CNE

  Canadian National Exhibition











 

Fantasy of Fire, every night August 19 thru Sep 4, 2005 at 10:30 pm.
Labour Day Monday, Sep 5 at 9:30 pm.


CNE offers more attractions, games, sports, music, events, shopping than any other exhibition in North America. Celebrating it's 127th anniversary, the CNE - home of 'The Ex' is also the favourite festival of Torontonians and tourists alike.

The attractions at CNE include the nightly Celebration of Fire - 18 nights of an explosive extravaganza of Fireworks. Presented by City TV and CHUM FM, this marvellous event is sponsored by TorontoHarbour.com For the best seats in the house: www.festivaloffire.com 

 

Fireworks Cruises Air Show Cruises
 

THE BULLET (The Human Cannonball) World record holder David "The Bullet" Smith Jr. will be fired out of a cannon every day of the CNE. The Canadian born human cannonball travels a distance of 150 feet every time. Twice daily from Monday to Wednesday. Three times daily Thursday to Sunday & Labour Day Monday.

 

Kids' World - this festival is Kids' World! The downhome charm of Ken Jen petting zoo, the zany world of Kidscience - there is a treat around every corner of the ex. Movie Magic - the science behind the movies. Children become performers at the old fashioned dress-up Backyard Circus. The Family Puppet Parade - here's your chance to participate in the daily parade of giant puppets, this parade is on every day, 3 times a day.

For more than 80 years the Canadian National Exhibition has had a tradition of distributing free CNE admission passes to children 13 years of age and under through the Public and Catholic School systems. In 2005 more than 1 million of these passes will be distributed to children within the area that extends West to London, East to Peterborough and North to Simcoe county. If you live in this area and have children under 13 who do not receive a Kids Pass, please contact your school principal.

Stop by on Kidsí Loonie Monday and enjoy everything Kids' World has to offer and more - stilt walkers, strolling fairytale characters and ALEXís Birthday on the Feature Stage where the first 400 children will get a CNE loot bag! Monday August 23 & 30

 

There is also a lot of history to the CNE. If you thought cross-border shopping was a recent issue in Canada, you might be interested to learn about the building of Fort Rouille in 1749 on the site of today's CNE.
Fort Rouille was the first European settlement in what is now Toronto. Native traders from the north were traveling down the Humber River (located just west of the CNE), across Lake Ontario to Fort Oswego. There they traded with the English who occupied the south side of the lake.
This didn't sit well with the French who were eager to get a piece of the action. After all, the natives were taking all the goods across the border to the English. So, in 1749 the French built a small fortified trading post on their side of Lake Ontario to intercept the traders and put an end to cross-border shopping.
They called it Fort Rouille. It was just a small post with no more than 10 men working there at any one time. It stood for only ten years but its legacy is still with us.
Today, if you go down to the CNE's western waterfront, just west of the Bandshell, you'll see a tall monument, a memorial plaque and a concrete outline in the grass of little Fort Rouille -- Toronto's first European settlement and the result of our earliest cross-border shopping.

Music! Experience global rhythms at the International Stage in the National Trade Centre. Let yourself be transported around the globe as we present another series of outstanding music and dance performances representing the nation's multicultural spectrum.

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AND the CNE is home to the infamous Canadian International Air Show, to view the Air Show from the comfort of a yacht while dining and dancing, click here: www.AirShowCruises.com

 




 

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