History of The Fair
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 many visitors during its 15 days.
Many significant events in the history of this province occurred during the annual PNE Fair. 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 century, the PNE has evolved from its role as an industry showcase into a centre for entertainment and family fun with shows such as the SuperDogs and Electric Fire.
For more stories and photos, open Pacific National Exhibition – 100 Years of Fun