CNE: Canadian National Exhibition Canadian National Exhibition: See the Best CNE Special Ticket Offers for 2022 Special Food + Ticket Offers at The Ex for 2022!

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The Canadian National Exhibition is officially back for 2022 and you can enjoy all the sights, sounds, foods, rides and more between August 19 and September 5.

There are several special offers available for 2022 on food and tickets, including the return of the popular EXcelunch Special for those looking to taste the unique eats at The Ex for lunch.

  • Free Kid's Pass – free grounds admission for kids under 13 (must be downloaded in advance)
  • Opening Day Deal – $13.00 admission for all ages on August 19
  • Kid's Toonie Monday – $2.00 kids admission when accompanied by a paying adult on August 22 and 29
  • $11.00 Evenings – $11.00 admission after 5:00 PM from Monday to Thursday, excluding Labour Day
  • EXcelunch Special – $19.99 admission on weekdays between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM + get a full refund by exiting before 1:00 PM
  • Food Building Special Offers – discounts and coupons for various vendors in the Food Building

NOTE: Kid's Toonie Monday and EXcelunch Special tickets are only available at the gate, while the Free Kid's Pass, Opening Day and $11.00 Evening deals are also available online.

The Canadian National Exhibition is open from August 19 to September 5. Note that any tickets purchased online (including the Free Kid's Pass) must be downloaded to your smartphone prior to arrival.

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    • Also fyi wish I knew this but there’s a line bypass wristband like at Wonderland for an extra $25 or so. Didn’t know this until end of night but totally worth it.
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    • There’s a parking garage @ 99 Atlantic. Similar pricing to what was just posted, but the building has huge ,clean , accessible washrooms.
      Attempted this lot yesterday- completely full. Turnaround was a mess getting out with so many cars driving in lol
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    • anybody wants one ticket.. accidently bought 5 only need 4 +1 ride all day
      SEND ME A PM ... showing you are there and i can send you the barcode...
      just don't want to send the PM and the person not ended up going there.
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    • Another cloudy day. Air Show may get cancelled again.
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    • How long does it take to receive the tickets buying from that portal? Was thinking of going later today
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    • There’s a parking garage @ 99 Atlantic. Similar pricing to what was just posted, but the building has huge ,clean , accessible washrooms.
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    • Found even cheaper public parking, underground located at

      5 Hanna Ave
      Toronto, ON M6K 0B3
      Mom-Friday 6am-6pm $12
      Evenings 6pm-6am $6
      Weekends $12
      Happy parking
      Was the parking full when you went? thinking of going there on Sunday.
      do you think it will be hard to get a spot then? thanks for sharing!
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    • Planning to take my 7 year old to the EX tomorrow. I'm considering buying 2 all day rides. Is it worth it for me to purchase the all day ride ticket (for myself) if I'm only going to ride on 1-2 attractions?
      Get a Presto ride-all-day-ticket, and use a free entry ticket for kid. Give kid the wristband, and then buy 20tix for $22 inside. This way, u can hop on a ride if you needed to. Save 6tickets for the sky-line thingy, and 5/6 for the Ferris wheel , And the rest of tickets for whatever else.

      So $49.24 for entry, $22 for ride tickets. And go early
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    • Planning to take my 7 year old to the EX tomorrow. I'm considering buying 2 all day rides. Is it worth it for me to purchase the all day ride ticket (for myself) if I'm only going to ride on 1-2 attractions?
      Really depends on how tall your 7 yr old is. Most rides have height requirement. Your child may not be able to ride all the rides. That means they need to go to the kiddie ride area, where you will be too big to ride some of the rides.

      If you plan on 1 - 2 rides, you'll need 12 tickets at most. Kiddie area rides are a bit cheaper than adult rides. You can get the 22 tickets for $22 package (2 rides for you, 3 rides for your child) or the 55 ticket for $55 package depending on how may rides your child wants to ride (or 2 X 22 tickets for $44). Just keep in mind that later in the day, the rides will get busy and you may be looking at 20 min wait or more to get on. Your child may get cranky from waiting. Bottom line is, get the ride all day if your child can get on at least 20 rides since the child ride all day pass (before discount) is $65 + $2 processing + HST = $75 (20 rides X avg $4 a ride = $80). Child admission to CNE is free if you have the coupon (someone posted link above)

