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CNE Facts & History

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada's largest annual community event.  

Founded in 1879, as the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, the CNE has enjoyed a distinguished history as a "showcase of the nation".  It was "the place" where people came to experience the latest innovations in technology and commercial products as well as performances by many of the leading artists of the time.  Although the CNE has changed over the years, it continues to be one of Ontario's great annual traditions. 

The CNE is currently one of the 10 largest fairs in North America, and its audience truly reflects the diversity of Toronto and the region.  

In 2013, the CNE attracted 1.36 million visitors over the 18 days of the fair.

For historical images of the CNE, see this gallery. Additonally, visit this infographic or learn some fun facts about today's CNE.

 

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