The Best Things to Do and Try and this Years CNE

It is that time of year again. The Canadian National Exhibition is returning once again! Did you know this exhibition is one of the largest in North America and has been around since 1879! Every year they add new attractions, new shows, and there are always new foods to try.

If you don’t already have your tickets, there are some easy ways to do things on a budget. Go opening day and get in for  $8.

Kids Toonie Mondays are also back. Kids get in for $2 on Monday, August 22nd and 29th. There are also ride ticket specials on these days.

For youth day, August 30th, youth under 17 can get into the CNE for $6. Here again look for ride specials.

Mondays to Thursdays at the CNE you can get in for $6 after 5 pm.

Now that I have shared some great pricing deals lets talk about what will be great to see and do at this year’s Ex. Yesterday was Media Day at the CNE, and if you follow me on Twitter, you saw me sharing some of what’s new and exciting.

What do I think will make for a great day? With so many things to see and do there is something for everyone in the family. From the rides to the all the entertainment, games and shopping to explore there is always fun to have when the Ex comes to town.


Do you have little ones? Make sure you check out the farm and Kids World. One of the acts not to miss in the Farm area is the Agri-Magic show from August 19th-24th.  It’s a great interactive show that will teach your kids about Canadian farming. While in the farm area as well be sure to check out the butter sculptures.  The Kids World Stage is full of great acts this year as well. Make sure you check out the Incredible Magic of Professor Wick, Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends and there will even be a few character meet and greets.

Love a parade, check out the daily Mardi Gras Parade. I was even it one year!

One of the other new things to check out is the CNE Innovation Garage. An exciting new showcase for the latest & greatest consumer products complete with a Pitch Competition and an Innovation Playground where CNE visitors can interact with inventors and their innovations!  This is only on opening weekend so be sure to check it out then.

pokemon go at the CNE

Make sure you check out the The Great Canadian Water Ski Caper, and the CNE brings great shows back to the waterfront.


Now if you are into the Pokemon Go game, you can even take it the the CNE. There are 30 pokestops and three gyms on the CNE grounds.

Love food. There is much to check out and try.

Ever thought of eating bugs? You can try a Bug Dog at the Bug Bistro. They only cost $6.75


We love how creative Frans can be and can’t wait to try a blueberry milkshake for $12.

blue berry milkshake CNE

My daughter can’t wait for a Jolly Rancher doughnut from Tim Hortons. They are $1.50

We also can’t wait to try the Sweet Potato Pie for $6. It has maple marshmallows and bacon.

sweet potato pie CNE

One the things we are looking forward to most is watching the final Tragically Hip concert on screen at the Band Shell.

Let me know what you are looking forward to at the CNE.





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