a look and experience the home for yourself with the virtual tour found at the PNE Prize Home website.

Keep an eye out for future blog posts to see what the rest of the 2019 Prize Home has to offer.

Remember, this home can be yours! Visit pneprizehome.ca to purchase your lucky ticket now!