The Canadian National Exhibition – Let’s go to The EX!

by Denise Marie

Held since the late 19th century, the Canadian National Exhibition is an agricultural fair that’s loaded with fun for the whole family. Lasting for just longer than two weeks, this annual event occupies the historic grounds of Exhibition Place near downtown Toronto. The 2019 CNE is from August 16th to September 2nd.

The CNE Midway

The CNE in downtown Toronto runs from Aug 16 to Sep 2, 2019

Attractions and Highlights

The Canadian International Air Show is one of the most spectacular events at the Canadian National Exhibition. Notable participants in this acrobatic airplane show include the Red Arrows from the Royal Air Force. From the Bandshell to the Midway Stage, there are plenty of music concerts at this major fair.

The Northern Comfort Saloon typically hosts country artists, and the Casino Patio & Stage is reserved for more intimate performances. Traditional music is also played during the Warriors’ Day Parade and Labour Day Parade.

Kids attending the Canadian National Exhibition will love the CNE Gaming Garage that includes pinball tournaments, trading card games and cooperative video games. Hundreds of consoles are available for play at this enormous gaming hub. Students of all ages could expand their knowledge of modern technology at the CNE Innovation Garage, which includes robotics displays. Youngsters are also encouraged to explore more than 140 barn animals at The Farm. Demonstrations involving cow milking and chicken egg laying are presented at this exhibit.

The Toronto Star Food Building offers unique culinary tastings at the Canadian National Exhibition. This hub serves a variety of regional and international dishes that are made by local restaurants. Dozens of vendors also sell delicious treats from food trucks that are visibly set up throughout the grounds. Additionally, adults will find plenty of alcoholic beverage options at the Craft Beer Fest. Some of the notable shopping venues at the CNE include pavilions that are dedicated to arts, crafts, hobbies, home and garden. Additional bargains are available at the Outdoor Marketplace and International Pavilion.

And let’s not forget The Midway! The outdoor rides and games are fun for the whole family. Classic rides include the Tilt-A-Whirl, the spectacular Ferris Wheel, the exhilarating Zipper, the incredibly fast Polar Express and lastly, The Sky Ride which slowly takes riders over The Midway from one end, to the other.

Location and Getting There

The Toronto Transit Commission offers direct rapid transit services to the Canadian National Exhibition. You can take the 501 and 509 streetcars to the Exhibition Loop at Exhibition Place. The 504B streetcar and 29 bus line stop at the Dufferin Gate Loop.

Managed by GO Transit, the Lakeshore commuter rail line serves the Exhibition station. Visitors driving to the CNE by car should use parking lots that are conveniently situated off Lake Shore Boulevard. Additionally, Exhibition Place is situated less than a mile away from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Click to visit the official website of the Canadian National Exhibition.

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