12 WAYS TO SAVE AT THE FAIR AT THE PNE SPECIAL DAYS AND DEALS LET EVERYONE JOIN IN THE FUN!

The iconic Pacific National Exhibition has been a beloved summer tradition with B.C. families for over 100 years. In the spirit of inclusivity and to honour Canada’s 150th birthday, the PNE is proud to offer many discounted passes and special deals so that families of any size and budget can join in the festivities. These opportunities are in addition to the advantages of pre-booking passes online – yet another way to stretch your summer entertainment dollars to the maximum.

 The 12 best ways to save on admissions or Playland passes at the 2017 Fair.

  • Celebrate Canada 150 on Opening Weekend 11am – 1pm Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20
  • Show your Canadian pride by visibly wearing red or a maple leaf and receive Fair Gate admission for just $1.50.
  • Heroes’ Opening Weekend 11am – Late, Saturday, August 19 and Sunday August 20 
  • FREE gate admission for First Responders and a guest. 

Promotion is valid for current and retired police, RCMP, ambulance workers and firefighters plus one guest. First Responder must present a valid First Responders service card at the gates. Guest does not require a service card.

  • FREE Gate Admission for all guests 11am- 1pm, Tuesdays, August 22 and 29

          Re-entrance hand stamps will only be given after 1pm. Guests are welcome to re-enter the gates prior to 1pm without hand stamp.

  •  Wild Ride Wednesdays 11am – 1pm, Wednesdays, August 23 and 30

            Purchase two Playland passes for the price of 1. Only available onsite day of promotion. Does not apply to ride coupons or complimentary passes.

  • Seniors’ Day 11am – Late, Thursday, August 24

            Seniors 65+ receive FREE gate admission.

  •  Vancity Member Special 11am – Late

            NEW extended special – offer valid every day of The Fair. Vancity members receive $5 gate admission.

  •  BCAA “Membership is Rewarding” rate

BCAA members can visit bcaa.com for special discounts on gate and ride passes for the Fair.

Special Offers:

  •  Pinwheel Deals

            A Fair-wide coupon book offering over $350 in savings. $2 at any Guest Services location, or purchase any Fair Pass online by July 31st and receive a voucher for a free Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book with every order.

  •  After Dark Gate Pass

            After 9pm nightly, purchase a Fair gate pass for just $5.

  •  Twilight Ride Pass After 5pm

            Presented by 94.5 Virgin Radio, Tuesday through Thursday, purchase a Playland pass for $29.75.

Online/Retailer Savings

Save up to $9 when visitors purchase their Fair gate or Playland passes online or at certain Lower Mainland retailers. Retail passes will be available in August. For information, visit http://www.pne.ca

Contests and promotions

All 2017 Fair contests and promotions will be posted at http://www.pne.ca by July 2017. For comparison, the regular admission and pass rates are listed below.

2017 Fair Dates and Times

The 2017 Fair will run from Saturday August 19, until Monday September 4, 2017, and will be closed on Monday August 21 and Monday August 28. Open 11 am until late (weather permitting).

Gate Price

Fair Gate Pass (14-64 years old): $17.00

Online Price: $14.00

Fair Senior Gate Pass *(65 years+; Available onsite and online only; not available at retailers) : $8.50

Online: $6.50

Fair Child Gate Pass (13 years and under) *A maximum of five children aged 13 and under admitted free per one paying adult 21 years of age or older: FREE

Online: FREE

Fair Ride Pass (Over 48” tall): $44.75

Online: $41.75

Fair Ride Rapid Pass Add-On*: $20.00 

Fair Junior Ride Pass (Under 48″ tall): $34.75

Online: $31.75

Fair Season Gate Pass *Online savings will go up to $45.50. Available online only starting August 19, 2017: $40.50

 Fair Gate and Ride Combo Pass *Available online or at retailers online: $52.75

After Dark Gate Pass *Available only at on-site ticket booths after 9pm daily: $5

 Twilight Ride Pass *Available only at on-site ticket booths after 5pm Tuesday through Thursday: $29.75

 Fair Ride Coupons

$1.75 each or 30 coupons for $44.75 *Available for sale on-site only. Each ride requires 4 – 8 coupons per rider 

Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book

Offering over $350 in Fair-wide savings! Available only at on-site ticket booths

ONLINE SPECIAL: Purchase any Fair Pass online by July 31st, and receive a voucher for a free Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book with every order. $2

Craft Beer FestNew reduced admission rate! 

