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Nathan Phillips Square

Plaza, Event Space, and Skating Rink
  • Omar H.
    "Great time to go skating here is during Cavalcade of Lights."(3 Tips)
    Brian J.
    "In the winter this has an ice rink."(4 Tips)
    Alana M.
    "Come grab some food today at Tasty Thursdays!"(2 Tips)
    Michael H.
    "Beautiful place, the Toronto sign looks amazing lit up at night."(3 Tips)
107 Tips and reviews
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  • tasty thursday
  • ice skating
  • jack layton
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  • Melanie C.
    Melanie ChingFebruary 28, 2012
    Skating in the winter is fun, but it's so busy that the ice is pretty choppy. In the summer it's a great meeting place, one of my favourite memories is seeing all of the chalk tributes to Jack Layton.
  • Sabrina S.
    Sabrina S.October 26, 2014
    By the old and new city hall, this is where many outdoor events take place in Toronto - new year's eve celebrations, rallies, TV competitions, marathons end and start etc. Located by the Eaton Center
  • Nancy B.
    Nancy BryansJanuary 4, 2012
    Lots going on here in the winter. If you love to skate, you can rent them and it is fun at any age! They serve hot chocolate and some fast foods, but a bit pricey. Bring a thermos!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Henry's
    Henry'sDecember 13, 2012
    Go to any corner of this square, and you'll find a great photo op. Try shooting from low on the ground to capture the epic curve of the Toronto City Hall's buildings.
  • Djanilson M.
    Djanilson MartinsJuly 25, 2015
    The heart of Toronto. The place wherr things happen, everyone who visits Toronto must come here and take pictures.
  • Lou B.
    Lou BrunoJuly 21, 2014
    Great view of the square from elevated walkway around New City Hall. Also five minute walk from great shopping at the Eaton Centre.
  • #moveready
    #movereadyDecember 18, 2015
    Been to The Nathan Phillips Square rink already? Browse #moveready's collection of outdoor ice rinks throughout Toronto to plan your next skating or shinny outing. Read more
  • Sara
    SaraAugust 29, 2011
    If it's a hot day, bring lots of water, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses, etc. There is shade under the walkways, but the main area gets screaming hot in the sunshine.
  • Elaine
    ElaineJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Farmers market on Wednesdays in summer and fall. The pecan tarts from Andrew's Scenic Acres are the best.
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HarrisonJuly 31, 2015
    Fun educational trip for the family. A few nice picnic spots and some cool history from the on site museum.
  • Michael H.
    Beautiful place, the Toronto sign looks amazing lit up at night. Popular ice rink as well.
  • Val C.
    Val CSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to sit and stare and be engulfed by the serene yet hustle and bustle of the city. Sit, think, reflect and grow.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DeesApril 7
    Everybody in Toronto should go to this place. Lots of festivals an other events during the summer months.
  • Kim Kaye R.
    Kim Kaye RocamoraJuly 25, 2015
    Very nice view and it's good for family outings!
  • Alina D.
    Alina DDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Good to visit in the summer for various activities and in the winter for the Cavalcade of Lights. Always enough space for everyone.
  • Joan D.
    Joan DuongAugust 6, 2016
    Good to chill out and photo opportunity as proof you were in Toronto.
  • A
    AFebruary 20
    At Night very lovely place though it is not such a live place
  • Alina D.
    Alina DJuly 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is always a great place to be. Fountains in the summer, ice skating in the winter!
  • Krystal
    KrystalJuly 26, 2015
    Thr free outdoor concerts and firework shows are super fun!!
  • Patricia S.
    Patricia SotomayorJuly 18, 2015
    Great place to have concerts especially Cuban. Lively and entertaining.
  • The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
    Since you're here, make sure to stick around and sneak a peak of Toronto's City Hall when it lights up in pink on Oct 6 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more:
  • Thomas
    ThomasAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tasty Thursday ... Street Food Vans every thursday of August only! (12-2pm)
  • Jonathan N.
    Jonathan N.July 13, 2011
    Nathan Philips' pursued an aggressive agenda of demolishing heritage structures throughout the city, to 'modernize.' Large blocks of downtown, landmark buildings, and neighbourhoods were destroyed.
  • Brian J.
    Brian JengJune 30
    City hall is here -- and the famous Toronto sign. In the winter this has an ice rink.
  • Jonathan N.
    Jonathan N.July 13, 2011
    In 2005, a proposal to sell the naming rights to Nathan Phillips Square unleashed a storm of opposition from many Torontonians, including Nathan Phillips' grandchildren. The proposal was withdrawn.
