Rea­sons to Love Van­cou­ver

Be­cause West Coast coast­ers do it best.

Vancouver Magazine - - News -

We’re for­ever find­ing thrills on the coaster.

’ any­one would dare call Van­cou­ver “No Fun City” when one of its big­gest claims to fame is a roller coaster. Built in 1958, a time ter­ri­fy­ingly devoid of ba­sic safety and tech­no­log­i­cal stan­dards, the plainly named Wooden Roller Coaster fea­tured 2,840 feet of track made from Dou­glas ”r boards—and it still stands on the Play­land fair­grounds to this day, se­cure in its sta­tus as Canada’s old­est roller coaster, and as ver­tigo-in­duc­ing now as it was in its early years. (The as­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Coaster En­thu­si­asts had even spe­cially des­ig­nated it aland­mark.) It may only go 72 kilo­me­tres an hour and top out at heights of 75 feet, but its rick­ety drops and hair­pin turns are enough to at­tract half a mil­lion guests an­nu­ally: proof that the thrills here in YVR are age­less. Play­land opens May 5; pne.ca/play­land

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