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Your Guide to Doing the CNE Like a Pro

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The cronut debacle of 2013 might still be holding you back from visiting the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition), but for Torontonians, the CNE will always be a favourite summertime event. The return of the CNE signifies the last summer hurrah before kids stock up on binders and agendas and parents can finally let out a sigh of relief. Liberty Village residents witness this annual fair magically pop up at the Exhibition Fair Grounds during the last two weeks of August (Aug 18 – Sept 4). They pack in the events starting with a food court like no other. Rides (90th anniversary of the debut of the Tilt-A-Whirl, let’s hope it’s not the same ride), games – Whack-a-Mole always gets me, a shopping pavilion, very talented Super Dogs performance, and sand sculptures, so #LetsGoToTheEx, anyone?

If you have spare time on your lunch break visit the CNE’s infamous food court. It delivers everything from classic waffle ice cream sammies, or if you’re more adventurous, deep-fried chicken feet – can’t say I didn’t warn you!


Plan to visit between 11-2 pm on weekdays, and you can get your ticket ($19) refunded! Attend for the CNE for FREE!


If you can’t swing a lunchtime visit, the CNE also has a special from Monday-Thursday (except Labour Day Monday) where admission is only $8 after 5:00 pm

Here’s the lowdown on the top 5 eats to check out!

Sugar Mountain

From Cake Shack, this sweet tooth overload is a brownie topped with cheesecake topped with a white-chocolate-dipped sugar cone topped with a confetti donut, and because that’s not enough, cotton candy, all dusted with powdered sugar. Your dentist will hate you.

Black Velvet Funnel Cake

Toronto is currently obsessed with all things charcoal, so it seemed natural to have a Black Velvet funnel cake topped with charcoal ice cream. Black tongue for days.

Fried Mac and Curd Chimichanga

Is cheese more your thing? Farm to Fryer stuffs curds along with molten mac and cheese into a tortilla and deep fries the whole thing for the ultimate stretchy, cheesy, gooey hand-held snack.

Spaghetti Donut Balls

Because you’ve always wanted a donut ball of spaghetti. These donuts come in sweet and savoury form, chocolate ganache and cinnamon sugar or savoury tomato sauce and parmesan. Mind was blown.

Dragon’s Breath Crepe

Eative is one-upping all of the ice cream trends. Think liquid nitrogen mixed with ice cream! It’s a crepe on a stick infused with liquid nitrogen so that when eaten it creates a “dragon’s breath” effect that billows from your nose and mouth when you breathe.

If you want to maintain that summer body you worked so hard for; there’s plenty of other CNE attractions that aren’t just food. If you haven’t made it out to a summer concert yet, here’s your last chance. Burton Cummings, Shawn Hook, and Brett Kissel are a few of the many concerts that are held at the Bandstand Stage.

The Midway
And with all that food that you’ve consumed who doesn’t want to be whipped around in a 90-year-old midway ride?! Best to stick to the classics. All rides cost between 4-8 tickets to ride and are sold in bunches of 4 for $5, 22 for $22, or 55 for $55.


Regular Hours (Aug 18 to Sept 3)
Gates: 10 am to 10 pm
Grounds: 10 am to Midnight
Buildings: 10 am to 10 pm
Casino: Noon to 6 am
Rides: Weekdays – 11 am to Midnight; Weekends – 10 am to Midnight

Labour Day Hours (Sept 4)
Gates: 10 am to 5 pm
Grounds: 10 am to 10 pm
Buildings: 10 am to 7 pm
Casino: Noon to 8 pm
Rides: 10 am to 9 pm




Kelty Campbell

Kelty is a marketing guru and glass half full type of gal. When she’s not at work, you'll find Kelty on her yoga mat or lacing up to reach a new personal best running. Passionate about people, health & wellness, and checking off her Toronto taco bucket list. Kelty is proud to call the 416 home and loves all things Canadiana.