Let's Go to the EX!

On the Sky Ride

Toronto's annual Summer fair, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), is a celebrated event for the city. Running from August 16 to September 2, many families make a Summer visit to the CNE an annual tradition.

We visited the fun-filled fair on the weekend, and from the Kiddie Midway, to the try-your-luck games, abundance of sweet treats, and even magic school, we stayed until dusk and made the most of our day together.

Take a look at our photos.


Giant Slide

Chinese Dragon Ride

The Farm



The "Beach"


The CNE is located at Toronto’s Exhibition Place north of Lakeshore Boulevard West between Strachan & Dufferin Streets. Directions, TTC, and parking information is available here. Parking is available on site and nearby, but be prepared to pay at least $20.00.

General Admission is $16.00 and children under 4 are free. A Family Pass is also available.

Browse the online CNE Family Fun Guide before heading out to the Fair. This will help plan your day and determine must-see attractions. There are many family friendly activities such as Professor Wick's Magic School, Under the Little Top Circus Workshop, Reptilia demonstrations, the Mardi Gras Parade, as well as The Farm inside the Better Living Centre.

The Food Building is part of the fun, but it is often busy and difficult to navigate with a stroller. Plan ahead, bring snacks, and water bottles (there are free water refill stations around the grounds).

There is a Baby Care Centre along the Kidstreet Interactive Zone (right next to the Kiddie Midway). The area is air-conditioned and provides an area to feed and change babies and toddlers.

Remember to bring outdoor fun essentials like sunscreen, hats, and comfortable clothing. There is very little shade along the Kiddie (and Adult) Midway.

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