No Canadian National Exhibition This Year: 2020

This has been a year of NO!

No hugs, no handshakes, no meals in restaurants, no concerts, no theatre, no sporting events, for the children – no school and on and on.

And no CNE. The “Ex” is postponed. I have a great fondness for the CNE and have probably attended every year since my birth. Starting at the tender age of 13, I began working there as a musician — some of it so long ago that I was in orchestras accompanying Vera Lynn and the Jackson 5 back when Michael Jackson was about 9 years old.

As we near the usual CNE time of year, I visited the grounds and here are some images of it. No crowds, no candy floss, no rides, no, no, no.

Princes’ Gates
Goddess of Winged Victory
Rock Pigeon
former North Bandshell
former International Building
Dufferin Gates
Barnyard Grass (Echinochloa muricata)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
former Government of Ontario Building
former Government of Ontario Building
English Oak acorns
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Crab Apples
Crab Apples
Scadding Cabin
former Ontario Place
former Tea House
Asian Beetles
Asian Beetles
Cabbage White Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly
Shriners’ Peace Memorial
Shriners’ Peace Memorial
Ring-billed Gull
Monarch on appropriately named Butterfly Bush
Monarch on appropriately named Butterfly Bush
BMO Field
BMO Field
BMO Field
London Plane (Platanus hybrida)
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Food Building
former Music Building
Press Building
former Horticultural Building dome
Wind Turbine
Common Sow-thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)
Cone Flowers
former Automotive Building
Enercare Centre
Horse Building
Princes’ Gates


O’er the meadows all rosy and wide,
Where a lyric of flowers
Is sweet-sung to the frolicking hours,
And the merry buds letter the foot-steps of tip-toeing showers – L.M. Montgomery

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “No Canadian National Exhibition This Year: 2020


    Thanks for the memories Miles. The grand old lady is a “no” this year.
    Not too many survivors of this pandemic in evidence right now
    Very pleased to hear that your walks are back “on” this fall.
    Really missed the spring session.

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Great pictures, Miles! The buildings are beautiful, as are the other things you show us. One question: If there is no C.N.E this year, does this mean that summer will never be over? Thanks, Miles.

  3. rosemarie fischer

    very nice pics,Miles, it’s like a city tour. it’s very sad how every thing we liked to do,can’t be done,so,your reports are a ray of sunshine in our lives,and I Thank You for it.
    Rosemarie Fischer


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