Thursday, August 15, 2013

135th Annual CNE!

It's that time of year once again! The CNE opens it's doors tomorrow morning and welcomes millions of visitors to the 135th year of attractions at the grand park. Anyone who grew up in the Greater Toronto Area has grown up attending the CNE every year as a child and has many, many wonderful memories of family fun time!

Last year I had attended the CNE with my Godson - for me it was the first time in many years since I had last been, and we had an amazing time!

With new attractions each year, I am going to include some info for those interested in attending this summer tradition!


The CNE is held at Exhibition Place, which is a 192-acre site located along Toronto’s waterfront on the shores of Lake Ontario and just west of downtown Toronto. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and GO Transit provide easy transportation to the CNE with stops at Exhibition Place.

The site features several buildings—many of which have been named significant under the Ontario Heritage Act—roads named after the Canadian provinces and territories, parks, fountains, plazas, a rose garden, statues and parking lots. The fair itself consists of a variety of pavilions, exhibits, shows, concerts, a working farm, horse show, casino, and a large carnival midway with rides, games and food. What used to be an exhibition just for agriculture and technology has now turned into an event for families and people of all ages to enjoy.

Entertainment, thrills, and the wide variety of international foods are just some of the attractions that the CNE has to offer. To many people in the Greater Toronto Area and the surroundings communities, the CNE is an annual family tradition.

Now in its 135th season, the 2013 CNE runs from Friday, August 16 until Labour Day on Monday, September 2. 2013 CNE highlights include:

  • CNE Sky Ride
  • Acrobatic Show
  • Bandshell Stage concerts
  • The Flying Wallendas
  • Food Building
  • Food Network Celebrity Stage
  • Garden Show
  • International Pavilion and International Stage
  • Mardi Gras Parade
  • Midway rides and games
  • President's Choice SuperDogs Show

A variety of daily live performances like musical acts, dancers, comedy shows, and even magic shows
65th anniversary of the Canadian International Air Show on Labour Day weekend.

It was recently announced that a new zip line ride will be introduced during the 2013 CNE. Operated by Ziptrek Eco Tours, the CNE zip line will be the highest and longest temporary zip line in the world. The launch tower, positioned southeast of the Food Building, will be 180 feet high (approx. 55 metres). The landing tower, southwest of the Direct Energy Centre, will be 60 feet high (approx. 18 metres). The zip line ride will consist of four lines, each measuring just shy of 1,100 feet (approx. 335 metres). Zip line riders will travel at approximately 65 km/hour.


Whether you are planning to play the games, or experience the thrill of the rides, hit the casino, sample all of the carnival foods, visit the horse shows, catch a concert or check out any of the other hundreds of attractions,, I know that you will have a fabulous family fun time!!