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

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

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 210 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3, Canada

Phone: (416) 263-3800

Official Website: Canadian National Exhibition

Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating I highly recommend visiting CNE at least once every year!! It's so fun to plan the day with friends and family. CNE is huge and so vibrant and adventurous! There are plenty of rides to choose from, loads of games to play & win cute stuff toys, food trucks and shopping!!! There is so much to experience.. 😍 I ❤️Ed the sky ride and definitely going back next year!
Srishti K - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating Great experience this year. Lots of awesome new food options this year that were definitely crazy, but fun to try out!
Isaiah G. - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating CNE Toronto is a great spot to spend time with family and friends, I did a sneak peek at the CNE during my visit to the air show. Would definitely like to check in next year. From union station the 509 tram is a perfect way to reach the lake shore Blvd and access Ontario Place, CNE and so many other attractions.
Jensen Dinesh - 5 months ago

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4 Star Rating Excellent option to spend time and have fun with family and friends. Be aware of huge lines for everything. I recommend going in the morning to have the opportunity to enjoy it all.
TRACY D - 5 months ago

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Directions

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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