Includes one 4oz sampling cup. Online purchase includes access to a pre-purchased ticketholder line. Beer tokens are $2 each and can be purchased onsite. $7

Online: $5

PNE Donut Dash-5K Run

NEW – kids pricing!

Early Bird: (first 500 registrants) Regular: $35 Kids: $20

June 1: Regular $40 Kids: $25

June 1-July 15: Regular $45 Kids $30

July 16-August 13: Regular $50 Kids $35

Online registration ends on Sunday, August 13, 2017

For more information about The Fair at the PNE visit: www.pne.ca.

About the PNE:

Owned by the City of Vancouver, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is a healthy and vibrant non-profit organization dedicated to providing over 3 million visitors a year with first-class cultural, sporting and family entertainment events. Founded in 1910, the PNE operates from a 114-acre site at Hastings Park, a multi-facility venue in Vancouver where the organization operates four activity streams: an annual 15-day Fair, Playland Amusement Park, maintenance and care of the Hastings Park site and management of the site’s year-round facilities. These facilities are utilized to celebrate a variety of hockey, amateur sporting, music, community, social, cultural and commercial events throughout the year.  

GET FILTHY CLEAN AT 5K FOAM FEST!

(Abbotsford, BC) Frothy. foamy, and loaded with fun, 5K Foam Fest is coming to Abbotsford on June 3rd.

As part of 365 Sport Inc.’s 2017 national tour, Foam Fest will be held across Canada but in only three BC locations — Nanaimo, Sun Peaks, and Abbotsford.


With over 22 obstacles, 2.5 million cubic feet of foam, mucky mud pits, kids’ zone, 20-foot ‘sky fall’ drop, bouncy castles, the world’s tallest portable inflatable waterslide, food and drink vendors, and an on-site DJ, everyone can participate in good clean fun. Participants will also receive a race-bib, tattoo, water, medal, beach towel, and a Chapman’s Sports Lolly. 


As part of 365 Sport Inc.’s ‘give-back’ policy to feed families across Canada, each Foam Fest event partners with the location’s local food bank. Participants who bring a non-perishable food item will receive a custom branded 5k foam fest lanyard and 365 Sport Inc. will also make a financial contribution.
“Foam Fest is an energizing, non-competitive community event that gives locals an opportunity to come out and have fun. This is our fourth season as we keep scoping out new destinations to build partnerships with. We are thrilled to come to Abbotsford and show everyone what Foam Fest is made of. Based on last year’s attendance, we anticipate 70,000 participants nationwide, of which 6,000 will be coming from the Lower Mainland,” says Michael Lambert, Director of Partnerships.

With sport event hosting being such an important mix of attracting visitors to Abbotsford, Tourism Abbotsford is a strong supporter of the event.
“It’s great working with 365 Sports Inc., as they prepare to bring Foam Fest to Abbotsford. Part of what makes for a vibrant and united community, are large-scale events like this. We know our community will come out and join in on the fun, but we are also excited to host visitors as they explore our backyard,” says Craig Nichols, Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford.  

For pricing, location, and registration, see full details. 

ABOUT TOURISM ABBOTSFORD 

Tourism Abbotsford represents over 300 marketing partners, leads the delivery of Visitor Services, and has operated the Fraser Valley Tradex & Exhibition Centre (Tradex) since 2003. Tourism Abbotsford’s commitment to best practices has resulted in being recognized as a BC Tourism Industry Award recipient in Community Sport Tourism, in addition to earning a BC DMO Professional Excellence Award. To learn more, visit tourismabbotsford.ca and search #exploreabbotsford on social media.

Spring Break: PlayDome at BC Place, March 22-26, 2017

Western Canada’s largest and most anticipated indoor carnival is back for spring break 2017 as PlayDome returns to BC Place. PlayDome features more than 45 rides and attractions, plus your favourite carnival snacks and games, all under one roof!

