Mar 12

The PNE Youth Council

Community and youth are at the heart of the PNE, so for us it made complete sense to develop a PNE Youth Council. The council’s objective is to provide local teens a unique opportunity to learn how a successful business operates and to nurture future business leaders of Vancouver.

Each year we select a group of 12 teens in grades 11 and 12 to join the Youth Council and we provide them key insights into the inner workings, business decisions and operational strategies of the PNE. The group gets access to our top leadership team and also have the chance to work on a major campaign or initiative, like  a new ride or attractions launch or a special promotional day. The major takeaway for the students though, beyond having a great time, meeting like minded youth, attending a Vancouver Giants game, PlaylandThe Fair, and Fright Nights and working on a cool campaign, is that they leave the program gaining business contacts, learning teamwork and leadership skills and they get to provide a voice for the community.

Are you or someone you know interested in joining? We’re currently accepting applications for our 2015/2016 group. For details on the program and to apply Click Here. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.


Feb 12

Looking Back at Fairs Passed

Through funding from the British Columbia History Digitization Program, the City of Vancouver Archives has been able to digitized thousands of our historic Fair images that the public can now easily view and share. This is a program that we’ve worked closely on over the past year, and are excited to be able to now share it publicly.

Take a look back through fairs passed to see how The Best Part of Summer has evolved and changed with the times!

A few of our favourite photos…


This lion water fountain is still used today during The Fair. It’s a little piece of history that children, parents, grandparents and even great grandparents can share.


The SuperDogs have been a Fair-favourite show for over 35 years.


Some things never change. Even back in 1964, there were lineups to tour the PNE Prize Home.

Women on Sky Glider chair liftsm

Many of you will remember the Sky Glider chair lift that soared above The Fair grounds. This photo is from 1971.

Ernie’s Soft Serve Ice Cream is a classic Fair treat, and one enjoyed by many guests during their annual visit. Ernie, and this same stand, have been at over 65 Fairs! Try his hot fudge Sunday this summer, it’s like nothing you’ll get elsewhere in town!



If you can remember back to the fairs from the 50’s and 60’s you’ll remember the annual competition for Miss PNE! Here’s Miss PNE 1959 with The Fair clown.

Jan 29

Our Journey to Zero Waste

From Playland and The Fair to indoor and outdoor year-round events, the staff at the PNE are committed to improving the PNE’s environmental footprint and making sustainability investment a top priority. We even have a full time Sustainability Captain on staff!

Here’s a few of the environmental strides that we’ve made:

  • On Wednesday August 27, 2014, we had our first attempt at a zero waste day during The Fair. With support from Vancity and their community partners we were able to divert 95% of that day’s waste from the landfill.
  • During The 2013 Fair, we diverted over 17 tonnes of pre-consumer food waste from the landfill, and collected and recycled 175 tonnes of animal waste and shavings from our agriculture department.
  • In 2014, 75 new waste diversion stations were added throughout Playland and the PNE Fairgrounds to increase our annual waste diversion rates.
  • 20,000 fluorescent tubes and incandescent light bulbs were saved from the landfill, and turned into recyclable glass and capturing bulb glass.
  • Food waste, scrap metal and garden waste are all collected and recycled by our staff to divert all of these items from the landfill.
  • We are a member of ClimateSmart, which measures and monitors for the purpose of reducing the our carbon footprint and environmental impact.
  • Used grease from many sources, including the oil used to cook Mini Donuts, is collected and recycled.
  • Non-recyclable food plastics and Styrofoam have been banned on site and we require any vendor coming to Hastings Park to use only compostable and recyclable containers.
  • We are a member of Green Sports Alliance where we share and gain sustainable information with other facilities.
  • Low flow toilets and automatic faucets were installed in the Pacific Coliseum and PNE Forum to reduce water usage.

We are on a journey to zero waste. That statement is HUGE, it extends throughout our buildings, our parks and our annual attractions, and it’s one that we’re proud of and working hard towards.