An Ice Hockey Fan’s Definitive Travel Guide to Toronto, Canada

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Scotiabank Arena, formerly known as Air Canada Centre, is home of the Toronto Maple Leafs and other professional sports teams.

National Hockey League

Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario.  They play home games at Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto. Check out where to stay, where to eat, and what to do on your visit to Toronto to take in a professional ice hockey game.

Scotiabank Arena

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Sociabank Arena in downtown Toronto plays host to professional ice hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams.

Scotiabank Arena plays host to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League (NLL).

Also known as the Hanger because of its former association with Canada’s largest airline, Scotiabank Arena  is centrally located in downtown Toronto.

Of the 10 hotels closest to Air Canada Centre, six are within a 10 minute walk and nine are within a 20 minute walk.

One of the hotels is within a 45 minute walk, but the hotel is within a five minute walk of a subway station

Where to Stay

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InterContinental Toronto Centre. is a 10 minute walk from Scotiabank Arena.

6 to 9 Minute Walk

  • Fairmont Royal York – 100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario. 450 metres or 6 minutes walk to the arena.
  • The Westin Harbour Castle – 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario. 550 metres or 7 minutes walk to the arena.
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  • Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre – 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, Ontario. 650 metres or 8 minutes walk to the arena.
  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto – 75 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario. 700 metres or 9 minutes walk to the arena.

10 to 19 Minute Walk

You Might Want to Drive or Take the Train

  • InterContinental Toronto Yorkville – 220 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario. 3.4 kilometres or 42 minute walk to the arena (or 400 metres or 5 minutes walk to St George Street station).

Top Tourist Attractions

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The ice rink at Nathan Philip’s Square in downtown Toronto is popular with ice skating enthusiasts. Photo Credit: Tourism Toronto.

Downtown Toronto is home to most of the city’s top tourist attractions, and the most important attraction for ice hockey fans would have to be the Hockey Hall of Fame..

But there are a few exceptions.

The Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarian of Canada, and the Ontario Science Centre are all a short drive from city centre.

If you can planning to spend a few days sightseeing in Toronto, CityPass represents excellent value.

Good for nine days, the pass offers up to 43% off admission to five of Toronto’s most popular tourist attractions.

These attractions are designated below by “CP”. Purchasers of the pass can opt for one of the two attractions marked by “CP*”.

  • Hockey Hall of Fame – no ice hockey fan can visit Toronto without spending a few hours at this hall of fame and museum dedicated to Canada’s national pastime.
  • CN Tower (CP) – sweeping views of Toronto day or night from up to 1,136 feet in the air on the indoor Glass Floor or outdoor SkyTerrace.
  • Casa Loma (CP) – a Gothic Revival mansion and gardens in the heart of mid-town Toronto.
  • Royal Ontario Museum  (CP) – art, world cultural, and natural are on display at Canada’s largest museum.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (CP) – one of only three Risple’s Aquariums in the world is located Southeast of downtown Toronto.
  • Toronto Zoo (CP*) – located in Rouge Valley, Canada’s largest zoo has more tha 5,000 animals representing more than 500 species.
  • Ontario Science Centre (CP*) – offereing hands on experiences related to science, technology, and society.
  • Kensington Market – one of Toronto’s oldest, most interesting, and most culturally diverse neighborhoods.
  • Queen’s Park – named after Queen’s Park is a leafy oasis in the heart of Toronto and home the the Ontario Legislative Building.
  • Toronto Chinatown – Canada’s largest Chinatown is home  to numerous restaurants, shops, historic monuments, and day spas.

Where to Eat

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Tucking into a mouth-watering sandwich at St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto. Photo Credit: Tourism Toronto.

Toronto is an ethnically diverse city. As a result, Toronto is home to all manner of eateries serving everything from cheap eats to haute cuisine at fine dining restaurants.

Because of Toronto’s largest ethnic Chinese community, it has reputedly some of the world’s best Chinese restaurants. At least that’s what many Hong Kong emigres maintain.

To find the perfect place to eat . . .

Air Canada

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Air Canada Jetz Airbus A319 aircraft, outfitted with premium seats offering more legroom.

As the Official Airline of the World Cup of Hockey, Air Canada will fly all eight teams to and from Toronto to compete in the ice hockey tournament on Jetz Airbus A319 aircraft, which have been specially outfitted with 58 Premium seats offering extra legroom.

Perfect for ice hockey players!

Jetz is the airline’s in-house charter air carrier.

The airline will promote its partnership with World Cup of Hockey through social media, broadcast, and in-game activities.

The airline also flew teams to pre-tournament games played in Prague, the Czech Republic; Helsinki, Finland; Gottenburg, Sweden; and St. Petersburg, Russia.

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2 Replies to “An Ice Hockey Fan’s Definitive Travel Guide to Toronto, Canada”

  1. An expansive place to exhaust a join of hours on the off chance that you adore hockey. Bunches of hockey memorabilia, player and group shows and intuitive shows as well. I particularly enjoyed the imitation of the Canadiens changing area. The exhibition hall is found right downtown, near the tram, GO Travel and Through prepare station, eateries and other vacation spots like the CN Tower, Ripley’s and Air Canada Center (so you can invest some energy here before making a beeline for the hockey game).
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