A sacred site for Canadians—for whom ice hockey is a national obsession—the Hockey Hall of Fame holds a treasure trove of memorabilia, including the original Stanley Cup. Housed inside a grand 19th-century Bank of Montreal building, it also features interactive games including a virtual shoot-out where visitors can test their skills.
Because of its central location, the Hockey Hall of Fame is commonly seen from the outside during walking tours of Old Toronto and Downtown Toronto. To really appreciate the attraction, however, it’s necessary to go inside. Prebook an admission ticket and use mobile tickets for fast entry.
Once inside, explore the exhibits documenting hockey history and showcasing hockey memorabilia. Look for NHL trophies and a full-scale re-creation of the Montreal Canadiens’ dressing room. Try out your shooting and goalkeeping skills against life-size computer-simulated versions of top players at the NHLPA Game Time experience.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Hockey Hall of Fame is a must for hockey fans.
- If you’re coming during winter, stay warm by accessing the Hockey Hall of Fame via Toronto’s underground PATH network.
- All-day admission means you can leave and re-enter as much as you want over the course of the day.
- The Hockey Hall of Fame is wheelchair and stroller-accessible.
How to Get There
The Hockey Hall of Fame is just a 5-minute stroll from Union Station. Note that entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame is via the Shopping Concourse Level of Brookfield Place, and not through the front doors of the bank building at Yonge and Front streets.
When to Get There
The Hockey Hall of Fame is busiest in summer, around Christmas, and during Canada’s March break. For a quieter experience, visit outside these times. Saturdays tend to be busy, so if you plan on going then, arrive early in the morning or late afternoon when crowds are lightest.
Other Hockey-Related Sights in Toronto
For hockey superfans, there are several more must-see pilgrimage spots in Toronto. Make your way to Maple Leaf Garden, the former home ground of the Toronto Maple Leafs and a designated National Historic Site of Canada. Another important sight for sport aficionados is the Scotiabank Arena (formerly the Air Canada Centre), the current home of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.