  • CityChase C.
    CityChase CanadaAugust 8, 2012
    We love Saturdays too! Especially on Saturdays when City Chase invades the square!
  • Kieran C.
    Kieran CostelloAugust 17, 2015
    Go for festivals and events in the summer and ice skating in the winter!
  • Katherine T.
    Katherine ThompsonFebruary 29, 2016
    Gets crazy busy - but there's always something going on!
  • Victor M.
    Victor MartinsNovember 3, 2015
    If you see the Toronto sign without anyone climbing on it, rush to take any pictures you like - it's not staying empty for long.
  • Claudia A.
    Great place! There was a concert at the plaza and people were having fun!
  • Tim C.
    Tim CrookMarch 31, 2014
    Skating in the Winter. Sometimes a farmers market, sometimes art shows, with festivals in the Summer.
  • Mimi
    MimiSeptember 29, 2015
    Always some sort of event going on here!
  • Abbi T.
    Abbi TaylorJanuary 5, 2015
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  • Pao!!!
    Pao!!!November 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wonderfull place to go for any type of events!!! #zombiesWalk #2014
  • Monforte Dairy
    Monforte DairyOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a weekly farmers' market run by OFFMA 9am-2pm one Wednesdays May-Oct
  • jcuison
    jcuisonDecember 20, 2010
    Skating during the winter is awesome IF you have your own skates but if you don't then it's $5 an hour which is corporate rape.
  • Maria C.
    Maria CasacalendaApril 28, 2012
    great for outdoor skating during the winter!
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezApril 18, 2016
    Great photo opportunities
  • Mitchell B.
    Mitchell ButlerOctober 19, 2016
    There's always something interesting on display here during Nuit Blanche.
  • Al Shaima A.
    Al Shaima Al MadaniApril 27, 2016
    Nice place to take some memorable photos
  • Jonathan N.
    Jonathan N.July 13, 2011
    Nathan Phillips was first elected to Toronto City Council in 1926. He served as mayor from 1955 until he lost to 1962. He served 36 years on city council. He was dubbed "mayor of all the people".
  • Ben W.
    Ben WoodDecember 5, 2014
    Zambonis keep the ice fresh for skating. Go while the ice is hot!
  • Vanessa L.
    Vanessa LAugust 4, 2013
    Iriefest is really nice with good music and food
  • Allen V.
    Iconic. A Toronto must.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SweetnessJanuary 18
    Awesome place to skate.
  • FatimahAw
    FatimahAwJanuary 8
    Been here 10+ times
    Good place for all seasons.
  • Above All Event M.
    I am sitting on a bench admiring the building
  • Jose R.
    Jose RuizDecember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I like this square!!!
  • ChrisFizik
    ChrisFizikDecember 13, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    bring your skates during holiday times or winter months and go for a couple laps on the ice rink at NPS
  • Clarissa J.
    Clarissa JordaoJune 26, 2013
    Great facilities and free coconut water today !!!!!
  • Janet R.
    Janet RoseJanuary 3, 2015
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  • Keyi Z.
    Keyi ZhouMay 10, 2015
    really fun to run around - might even bump into an angry politician
  • Miguel G.
    Miguel GonzalezApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk a few blocks east to see Massey Hall and Dundas Square
  • Cheryl D.
    Cheryl DugganOctober 16, 2014
    Best New Year's Eve party ever!
  • Angela D.
    Angela DBAugust 31, 2011
    Great Farmers' Market on Wednesdays 9-2. On until around Thanksgiving.
  • Pretty C.
    Pretty ChillinfruitzFebruary 23, 2013
    Summer time Nathan Phillips Square is the place to be!!! Take it from me!!!!
  • Willowtree Farm
    Willowtree FarmFebruary 27, 2012
    Don't forgot to visit us every Wednesday once the market open in June!!!!
  • Danying G.
    Danying GaoApril 5, 2014
    Bring your pillow, wear a funny costume to the pillow fight.
  • 🎈Su🎈✈🌍 .
    Winter time ✔there is a ice skate 🏂
  • Hasan M.
    Hasan MujtabaNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Do checkout the christmas tree,ice skating ring and the upcoming cavalcade of lights festival on the 26th !
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinNovember 28, 2015
    Kids love playing in the fountains.
  • Shelsey Q.
    Shelsey QuintinoJanuary 1, 2013
    Best place to spend new years in Toronto!
