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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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  • We visited when a Nepal cultural event was on going. Looks like this may be a place for cultural events. It did not offer any other activities but when visiting Toronto, one should get pictures with t...  more »
  • It is strange to find in this place giant letters with the name of the city, very interesting. With a fountain in its central part and enabled banks to its around, is a good place to take a break while you eat a hot dog from the posts of its around. Highly recommended.
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  • Always a pleasure to come here for outdoor activities like skating or even NYE celebrations. One of the most popular in all of Toronto.  more »
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  • Nathan Phillips Square has been looking nice the last few years. The addition of the TORONTO sign really brings more people to visit the spot. During summer, it’s a popular spot for lunch, concerts, events, sports viewing, etc. They do host a Farmer’s Market here during this time. In the winter, it’s used for the tree lighting ceremony for the city, and the water area becomes a skating rink. It has a nice ambience in the winter time at night with all the lights, music, and people. However, given the location and ambiance during this time, it can get packed for skating. They do have a HERO burger stand, washrooms, lockers, and a place to rent skates.
  • Iconic, important center to civic life in Toronto. It's a big open space in the middle of tall towers and a dense urban setting. Fountains play in the large reflecting pool, and there's frequently some kind of installation, show, music, etc. in the square to enhance the experience. Grab lunch or dinner or ice cream at the HERO Certified Burgers kiosk right beside the reflecting pool. The winter turns the pool into an ice rink too. Do they still rent skates now like they did when I was a young boy? Not sure.
  • Toronto doesn't really have a centre. This should be it. It was once a forbidding, wind-blasted concrete slab. Now as the density of downtown increases, and more amenities appear on and around the square, it becomes a more human environment. But it's not there yet. Let's raze the crypt-like hotel across the street for a start. More and better food and beverage services. Public executions might be a draw...
  • A lot happens at this square. From fire works to Jazz Festival in the summer. We have a farmer's market every Wednesday til about October. Now that the Blue Jays are in the playoffs. The Square becomes 'A Bird's nest' Fans get to enjoy the experience. Go Jays! Plus I can enjoy some skating during the winter.
  • Always something going on at Nathan Phillips Square with incredible views of iconic Toronto City Hall. The 3D TORONTO Sign, installed at in July 2015 for the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games is becoming as popular as the Square itself. Surrounding the square you will find a variety of food truck vendors day and night, while the square itself is used for food events, farmers markets, live music events, broadcasting of away games for Toronto sports teams, the finish line for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half Marathon, ice skating in the winter and simply a meeting place for friends. Below the square are three levels of underground parking with over 2,000 spots available for short term and overnight parking.