Toronto Journals

The Hockey Capital Of The World

A November 2002 trip to Toronto by thestickman23

Quote: If you love hockey or just want to visit a multicultural city, this is the place to visit. There are luxurious hotels, fine dining, great landmarks, and of course the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Hockey Capital Of The World

Overview

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The city of Toronto is like a miniature New York City. It really is a multi-cultural city, with a Little Italy, its own Chinatown and so on. But most importantly, it is a hockey mecca. If you love hockey, this is the city for you. The Hockey Hall of Fame is a great place for people of all ages. Catch a Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Air Canada Centre or just head to a sports bar during a game and talk with the locals about their passion for this great sport. Even Wayne Gretzky has a restaurant/bar in the city, with Bubbleboy hockey to pass the time waiting for the game to start. Quick Tips: If you are going to stay in the city to see a hockey game, here is a helpful hint: most teams ...Read More

The Westin Harbour Castle

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Hotel | "Westin Harbour Castle"

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The Westin Harbour Castle is located on the harbour in Toronto, a couple of blocks away from the Air Canada Centre. When you pull up to the lobby, you can get either valet or self-park your car. I got the valet because of the convenience and I also did not know where to park. As you step in the lobby, there is a big lounge area with the front desk at the back to the left. There is also a bar area in the back to the right and the concierge to your right. The reason why I enjoy staying at the Harbour Castle is because this is where the teams stay who are playing at the Air Canada Centre. In the morning, you can see your favorite player having breakfast or reading in the lobby. Outside, the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

The Westin Harbour Castle
1 Harbour Square
Toronto, Ontario M5J 1A6
416/869-1600

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When we went to Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant, I thought it would be like going to a TGI Friday's, but to my surprise, I was wrong. I have heard they refurbished the restaurant since I was last there, so my descriptions might be somewhat off. I remember the food being very good. It is basically ribs, burgers, and pastas with a couple of surprises here and there. At the bar area, there were a few televisions to watch the games and the alcohol was reasonably priced. If you are bored with the games, they had a pool table and a couple of "Bubble Boy" hockey games. What would Wayne Gretzky's be without some of his own memorabilia? All in all, a good place to bring the family or hang out with your frien...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2004

Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant
99 Blue Jays Way (at Mercer Street)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 9G9
+1-416-979-PUCK

Hot Dog Vendors

Restaurant

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One of my favorite things in all of Toronto was getting a "Toronto Hot Dog." I would say the dogs are about 3/4 of a pound and are grilled to perfection. They are served on a hoagie roll with your choice of many toppings. They served corn chowder, pickles, onion relish, pickle relish, raw onions, hot sauce, honey mustard, mustard, barbecue sauce, ketchup, sauerkraut, and a plethora of other great things. The only drawback is that all of the toppings are cold (I was there in the winter). But why would you worry about the cold toppings when you are spending $2 Canadian for a hot dog? Two of these puppies and you are more than full. So do yourself a favor and stop by the nearest vendor and grab yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 18, 2004

Hot Dog Vendors
Throughout Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

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The Armadillo Texas Grill is a place for big steaks (7 oz. - 32 oz.), fajitas, burgers, and supersized margaritas. If you have to wait for a table, head to the bar area, where they have a huge barrel of peanuts. As you can plainly see, everyone just throws the shells all over the place, so don't worry about making a mess. For starters, definitely order the buffalo wings - they are out of this world. During the weekend, they recommend reservations, but from Sunday through Wednesday you should be all right.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 18, 2004

Armadillo Texas Grill
146 Front W
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 977-8840

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The Harbour Sports Grille is located a couple of blocks away from the Air Canada Centre and across the street from the Westin Harbour Castle. This is your typical sports bar, with bar grub and cold brewskies. We went on a Sunday to watch all of the football games and that wasn't a problem because they had a TV at every turn. There was one projection screen for the "game of the day." A couple of pool tables and sports arcade games were available during halftime. A very friendly atmosphere resulted in a great afternoon with friends.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 18, 2004

Harbour Sports Grille
10 Younge Street
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 367-4999

CN Tower

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Attraction

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The CN Tower has a couple of different ticket options which range from $19 to $32. The Tower is a neat place to visit with your whole family. When you reach the elevator, which is a ride in itself, you will go about 1100 feet in about one minute. Here you will get off at the "Lookout Level." It is a 360-degree round room with floor-to-ceiling windows. The view from up here is amazing. But don't think the trip is over yet. Now you have the choice to go down one level and see the glass floor. Now this is really cool - from here you can look straight down over 1,100 feet and see people on the streets. Many people lay down on the floor and have someone take a picture of them (I did it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

CN Tower
301 Front St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
(416) 868-6937

My Apartment - Bar

Attraction | "My Apartment"

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The Apartment is located in the entertainment district. This place was probably the most inexpensive bar we hung out at. Beers were about $2 and mixed drinks were maybe $3. The music was a mix of rock, rap, dance - anything goes. We went on a Saturday night and the place was packed with a very good crowd of people. There were also some TVs so you could catch the hockey games.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

My Apartment - Bar
81 Peter Street
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 348-9884

Air Canada Centre

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Attraction

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The Air Canada Centre is an arena which holds concerts, sporting events (hockey, basketball, lacrosse. . .), and live shows. We went to a hockey game here. The Air Canada Centre is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is a state-of-the-art arena, with up to date electronics circling the indoor arena. The fans here are rabid -- they just love their home team. Wear another team’s jersey into the Centre and you are in for a long evening of heckling. Tickets to go to a Maple Leafs game are going to cost you a couple of bucks -- they are in the top five in highest ticket prices in the NHL. To see a hockey game of an original six team, especially the Toronto Maple Leafs, is worth every pen...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Air Canada Centre
40 Bay St
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2X2
+1 416 815 5500; Eve

Hockey Hall of Fame

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Attraction

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The best entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame is located on 10 Front Street. Once you enter the building, head to the Galleria and take the escalator down. There will be signs so you won't get lost. Basically, the HHOF is located in a mall. This place is great for everyone. There are tons of exhibits, movies, hands-on games, tests of your own skills, and Lord Stanley's Cup. Admission prices are $12 (Canadian) for adults and $8 for youths and seniors. Here are the exhibits in which I can remember. As you enter through the foyer, you will see a lot of memorabilia on display, from pucks used around the world to goalie masks from past through present. As you head forward...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Hockey Hall of Fame
30 Yonge St (at Front Street West)
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8
(416) 360-7765