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An Ice Hockey Fan's Travel Guide to Toronto, Canada

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The scoreboard at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Ice Hockey

One hundred and fifty of the best ice hockey players in the National Hockey League (NHL) will face off in Toronto, Ontario, at Air Canada Centre  in the World Cup of Hockey.

Eight teams made up of the world's top 150 ice hockey players will compete in the two week tournament, which will run from 17 September to 1 October 2016.

Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, and Team USA will compete in Group A

Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, and Team Sweden will compete in Group B.

A highlight will come when arch rivals Team Canada and Team USA face each other on Tuesday 20 September.

Air Canada Centre

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Air Canada Centre plays host to professional ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse teams.

The arena at Air Canada Centre 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 association with Canada's largest airline, Air Canada Centre 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 Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto.

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. 
  • Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre – 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, Ontario. 650 metres or 8 minutes walk to the arena. 
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower – 325 Bay Street, 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

  • InterContinental Toronto Centre -  225 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario. 750 metres or 10 minutes walk to arena. 
  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel – 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario. 1.1 kilometres or 16 minutes walk to the arena. 
  • Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown – 111 Lombard Street, Toronto, Ontario. 1.3 kilometres or 16 minutes walk to the arena. 
  • Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel – 525 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario. 1.7 kilometres or 17 minutes walk to the arena. 

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). Check room rates now!

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. 

Top Tourist Attractions

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The Esso Great Hall is home to The Stanley Cup, every major NHL trophy as well as portraits and biographical sketches of each Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Member.

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

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,

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