Maple Leaf Gardens


This hallowed hockey arena was built in an astounding five months during the Great Depression, and was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs for over 50 years until they relocated to the Scotiabank Arena in 1999. In its heyday, Elvis, Sinatra and the Beatles all belted out tunes here. After a monumental redevelopment project, the facility is now home to Ryerson University's Athletic Centre and the must-see flagship megastore of the Loblaw's grocery chain.

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Nearby Toronto attractions

1. Allan Gardens Conservatory

0.31 MILES

Dating from 1858, Allan Gardens is one of Toronto's oldest parks. The highlight is its indoor botanical garden and conservatory, filled with plants from…

2. Church of the Holy Trinity


Tucked away behind the west side of the gargantuan Eaton Centre is the oasis-like Trinity Sq, named after the welcoming Anglican Church of the Holy…

3. Provincial Legislature

0.57 MILES

The seat of Ontario's Provincial Legislature occupies an ornate 1893 sandstone building north of College St. For some homegrown entertainment, head for…

4. Textile Museum of Canada


Tucked into a condo tower, this small museum has exhibits drawing on its permanent collection of more than 13,000 items from Latin America, Africa, Europe…

5. City Hall

0.61 MILES

Much-maligned City Hall was Toronto's bold leap into architectural modernity. Its twin clamshell towers, central 'flying saucer,' ramps and mosaics were…

6. Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre

0.63 MILES

This restored masterpiece is the world's last operating Edwardian double-decker theater. Celebrating its centennial in 2013, the Winter Garden was built…

7. Old City Hall

0.64 MILES

Across Bay St from the current City Hall is the 1899 definitive work of Toronto architect EJ Lennox. Now housing courtrooms, the hall has an off-center…

8. Gardiner Museum

0.78 MILES

Opposite the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner was founded by philanthropists to house their ceramics. Spread over three floors, the collections cover…