Exhibition Place is a unique site situated along the shores of Lake Ontario immediately west of downtown Toronto.

Consisting of approximately 192 acres of parkland with many historical buildings that are owned by the City of Toronto and managed by a board of governors, Exhibition Place is venue to more than 100 special events and trade and consumer shows annually. These events include the Canadian National Exhibition, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Honda Indy car race, , Caribbean Carnival parade, Toronto International Boat Show and Spring and Christmas One Of A Kind Craft Shows, to name only a few.

Under the provisions of the City of Toronto Act (Bill 148 of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario) established in 1983 and later amended in 1997, the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place was formed for the purpose of operating and managing the grounds known as Exhibition Place. As prescribed by the act, the Board of Governors reports directly to City of Toronto Council, and is comprised of thirteen members (Mayor's Designate, 4 Council Members, 4 Public Appointments, 3 appointments nominated by the CNEA and the CNEA President).

Exhibition Place is located 4 kms west of downtown Toronto and is accessible via the Gardiner Expressway, Dufferin Street, Strachan Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard.

By Car:
Take the Toronto bound Queen Elizabeth Way or Lake Shore Boulevard and follow the signs to the Exhibition Place.

Public Transit

By T.T.C.:

  • From Union Subway Station: take the 509 Harbourfront Streetcar West
  • From Bathurst Subway Station: take the 511 Bathurst Streetcar South
  • From Dufferin Subway Station: take the 29 Dufferin Bus South
  • From Dundas West Subway Station: take the 193 Exhibition Rocket  Express Bus (This service operates during the Canadian National Exhibition only. Call TTC customer information at 416-393-4636)

By GO train
The Lakeshore GO Trains take you right to Exhibition GO Station, located on the grounds of Exhibition Place. You can obtain fare and schedule information online at The GO Transit website.

School buses parking
Please contact Exhibition Place's Parking Administration at 416 263 3647 for information on where to park your school bus at Exhibition Place.

Map of the Exhibition Place grounds
A map of building names and street addresses at Exhibition Place is available online via their website.

Audio/visual services
Exhibition Place offers a wide range of audio and visual rentals including sound systems, lighting, TV Monitors, projection screens, projectors, etc. Exhibition Place also offers a full-service on-site production services that can transform any of the rental facilities into a fabulously unique home for your event, from staging to seating to washrooms whether it is large or small.

Bank machines
There is a year-round bank machine located in the Galleria of the Enercare Centre for general use. Sometimes there may be bank machines in the individual shows. During the CNE, there are several bank machines located at various points on the grounds.

Bike Racks
Exhibition Place has space for 550 bikes on racks situated across the grounds. For more information, visit the website.

Catering Services
Exhibition Place has an exclusive on-site caterer, Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, which provides a full range of menus and services - from coffee service to gala dinners. Retail food kiosks are also available.

You can view a listing of events taking place at Exhibition Place by referring to the Events Calendar available online at their website.
The events calendar provides detailed information on event dates, location and other general information.

Employment Opportunities
Visit the careers page on their website for job board and information. For CNE employment, visit the website.

Filming and Photography at Exhibition Place
To obtain a permit to film or take photographs on the grounds of Exhibition Place or in any Building at Exhibition Place, including Enercare Centre, Beanfield Centre or any tenanted building, please phone 416 263-3023. Permits cannot be obtained from City of Toronto.

Food Services
A cafeteria style restaurant and full-service restaurant are located in the Galleria of the Enercare Centre and hours of operation are adjusted according to the show schedule. If you are going to Exhibition Place to see a show, each show will have its own designated eating areas with separate menus.

Also, the Band shell Park and Centennial Square are available for corporate picnics and gatherings and are rented out to clients several times during the year. When the Parks are not licensed for an event, they are open to the public for picnicking, use, etc.

Idea or a proposal for a new business or activity at Exhibition Place
Please contact the Chief Executive Officer's office at (416) 263-3610 to discuss the details of your proposal.

