Return of the Canadian National Exhibition

The Labour Day long weekend is a bittersweet time for us. It marks the end of summer but also the start of shoulder season for travel, which is when we usually take our trips — including our highly anticipated visit to London and Iceland coming up very soon.

At least this year, we were able to enjoy the weekend by returning to one of our favourite events in Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Having been cancelled for the past two years on account of the pandemic, the city has been happy to welcome back this longstanding tradition and experience some normalcy.

The CNE is an annual fair that takes place over the last two weeks of August, culminating in the Canadian International Airshow on the September long weekend. It was founded in 1879, originally known as the Toronto Industrial Exhibit, intended to showcase agriculture and technology in Canada. Since then, it has grown and evolved into the city’s most popular end-of-summer ritual.

This year and on visits past, we have enjoyed checking out games and rides on the Midway.

Watching the Super Dogs show.

Admiring displays at the Home & Garden Pavilion, including sand sculptures and entries for the flower and vegetable competition.

And the highlight — tasting the weird and wonderful foods that some crazy person has come up with. This year, we tried the ketchup and mustard soft serve ice creams, the Korean corn dog, and the deep friend Twinkie and Kit Kat. My review: the Korean corn dog was tasty with a surprising blend of sweet and savoury; the deep fried Kit Kat is better than the Twinkie; and the ketchup and mustard ice creams were pretty good and flavours actually not that weird.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed summer 2022! Next up, trip recaps from the UK and Iceland.

18 responses to “Return of the Canadian National Exhibition”

  1. What a fun event! This sounds much more fun than our little fair. I (Kellye) wouldn’t try the ketchup and mustard ice cream, but the fried twinkie and kit kat? Yes, please! Nice post.

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    1. I could have one of those fried Kit Kats right about now 🙂

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  2. It seems like you had fun! Brave of you to try some of those weird food combinations!

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    1. I’ve tried lots of weird food during my travels so why not! 😛

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  3. What a neat exhibition! Reminds me a bit of our Los Angeles Fair that also takes place at the end of summer…a bittersweet end to the summer, but as there’s currently a heat wave hitting the city, I’m very much looking forward to cooler, autumn weathers! Also looking forward to your UK and Iceland posts!

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    1. It does look similar to the fair in LA. A fun end of summer tradition. Thanks for reading Rebecca!

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  4. Looks fun – and also crazy busy!

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    1. Yes and even more crowded than usual this year!

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  5. looks like a great day Jess!

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  6. Your CNE reminds me a lot of the annual state fairs we have down here, replete with new strange foods each year. I had to enlarge those sand sculpture pictures to get a closer look. So cool! Enjoy your trip.

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    1. The sand sculptures are very impressive. I didn’t have a chance to see them this year though; the photos from the post are from past visits.

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  7. Probably the return of the monster traffic jams on the QEW too. At least you don’t have far to go 🙂

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  8. I haven’t been to the CNE in forever! What a beautiful display of sculptures at the Home & Garden Pavilion. How fun (and brave) to sample some of the interesting food flavours and combinations.

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    1. I started going to the CNE again in 2017 after over a decade of skipping out. It’s actually even more fun as an adult!

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  9. What a delightfully fun event to be part of! 🙂

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    1. Yes it’s a lot of fun! Thanks for reading 🙂

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