The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest community event and one of the top agricultural fairs in North America. Founded in 1879 as the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, the CNE is a not-for-profit organization that has enjoyed a distinguished history as a showcase of the nation. People came to experience the latest innovations in technology and commercial products, to enjoy the popular entertainers of the time, and to engage in a collective community celebration.
Although the CNE has changed significantly over the years, it continues to be one of Ontario’s great annual traditions and an event that offers substantial entertainment value for money. Taking place over the 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, it is affectionately embraced as an end-of-summer ritual by more than 1.4 million visitors annually, visitors who reflect the rich diversity of Toronto and the region.
Highlights of the annual CNE include:
Kids’ World (a green space featuring attractions designed for children 10 & under)
Park Entertainers & interactive experiences
Expanded 18-day CNE Gaming Garage
A three-day Air Show (on Labour Day Weekend)
Inspiring Canadians. Creating memories.
To enrich our community by celebrating the past, showcasing the present, promoting the future.
Embrace learning and innovation
Loyal to our history and traditions
The Canadian National Exhibition takes place at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, which is located on land that is part of the Treaty 13 Lands and the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat.
Toronto is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
In The Industry
The CNE is not only active in and important to Toronto and surrounding areas, we are also a leader in the fair and event industry. The CNE is the largest and one of the longest running annual events in Canada and one of the top five fairs in North America.