Held every year in autumn, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is one of Toronto’s largest annual events. This fair occupies the historic Exhibition Place for up to 10 days. The next even begins Friday, November 1 and ends on Sunday, November 10. Commuter trains and streetcars serve the fairgrounds, and thousands of on-site parking spaces are readily available. The fair hosts agricultural competitions, a rodeo and other shows with fascinating equestrian themes.
Attractions and Events
Hosted by President’s Choice®, the Animal Theatre is one of the most popular shows at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and is headlined by the fan-favourite SuperDogs®. Some stars of the event include sheep-herding border collies and the city’s horse-mounted police patrol. Charismatic knights from Medieval Times also show off their equestrian skills inside the Animal Theatre.
Some other attractions that feature animals include the Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo, Royal K9-Equine Challenge, Sylvia Zerbini and Amber Marshall from CBC’s Heartland. Square dancing and butter sculpting are among the dozens of interactive activities at this family-friendly fair. If you’d like to taste locally sourced food, visit the Spotlight on Local exhibition that’s presented by Metro. Additionally, the Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy provides detailed lessons on gourmet cuisine. Some of the best local chefs participate in this presentation that appeals to visitors with a craving for unique treats.
Live music is played on the OLG Entertainment Stage as well as demonstrations and seminars. If you’re on the hunt for pottery, artwork and decorative items that are made by local craftsmen, explore the Made by Me Artisan Pavilion. The agriculture competition is also one of the main events at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. From dairy cattle and goats to swine and sheep, this competition features nearly 6,000 live animals on display. More than 1,200 agricultural products are promoted at the fair, which culminates with the crowning of Royal Grand Champions.
How to Get There
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes over the grounds of Exhibition Place, which is conveniently situated just west of downtown Toronto. You can take the GO Transit Lakeshore West train to the Exhibition Station. This commuter rail links the downtown core with other major cities in Ontario, such as Burlington and Hamilton. The TTC 509 streetcar also stops at the fairgrounds. New for this year, children 12 and under ride the TTC and GO for free.
Additionally, more than 4,000 on-site parking spaces are available for visitors at designated outdoor and indoor lots. Considered the city’s secondary hub for commercial aviation services, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is just a short ferry ride away from the event.
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