Checking Out The CNE

The Toronto CNE is very much like the Vancouver PNE. The main difference is the name. Toronto, thinking they are the center of the universe, call their fair the Canadian Nation Exhibition while Vancouver’s is call the Pacific National Exhibition.

You would think that the CNE would be much bigger than the PNE given the name and the fact that Toronto is the biggest city in Canada. However, that is not the case. The PNE is bigger than the CNE in both sheer size and attendance. The CNE has a bunch of things missing that the PNE has, like the freestyle motocross show and outdoor BBQ chicken.

The only show both fairs have in common is the Super Dogs. However, the PNE out does the CNE again. The Super Dogs are the most popular show at both fairs. At the PNE, the dogs perform at the Pacific Coliseum in front of 10,000+ per show. At the CNE, the dogs take up part of one show hall with seating for about 3,000.

Despite its smaller size, we still had a great time at the CNE. The weather was perfect for a day at the fair. Both the CNE and PNE are open until September 1. Then the kids goes back to school.

26 thoughts on “Checking Out The CNE”

  1. looks like you and your daughter had a blast. cool stuff

    1. Looks like a fun time, but not too many people there, huh? Perhaps they were all at work.

  2. joe gelb says:

    you can’t beat the modesty of the west coast tech scene!

  3. m.dinesh says:

    I think your daughter enjoyed a lot John.

  4. radzone says:

    Canada sucks – all there should drop off the edge of the world

  5. I don’t subscribe to the “Toronto is the centre of the Universe attitude”, even though I’ve now lived in the GTA for 7 years. and I’ve been only to the CNE once or twice. I do find that here in North America everything always is the best and biggest – superlatives galore.

    Another example would be “Go Transit”, which until recently claimed to be the safest public transit system in the world. Well, I sent them a couple of emails, asking me to show the statistics to back up the claim , especially since the system is known for constant problems including an engine setting a shed on fire because it was running inside the shed all day(!). They weren’t able to back up the claim.

    PS: Does the PNE have an air show?

    1. John Chow says:

      No, the PNE does not have an air show. We have the Abbotsford Airshow for that. 🙂

  6. Andrew says:

    Ahh yes, the CNE is always a great time. Have you been to the CNE before?

    1. John Chow says:

      Nope, this was my first time.

  7. Good to know you are enjoying Toronto…Hope to see you back soon

  8. rob says:

    I couldn’t imagine a PNE without BBQ chicken… How dare the CNE use the name while falling short on the menu 😉

  9. Mmmm, little fair action going on there. Looks like a good time to me.

  10. Lawrence says:

    Z06 Corvette, great sports car – tremendous performance for the money…you’re a car guy, JC…you should have commented more on it.

    lol – “food building”

  11. thiago prado says:

    What is the model of your camera. you always get very good pictures.

  12. Simon Lau says:

    CNE is good every once in a while, can’t go every year. Last time I went was 2 years ago. John, while you were there, did you watch the airshow?
    Too bad I couldn’t make it to pho last week, would have been nice to finally meet you. Perhaps at CES then?

  13. Nyx says:

    I was there less than an hour ago. It’s totally packed! You cant walk from the princess gates to the food building in under half an hour. Your video seems very empty compared to how it is right now. Wait until the second last day….

    BTW, what hotel are you staying at?

  14. kenny says:

    That Vitamix blender rocks, I have one. When I can’t think of what to eat/drink. I just throw random fruits, juice, and ice into there and blend away 🙂

  15. Ryan McLean says:

    haha just read how your site says “The miscelanious ramblings of a dot com mogul”…they are definately miscelanous. Sometimes I find it hard to work out what your blog is about. Is it about money or just about your life?

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s about both. :mrgreen:

  16. John, you are a good father. Great to see that you can have time with your family the same time that you are building your business :mrgreen: !

  17. Gabriel Lai says:

    This is the dot com lifestyle John has been enjoying for long time… really admire him 😈 😈

  18. Looks like you and your daughter are on the wrong slide John. Blue is for boys, pink is for girls. The kid rules on kid rides.

  19. girliegeek says:

    I’m from New Brunswick and our fair is the ANE (Atlantic National Exhibition) 🙂 I used to love it when I was a kid!

  20. Gosh your little girl is so cute! You look like a proud Dad.

  21. I went to the CNE with my (now departed) grandfather 20 years ago as a child. I had a great time with him until I accidentaly walked into the girls bathroom (no sign on doors, attendants were taking a break, nobody was in there). I was in a stall when WOMEN walked in and as a 9 year old… I was SCARED lol. I got my nerve, walked out the back door of the bathroom right out of the CNE and no, they wouldn’t let me back in so my grandpa looked everywhere for me thinking i’d been kidnapped.

    In reading your article John I realise that all of this blogging, all of your online ventures…. who cares about money. The real value in it is being able to spend lots of time with your daughter/family. Congrats John, you’re a lucky man.

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