Canadians sure do love their ice hockey – and if you share their passion in the slightest, you’ll thoroughly enjoy a visit to Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame. Along with having the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world, this museum and hall-of-fame combo is home to the Stanley Cup, North America’s oldest competed-for sport trophy.
The Hockey Hall of Fame blurs the line between sporting history and entertainment, with its many state-of-the-art interactive games, exhibits and tributes to both players and teams. Even those with little interest in the sport can’t help but have fun here – it may just turn you into a hockey fan yet. Using real hockey equipment, adults and kids alike can see what it’s like to be both a shooter and a goalie when they go up against life-sized computer-simulated versions of hockey’s hottest stars. A slick theatre shows a visually spectacular 22-minute 3D hockey film that will have you feeling like you’re part of the action. And to really feel like one of the team, don’t miss the actual-size replica of the Montreal Canadiens changing room
A grand 1885 heritage building with a stunning stained-glass dome houses the sports museum and Hall of Fame complex, which spreads over 6,000 square metres. The on-site store sells heaps of hockey-related mementos and gifts. The museum is open all year, except for Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and the day people are inducted into the Hall of Fame, which changes from year to year. Opening hours vary by season and day of the week, so check the schedule before you visit.
You’ll find the Hockey Hall of Fame in the heart of downtown Toronto in the entertainment district; it’s within walking distance of a number of the city’s other star attractions, including the iconic CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. If hockey season is in full swing, you may even be able to catch a Toronto Maple Leafs game – and maybe see some future Hall of Famers – at the Air Canada Centre.