Come Join The Fun at The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

It’s summer and the kids are out of school! One place to be is The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Toronto, or “The Ex” as locals call it. It is for the young and the old at heart. CNE is Canada’s largest community event and one of the oldest as well, dating back to 1879. The festivals and fairs take place over 18 days in late August. The exhibition is located along the waterfront just west of downtown Toronto and easy to find. You will be surprised to know that The Canadian National Exhibition is as big as ever now and becoming more and more popular with the crowds. It is also the 5th largest festival in North America!

The Canadian National Exhibition

The Canadian National Exhibition

The Canadian National Exhibition | (c) Photo By Commons

CNE Attractions & Events

  • Midway with rides and games
  • Carnival food and other treats
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Live performances including concerts and circus acts
  • Animal shows including a horse show
  • Displays of new gadgets, stuff for the home
  • Air show
  • Special exhibits such as the Sand Sculpture show

Getting There

The streetcar is the most direct route to the The Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto. You can also take the GO Train. During the annual event these public transit options are crowded but so are the parking lots. Have patience, you know how events such as these cause lot of traffic.


There is a General Admission fare to get into the exhibition grounds. You will also have to pay for the rides and to see the concerts as well. So this is not a free event. You can also buy family passes. Food can be quite expensive too so to save money, you can pack your own food.

Further Information

For more information about special events, ticket prices, times and how to get there, see the The Canadian National Exhibition Toronto web site

2 Responses to “Come Join The Fun at The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)”

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