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The Canadian National Exhibition: A Toronto Festival Like None Other
17 Aug 2015
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The Canadian National Exhibition: A Toronto Festival Like None Other

A One-of-a-Kind Toronto Festival: The Canadian National Exhibition



Aug. 21st – Sept. 7th

Gates Open at 10am



Exhibition Place

210 Princes' Blvd.



Admission – $14

Ride All Day Pass – $38


Lovingly dubbed "The Ex," nothing compares to this 18-day late-summer tradition when it comes to family fun. Dating back to 1879, the Canadian National Exhibition has been one of the biggest annual festivals in Toronto, drawing nearly 1.5 million visitors to the city's 350-acre fairgrounds every year.


"A Show Window of the Nation"

In addition to sneak peaks at technology like radio in 1922, TV in 1939, and virtual reality in 1992, everything we do and love as Canadians lies at the heart of The Ex, including:


  • Midway Games
  • Amusement Park Rides
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Food Trucks
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Casino Games
  • Animal Shows
  • Concerts
  • Theater
  • Comedy
  • Shopping
  • Parades
  • Acrobats
  • Ice Skating



Craft Beer Fest & Food Truck Frenzy

August 28-30th

In addition to a daily Ribfest in Bandshell Park and Canadian mainstays like Swiss Chalet and Bouchard's Poutinery in the Food Building, The Ex hosts a three-day food and beer festival on Princes' Boulevard. A total of 11 local breweries and over 20 of Toronto's hottest food trucks will be serving up mouthwatering treats all weekend long.


The 66th Annual Canadian International Air Show (CIAS)

September 5-7th

Closing out The Ex, the famous air show over Lake Ontario starts at noon each of the festival's last three days. Expect gravity-defying performances, historic aircraft, and a bevy of aeronautical surprises, minutes from our hotel.

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