The beginning to the end of summer is now upon us, the Canadian National Exhibition is now open. Every year on Warriors day at the CNE, most of my family meets up on the west side of the Food Building for an annual reunion of sorts. This year only 3 of my 5 sisters and their families were there, but it was great to see them.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) or The Ex as it is affectionately called, is Canada’s largest annual community fair. Taking place over 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, The Ex offers a wide variety of entertainment and events, including midway rides and games, a working farm, parades and sports, international food and shopping, Kids’ World, and a three-day air show. Over the course of its late summer run, the CNE attracts over a million people each year.

Now the fifth largest fair in North America, the CNE has enjoyed a distinguished history as a showcase of the nation; “the place” where people came to experience the “best and the brightest” from the latest innovations in technology and commercial products, to the greatest artists of the time. Since 1879, it continues to be one of Toronto’s great annual traditions.

The CNE takes place throughout 192 acres of beautiful lake front property at Exhibition Place, which is only a short drive or streetcar ride (often called the LRT) from my Toronto office space for lease. Through the course of the Ex, I often leave my downtown Toronto office space early to visit the CNE. There are always some great photo opportunities and new things to see each visit.

Labour Day weekend at The Ex is always a bitter sweet weekend, it is bitter because it is the last weekend of the CNE and the unofficial end of Summer. What is sweet about the last weekend of The Ex is that it is also the weekend of the Canadian International Air Show. The Air Show, in its 61st year, takes over the CNE skies for an awe-inspiring show.

The crowd favorite of the Air Show are the national ambassadors of the air, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. This year they celebrate their 40th Anniversary and they will fly the grand finale performance daily.