      The business model for midway tickets is that they count on you to end up buying too many tickets (or ride all day pass) and not be able to use it fully. I had people offer me 10 tickets so they can bud in front of me in a really long queue because they can't use all the tickets they've bought - but it was late in the day and I couldn't use it anyways so the tickets are essentially garbage unless you come another day. So be sure to plan out the rides.
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    • Planning to take my 7 year old to the EX tomorrow. I'm considering buying 2 all day rides. Is it worth it for me to purchase the all day ride ticket (for myself) if I'm only going to ride on 1-2 attractions?
      Better off using all day ride, all rides take 6 tickets, and it cost $50 for 22 tickets do that Mah, after you do you rides you cdn always sell you ride all day band to someone
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    • Planning to take my 7 year old to the EX tomorrow. I'm considering buying 2 all day rides. Is it worth it for me to purchase the all day ride ticket (for myself) if I'm only going to ride on 1-2 attractions?
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    • If anyone is selling a ticket for discount pm , looking a ticket for tonight
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    • Can I get this ? I am planning to go today
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    • Do you have to take printout of tickets/All day pass or Mobile presentation will work?
      Mobile is fine
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    • Do you have to take printout of tickets/All day pass or Mobile presentation will work?
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    • Re: packing food. Part of the CNE experience for many (myself included) is trying the weird, wacky and unique foods you wouldn't normally eat. Albeit you have to expect your going to pay a high price for it. We just traded it off by not really playing the carnie games or doing rides. But if you have no intent on trying the different food items and are likely to just buy your standard burger, fries, pizza, etc, then yeah, you are way better off just bringing your own food then paying the high prices.
      Its not even unique food. A big cotton candy on a big stick was ~$20 , this is not unique.

      Compare the CNE food to the food in this video..

      https://youtu.be/jaHd1Fm5zl0

      Now this is worth paying for.
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    • Found even cheaper public parking, underground located at

      5 Hanna Ave
      Toronto, ON M6K 0B3
      Mom-Friday 6am-6pm $12
      Evenings 6pm-6am $6
      Weekends $12
      Happy parking
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    • Do you remember where this is located?
      It is located around the Beach Bar / Craft Taps area, appx 60 meters west of the bungy jump station for Epilepsy Canada.
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    • Can you carry a folding camping chair inside the CNE?
      yes
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    • I remember in the past it was free after 9 or something like that. Is it still the case now? Does anyone know?
      no free admission
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    • Can you carry a folding camping chair inside the CNE?
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    • Re: packing food. Part of the CNE experience for many (myself included) is trying the weird, wacky and unique foods you wouldn't normally eat. Albeit you have to expect your going to pay a high price for it. We just traded it off by not really playing the carnie games or doing rides.
      Same. I personally don't really see the point in paying that amount of money for a worse version of Canada's Wonderland. All these non-permanent carnival midways are just sketchy rides and scammy games.
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    • Couldn't agree more. It's really saying something when your takeaway from the day isn't "well that was fun" but instead "my god everything was so damn expensive".
      The Ex was on life support as in nearly permanently closing, you bet they'll wrung your wallet empty even your kids piggy bank, if that's what it takes to get back on their feet again.

      In that picture above they might not see people anymore, just dollar signs, a sea of dolla' signs.
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    • That is the lowest unless you have event tickets (such as European football or American football tickets) which allow free entry to CNE.

      I've been twice and have come to the conclusion that after 5PM, the place is so packed it is not worth going as the people to people crowd makes this place a pick pocket paradise. Food building is packed during dinner hours, and other exhibit buildings will be shutting down soon. Even worse if you take the TTC as crowds leaving after 10PM makes every bus jam packed. Avg ride time from Exhibition place to Bathurst station is 45 min. And you can smell everyone's sweat after a hot day even thru N95 mask. The drivers sometimes turn on the A/C to help cool people down. But when the bus starts and stops, people lean into you so you feel their cool and clammy skin touching yours.


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      That photo sums up 5pm and later nicely. Total S-show. Not even worth being there. It is the ninth circle of hell in a nutshell. 5:05pm go home!!! :twisted:
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    • Dang, $4 for water?! Anyone know if there are/where there are water bottle filling stations? Going to go tomorrow and don't want to pay for overpriced drinks.
      Yes they have stations. Free. (for now)😝
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    • Do you remember where this is located?
      I believe there's several locations.

