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CNE 2024

Your Guide To Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 2024

Written by Jordan Carter

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as “The Ex,” is an annual event that takes place in Toronto, Ontario, drawing millions of visitors each year. Celebrated as one of the largest fairs in North America, the CNE offers a wide range of activities including amusement rides, diverse culinary delights, international pavilions, live entertainment, and innovative exhibits. The fair not only provides entertainment but also showcases the rich cultural tapestry and technological advancements of Canada, making it a beloved tradition for families and tourists alike.

As we delve into the highlights and new features of CNE 2024, let’s explore what this year’s exhibition has in store for its visitors.

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History

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), established in 1879, is one of the longest-running and largest annual fairs in North America. Originally conceived as a showcase for agricultural and technological advancements, the CNE quickly grew into a significant cultural and social event for Canadians. Its early years were marked by displays of the latest innovations in farming equipment and practices, reflecting Canada’s agrarian roots.

As the 20th century dawned, the exhibition expanded its scope, incorporating a wide array of entertainment options. The addition of amusement rides, games, and live performances transformed the CNE into a major attraction, drawing visitors from across the country and beyond. During both World Wars, the fairgrounds served as a training and recruitment center, highlighting its importance to the national effort.

Post-war, the CNE resumed with renewed vigor, embracing the technological boom and urbanization of the era. New pavilions and exhibits focused on everything from space exploration to the burgeoning computer industry, mirroring the rapid advancements of the times. Throughout its history, the CNE has continually evolved, adding international pavilions, culinary experiences, and cutting-edge entertainment to keep pace with changing public interests and demographics.

Today, the CNE remains a beloved tradition, blending its historical roots with modern attractions. It continues to celebrate Canadian culture, innovation, and community spirit, ensuring its place as a cherished part of Toronto’s summer landscape.

Overview

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From August 16 to September 2, 2024, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) will be open daily from 10 am to midnight. On Labour Day, September 2, the grounds will be open from 10 am to 9 pm, with gates closing at 5 pm. The event is suitable for all ages and will be held at Exhibition Place, located at 210 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, Ontario. To reach the CNE, visitors can take the subway to Union Station and transfer to the 509 Exhibition streetcar. For those driving, use a GPS to navigate to 210 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3.

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Tickets

Tickets for the CNE are currently available for purchase online. The Advance Sale Admission Pass for the 2024 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) includes grounds admission and access to all shows and exhibits for any one day of the event. Alternatively, the Advance Sale Ride All Day Pass offers the same benefits, plus unlimited rides on the midway for one day. 

Event Guide

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At the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), visitors can immerse themselves in a variety of activities including competitions, rides, games, performances, exhibits, attractions, shopping, sports, and scenic walks around the grounds. For those driving to the event, the CNE provides two off-site parking lots and several on-site options, with rates ranging from $35 to $40 depending on the day. Although strollers are not available for rent, wagons can be rented at Information Booths. Additionally, wheelchairs and electric scooters are available for those needing mobility assistance. A wide selection of food can be purchased at the food building, ensuring there is something delicious for everyone.

With its rich history dating back to 1879, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) has become a vibrant celebration of Canadian culture, innovation, and community spirit. The event has evolved from a showcase of agricultural and technological advancements into one of North America’s largest and most cherished annual fairs. Offering a diverse array of activities, from thrilling rides and captivating performances to innovative exhibits and delectable food options, the CNE provides something for everyone. As we look forward to CNE 2024, we invite you to join in celebrating this iconic event and creating new memories with family and friends.

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