This week marks the start of the Canadian National Exhibition, for us it is a tell tale sign summer is almost at a close here in Toronto. Opening Day is Friday August 21st this year. That is just a few sleeps away as my daughter reminded me.
For us the most important day at the CNE is Warriors Day, which is always the first Saturday, but we have gone on many days taking in the rides, the food, the free entertainment and simply exploring all the ex has to offer.
So how can get the most out of the CNE and not break the bank?
1.Take Advantage of Advance Purchase Options
If you order online there are some bonuses, like
- Buy your tickets online and receive coupon offers for 9 different Food Building vendors: Pizza Nova, Coffee Time, Harvey’s, Philthy Philly’s, Pita Pit, Pizza Pizza, Swiss Chalet, Subway, Bouchard’s Poutinery
2.Reedem Your Airmiles to Get Tickets
3.Attend on Kids or Youth Day
There are some ways to save even if you forget to get your tickets before the 21st. Go opening day for $8, or go after 5 pm Monday to Thursday for $6, Kids Toonies Mondays is also back, and on Sept 1st young people under 19 can get in for free till 3 pm. Your can find out more here.
There are also lots of free entertainment options at the Ex. Explore some of the acts. After a two year hiatus, the aerial acrobatics and ice skating show returns to the CNE this year in a spectacular new show. Canadian Ice Dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir return to the CNE and will perform every day of the fair and there are so many other acts to check out as well.
Kids World is wonderful and we love the Kidzone Interactive Area, an area that is free.
The Farm is another feature that has always been a family favorite. Visiting the animals and watching the sheep shearing was one of the things my daughter loved when she was younger.
The Horse and Air Shows have also been family favorites over the years.
When it comes to food set a budget, bring a water bottle and refill it. There are lots of food deals to be found. Take a walk around the food building before you buy, you are sure to find something to fit that budget. We love the 99 cent pasta that can still be found, but we always try something new as well.
The Ex has always been the family favorite way to end the summer!
Are you planning on on going this year? What do you look forward to at the Ex the most?