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Vancouver — By thevancouverguide on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 am
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Playland Celebrates 100 Years of Midway Fun!

When I was a teenager, during the summer months the most poplar place for my friends and I to hang out was the amusement park at Renfrew and Hastings Street.  Back then it was known as “Happy Land” until a big wooden rollercoast was built in 1958 and the park became known as “Playland”. The amusement park had been operating since 1910 when the east end of Vancouver was little more than wilderness with a campsite nearby so that folks could make the trip and spend the weekend.

I still have fond memories of my favorite ride, the Shoot the Chute,  where you’d ride down a chute into a tank of water.  Or wandering around the midway eating cotton candy or hot dogs.  Playland still has it’s appeal with kids today, and that big old wooden roller coaster still thrills as much as it ever did.

The neighbourhood of East Vancouver has grown all around the park now.  Today the amusement park has more than 40 rides including two roller coasters, a log ride, a Drop Zone and Hellevator.  There’s a 35 foot climbing wall and midway games.  And yes, cotton candy and hot dogs are still the standard fare for midway visitors.

In August it hosts the annual Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) and the park will be flooded with visitors attending shows, taking in the exhibits and enjoying the fun in the midway.

This week Playland marks its 100th birthday.  It will be open weekends until the school  year ends (April 24- June 27: Sat, Sun & holidays 10 – 6) Then it will be open daily.

Pacific National Exhibition (Playland)

2901 East Hastings St. (map)

TEL 604-253-2311

For hours and admission click here (Tickets available on-line)

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