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Vancouver’s Playland Amusement Park at the PNE

Roller Coaster and Entrance to Playland

Playland at the PNE is Vancouver’s amusement park with all kinds of rides including a roller coaster, bumper cars and fun kiddy rides.

For tickets and full details, see the PNE/Playland website.


This article contains the following information:

About Playland | Hours & Admission | Playland Rides in 2021 | Tips & Advice | Other Information

Click any of the above links to jump to a specific topic, or continue reading to learn all about Vancouver’s Playland amusement park. Or, for PNE events and activities at various times of the year, click Pacific National Exhibition (from late August until early September) or Halloween Fright Nights (in October). For descriptions of individual rides, see our article about Vancouver’s Playland Rides.


Playland in 2021


Playland at the PNE

Playland is Vancouver’s amusement park. It usually runs on weekends in the late spring and early fall, and daily in the summer, except for the last three weeks leading up to the September Long Weekend when the place turns into the Pacific National Exhibition, or PNE.

The 2021 season began on June 11th and runs until September 12th.


For tickets and full details about the amusement park in 2021 visit the PNE/Playland website.


View of Playland from the Ferris Wheel
Rides at the Amusement Park


About Playland

Playland is a great place for kids. It has all kinds of rides including two roller coasters, with one being a 50+ year-old wooden antique.

At Playland there is also AtmosFear and the Drop Zone (the last of which is kind of like bungee-jumping, except that they shoot you up through the air). There are also all kinds of rides for tiny folk.

Playland is a great place – it’s not modern and fancy like Disneyland, but still tons of fun.

Think of Playland kind of like a large fancy midway carnival that comes to your town once a year and sets up in a parking lot – with the usual Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler and Ferris Wheel. Playland has some fancier rides too though, like the giant Wave Swinger, the Beast and Hellevator. It’s impressive and kids love the place!

For descriptions of the attraction’s various rides see our article about Playland’s Rides.


PNE Mascot at Playland


Playland Hours and Admission

In 2021 Playland runs from June 11th until September 12th. Expected days and hours of operation are listed below. Note: exact dates, times and other details are subject to change.

  • June 11th to 27th, 2021: Fridays from 6 pm to 11 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm.
  • July 2nd to July 31st, 2021: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm up until July 9th. From July 9th, expected hours on Fridays and Saturdays are from 11 am to 5 pm and from 6 pm to 11 pm.
  • August 1st to 20th, 2021: 11 am to 5 pm on Thursdays and Sundays. Also open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm and again from 6 pm to 11 pm.
  • September 10th to 12th, 2021: Friday and Sunday from 6 pm to 11 pm. On the Saturday it’s expected to be open from both 11 am to 5 pm and from 6 pm to 11 pm.


For tickets and full details about the amusement park in 2021 visit  the PNE/Playland website.


Playland Ferris Wheel


Tickets Prices

In 2021 there are two different one-day passes to choose from. The Family Fun Pass costs $29.50 and allows access to kid-friendly rides. The Thrill Seeker Pass, meanwhile, costs $39.50. It’s for people over 48 inches tall. The second option also includes access to the kid-friendly rides.

Below are a couple of tips to keep in mind for future years (when Playland will hopefully be operating as it usually does).

TICKET TIP #1: Buy your tickets in advance online or at 7-11, Safeway, Save-on-Foods or Urban Fare and save between $2 and $5. (Note: This likely won’t be in effect again until 2022.)

TICKET TIP #2: Admission is often half-price for full fare (i.e., 48″+ tickets) on Tuesdays between early July and mid-August. To qualify you needed to arrive between 2 pm and 6 pm. (Note: This likely won’t be in effect again until 2022.)


Playland Ride Fun
Breakdance Amusement Ride


Playland Rides in 2021

The following rides are running at Playland, at least to start the 2021 season:

AtmosFear, Balloon Explorers, The Beast, Breakdance, Bug Whirled, Cap’n KC, Choppers, Cool Cruzers, Dizzy Drop, Enterprise, Flutterbye, Gladiator, Hell’s Gate (unavailable for the first few days), Honeybee Express, Kettle Creek Mine Coaster, Merry-Go-Round, Music Express, Pirate Ship, Revelation, Rock’n’Cars, Sea-to-Sky Swinger, Sweet Escape Mini Golf, Tea Cups, West Coast Wheel, and Wooden Roller Coaster (unavailable for the first few days).

For more information about each ride in 2021, along with rides that may return in the future, check out our Playland Rides article.


2021 PNE Fair


Tips and Advice

Below are some suggestions and additional information to help you make the most out of your Playland experience.

TIP #1: Take a sun hat and sunscreen on hot sunny days as there isn’t a lot of shade. Also take a water bottle.

TIP #2:  Try to arrive early on weekends and days with good weather. This way you’ll be able to enjoy the most popular rides first, before the afternoon crowds and accompanying ride lineups.

TIP #3: The Flume (water log chute ride) is especially popular on hot days. Also, do the roller coasters and Flume early in the day before the crowds form, or at the end of the day if it’s not hot weather. You don’t want to be cold for the rest of the day after getting soaked on the Flume! (Note: the Flume wasn’t operating in 2021.)

TIP #4:  If you plan to leave and return later, don’t forget to get a re-entry stamp on your way out so you can get back in.

TIP #5:  Most years members of the BC Automobile Association (BCAA) get around 30% off admission and ride passes at the Pacific National Exhibition (i.e., when Playland becomes the PNE from the third week of August until the first weekend in September). The discount is for the PNE, not Playland.

TIP #6:  Some people love the old wooden and rickety roller coaster, and some people don’t. It’s a “classic” (i.e., antique), so don’t say you haven’t been warned!


Playland in 2021


Other Information

For more information on Playland in the summer, see the official PNE/Playland website.

For details about the PNE in late August and early September, see the Pacific National Exhibition.

To learn about Playland in October in the lead up to Halloween, click Halloween Fright Nights.

For a description of the attractions at the amusement park, see our article about Playland Rides.

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