In May of 2002, 68 Japanese Flowering Cherry trees were donated to Exhibition Place by the Sakura Project. These Instagram-worthy trees overflowing with fluffy white or pale pink flowers, are at peak bloom during the last week of April or first week of May depending on the weather.
Through the Sakura Project, the Japanese Consulate has planted 3,082 trees at 58 locations across Ontario as a symbol of friendship between the Japan and Canada.
Enjoy a cherry blossom festival without the crowds! Grab your camera and take a stroll through Exhibition Place's picturesque grounds to visit our cherry blossom trees in bloom.
The cherry blossom trees can be admired at several locations at Exhibition Place:
General Services Building
Better Living Centre/Princess Margaret Fountain
Queen Elizabeth Offices/ FountainBlu
by: Corina Hitchcock
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It's also one of the busiest times of the year for everyone, both professionally and personally. There are parties to plan and attend, gifts to wrap, decorations to hang, and best of all - lots of delicious treats to be baked and consumed! We've got a special treat for you for the holidays, straight from the kitchens of Cerise Fine Catering and Spectra Food Services - exclusive caterers to Beanfield Centre and Enercare Centre (respectively). We asked each caterer to provide us with their favourite holiday season recipe to prepare for guests - and as a gift to you from all of us at ExPlaceTO, Cerise Fine Catering and Spectra Food Services, we've posted them here for you to enjoy!
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season full of laughter, joy and warmth.
Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies - from Cerise Fine Catering
Makes 2 dozen cookies
1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
¾ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1 ½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ softened un-salted butter
1 large egg
¾ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 375F
In a large bowl, beat butter, egg, sugar, and vanilla until blended
Add flour, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips and (optional) nuts, mix well.
Drop by rounded tbsp onto ungreased baking sheet, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, remove and cool on wire racks.
Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place brings modern design to a stunning historic venue by the shores of Lake Ontario. With fast, free Wi-Fi, built-in audio-visual in stylish meeting rooms and Toronto’s largest ballroom, it’s the perfect, customizable space for your meeting or conference. Start planning now.
Christmas White Chocolate Crème Brûlée - From Spectra Food Services Chef Geoff Carter
1 litre 35% cream
1tsp vanilla pod
Combine and bring to simmer
Mix 12 egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar
add cream mix to yolk/sugar - mix in slowly while whisking continuously
7oz White chocolate nibs - pour cream and egg mix over top
Let sit 5 minutes then stir until chocolate melts
Divide mixture into 6oz ramekins
Place in water bath
Cook in oven at 300° for 1 hour, or until mixture sets
Cool and let sit in fridge overnight (can be made 3 days ahead)
As required - candy cane- break up in food processor until sugar size
Sprinkle top of brûlée with candy cane “dust”
Caramelize with blow torch (kitchen type)
Serve with your favourite Christmas cookie, berries and whipped cream
With stunning architectural design, the LEED Gold certified Enercare Centre is the focal point of Toronto's Exhibition Place - a 192-acre lakefront complex that's a vibrant destination for exhibitions, conventions, festivals, public celebrations and events. Find out more aboutbooking your next show, event or conference at Enercare Centre.
There are many spooky stories and unsettling tales that surround some of the buildings on the historic Exhibition Place grounds, but one of the lesser-known spots for paranormal activity is the General Services Building at Manitoba Dr. and Strachan Ave.
The General Services Building is home to the Operations Division of Exhibition Place, the Exhibition Place Archives and the Security Department. Security personnel are in the building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many years ago, one guard took his service commitment all the way to his grave…and back.
A night watchman who died of natural causes while on duty in the General Services Building still makes his rounds, checking to see that doors are locked and investigating new or suspicious people in the building.
The film archivist in the Exhibition Place Archives is the latest employee to see this apparition. Working on the light table in the heart of the Archives, she was going through old films when she saw something in her peripheral vision. She looked up, and there before her was a white figure, undeniably male. The man looked at her and after their eyes met he turned and disappeared down the aisle. The film archivist, who had only recently joined the Archives Deparment, was understandably spooked. When she asked her manager if the Archives was haunted, she received the answer she already expected: “yes.”
On numerous occasions, the Archivist would arrive at the Archives office on the top floor of the General Services Building only to hear what sounded like a party going on behind closed doors. She would hear men and women laughing and glasses clinking. As she moved down the hall toward the office door of the Archives, the sound would dissipate and eventually disappear. As this usually happened at night during the Canadian National Exhibition, she assumed there was a party going on outside or elsewhere in the building. It was only when another employee on the same floor heard the exact same sounds around midnight during the CNE one year, that the Archivist became suspicious. After that, whenever the Archivist heard the sounds of the party, she investigated the surrounding area. Nothing was ever found.
The sound of footsteps in the hallway of the General Services Building is so common that most staff working in the building are no longer surprised or alarmed by the noise, even when they know there is no one in the hallway. Sometimes the footsteps are accompanied by the sound of crashing and banging, but when one checks the hallway; nothing has been disturbed or moved. Is it the perpetual night watchman or some otherworldly inhabitant of the building? If the sound of footsteps is heard late at night by security officers stationed in the building, they must investigate to ensure against an intruder. Many a time, they have followed the sound of footsteps, only to come up empty-handed.
New employees can still be unnerved by such sounds and have been known to flee the building, but old-timers barely notice anymore.
Easily accessible from the Martin Goodman Trail, there are 732 bike racks located on the grounds of Exhibition Place. You can download a map of their locations here.
In the past year, Exhibition Place has added bike lanes throughout the grounds, creating a safe space for the many urban cyclists who use the grounds as a thoroughfare, visitors to the grounds and employees who bike to work.
Adding to the bike-friendly infrastructure are two new BikeShare locations! As part of the recent BikeShare Toronto expansion project, two locations on the ExPlaceTO grounds are in the process of being installed. The locations were selected based on their proximity to public transit, to further enhance the city of Toronto's transportation network. The location next to the Exhibition Place GO station has already proven to be quite popular with commuters as has the location in parking lot 856 next to the Dufferin Gate.
Cycling is not only beneficial for maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle, but for the environment as well. Urban biking improves air quality, cuts down the traffic on congested city streets, and generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
This year, choose to go green and bike to ExPlaceTO!