Lost & Found
Individual show management is responsible for lost and found articles. Please contact the show management if you should require any further information. For general information on items lost on the grounds of Exhibition Place, please contact Security at (416) 263-3333

Mobile vending or concessions
A license is required for all mobile vending and concessions on the Exhibition Place grounds Concessions and mobile vendors are managed and licensed through Exhibition Place's Event Management Services.

Toronto Event Centre
The original Horticulture Building, constructed in 1907 by George W. Gouinlock, is internationally known today as the Toronto Event Centre. It is an architectural landmark that juxtaposes Toronto’s classical charm with a post-modern twist, accented by a 60-foot high crystal glass dome. Since its inception in 2005, the Toronto Event Centre has undergone a ground-breaking, multi-million dollar renovation and features the gold standard of state-of-the-art technology, style and flexibility. It has developed a reputation for luxury, elegance, and unsurpassed service in hosting over 3000 guests and providing a first class experience every single time.Whether it be a premier gala under the crystal glass dome, a cocktail party in the Grey Goose Lounge or a poolside product launch, the Toronto Event Centre is well-equipped to host events on any scale. The multi-functional venue can accommodate any client need with the largest interior space that offers several adaptable rooms. For more information, visit the website.

Exhibition Place offers a variety of parking options. There are several lots for surface parking at the daily rate of $15.00 per vehicle and $12.00 after 6pm. Underground parking is available at Enercare Centre, at the daily rate of $15.00 per vehicle and $12.00 after 6:00pm. Special Event and Peak Rates may apply. For information about parking, please call Parking Administration or visit the website for more information.

Public Washrooms
There are several public facilities that are open to the public for general use. Washrooms are located at the Dufferin Gate, the Better Living Centre and the Horse Palace which are open from approximately Victoria Day weekend, to Thanksgiving weekend During the interim, the Horse Palace washrooms are open for your use. Please consult the site map for building locations.

Planning an Event at Exhibition Place
Visit the Planning link on the website for all of the details.

Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)
TFI is an innovative, award-winning non-profit organization that provides critical services and support to small and mid-sized fashion enterprises. Established by the City of Toronto in 1987, TFI is located in an 8,000 sf heritage building at Exhibition Place. As the world's first fashion incubator, TFI's success in creating jobs, attracting strategic partnerships and contributing to the local GDP has inspired similar centres in cities such as New York, Chicago, London, Milan, Melbourne, Auckland and Amsterdam. For additional information visit the website.

Toronto Police Mounted Unit
The head Quarters for the Toronto Police Services Mounted Units, located in the historic Horse Place is home to fifty fully trained and commissioned steeds and their uniformed officers that are dispatched throughout the south district of Toronto. A state of the art facility that is worth visiting. For additional information please contact 416-808-1700.

Exhibition Place cannons repatriated to Fort York
On November 25, 2015, the British artillery objects (two shell guns/cannons and one mortar) were removed from the site of the Fort Rouille monument at Exhibition Place and returned to their owners, the City of Toronto Museum Services. The shell guns and mortar originally formed part of Fort York's "Trent Affair" battery from 1862 until the south rampart was restored in 1932-1934. At some point prior to the conclusion of the Second World War, the shell guns and mortar were moved to Exhibition Place. With the opening of the Fort York Visitor Centre in 2014, plans were made for the return of the shell guns and mortar; they are currently undergoing conservation treatment and assessment at a Museum Services facility. It is intended that eventually, both shell guns will be installed on the site of the Trent Affair battery and the mortar will be exhibited on or near the site of the Ordnance Stores building at the Fort. Artillery are considered "sacred" and their appropriate placement and treatment is no less important than that of the regimental colours (flags and guidons) of infantry and cavalry regiments. City of Toronto Museum Services absorbed all costs related to the removal of the British artillery objects back to Fort York.