If it's not wintertime or you can't get tickets to see the Maple Leafs play, then the next best way to experience Canada's game is by visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame. Situated in downtown Toronto, the museum is located on the lower floor of the Brookfield Place shopping center. It's a short walk from the CN Tower and other attractions. (If you're driving, you'll need to find either metered parking or a parking garage, as there is no designated parking lot for the museum itself.) The Hall of Fame itself contains displays about historic moments in the game's history, iconic jerseys and memorabilia from players, interactive games for children, and a room where the entire family can get up close with the Stanley Cup trophy.
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Learning About Hockey
As an American, I admit that I don't know nearly as much about ice hockey as our neighbors to the north do. So on a recent trip to Toronto, a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame was definitely in order. This home to everything hockey features jerseys, pucks, gold medals and Lord Stanley's big shiny cup. You could spend hours there, learning about hockey around the world and how Canada came to dominate in this sport that they love so much. Americans will enjoy the exhibit on the "Miracle on Ice" and Canadians will enjoy the fact that they have the actual goal net from the 2010 Winter Olympics victory. You can get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup, while the original cup (spoiler: MUCH smaller) watches over nearby. We happened to visit on Induction Weekend, so the place was swarming with rabid hockey fans. I couldn't expect anything less from Canada.
Here in Canada, the land of winter sports, ice hockey is pretty much a national treasure. While the Stanley Cup—the sport's top trophy—has eluded the country since 1967, hope springs eternal. Find out all about the sport, its players, and history at the Hockey Hall of Fame, which houses all the memorabilia any hockey fan could ever hope to see. Located in a stately 1886 bank building, the trophies, sticks, jerseys, photographs, and artifacts are spread across 65,000 square feet. The exhibits are not only Canadian-focused; memorabiliia from all over the world is on display. Portraits of 388 honored members are displayed for all to see in the Great Hall.