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To assist you in your planning for your 2019 visit to the CNE, this section of the website will provide you with some tools that we hope will assist in making your experience at the CNE better.

Moving Around the Grounds
Surfaces

The CNE takes place at the 192-acre Exhibition Place site, just west of in downtown Toronto. There is a combination of outdoor and indoor spaces with gentle changes in elevation.

Indoor

Flooring throughout the grounds is a combination of hard surfaces such a concrete and terrazzo; and soft surfaces, which include carpeting, rubber matting, and individual retail booth materials. In some areas electrical cords are secured via channeled matting or tape. CNE safety personnel diligently monitor the status of all flooring to minimize potential trip hazards.

Outdoor

Surfaces are more varied and include asphalt, concrete, grass, wood chips, rubber matting, cable channeling, and cement curbs. With low level lighting, such as during evening hours, it can be more challenging to see and navigate these changing surfaces. As with the indoor venues, CNE safety personnel diligently monitor indoor surfaces for possible trip hazards.

Easiest Route

Manitoba Drive

The easiest route for travelling across the grounds is along Manitoba Drive. The road is flat, paved, direct and supports sidewalks for the majority of the path. Although this road has the least amount of foot pedestrians, vehicle traffic is still present on the route. It is possible to connect with various buildings and outdoor CNE elements via several routes running off of Manitoba Drive.

Manitoba Drive can become quite busy where it crosses the TTC/GO Transit admission gate area.

Note: If you go the full length of Manitoba Drive, from West to East or East to West, you will require a hand-stamp to re-enter the grounds. 

Quebec Street and South of Food Building

Another easy route for travelling is Quebec Street and south of the Food Building. The road is flat, paved, direct and support sidewalks for the majority of the path. Vehicle traffic is not present on this route. It is possible to connect with the Queen Elizabeth Building, Food Building and Midway from this route.

Note: This route becomes very crowded when there are events taking place at BMO Field. BMO Field will be in use on:

  • Friday, August 16
  • Saturday, August 24
  • Sunday, August 25
EXpress Trains

There are five EXpress Trains that operate on the site, traveling from the east end of the grounds, to the west end and back again. Each of these trains is accessible with four designated places for wheelchairs, scooters, or strollers. These spots on the EXpress Trains are available on first-come, first-serve basis. They are located in the front row of each of the first and middle cars

The CNE EXpress Train stops at five spots along the route. One scheduled stop is near the Wheel-Trans drop-off area, east of the Enercare Centre.

EXpress Train Schedule

  • August 16 & 17 from 12:00 pm (noon) to approximately 9:30 pm
  • August 18 to September 1 from 10:00 am to approximately 9:30 pm
  • September 2 from 10:00 am to approximately

For those requiring assistance after 9:30 pm, the accessible EXpress Train will run until 11:00 pm.

The trains are equipped with ramps, and have staff members who can assist with loading and unloading, as needed.

Ramps, Lifts and Elevators

Ramps, lifts and elevators are available to accommodate a variety of needs. Please inform a staff member during your visit if you require a specific accommodation for accessibility.
We also encourage you to contact us in advance to discuss any specific requests you might have at 416-263-3330.

Mobility Devices

The CNE accommodates wheelchairs, walkers, scooters and other mobility devices. You are welcome to arrive with your own personal device or to rent a wheelchair or scooter on-site.

Wayfinding

A variety of tools are available to help you navigate the CNE including:

  • Daily schedules with map
  • Pedestal signs with maps
  • Directional signage
  • Program signage
  • Information booth magnifiers and helpful staff

If vision loss restricts your ability to read signs, locate landmarks, or recognize potential hazards, the CNE Guest Experience staff would be pleased to read aloud any information that would enhance your visit. Unfortunately, our services do not include Braille material.

Scouts Canada also has a limited number of members who are available to assist. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 416-490-6364 ext. 452 (June 1 to August 15, 2019), or 416-649-2296 (August 16 to September 2, 2019)

Services & Amenities
Information Booths

There are 11 Information Booths at the CNE, with six outdoor, and five indoor locations. The booths are open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Guest Experience staff within the booths are trained and ready to assist guests so that they can enjoy their time at the fair.

If you have a hearing or speech disability, Information Booths have pen and paper available should it be needed to communication to guests. Staff are happy to communicate through written messages should a guest require that assistance.

Note: The Bell Relay Services phone number for communicating prior to visiting the CNE is 1-800-855-0511.

