John and I went to the EX, as the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is known. We have only ever gone once before shortly after we moved to Toronto 25 years ago!
You know that fall is around the corner when the EX is on!
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada's largest annual community event.
Founded in 1879, as the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, the CNE has enjoyed a distinguished history as a "showcase of the nation". It was "the place" where people came to experience the latest innovations in technology and commercial products as well as performances by many of the leading artists of the time. Although the CNE has changed over the years, it continues to be one of Ontario's great annual traditions.
The CNE is currently one of the 10 largest fairs in North America, and its audience truly reflects the diversity of Toronto and the region.
We only bought general admission as we don't go on rides. You would think, it's Thursday, how packed can it be??? In 2014 the CNE attracted 1.43 million visitors.
You'll be glad, for the sake of this post, that we only touched on a quarter of the grounds. But you'll get the idea, food, more food, rides, food, displays, food, games of chance (not), food, rides, spend your money.
And if you have kids, it is lots of crying and complaining, and running people down with your cadillac sized strollers. That mantra might be eat, barf, ride repeat.
I digress, the other reason we didn't stay as long as we had planned was the sky turned ominous looking and the thought of getting caught in a downpour along with thousands as everyone scurries to get on public transit.
We hadn't had lunch so we started in the Food Building. With local restaurants serving cuisines from around the world, offering a vibrant and varied mix of international flavours and traditional fair favourites, there really is something to suit every taste and budget.
John had the snow crab fries and I had the lobster roll from Jake's Lobster.
Toronto Football Club plays soccer on the CNE grounds at BMO Stadium.I so want that green ape!
There is a bar area beside this sandy beach.
There is lots to see inside the buildings on the grounds.
These heads used to adorn the Agricultural Building and have been incorporated into a wall along the entrance to the Heritage Court.
The original walls have also been kept.
This was a very cool Canadian topiary display made from moss and twigs and such.
The International Sand Sculpting competition took place earlier in the exhibit.
Not quite sure what you call this. But it was cool.
Adorable - called The Dream.
A safe haven for adults a craft beer and wine bar.
The Enercare Centre, divided into different shopping sections. Pass by the Warehouse Outlets and the International Pavilion.
Canadian Armed Forces exhibit.
We didn't make any stops at the Home Pavilion/Shoppers Market. Talk about As Seen on TV!! Tense? Get a shiatsu session for your neck. Watch a grown man pitch you a vegetable peeler with an amount of enthusiasm typically demonstrated by cult leaders.
Now to the serious stuff of fairs!
Nope, no idea, nada.
Time to head home.
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