Wooden Roller Coaster (Playland)

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Wooden Roller Coaster
Coordinates49°16′57″N 123°02′07″W / 49.28245°N 123.03524°W / 49.28245; -123.03524Coordinates: 49°16′57″N 123°02′07″W / 49.28245°N 123.03524°W / 49.28245; -123.03524
Opening date1958
General statistics
DesignerCarl Phare, Walker LeRoy
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height68 ft (21 m)
Drop67 ft (20 m)
Length2,840 ft (870 m)
Speed80 km/h (50 mph)
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

The Wooden Roller Coaster is a wooden roller coaster at Playland in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Opened in 1958, it is the oldest roller coaster in Canada.[2] The ride is 2,840 ft (870 m) long—which established it as the largest roller coaster in Canada at the time it was completed—and has a height of 68 ft (21 m) and speeds of up to 76 km/h (47 mph).[3][4] The coaster was awarded the Coaster Classic and Roller Coaster Landmark statuses by American Coaster Enthusiasts.[5][6][1]


The Wooden Roller Coaster opened in 1958. At the time, it cost over $200,000 to make, and was 40 cents for guests to ride.[7] Designed by Carl Phare and Walker LeRoy, the ride was the final design of Phare's career, and is his only creation that is still standing.[4]

In film and television[edit]

The Coaster was featured in the movie Riding the Bullet and was the "Bullet". It also made a brief appearance in the teenage thriller Fear.


  1. ^ a b "Coaster Details - Wooden Roller Coaster - Playland at the PNE". American Coaster Enthusiasts. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  2. ^ Judd, Amy (May 6, 2016). "Canada's oldest wooden roller coaster set to open for another season". Global News. Corus Entertainment. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Talmazan, Yuliya (August 28, 2013). "Vancouver's iconic wooden roller coaster gets recognition from heritage foundation". Global News. Corus Entertainment. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Morrison, Andrew (August 22, 2014). "The History Behind Playland's Ancient, Iconic Wooden 'Coaster'". Scout Magazine. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Coaster Landmark Award". American Coaster Enthusiasts. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "Playland roller-coaster wins classic status". CTV News. Bell Media. July 12, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Wooden Roller Coaster • Vancouver Heritage Foundation". Vancouver Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2018-07-23.

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