Washrooms, Adult Change Table & Water Stations

Indoor Washrooms

Accessible washrooms are located in all public buildings.

Outdoor Washrooms

Unisex washrooms are available in a number of temporary locations throughout the grounds.

Adult Change Tables

An adult change table is available in the Guest Services & Paramedics area in the Better Living Centre (north-west corner), at the west end of the CNE grounds. It is available from 10:00 am to midnight daily, and until 7:00 pm on Labour Day Monday.

Water Stations

Ten water bottle refill stations are located throughout the grounds

Quiet Zone & Quiet Days

If you are looking for a break from the energy and crowds, spend some time at our outdoor Quiet Zone at the west end of the grounds.

Bandshell Park

Bandshell Park is a large, outdoor space at the west end of the grounds. It contains trees, benches, an ample grassy area and food locations. It is a perfect location for enjoying open space, having a picnic or just relaxing.  This area does host concerts in the evenings. It is best to enjoy the quiet periods early in the day, prior to sound check (times TBC).

Bandshell Park is a dedicated Quiet Zone on the first two Mondays of the fair (August 19 and August 26). The park will not be hosting any concerts on these days and will be the best days for you to visit.

Note: This area is not quiet in the evenings or during sound check. There are dark fully quiet days on Monday, August 19 & 26.

Quiet Days

The CNE is typically busy with visitors enjoying the fair. If you would like to experience the fair at a quieter time, you may prefer to visit on a weekday morning, since the crowds build as the day progresses. The lightest traffic days (especially during the mornings) are:

  • Friday, August 16
  • Monday, August 19
  • Tuesday, August 20
  • Monday, August 26
  • Tuesday, August 27

Note: The CNE is particularly noisy and crowded on the final weekend of the fair (August 30 to September 2), due to the Canadian International Air Show practice day (Friday) and performances (Saturday, Sunday & Monday).

Animal Relief Areas

The CNE has established two Animal Relief Areas for guests with service animals. These fenced in sites are located at both ends of the grounds, and provide privacy from other CNE guests. Please bring bags and other required supplies to care for your animal. Relief areas can be found:

  • At the East end of the grounds on the grassy area east of the Beanfield Centre, inside and south of the Princes’ Gates entrance.
  • At the West end of the grounds on the grassy area south of the Scadding Cabin, close to the large white wind turbine.
Charging Stations

Unfortunately, the CNE does not have charging stations throughout the grounds; however, there are a number of outlets throughout the grounds that may be used for charging mobility devices. Should you need assistance in finding a space, please ask any of the Guest Experience staff in the Information Booths.

Medical/First Aid

The CNE has significant medical resources on-site to ensure our guests are safe and well. Both Toronto Paramedics and St. John Ambulance personnel service the grounds daily until 11:00 pm.

Location

Description

Medical Professionals

Guest Services & Paramedics Area west side of the Better Living Centre

Main on-site medical facility for CNE at the west end of the grounds

Toronto Paramedics

Galleria outside Hall B in the Enercare Centre

Satellite medical office at the east end of the grounds

St. John Ambulance personnel with Toronto Paramedics oversight

Throughout the grounds

Bicycle paramedics

Toronto Paramedics

Note: For a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

 
Venue Descriptions

Queen Elizabeth Building 

Specific Area within Venue:

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion (east side of building)

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

Yes

Line-ups:

Occasionally

Seating:

Limited bench seating

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

No

 

Specific Area within Venue:

Withrow Common Art Gallery & Guest Services (west side of the building)

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

Moderate

Line-ups:

Occasionally

Seating:

No seating inside

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

Depends on crowds

Ball Park 

Specific Area within Venue:

Baseball Tournaments (Coronation Park)

Ease of Access:

Moderate due to terrain. See ‘Notes’

Excessive Crowds:

No

Line-ups:

No

Seating:

Bleachers with additional space for wheelchairs and scooters

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

No – there is a sound system for announcing games

Notes:

Must cross two (2) city streets (across Strachan Avenue near Princes’ Gates and Lake Shore Blvd.) plus grassy area to access Coronation Park. *Remember to obtain a hand stamp for re-admittance when leaving the main CNE grounds.

