It’s impossible to come to Toronto and not feel the passion the locals have for hockey. It isn’t called the hockey capital of the world for nothing. A lot of the greatest stories from Canadian sporting history hail from the good old times at Maple Leaf Gardens, the original home of the Maple Leafs.
Hockey greats such as Johnny Bower and Tim Horton played on that ice. It was also where the boys in blue won their last Stanley Cup in 1967. We’re still waiting on the next one.
The gardens also hosted the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Frank Sinatra.
It has recently been converted into a supermarket and sports facility, but it holds true to its famous past with commemorative plaques and antiques that keep the story of the Leafs alive and well.
Dazzling lights, enormous signage, and brazen print loudly begging the question, ‘How cheap can a guy get? Come in and find out!’ is just one of the many tricks this landmark discount has had up its sleeve since 1948.
Ed Mirvish moved from Washington D.C. to Toronto at a young age with barely any money to his name. He and his wife opened their store in 1948. Ed’s passion for showmanship led to countless publicity stunts that endeared him in the hearts of the locals. Every Christmas, in a tradition that holds up to present day, Honest Ed’s gives away 10,000 pounds worth of turkey.
Come down to Honest Ed’s for bargains before they close their doors for the final time. Unfortunately, this landmark will be shutting down on December 31, 2016.
Last call for a free turkey.
Honest Ed’s, 581 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 537 2111
Buildings don’t have to be old to make it in the annals of history. Opened for business in 1989, what is now known as the Rogers Centre (it will forever be the Skydome for some) gained international notice for having a retractable dome, providing patrons with the experience of a closed dome and an open field.
The Blue Jays won two back-to-back World Series in 1992 and 1993, which was big news for a Canadian team in Major League Baseball. The wins created a loyal fan base that is still passionate and loud as ever.
The Rogers Centre hosts concerts, sporting events, conventions, trade shows, and more. There’s always something going on. Nestled under the CN Tower, it’s integral to the body and spirit of the city of Toronto.
Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jay Way, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 341 1000