Twelve years after it last hit the ice the 2016 World Cup of Hockey is back for the third time ever, and it’s all going down this #Sportstember in the hockey capital of the world: Toronto. Hockey hounds from around the globe will be flocking to the cosmopolitan Canadian city for the event, and they’re pumped – Toronto is a total hockey mecca, and visitors are in for the puck-filled pilgrimage of a lifetime.
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey takes place at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs and all of this year’s World Cup games. The arena itself is steeped in hockey tradition (The Leafs have won 13 Stanley Cup championships), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg – the surrounding area is loaded with things to see and do for hockey fans of all ages.
First things first: The Hockey Hall of Fame, located right next door to the arena. In addition to a traditional Hall of Fame, this altar to all things hockey houses a museum that pays tribute to top players and has various memorabilia on exhibit (yes, the Stanley Cup is here). It’s a must-see for casual and diehard fans alike.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head a few blocks west to Wayne Gretzky’s Toronto, a hockey-themed restaurant filled to the brim with memorabilia from Gretzky’s personal collection. With three unique dining areas and signature burgers like “The Great One” and “The Breakaway,” Gretzky’s is an essential stop for hungry hockey fans making their way to a game.
Looking to try one of the city’s famous sports bars? No trip to Toronto would be complete without catching a game on the 40-foot HD TV at Real Sports, located in Maple Leaf Square next to the Air Canada Centre. Packed with passionate Leafs fans sipping on draft beers, it’s the next best thing to hitting the ice.
In addition to its unbeatable hockey attractions, Toronto’s diverse array of ethnic enclaves and vibrant culinary scene make it the perfect place to soak up some culture. Whether you’re doing dim sum at Lai Wah Heen in Chinatown, perusing Pakistani fabrics in Bazaar, or slurping down a sizzling hot pot soup at Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Koreatown, you’re in for a serious feast of the senses. The city also boasts a world-class skyline – don’t miss the panoramic views from the top of the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.
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