Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Hot Tips

A pastel coloured merry-go-round sits still

The CNE in Toronto began its history of Ontario summer fun when it was founded in 1879, as the Toronto Industrial Exhibition. Today, as the Canadian National Exhibition, ‘the Ex’, as it’s known, is one of Ontario’s great annual traditions, drawing over 1.3 million visitors. Want to make the most of your time at the Ex? Here are a few of our tips and tricks for the CNE.

CNE Tickets + Getting to CNE in Toronto

Leave your car at home and avoid spending time looking for parking. One of the most convenient ways to travel to the CNE is by either the TTC buses and streetcars (some stations offer some free parking) or the GO Train.

With GO Train, travel one stop west of Toronto’s main hub, Union Station to Exhibition Station on the GO Train’s Lakeshore West Line. The trip takes about 8 minutes. Pro tip: Beat the lines at the fairgrounds and buy your ticket at the GO Station!

CNE Toronto Rides

Plan your rides out ahead of time with our sneak preview of what to expect. Love to scream? These ones will leave you exhilarated.

Himalaya, the Blitzer and Sky Ride are some of the wildest rides, and here’s a closer look at some of the others offered.

Star Dancer – This is a guaranteed thrill ride not just for riders, but for spectators,too. Prepare to be dazzled with its over-the-top spinning motion and state of the art light features. At more than 21 metres (70 feet high), with a full 360-degree loop, this is an intense twirling ride.

The CNE Classics – Fans of the Ex comeback year after year for these rides that make your stomach drop. From the Swing Tower to the Mega Drop and much more, these ones are for the thrill seekers, and all of them are included in the CNE’s Ride All Day pass.

The Family Favourites – If you’re headed to the CNE with the kids, it’s the perfect chance to revisit some of your own childhood favourites, like the classic Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Jeeps, Merry Go Round, Dragon Coaster, and more.

CNE Shows

Each day the CNE has a huge range of shows, from the Air Show, to live music,to street performers.

CNE Food

Yes, you’ll find all the fried food you’re used to finding at a theme park, but CNE has adapted with the times. You’ll now find various options for healthy food, too. Over one million people usually visit the Toronto Star Food Building at CNE, where visitors can pick between local restaurants serving cuisines from around the world, fitting every taste and budget. You can even find menu options that are vegan, raw, and halal.

This Food Building is located west of the GO/TTC Gate and just north of BMO Field.

Be sure to check out up-to-date information about the CNE here.

Some things to do may not be available due to COVID-19.

For the most up-to-date information on where and when it is safe to travel please visit: covid-19.ontario.ca

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