  • Shane Anne S.
    Shane Anne SabarilloJanuary 31, 2016
    Good place to walk around and see toronto
  • Joan D.
    Joan DuongAugust 7, 2016
    It's beautiful at night
  • Charlene L.
    Skating during the winter. So choice!
  • daniela
    danielaAugust 23, 2015
    Great place to gather for Torontonians.
  • Rakesh
    RakeshJanuary 15
    Ice skating during winters
  • Adrienne D.
    Adrienne De La RosaJune 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Wednesday Farmers market in the summertime!
  • Taylor S.
    Taylor SAugust 23, 2011
    Pay your respects to Jack Layton before the rain washes the chalk away.
  • Danii M.
    Danii MataJune 4, 2013
    love it, nice place!
  • Pretty C.
    Pretty ChillinfruitzFebruary 23, 2013
    My fav hot spot in Trono
  • Andrew
    AndrewOctober 25, 2014
    The zombie walk's pretty good!
  • Je M.
    Je MoyaJanuary 12, 2015
    Great place to skate
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BJuly 22, 2015
    Great make out spot.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SunDecember 14, 2011
    Pretty cheap and u can sharpen your skates here too
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuttJanuary 8, 2016
    Always fun activities going on
  • Nelson C.
    Nelson ChanJune 2, 2015
    People watching.
  • Linette G.
    Linette GoweNovember 1, 2016
    Nathan Phillips Square - 30th October 2016 with family 😊
  • Kella V.
    Kella VirginSeptember 30, 2012
    Clean bathrooms at Nuit Blanche!
  • Julian O.
    Julian OrtizSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice quiet place to enjoy your lunch
  • Colin C.
    Colin ClimieJanuary 31
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for a tour
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KrivelDecember 22, 2011
    Love it! So festive!
  • Albert R.
    Albert RamanauskasAugust 9, 2015
    The roots concert
  • Kim Kaye R.
    Kim Kaye RocamoraJuly 27, 2016
    Tourist spot haha
  • Frederik V.
    Frederik VerleyeSeptember 5, 2015
    There is a big sign that says "TORONTO"
  • Alana M.
    Alana MJuly 14, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Come grab some food today at Tasty Thursdays!
  • Woodpecker F.
    Woodpecker From MarsDecember 31, 2013
    $10 skate hire, and leave ID as deposit
  • MC
    MCJuly 25, 2011
    Amazing venue all year round!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KristensenAugust 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    meet people
  • Hessie J.
    Hessie JonesDecember 4, 2009
    Skating and Hot ChocolateSkate rental is cheap and it's always crowded Read more
  • Amy R.
    Amy RynsoeverNovember 27, 2011
    Stay away from the tree lighting ceremony, utter chaos!
  • Alana M.
    Alana MJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Fresh Wednesdays starts Today
  • François V.
    François VilleneuveOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Occupy! Occupy!
  • Jojo A.
    Jojo AlsalemAugust 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Energetic place.
  • Jay A.
    Jay AlvesAugust 31, 2011
    Farmers market is on!
  • Ron G.
    Ron GrossmanNovember 8, 2013
    Rob Ford where are you?
  • Omar H.
    Omar Ha-RedeyeJanuary 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great time to go skating here is during Cavalcade of Lights. Read more
  • Ken C.
    Ken CampbellJanuary 1, 2012
    New Years Eve show that Citytv throws = SPARTA MODE
  • Nar C.
    Nar CoticsSeptember 23, 2010
    Don't enter into the Reflecting Pool. The local homeless people bath in it! Very nasty.
  • Zardasht A.
    Zardasht AAugust 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Relax with a good book during the summer
  • Arceu Robert A.
    Arceu Robert ArnucoApril 20, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Enjoy it when the fountain is working.
  • May C.
    May C.January 27, 2010
    Go skating right after snowfall. It has to be spontaneous.
  • Jaka Madya N.
    Jaka Madya NagaraNovember 23, 2010
  • Sebastián C.
    Sebastián CornejoOctober 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Ojo con la eventos públicos, todos gratuitos y entretenidos. Es un punto neurálgico de la ciudad.
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GimenesFebruary 28, 2011
    Um cantinho charmoso de Toronto, vc pode ver a antiga e a nova Prefeitura alem de haver uma pista de patinacao no gelo bacana
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas MachadoMay 28, 2015
    Bom local para relaxar
  • Lula A.
    Lula AvilaJuly 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Sin duda vendría todas las tardes !!!
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