The End of Summer

The End of Summer

Soon summer, which is only three months anyhow, will be drawing to a close in Toronto, Ontario.  As we do each and every year, we cram as much summer fun as we could into these few remaining weeks as though our lives depended on it. We madly rush about to have as much sun tanning, as many cool drinks or ice-cream,  as much swimming,  as many  picnics and outdoor games, concerts as possible.  This overwhelming panic at the end of the summer is mostly fuelled by kids returning to school. After all they had three months of a carefree lifestyle with no obligations, no schedules, no books, no competitions and no exams. Ouch!

Oh we do get adjusted eventually, and adapt to layered clothing, take pleasure in warmer drink , roaring fireplaces and indoor and outdoor activities that  are just as much fun.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, movies, indoor concerts, plays, skiing, tobogganing to name just a few.   But I digress.  Now isn’t it lucky for the Torontonians that we have a great tradition, that’s been in existence since 1879. Originally it was to showcase and encourage the development of agriculture, manufacturing, industry, commerce and the arts.  It has grown vastly over the years and the CNE which is planted right at our doorstep now boasts being the seventh largest fair in North America.  This great fair, embracing a diversity of cultures, technology, new innovations, entertainment and food has something for everyone and every age to enjoy. It has of course changed vastly over the years, but one thing has remained the same: it marks the end of summer for many and a time when they can have one last hurrah before returning to the schedules and the daily grind of survival.  I’ve been visiting CNE since my childhood, and will continue to partake in this end of summer tradition for a long time to come.

Here are some pictures of the fair:

And here’s a video of an exciting attraction: The Human Cannonball :  Click here:


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