Bandshell Park 

Specific Area within Venue:

Food & Drink area and Concert Area

Ease of Access:

Moderate. There are a mixture of hard and soft surfaces including grass, woodchips, mud and asphalt

Excessive Crowds:

Yes during concerts & Air Show

Line-ups:

Yes during concerts

Seating:

Yes – picnic tables, accessible seating area for concert viewing

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

Yes

Concerts – Loud noise and flashing lights possible

Air Show – Loud noise will be present

Better Living Centre

Specific Area within Venue:

The Farm (west side of building)

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

Often

Line-ups:

Occasionally

Seating:

Bench and bleacher seating for demonstrations

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

No

 

Specific Area within Venue:

Casino (east side of building)

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

Often

Line-ups:

Occasionally

Seating:

Accommodations for seating as required

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

No

Notes:

Must be 19+ years of age

 

Specific Area within Venue:

Guest Services & Medical Centre (far west side of the building)

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

No

Line-ups:

No

Seating:

Limited chair seating available

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

No

Coca-Cola Coliseum  

Specific Area within Venue:

Legends of the Silk Road Comes to Light! Indoor Lantern Festival

Ease of Access:

Moderate due to crowds

Excessive Crowds:

Yes

Line-ups:

Yes

Seating:

No

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

Yes. Dark room with lit lanterns throughout

Enercare Centre 

Specific Area within Venue:

Hall A – At Home Pavilion / Shoppers’ Market
Hall B – International Pavilion & International Stage
Hall C – Warehouse Outlets
Galleria
Heritage Court

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

Often

Line-ups:

No

Seating:

Limited Bench Seating / additional space for wheelchairs & scooters at the International Stage

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

No

Notes:

Hall B – seating for wheelchairs and scooters on the west side of the International Stage. Seating based on a first-come, first-served basis. Always crowded.

 

Specific Area within Venue:

Hall D – President’s Choice SuperDogs Show 

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

Yes

Line-ups:

Yes

Seating:

Bleachers. Staff will make accommodations for wheelchairs and scooters as needed

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

Yes – music, crowds, barking dogs, spot lights and dark room

Notes:

Line-ups are expected at every show and lineups for shows begin an hour before show time. Seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Specific Area within Venue:

Hall F – CNE Gaming Garage (August 16 to 18); CNE Innovation Garage (August 23 to 25). 

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

At certain times of the day

Line-ups:

Some

Seating:

Chair Seating with space for wheelchairs and scooters.

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

Occasionally

Notes:

Competition times may lead to crowding

 

 

Specific Area within Venue:

Guest Services (Salon 103)
Services include: Baby Care Centre, Found Children, Lost & Found, Prayer Room

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

No

Line-ups:

NO

Seating:

Limited chair seating available

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

No

 

Specific Area within Venue:

First Aid in the Galleria outside of Hall B

Ease of Access:

Easy

Excessive Crowds:

No

Line-ups:

No

Seating:

Limited chair seating available

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

No

Notes:

St. John Ambulance personnel with Toronto Paramedics overseeing

Food Building  

Specific Area within Venue:

Food court 

Ease of Access:

Moderate – often crowded but accessible entrance/exit

Excessive Crowds:

Yes

Line-ups:

Yes

Seating:

Limited accessible seating available. Seating includes picnic tables with accessible seating, which is marked by a ceiling sign and signage on the table.  

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

Yes due to large crowds

Kids’ World & Children’s Midway  

Specific Area within Venue:

Attractions for children

Ease of Access:

Moderate due to crowds and grassy surfaces

Excessive Crowds:

Yes

Line-ups:

Yes

Seating:

Benches, picnic tables, and lawn chairs with additional space for wheelchairs and scooters.

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

Moderate – rides, games, entertainment stage, and activities.

Midway   (Adult)

Specific Area within Venue:

Rides & Games

Ease of Access:

Moderate to difficult depending on crowds

Excessive Crowds:

Yes

Line-ups:

Yes

Seating:

Benches and picnic tables

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

Yes – rides, games, vendors, and radio stations

Notes:

Very crowded. Visibility more challenging in the evening hours.

Waterfront   

Specific Area within Venue:

Canadian International Air Show

Practice – August 30, 2019

Show Dates – August 31 to September 2, 2019

Ease of Access:

Very difficult due to terrain

Excessive Crowds:

Yes

Line-ups:

Yes

Seating:

Bleachers with additional space for wheelchairs and scooters

Loud Noises and/or Flashing Lights: 

Extremely loud; sound can be disorienting and triggering

Notes:

Wheelchair access requires navigating a bridge and a steep hill, plus a long walk. Wheelchair accessible entrance via the Ontario Place West Bridge (south of BMO Field and the Northern Comfort Saloon)

 

*Air Show can be seen and heard throughout the CNE grounds. Not recommended for people with hearing sensitivities.

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