Hockey Destinations Across Canada
These hockey themed destinations make a great family road trip - and if you really want to get into the hockey spirit, pack up some hockey sticks, pucks, and skates and find an outdoor rink or frozen pond to play shinny along the way.
It’s no surprise that ice hockey is Canada’s national winter sport since so many people love it. The first rules of the game were invented right here in Canada and published in the Montreal Gazette Newspaper in 1877. Hockey Canada has a mission to “Lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences”, and governs amateur hockey across the country. My son loves hockey with a passion and growing up in Toronto we have become Maple Leafs fans and treasure the times we have watched them play live at the Air Canada Centre. Regardless where you live in Canada, you are sure to find something hockey related in your hometown. These hockey themed destinations make a great family road trip – and if you really want to get into the hockey spirit, pack up some hockey sticks, pucks, and skates and find an outdoor rink or frozen pond to play shinny along the way!
Hockey Hall Of Fame – Toronto
One of my son’s favourite hockey activities is heading downtown to the Hockey Hall of Fame. It’s an amazing experience to get your photo taken next to the Stanley Cup. They also have the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world including an authentic dressing room. There are photos of hockey players everywhere, over 30 masks on display, a hockey zone, and kids (and grownups too!) can take shots at a net where an animated life-size goalie stares back at you. The Great Hall is located in Brookfield Place at 30 Yonge Street and you can park your car at Brookfield Place.
The Original Hockey Hall of Fame – Kingston
But wait! There’s another Hockey Hall of Fame in Ontario. This one is located in Kingston at Invista Centre on Gardiners Road, which is accessible from Highway 401. With a focus on how Kingston influenced this genuine Canadian sport, you can check out some unique items such as hockey’s only square puck, the Don Cherry exhibit, the Original Six collection, and learn about the history of how hockey came to be, dating back to 1886. And guess what? Admission is free!
Montreal Canadiens – Bell Centre – Montreal
It’s not too late to take your family to see the Habs! Yes, tickets are still available for the Montreal Canadiens this season. You can check out superstar PK Subban play defence in his famous # 76 jersey. The Canadiens have proudly had 40 players in the hockey hall of fame that have worn the famous Montreal jersey. This renowned team plays at the Bell Centre, located at 1909, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal and there is public paid parking.
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Manitoba Hockey Hall Of Fame And Museum – Winnipeg
This Hockey Hall of Fame is located in downtown Winnipeg and was established in 1985. They believe in archiving hockey history; granting opportunities for youth to become involved in hockey; and donating needed funds to board approved charitable organizations. The museum promotes hockey at every opportunity and they are located in the MTS Centre at 300 Portage Avenue.
BC Sports Hall Of Fame – Vancouver
Their vision is to honour the past and inspire the future by preserving British Columbia’s sports heritage. They have many exciting galleries including one titled “Our Teams, our Turf” which features the Vancouver Canucks. There are videos and unique artifacts on display. In the participation zone, families can play interactive bubble hockey and even check out a hockey stick that Wayne Gretzky handled. They are located at Gate “A”, BC Place, near Beatty and Robson Streets and the Terry Fox Plaza in Vancouver.
Canada’s Sports Hall Of Fame – Calgary
This museum has many galleries, including the Sport Chek Hockey Gallery. Families can check out an ice rink, an arena, and examine interesting hockey items on display. You can even take shots at an interactive NHL team practice goalie in 3D! Save time for the hockey videos your kids will want to watch. This Hall of Fame is located at WinSport’s Olympic Park at 169 Canada Olympic Road SW in Calgary.
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – Red Deer
The Alberta Hockey Gallery, located inside the Sports Hall, opened in 2005 and showcases hockey in Alberta by identifying hockey players that have contributed to this great sport. There are unique display items relating to hockey, original jerseys, signed photos, and even original goalie pads and skates. The mission of the Hall is to maintain a lasting hockey legacy with a focus on Alberta. They are located in Red Deer at 4200 Hwy 2, # 102.
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Edmonton Oilers – Edmonton
Even if you are not a hockey fan you have heard of legend Wayne Gretzky, AKA, The Great One – jersey # 99. Gretzky was born in Brantford Ontario and learned to skate on a backyard ice rink, but it was playing with the Edmonton Oilers where he skyrocketed to fame. Gretzky had seven scoring titles, nine Hart Trophies, broke many NHL record goals and won numerous trophies. Together with his Edonton teammates they won four Stanley Cups! So if you are in Edmonton and want to see where it all began, check out an Edmonton Oilers Game! They Oilers play at Rexall Place, located on the North Side of Northlands.
Regardless who your favourite hockey team is, there is no denying this national sport is a huge part of Canada’s history. Feel free to add your favourite hockey rink or hall of fame in the comments!