Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Canada's largest city square, Nathan Phillips Square provides rich cultural and architectural history in a lively and bustling environment. Opened in 1965, the square has a reflecting pool, a peace garden, a permanent stage and numerous sculptures. Take a walk to the southern arch to see an installed fragment of the Berlin Wall and enjoy a relaxing stroll through the peace garden to the eternal flame-- originally lit from an ember of the Hiroshima Peace Flame. A restaurant looks out over the pool where you can grab a bite to eat or head to the elevated walkway toward the City Hall for great views of this buzzing square. Put Nathan Phillips Square and other Toronto attractions into our Toronto trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • went skating at Nathan Philips Square. They have a small heated change room with lockers. Kind of cool skating downtown with all the high rises right at city hall. Ice was a bit bumpy but considering ...  more »
  • The place is lively and has ice skates on rent. though it was my first time and I couldn't do any skating and neither my family was able to, we just loved being able to try out something new and it wa...  more »
  • If you want to make the picture of the famous letters of Toronto, that's where! Apart from that, it's a nice place in a lively neighborhood. Are interested in its history, places that welcomed many immigrants. The name of one of the mayors of Toronto. There are many events that take place.
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  • It's a cute public square with a good ambiance. I went there during the Christmas events. There were a lot of looks selling drinks, clothes, food, jewelry and many other things, but you can easily see all of them within 30 minutes if you don't have a lot of time. If you do have the time, I wouldn't recommend trying to skate if you want to skate for fun, because when I was there, there were so many people taking up the whole ice ring that most of them couldn't skate without bumping into someone. The line for skate rental was pretty long too. Would recommend for a cute first date!
  • Great for sharing and bringing family and friends.. Really give a positive Toronto vibe. Especially because it's in the heart of downtown and a Toronto sign that's been put up definitely does the trick. Parking is just underneath the rink. It does get crowded but adds to the fun. Often times the ice is not the smoothest so wouldn't recommend for regular skates. The are rentals and food stands. Also a Halal hot dog stand was there. Best of all right next door to the Eaton center to go grab a bite after. Parking also is ample and one of the better prices in the downtown area.
  • Heart of Toronto. Great place for families... the skating rink is dope. If you're an avid architecture lover, please do walk around and take in the sights. Stop by City Hall and check in on one of our famous lying politicians... jk!!! Steps from the Eaton Centre and a hope, skip and jump to the Superior Court of Canada, where you can take your child/children to teach them what happens if you misbehave.
  • Spent the day in Toronto with friend and it was as always great to be in this city. we spent it ice skating which was really fun. Music playing. Cheap skate rentals, bring i.d for renting skates or its a no go. Lots of people as usual. Lots of food nearby and it's a great way to spend the day.
  • Amazing downtown location with an outdoor skating rink. We arrived after the cavalcade of lights had ended but the staff was very quick to get the place cleaned up and in top notch shape. Very big and bright. A good spot to come and relax. They offer skate rentals but close around 10/11pm. Cash only and they take government issued I.D card as a deposit. Christmas tree and the dome has a picturesque feel and a good place to come relax. Free public bathrooms and a few restaurants selling food out of windows.

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