Looking for some of the best places to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs game, catch the vibe, and soak up the city?
If you are lucky enough to roadtrip to Toronto during the NHL season, you will be inundated with opportunities to get your hockey on across the city. Toronto is friendly to fans, even if you sport a different jersey, so don’t be afraid to celly while you watch the Leafs game, flash your chiclets and selfie with the Stanley Cup, or even show off your snipe on the ice at these hockey institutions:
Best Places to Watch the Toronto Maple Leafs Game
You only have a few months to catch the game at Gretzky’s, a Toronto hockey bar founded by an actual legend; Wayne Gretzky. It will be standing room only during the game, so arrive early if you want to browse “The Great One”’s collection of memorabilia.
Real Sports Bar & Grill is a huge restaurant and bar focused on only one thing; celebrating the team. Featuring three bars, a lounge area, and LOTS of televisions to catch the action, you should still arrive early or make reservations if you want a table.
Best Places to Get Ice Time
When the pre-season turns to mid-season, it’s cold enough to take the skates outdoors. Nathan Phillips Square, outside of Toronto City Hall, offers skate rentals and ice time for anyone who wants to practice their breakaways.
Looking for a unique place to let your lettuce flow? Try the Bentway Skate Trail, which features a one-kilometre trail, Friday Night DJs, and convenient warming centres (with hot cider, natch).
Best Places to Get That Winning Shot
Look no further than the Hockey Hall of Fame for all your Instagram requirements. Grab a selfie with “Sidney Crosbie”, browse memorabilia from Howe to Gretzky, and of course, get as close as most people ever will to the actual Stanley Cup!
Toronto is a virtual scavenger hunt of hockey moments. Try and find “Legends Row” in Maple Leafs Square, “At the Crease” honouring artist Ken Danby at the Spirit of Hockey store entrance, or “Our Game” outside the Hockey Hall of Fame.