Harvestland is a new all-ages autumn-themed attraction that runs in conjunction with the Harvest Haus Oktoberfest event at Vancouver’s PNE in October.
Both Harvestland and Harvest Haus were cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. In 2021 the beer-drinking adults-only Oktoberfest event was going to happen, but it has since been postponed to February 2022. The family-friendly Harvestland event, however, was not scheduled to take place in 2021, and has not yet been announced for 2022.
Harvestland at the PNE
Celebrating its inaugural year in 2019, Harvestland was a family-friendly addition to Vancouver’s Harvest Haus Oktoberfest-themed festival. Whereas the latter was all about German beer and for adults only, the new attraction was for people of all ages.
Harvestland featured several themed areas including the Wooden Labyrinth, Kinder Farm, Bavarian Village, Harvest Rides & Marktplatz and a small all-ages Biergarten. Folk could enjoy a variety of old-fashioned games, a carnival ride, logger shows, Bavarian food, drink and various other seasonal activities.
Dates and Times
Running daily from October 10th to 20th in 2019 (except for October 15th when it was closed), Harvestland was open from 4:00 until 10:00 pm on weekdays and from 12:00 until 10:00 pm on weekends and holidays.
The event isn’t happening in 2021. Whether it does again in future years or not is to be determined.
Admission to Harvestland
General admission to Harvestland in 2019 cost $15.74 including taxes and fees. Children ages 4 to 12 and seniors ages 65+ were $10.49. There were also family packs available for 2 adults and up to 3 children that cost $47.24.
The rates listed above were for tickets purchased online in advance. Rates were subject to change and cost more expensive if purchased at the gate.
(Note: Admission to Harvestland did not include admission to Harvest Haus. Tickets to Harvest Haus, however, did include access to Harvestland.)
What to Expect
There were five themed areas at Harvestland in 2019. Each had different attractions for folk to enjoy.
Harvest Ride & Marktplatz
A ride and other attractions were available for folk during Harvestland (at an extra cost). The ride was called The Vertigo which offered guests a nice view of the festival grounds while spinning around high in the air. There were also some amusement-park-style midway games.
Vendors in the Marktplatz offered a variety of options for food and drink. Traditional Bavarian food such as bratwurst sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and more are offered within this area.
Harvestland Kinder Farm
The Kinder Farm area of Harvestland featured several attractions for children and people of all ages. As one might expect from the name of the zone, there were interactive and educational farm animal displays where folk could learn about and interact with farm animals.
Other activities in this area included a pumpkin patch and an egg arm. Both were free with admission and were best suited for families with young children. Tractor rides were also offered here and were free with the price of admission.
Bavarian Village at Harvestland
Old-fashioned games and activities could be found in Harvestland’s Bavarian Village. Had you gone you would have seen axe-throwing, sword-fighting, archery, lettuce chopping and pumpkin catapults. (Note: The activities in the Bavarian Village cost extra.)
One of the highlights of the festival was the logger show. This ran at 4:30 and 6:00 pm on weeknights and select times on weekends.
As the name suggests, the Wooden Labyrinth was a simple maze with wooden accents. Within the maze there were twists and turns and secret areas for folk to discover.
The maze was best for families with young children as it was not very big or too confusing. There were little areas scattered throughout the maze which make a good background for photos of little ones.
In addition to the large beer hall at the adults-only Harvest Haus event, Harvestland had its own small all-ages biergarten. There adult guests could enjoy a variety of classic Oktoberfest drinks and other favourite adult beverages.
Harvestland and Harvest Haus had a site-wide license so guests ages 19+ could enjoy their adult beverages anywhere throughout the festival venue.
For further details see the Harvestland event on the PNE‘s website.
For more information about the adjacent adults-only Oktoberfest event, see our article about Harvest Haus.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Vancouver Oktoberfest Events (for adults)
- Best Places for Children
- Lower Mainland Pumpkin Patches
- Halloween Activities for Kids
- Vancouver Events at Halloween
- Lower Mainland Haunted Houses
- Vancouver Autumn Activities
- Vancouver at Thanksgiving