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.

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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.


Jan 22

V5K Proud

The PNE has been a proud member of the Hastings Sunrise Community for 105 years, and boy have we seen the neighbourhood change! It seems that every day there is a new trendy restaurant or artisan cafe popping up and new families moving into this ever evolving, but always vibrant community.

We strive to not only produce attractions that all of Greater Vancouver can enjoy, but also events for our neighbours including a Farmers’ Market, annual Community Day at Playland and a Community BBQ. We’re also proud to host and support the events and initiatives of local community groups including this weekend’s LightWaterDrums lantern festival, community park walks, a Terry Fox Run for the local schools, an Easter egg hunt, the Learn to Fish Programs in the Sanctuary and numerous local conferences, workshops and festivals.

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The 2014 Winter Farmers’ Market ran every Sunday throughout October and November here at Hastings Park. We are excited to announce that the market will return this spring, fall and winter! More details to come!

Learn to fish

Did you know that you could learn about fish identification, conservation, safety, proper fish handling, tackle, rod rigging, casting and enjoy an hour of hands on fishing at the Sanctuary? The program starts up again March 14.


We are proud to once again host LightWaterDrums this Saturday, January 24, from 5:30-9pm. Come out to the free lantern festival and celebrate the beauty of the dark and wet winters of Vancouver.

Neighbourhood BBQ

At the launch of summer, we host a free Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood BBQ to bring the community together in the beautiful garden’s and parks here at Hastings Park.


Since 2012 we have hosted a Hastings Little League day at Playland. $10 from every ticket sold on the day is donated to help the league in hosting the 2016 Little League Canadian National Tournament. In total $67,380 has been raised.


We are happy to support our community’s events and festivals. In events like the community Bike Fest we provided waste stations, bike racks, clean-up crews and administrative support.

As we move forward with Hastings Park permanently being our home we will continue to grow our connection with the local community with continuing to build our programs and outreach. Check out all of our Community Relations initiatives and for local residents, make sure you’re signed up to receive our community e-newsletter to keep up with what’s happening here at Hastings Park.