PlayDome will be open from Wednesday, March 22nd through to Sunday, March 26th. There’s no better place for families from across the Lower Mainland to spend their spring break. All of your favourite rides and attractions have returned, so be sure to take a spin on the Tornado, experience weightlessness on the Alien Abduction and soar into the sky with the Mini Jets.
Once you’ve taken a turn on all the rides, snack on all your favourite fair foods like cotton candy and mini donuts and play the always-entertaining Carnival Games.
Find more information visit their FAQ page or phone 604-669-2300.
Prices: 
$29 Dome Pass (valid for full day, all rides)

$49 Ultimate Pass (5-days, all rides) 

$8 Guest Pass (required to enter as a spectator)

For groups sales contact 604-252-3663 / groupsales@pne.ca
*Children under 2 years old admitted free (for safety reasons, they are not permitted to ride)

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with FlyOver Canada!

For a limited time, FlyOver Canada presents Flight of the Dragon, a flight ride experience that takes you over the breathtaking Chinese countryside and renowned landmarks.


FlyOver Canada invites all guests to come and enjoy both FlyOver Canada and Flight of the Dragon; two virtual flight rides for the regular admission price! Save time onsite, buy tickets online now.

The Flight of the Dragon Experience
Start your experience off in our pre-show room, where you will see beautiful festive decorations and still images of Chinese New Year celebrations. Then, buckle up your seat-belt and get prepared for our virtual flight ride double feature!


First, follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery during Flight of the Dragon. Then, remain seated and take off once again shortly after to experience the Ultimate Flying Ride, FlyOver Canada, a thrilling virtual flight ride that takes you across Canada from east-to-west. Both rides incorporate state of the art special effects including wind, scents, mist in addition to the movement of your seat to make you feel like you are truly flying. 
The complete experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes.


Entrance/Show Times

Entrance times are every 20 minutes.

Please note that the queuing area is partially exposed to the elements. They suggest that guests dress accordingly for the weather, particularly on weekends when there may be wait times.

To avoid entrance lineups, FlyOver Canada strongly suggests purchasing FastLane Admission tickets on weekends . Purchase your FastLane tickets now.

{{Giveaway}} Celebrate Dry, Family New Year’s with Vancouver Christmas Market!

Vancouver Christmas Market will be hosting a Dry New Year’s Family Celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 11am-9pm at Jack Poole Plaza. This family-focused, dry event will offer a host a children’s entertainment, live music, food and gift vendors to ring in the New Year as a family. 


This is the perfect event for the young and young at heart to embark on some holiday family fun. Mom and Dad will find it hard to keep up as little ones enjoy the following delightful activities: 
Visit the Photo Hut for a family photo op.

Take a spin on the carousel!


Keep dry and warm up in the heated Alpine Haus.

Listen to live music from Des Larson, Paul Filek, and BANG.

Receive FREE kids glitter tattoos. Choose from fun designs that celebrate the New Year, German-style: A ladybug, a little pig, fireworks, and more! 

Enjoy FREE kids balloon twisting.

Receive a FREE kids caricature: Get a funny artwork souvenir as we head into the New Year.

To view the complete event schedule click here: VCMentertainment

Ticket prices
Single Admission from Adult $8 Children 0-6, Free

Admission is subject to event capacity. 

For ticket bookings and further details, visit: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Please note that Vancouver Christmas Market is not an official viewing area for the 2016 New Year’s Eve fireworks. For detailed information about viewing zones, please visit: nyevan.com

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Personalized greetings for the kiddos from Santa! #PortableNorthPole {{Promo Code}}

The most magical time of the year is here, and for many families worldwide, the Christmas holiday wouldn’t be complete without personalized video messages from Santa to the kids and kids-at-heart by Portable North Pole (PNP). 

The No 1 mobile Santa app is considered a cherished, modern tradition with more than 125 million videos viewed worldwide. PNP lets you create and send adorable videos and calls online or with the free mobile app. New this year – a special Reaction Recorder (mobile app only) that lets you capture the moment of joy and surprise when Santa Claus reveals whether your child is on his “naughty” or “nice” list – creating a cherished keepsake for parents.  