      I went to the one in the Midway; a stone's throw from the ice cream funnel cake.
      Dang, $4 for water?! Anyone know if there are/where there are water bottle filling stations? Going to go tomorrow and don't want to pay for overpriced drinks.
      There's multiple filling stations; but easiest spot is inside Enercare Centre; there's multiple water fountains (and washrooms) in the main hallway
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    • Re: packing food. Part of the CNE experience for many (myself included) is trying the weird, wacky and unique foods you wouldn't normally eat. Albeit you have to expect your going to pay a high price for it. We just traded it off by not really playing the carnie games or doing rides. But if you have no intent on trying the different food items and are likely to just buy your standard burger, fries, pizza, etc, then yeah, you are way better off just bringing your own food then paying the high prices.
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    • Thanks for the tip! My kids loved it. Interesting to note that they sell waffle ice cream sandwich for $5. But a bottle of water is $4! I've never seen such expensive water except in deserts.
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      Do you remember where this is located?
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    • Nostalgia should not cost you an arm and a leg. That trip was painful and might be my last for a few years. Even if we do go back it will be very scaled down. Buildings, shows, pack food, eat before we go. I used coupons and deals galore and still kicked out $500+

      :o
      Couldn't agree more. It's really saying something when your takeaway from the day isn't "well that was fun" but instead "my god everything was so damn expensive".
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    • Bring a backpack with atleast 2 liters of water and snacks, don't pay for overpriced food/drinks inside.

      Roasted corn.. they wont roast the corn without the skin, too bad.
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    • I recommend the bottle filling station inside the Enercare centre. It is part of a water drinking fountain located in the main hallway just east of Pizza Pizza stand (use the entrance near Hotel X). That water is chilled, filtered and tastes great!

      yeah i think the other water station aren't filtered water...0 They should have water trucks
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    • Dang, $4 for water?! Anyone know if there are/where there are water bottle filling stations? Going to go tomorrow and don't want to pay for overpriced drinks.
      I recommend the bottle filling station inside the Enercare centre. It is part of a water drinking fountain located in the main hallway just east of Pizza Pizza stand (use the entrance near Hotel X). That water is chilled, filtered and tastes great!
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    • Dang, $4 for water?! Anyone know if there are/where there are water bottle filling stations? Going to go tomorrow and don't want to pay for overpriced drinks.
      sink in the washroom?

      or these :P

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    • Dang, $4 for water?! Anyone know if there are/where there are water bottle filling stations? Going to go tomorrow and don't want to pay for overpriced drinks.
      Ten water bottle refill stations are located throughout the grounds.

      from Planning Tool for During Your Visit https://www.theex.com/planning-tool-for ... our-visit/
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    • Dang, $4 for water?! Anyone know if there are/where there are water bottle filling stations? Going to go tomorrow and don't want to pay for overpriced drinks.
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    • That is the lowest unless you have event tickets (such as European football or American football tickets) which allow free entry to CNE.

      I've been twice and have come to the conclusion that after 5PM, the place is so packed it is not worth going as the people to people crowd makes this place a pick pocket paradise. Food building is packed during dinner hours, and other exhibit buildings will be shutting down soon. Even worse if you take the TTC as crowds leaving after 10PM makes every bus jam packed. Avg ride time from Exhibition place to Bathurst station is 45 min. And you can smell everyone's sweat after a hot day even thru N95 mask. The drivers sometimes turn on the A/C to help cool people down. But when the bus starts and stops, people lean into you so you feel their cool and clammy skin touching yours.


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      can confirm that going after 5 is a literal zoo. they purposely pack the place in like sardines, and you're waiting 45 minutes to a hour for anything from doughnuts to rides.
      Id rather pay 30$ with less people than save a few bucks and experience what i did.

      I don't know what the legal capacity is, but to me it looked like if there were a real emergency people would 100% be trampled / get stuck.
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    • CNE tickets are $11 after 5 pm right. Are there any coupons to make it lower or is that the lowest
      That is the lowest unless you have event tickets (such as European football or American football tickets) which allow free entry to CNE.

      I've been twice and have come to the conclusion that after 5PM, the place is so packed it is not worth going as the people to people crowd makes this place a pick pocket paradise. Food building is packed during dinner hours, and other exhibit buildings will be shutting down soon. Even worse if you take the TTC as crowds leaving after 10PM makes every bus jam packed. Avg ride time from Exhibition place to Bathurst station is 45 min. And you can smell everyone's sweat after a hot day even thru N95 mask. The drivers sometimes turn on the A/C to help cool people down. But when the bus starts and stops, people lean into you so you feel their cool and clammy skin touching yours.

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    • Totally agree with this. Really good value for $5, those ice cream sandwiches were thick!


      EDIT: Don't forget the $1 off ice cream waffle sandwich food vendor coupon.
      Thanks for the tip! My kids loved it. Interesting to note that they sell waffle ice cream sandwich for $5. But a bottle of water is $4! I've never seen such expensive water except in deserts.
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    • CNE tickets are $11 after 5 pm right. Are there any coupons to make it lower or is that the lowest
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