Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

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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. Plan to see Nathan Phillips Square and other attractions that appeal to you using our Toronto trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    As a tourist its great place to enjoy the architecture and vibe of the city. Toronto sign is great photo op. Parking place was just near the square. Good place to catch a breath in the city hustle.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We recently visited the display of brains by various artist. This is a good use of public space for benefit of citizens.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This was just outside our hotel (Doubletree). What a great park to walk through every day and evening!  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    It's a fun place to be. It's full of curious and excited tourists and enthusiasts. They run shows and fun stuff most weekends. During the week you may see protesters or picket holders who ask for something or object to something. Our office, Parsai Immigration Services, is at the Sheraton Centre Toronto and opposite to the Square. We pay a visit to it most days and enjoy the ambiance.
  • July 4, 2017
    It's a big paved square which seems a little boring, but it's home to Toronto's most iconic building: City Hall. There is also the skating rink. Most important is Mr. Tasty Fries. You have to visit Mr. Tasty Fries when you're nearby.
  • June 15, 2017
    Wonderful place to be with friends, family, special friends 😉 This place has its own charm during all seasons, in winters you will find kids skating on the small water body (it naturally freezes down into ice) during the months of Dec, Jan, Feb and in summers their fountains are kept on to give an amazing view. Perfect place for clicking photographs and memorabilia and frame them for life-long memories with 'TORONTO' written in the backdrop.
  • July 4, 2017
    Nice place for festivals. Also really nice place to go during winter with a date. You can skate on the water display for free or a small fee if you're renting skates.
  • April 28, 2017
    it's a beautiful place to hang around you can meet your friends over there or make new ones a lot of space to walk around and enjoy the view people seem to be friendly to place attracts a lot of tourist from all over the world and it shows the greatness of the Toronto skylight and the unique building which houses City Hall it is one of a kind place that offers entertainment when available you can go skating in the winter since there's an outdoor skating ring which is very well taken care of and is very pleasant for everyone to skate and enjoy the day it is also a great place to take pictures and there are some food trucks parked on the side of the road offering great hot dogs french fries that would just hand cut there's usually ice cream trucks over there and some other food choices the only thing that is hard to find are the bathrooms which are located all the way to the east side and Underground it confuses many people and I think that most people another where so this place does have bathrooms overrule the place very well taken care of they are garbage cans everywhere and most people seem to use them so the place is not little unless some people smoke and throw their cigarette butts on the floor which could be disturbing to a person like me who doesn't smoke I would recommend that you go and enjoy your day there with your friends and family and have a good time

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