Jul 16

History at the PNE

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been three years since our 100th Anniversary Celebration for The Fair at the PNE but looking back over all our old photos and newspaper clippings, it’s clear we’ve had one amazing ride.

Along to see over 40 years of the PNE’s operations is Debie Leyshon, Director of Corporate Services and the organization’s unofficial archivist. There is even a “Leyshon Lane” on the PNE Grounds named after her; Debie has a wealth of experience from decades of overlooking Playland and the annual Fair – including some really colourful stories!

Debie Leyshon

Debie as a child in 1956, pictured with her cousin at The Fair

Did you know we’ve collected hundreds of other photos over the years? Check out some of what our history has to offer.


1954: Miss PNE


1969: Midway Games of the Past


1970s: A Couple Strolling Through the Park


1970: The Canucks’ First NHL Goal


1976: Fun on the Bumper Cars