For years the biggest event in Canada was the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) and going to the Ex has been the highlight of many people’s summer. The Ex began in 1879 and offers rides, shows, exhibits (new technology, travel destinations, agriculture, etc.), product demos, and glorious junk food.
Before other amusement parks and concert venues opened up going to the Ex was the best place in Canada for wild rides and rock concerts. Now, other venues have opened up, but we took my daughter there a couple years ago and it is still a blast.
In honour of the Ex, here’s a blast from the past:
Princes’ Gates, Eastern Entrance, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Canada
I remember entering the Ex through these gates (which look pretty much the same today) and it was truly an awesome way to begin the day.
I got this from my great-grandfather’s collection. It was never sent, but probably bought as a souvenir. It’s definitely old as they are still flying the British flag (apparently, it was still flown in Canada after Confederation and even after we adopted our old Red Ensign flag – see Canada’s flag history).
It irks me to no end that many Toronto call this the “Princess Gates”. It is Princes’ Gate as it refers to the two royal princes who opened it in 1927. That is, Prince George (later king) and Prince Edward (also later king and Nazi collaborator).
The Ex runs today until September 2, 2013. Check out their program.