Pre-Planning your CNE Visit
To assist you with planning for you visit prior to attending the CNE, we have provided some information that might be helpful in knowing before you come down to the CNE.
2019 CNE Admission Policy
Persons with Disabilities
In keeping with other Toronto attractions, a CNE guest with a disability receives a 50% discount on regularly-priced CNE admission upon self-declaration to CNE gate staff. This discount applies to “in-person” (at the CNE entry gates) purchases only.
If a guest with a disability requires assistance during their CNE visit, they receive complimentary admission for their support person upon presentation of an Access 2 Card. This special CNE discount is not available online. The CNE uses the same definition of “disability” as the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which includes both visible and non-visible disabilities.
Visiting with a service animal? The CNE is happy to welcome you with your accredited service animal during your visit. There is a limit of one service animal per guest.
Your Guide Dog or other support animal must be controlled by a leash or harness. It is your responsibility to ensure the comfort and safety of both your service animal and fellow visitors, while you are at the fair.
Service animals are not permitted on any fair rides, and must be supervised by a non-riding member of your party while you are on a ride.
Note: CNE animals housed in The Farm and at the SuperDogs Show must not experience any level of distress related to service animals being brought on-site. Any issues in this regard will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Transportation to & from the CNE
The Exhibition GO Station is situated at the north end of the ground. It has an elevator and is wheelchair accessible.
For additional information about GO Transit Accessibility:
- Visit gotransit.com/public/en/travelling/accessibility.aspx
- Call 1-888-438-6646
- Call 1-800-387-3652 for teletypewriter
Both TTC buses and streetcars have regular stops at Exhibition Place
- 29 Dufferin bus stops at the Dufferin loop and is a short walk from the Saskatchewan Gate at the west end of the grounds. Accessible low-floor buses equipped with ramps serve all TTC bus routes.
- 511 Bathurst streetcar stops at the TTC/GO entrance situated at the north end of the grounds
- 509 Harourfront streetcar stops at the TTC/Go entrance situated at the north end of the grounds. 509 Harbourfront streetcars have accessible low-floor options to accommodate wheelchairs.
For additional information about TTC Accessibility:
- Visit ttc.ca/TTC_accessibility/index.jsp
- Call 416-393-4636
- Call 416-481-2523 for the hearing impaired
The TTC provides accessible door-to-door Wheel-Trans service for registered customers anywhere in the City of Toronto, 24 hours a day.
The designated Wheel-Trans drop-off one is at the east end of the grounds, on the east-side of the Enercare Centre. This area has a tented waiting area with seating. For additional information, or to book service:
- Visit ttc.ca/WheelTrans
- Call 416-393-4222
There is a limited amount of vehicle parking available on-site at the CNE. Each lot has designated accessible parking areas, which are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Lots 850 and 852 offer the greatest number of accessible spaces. Your accessible parking permit must be displayed on your vehicle.
In order to secure accessible parking, it is recommended that you arrive to the CNE early. The CNE grounds open at 10:00 am. Parking will be easiest to find on the Quiet Days. Click here to view more information on our Quiet Days.
To access Lot 850 (underground parking inside the Enercare Centre), please enter the grounds from the east side via Strachan Avenue to Canada Boulevard.
To access Lot 852 (south grounds), enter the CNE grounds at Ontario Drive off of Lake Shore Boulevard.
The daily parking rate applies. Parking fees for 2019 range from $30-$35 per day. Daily fees are posted on-site each day. Accessible parking is not guaranteed.
Services & Amenities
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).
Wheelchair & Scooter Rentals
The CNE’s Wheelchair & Scooter Rental program is operated in partnership with Scouts Canada. As there are a limited number of wheelchairs and electric scooters available on-site, reservations are recommended.
Pre-CNE – June 1 to August 15, 2019
Call: 416-490-6364 ext. 452
During the CNE – August 16 to September 2, 2019
- Scouts Canada Trailer – Just north of the Princes’ Gates arch, right as you enter the grounds.
- Scouts Canada Office – in the Guest Services and Paramedics area in the Better Living Centre. Located in the north-west corner of the large white building at the west end of the grounds, adjacent to The Farm.
The Wheelchair rental fee is $10 per day, with a $50 refundable deposit (cash or credit card accepted) and proof-of-residence identification. This service is available from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm at both locations. Please return your wheelchair to the location from which you rented it. Guests leaving after 10:00 pm can return their wheelchairs to the Lost & Found Children location at the Guest Services & Paramedics Area in the Better Living Centre (office located beside Scouts Canada) until 11:30 pm.
Electric Scooter Rentals
Electric Scooters are available for rent at $35 per day, plus a $100 refundable deposit (cash or credit card accepted) and proof-of-residence identification. Scooters are available from 10:00 am and must be returned by 9:00 pm (7:00 pm on Labour Day Monday), to the location from which it was rented – either Scouts Canada Trailer by the Princes’ Gates or Scouts Canada Office within the Guest Services & Paramedics Area in the Better Living Centre, in order to process the deposit refund.
Note: For those requiring assistance after 9:30 pm, accessible Express Trains will run until 11:00 pm.
Based on availability, free Scout Escorts are available from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to assist on the grounds. Advance reservations for wheelchairs, scooters and Scout Escorts are recommended.
Note: Reservations for wheelchairs will only be guaranteed up to one hour past the reservation time. Scooters that have been reserved must be picked up no later than 12:00 pm on the day of the reservation; otherwise they will be made available to be rented to another guest.