CNE (Canadian National Exhibition)

The Canadian National Exhibition is an exciting fair held each year at Exhibition Place on the Toronto waterfront

View of the CNE Midway from the Ferris Wheel
View of the CNE Midway from the Ferris Wheel cc licensed photo by Sweet One

The Canadian National Exhibition or CNE is a popular annual fair offering a diverse range of activities and entertainment with a permanent home at Exhibition Place west of Downtown Toronto. It's the largest fair in Canada affectionately referred to as simply the 'EX' by locals.

The origin of the CNE goes all the way back to the year 1878 when an agricultural fair hosted by a different Ontario city each year, was held in Toronto and generated a huge turnout. Due to this success, Toronto became host to a permanent fair beginning in 1879 called the Toronto Industrial Exhibition.

Today, the CNE opens annually for the 2 weeks of summer including the Labour day weekend. Featuring a wide mix of activities and entertainment, the CNE has something for everyone. There's a long midway, an agricultural fair, sporting events, parades, international cuisine, shopping and more. The Exhibition Grounds provide guests a great view of the Canadian International Air Show which runs during the last three days of the fair.

You can save money by purchasing your admission and ride passes online before opening day. For additional information about the Canadian National Exhibition see the official website link below.

The easiest way to get to the CNE is by TTC public transit or Go Transit. Scroll down for detailed directions.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Canadian National Exhibition

Fee: Yes

Hours: Open daily during the last 2 weeks of summer and Labour Day weekend from 10am-Midnight. The gates close at 5pm on Labour Day.

Address: 210 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto, ON

Website: Canadian National Exhibition

COVID-19 Advisory

Many indoor and even some outdoor tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the Global COVID-19 pandemic. If the hours of operation are shown below, they may not reflect these closures. Please verify hours with any attraction before visiting.

We believe the measures being taken are absolutely neccessary to preserve lives and we pray for everyone and their families as the world works together to get through this crisis.

Category: Festivals

Address: Exhibition Place
210 Princes' Boulevard
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Phone: +1 416-263-3330


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4 Star Rating After years of going to the Minnesota state fair I knew I had to check this out while I was in Toronto. Size wise the MN state fair definitely takes the... Read More

Shelby S. Sep-11-2019

3 Star Rating CNE has been our yearly tradition every summer, so we usually find time to go one weekend no matter how busy our lives get. Tiny Toms has been one of our... Read More

Vic T. Sep-21-2019

3 Star Rating Probably don't go on the very last day like I did. This place was packed to the rim with people. It was also really hot which made the food building a... Read More

Roseanne N. Sep-15-2019

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TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaUnion Station2 minutes
Bloor-Danforth LineBathurst Station, Dundas Station West, or Dufferin Station2 minutes

How to get to Canadian National Exhibition by TTC Subway

During the annual fair you can take the non-stop #193 Exhibition Express Bus/Rocket west from Dundas Station West or the #29 Dufferin Bus from Dufferin Station, both on the Bloor-Danforth Line. Get off at the Dufferin Gates Loop (Last Stop).

From Bathurst Station take the #511 Bathurst streetcar south to Exhibition Loop.

From Union Station take the #509 Harbourfront Streetcar to Exhibition Loop or take the Lakeshore GO Train to Exhibition GO Station.

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