It only takes a few minutes to craft a magical video from Santa that your child, friends and family members will remember forever. Simply visit the PortableNorthPole.com web site or download the mobile app for iOS and Android. Create a video by entering details such as name, age and the gift your loved one is hoping for, and upload favorite pictures.  


The end result is a richly visual, cinematic video where the iconic Santa Claus himself addresses your child, friends and family members directly from his fairy-tale home in the North Pole. In addition to the Reaction Recorder, the mobile app also offers fun extras for littles, including holiday games to play, like shaking ornaments off a tree, and having Santa’s elves repeat what you say back to you in their endearing voices.  



PNP offers free videos for everyone, with the option to upgrade to a premium package, including the Video Pass (PLACEHOLDER ADD WEB PRICE) or Magic Pass (PLACEHOLDER ADD WEB PRICE). Both packages provide enchanting premium video storylines to choose from, with each offering five or more minutes of footage featuring several adorable experiences to watch, such as visiting with the elves as they work on your Big Book or see them in busy with the reindeer on Christmas Eve, as well as the Reaction Recorder (mobile app only). They also let you create an unlimited number of premium videos, and come with a special “Santa’s Coming” video to watch on Christmas Eve and birthday messages. The Magic Pass also includes 20 wonderful holiday messages from Santa that kids can listen to on the phone, and
four story time videos read by Santa himself, that are made available each week leading up to
Christmas.  


To help spread a little extra cheer to those who may need it the most, PNP donates five percent
of all online sales proceeds to more than 40 children’s hospitals around the world. More than $300,000 has been donated on behalf of PNP’s fans since 2012.  

PNP can be enjoyed in 180 countries and in six different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.  

For more information, please visit Portable North Pole at https://www.portablenorthpole.com.


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20% will automatically be deducted and you will see the price difference right away!

 {{Giveaway}} Vancouver Park Board delivers holiday magic … and a carousel ride … during Festival of Lights.

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and explore beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden during the 32nd annual Festival of Lights (FOL), Vancouver’s premier and longest running holiday event.


More than 15 acres of the Garden will be decorated with one million lights. The event includes the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, roving Scandinavian gnomes, music, tasty treats and drinks, Santa, and new this year, a holiday carousel. A ride on the carousel is included in every event admission.

Garden visitors can also experience the romance of Paris right here in Vancouver! Stop by the Eiffel Tower to take a selfie under the dazzling lights and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #JardinsDeParis for a chance to win two economy tickets to Paris, courtesy of Air France and YVR.

There is also a photo contest this year. Visitors can use #VanDusenFOL and post event photos on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win prizes, including a one-year membership to VanDusen Garden.


Share to win!

Tag #VanDusenFOL for your chance to win one of 4 great prizes including:

A 1 year membership to VanDusen Botanical Garden

Afternoon Tea for Two at Truffles Café 

$100 gift certificate to Shaughnessy Restaurant

VanDusen Festival of Lights Toque 
FOL runs nightly between December 1 and January 2 and is closed December 25. More information can be found at vancouver.ca/VanDusenFOL.


Hours:

December 1, 2016 to January 2, 2017 4:30pm – 9:00pm

December 16 to 23 OPEN LATE 4:30pm – 10:00pm

Closed Dec 25

Prices:

Adult: $18.50 (incl. $0.76 GST + $2.50 service charge)

Senior (65 and older): $14.25 (incl. $0.57 GST + $2.25 service charge)

Youth (13 – 18): $14.25 (incl. $0.57 GST + $2.25 service charge)

Child (4 – 12): $11.00 (incl. $0.43 GST + $2 service charge)

Family (2 adults + 2 children 18 and under): $40.00 (incl. $1.71 GST + $4 service charge)

Children under 3: Free


Located at 5251 Oak Street in the heart of Vancouver, getting to VanDusen Botanical Garden is easy.

Make use of sustainable transportation options: walk, bike, or take public transit.

Parking is free – but limited – with electric vehicle charging stations available.

Phone: 604-257-8335


VanDusen Botanical Garden, located in the heart of Vancouver, spans across 55 acres with more than 7,500 unique species and varieties of plants arranged in 50 distinct collections. The Garden is jointly operated by the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Botanical Garden Association.  

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