Crystal Palace: a historic venue

Crystal Palace, the historic venue for The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, was built in 1890 along the lines of the original Crystal Palace created by Sir Joseph Paxton in 1851 for the Great Exhibition in London, England.

The building was renovated in 1997 and remains one of the few operating Crystal Palaces in the world.

Crystal Palace is located in Picton, in the heart of Ontario’s Prince Edward County, at the Picton Fairgrounds. The street address is 375 Main Street East. The Main Street entrance will be open for vehicular traffic but for easier access to FREE parking we recommend using the MacSteven Drive entrance. After parking, follow the signs to the main entrance of the show located in Prince Edward Curling Club across the parking lot from Crystal Palace.

The exhibitor entrance to the grounds is via Gladstone Street.

Click here for historical information on Crystal Palace. Click here for information on the original Crystal Palace.


Picton Fairgrounds has hosted many events over the years.