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. 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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Skating at Nathan Phillips Square was a great time. It's probably one of the most popular so it was a bit packed the evening we went. The rink is free for anyone and they Also offer skate rentals at what I felt was a decent price. You do need a valid ID to rent the skates. I don't know if I would recommend the rink for novice/beginner skaters as there are no walls or rails to hang onto or run into. There were lots of other activities going on in the square like a mini-midway, crafts vendors and they also had a fleet of food trucks parked right next to the rink to pick and choose from. The underground parking was the most troublesome part of the evening as it took about an hour to get out of the parking lot. I'm sure this had a lot to do with it being a busy Saturday night in downtown Toronto.
  • Always some event going on. The wading pool turns to a skating rink in the winter. You can rent skates. Decent snack bar and clean washrooms. There is also a stage for public events. This the outdoor space for Toronto's city hall.
  • I visited Nathan Phillips Square a few months ago to sort out a few things in city hall. I sat outside and had some lunch and it was just a lovely moment there. The area as you can imagine has a lot of foot traffic, but you never get the sense that it's ridiculously busy. People playing around the sprinklers, tourist taking pictures, workers sitting around having lunch...if you're in the area, it's definitely a nice place to drop by.

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