The 99th Annual Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)

The 99th PNE

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) opened in Vancouver today and tens of thousands came out to enjoy the annual fair which it now in its 99th year. It’s hard to believe the fair at the PNE has been around longer than before we were born (unless I have a 100 year old reader).

In 1910 Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier officially opened the first annual Pacific National Exhibition, known at the time as “The Industrial Exhibition.” The Fair was seen as a showcase of British Columbia to the rest of Canada and the world, and was the second largest event of its kind in North America, behind the New York State Fair.

Since the first Fair, the annual event has become the largest annual ticketed event in the province, and continues to draw in excess of 900,000 visitors during its 17 days.

Many significant events in the history of British Columbia occurred during the annual Fair at the PNE. Throughout the Fair’s long life numerous technological firsts debuted at the PNE, including the first rotary telephone in the Pacific Northwest, and aircraft and rocketry displays. Many of today’s largest consumer shows got their start as a part of the annual Fair including: the Vancouver Boat Show, the BC Home Show and the Pacific International Auto Show, which all began as displays at the PNE.

Over the past decade, the PNE has evolved from its role as an industry showcase into a center for entertainment and family fun. World class and award-winning shows such as Cirque Pop, City Rhythm and Bring on the Night were all created especially, and exclusively for the PNE. Traditional favorites such as the Superdogs Show, created at the PNE in 1984 continue to thrill over 300,000 fair-goers annually.

Over in the east coast, Toronto is hosting the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). You would think with a name like that and Toronto being a much larger city, the CNE would be bigger than the PNE. However, that is not the case. The PNE makes the CNE look like a little side show. One more win for Vancouver!

The PNE runs from now until September 7. If you’re in Vancouver, it’s worth spending the day there. Make sure you try the outdoor BBQ chicken!

The 99th PNE

The 99th PNE

The 99th PNE

21 thoughts on “The 99th Annual Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)”

  1. hospitalera says:

    Looks like great fun! It might be also a nice hunting ground for new ideas for web sites and blogs?! SY

  2. Faisal says:

    Great atmosphere. Seems my “places-to-see” list got bigger. Chicken and beef BBQ looked yummy.

  3. People just need a reason to celebrate and this is the perfect example of that.

    John would love to see your face in that as well … Dad and Daughter same to same … lollzz

  4. EarningStep says:

    huge of people there. but i love your last photo …. so she is your daughter ? what a sweet girl

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, that is Sally Chow.

      1. EarningStep says:

        i wonder she is used mask or it just a paint on her face . sure her face is not like you … lol but her brain is.

        1. John Chow says:

          It’s face paint.

  5. That looked like so much fun! I went to Vancouver at the wrong time this year! Hehehe.. Glad you shared the video and pictures. Maybe I will go next year at its 100th anniversary! 😀

  6. fas says:

    Looks alot of fun. Which Camera was that? The Canon?

    1. John Chow says:

      The photos were by the Canon SD960. The video was from the Canon HFS100.

  7. Phil Hogan says:

    Awe, the PNE…It’s been many years since I’ve been. I hope to make the trip over next year.


  8. It looks like a fun day.

  9. That looks like an awesome event! Probably one we’ll have to add to our list of travels.

    Nice pictures too.


  10. I would gladly travel to this Exhibition. Looks pretty fun!

  11. Looks like a great fun! Good photos John

  12. Looks like a great exhibition, fantastic atmosphere! 😀

  13. nixon says:

    excellent…. wow it was so amazing, i want to see it all over again…

    this site also have a lot of info to help you

  14. So, dad and daughter both were blogging 🙂 She has a very attractive face pant. It must be your idea 🙂 Nice educational party.

  15. videostar says:

    People are having a good time.That’s great!Sally has already a great experience of participation in mass actions.

  16. Look like you had a lot of fun especially Sally.

  17. That looked like so much fun! I went to Vancouver at the wrong time this year! Hehehe.. Glad you shared the video and pictures. Maybe I will go next year at its 100th anniversary!

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