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Canadian National Exhibition

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Canadian National Exhibition

Hello fellow TripAdvisees!

My family is taking a trip to visit Toronto Labor Day weekend. We have been to Toronto before and had a fantastic time. I have a 1 year old and a 3 1/2 year old. We will be there during the Canadian National Exhibition. I wanted some feedback as to other people's experience there. It looks like there are a lot of fun things to do for the children, but I wanted some information on whether it is too crowded to be fun. The website makes it look great, but Im afraid it will be a chore to get inside and navigate around, and it will be too crowded to be fun for my kids. Do you think we should spend part of our Toronto trip visiting it? Thanks for your thoughts!

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1. Re: Canadian National Exhibition

Hi Joshdent;

A great time can be had at the CNE, but for little ones, I think it would be a bit too much.

A better match IMHO, would be Centreville, on Centre Island.


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2. Re: Canadian National Exhibition

Another poster here recently compared the CNE to a state fair, and I think that's a very accurate description.

If you're into a travelling midway, animal shows and crazy food, then it's a good time. Personally, it's not for me.

It will be particularly busy on Labour Day weekend, so I concur with the Centre Island recommendation over the CNE. You'll still be able to take in the air show from there, which is the best part of the CNE IMHO.

I would also recommend the Science Centre and the ROM for kids that age. (ROM, if your kids are into dinosaurs).

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3. Re: Canadian National Exhibition

Labour Day weekend can be quite busy at the Ex because it's the closing weekend and they have the airshow going on. If you did go to Center Island (which is a great idea) you will also be able to see the air show perfectly from there. But I think Center Island will be busy too as many folks will probably be spending Labour Day there....but it won't be nearly as crowded as the Exhibition. You may have to wait in line for the ferry longer than usual though.

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4. Re: Canadian National Exhibition

I'd think the CNE would be hot and crowded for kids that young. Centre Island has a small amusement park for little people that age, and the bonus (aside from being able to see the air show) is that there's lots of green space to run around. Alternately - you could go out the Beaches neighbourhood or down to Lakeshore Park, where again there's lots of room to run around.

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