The Long Weekend - Travel Details for Hockey Night in Toronto

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Canadian travel writer Mark Stevens recently got in touch with his inner Maple Leaf. Here's his reporter's notebook.

FLYING TIME

1 1/2 to 4 hours from Washington

COST

$575.50 (Flight: $324 Hotel: $190 Dinner: $24.50 Game ticket: About $37)

GETTING THERE

United and Air Canada have nonstop 1 1/2 -hour flights from Washington airports to Toronto's Pearson International, running about $855 from Reagan National. Other airlines offer connecting service, which turns the trip into a four-hour haul. Northwest recently had flights from National for $324.

WHERE TO STAY

To stay with the hockey stars, try the Westin Harbour Castle (1 Harbour Sq., 416-869-1600, http://www.westin.com/toronto, $190 and $205 a night double). The Fairmont Royal York Hotel (100 Front St., 800-441-1414, http://www.fairmont.com/royalyork), built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1929, is a historic choice near the financial district ($180 to $300).

WHERE TO EAT

Doesn't Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant (99 Blue Jays Way, 416-979-7825, http://www.gretzky.com/restaurant) sound like a must? Steaks are about $17-$24, burgers and Philly cheese steaks about $11 and $11.50. For possible hockey stargazing (and splurging), try Harbour Sixty Steakhouse (60 Harbour St., 416-777-2111, http://www.harboursixty.com). At dinner, steaks run about $38.50-$47.50, fish and chicken about $23.50-$32.75. This year's Winterlicious prix-fixe restaurant promotion runs Jan. 30-Feb. 12. Some 150 restaurants offer three-course meals for $15, $20 or $30 at lunch and $25, $35 or $45 at dinner. Go to www.toronto.ca/special_events/for more information.

WHAT TO DO

The Maple Leafs play till mid-April. Although games are generally sold out, some last-minute tickets ($37-$180) are released on game day at the Air Canada Centre box office (40 Bay St.). Also on game day, try Ticketmaster (416-872-5000 or through http://www.mapleleafs.com). Hall of Fame Getaway packages, from http://www.roadtrips.com, start at $464 per person double and include game tickets, hall admission and hotel.

The Hockey Hall of Fame (Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge St., 416-360-7735, http://www.hhof.com), home of the Stanley Cup, is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; admission about $10.50, seniors and ages 4-13 about $7.50.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Toronto Convention and Visitors Association, 800-499-2514, http://www.torontotourism.com.


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