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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)
    Mitchell B.
    "always something interesting on display here during Nuit Blanche."(2 Tips)
    Alana M.
    "Come grab some food today at Tasty Thursdays!"(2 Tips)
    Melanie C.
    "... the chalk tributes to Jack Layton."(2 Tips)
99 Tips and reviews
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  • nuit blanche
  • tasty thursday
  • ice skating
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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!
  • 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.
  • #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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kim Kaye R.
    Kim Kaye RocamoraJuly 25, 2015
    Very nice view and it's good for family outings!
  • Krystal
    KrystalJuly 26, 2015
    Thr free outdoor concerts and firework shows are super fun!!
  • 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.
  • Joan D.
    Joan DuongAugust 6, 2016
    Good to chill out and photo opportunity as proof you were in Toronto.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thomas
    ThomasAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tasty Thursday ... Street Food Vans every thursday of August only! (12-2pm)
  • Patricia S.
    Patricia SotomayorJuly 18, 2015
    Great place to have concerts especially Cuban. Lively and entertaining.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Pao!!!
    Pao!!!November 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wonderfull place to go for any type of events!!! #zombiesWalk #2014
  • Katherine T.
    Katherine ThompsonFebruary 29, 2016
    Gets crazy busy - but there's always something going on!
  • Tim C.
    Tim CrookMarch 31, 2014
    Skating in the Winter. Sometimes a farmers market, sometimes art shows, with festivals in the Summer.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Maria C.
    Maria CasacalendaApril 28, 2012
    great for outdoor skating during the winter!
  • Mimi
    MimiSeptember 29, 2015
    Always some sort of event going on here!
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    Abbi TaylorJanuary 5, 2015
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  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Vanessa L.
    Vanessa LAugust 4, 2013
    Iriefest is really nice with good music and food
  • Al Shaima A.
    Al Shaima Al MadaniApril 27, 2016
    Nice place to take some memorable photos
  • Ben W.
    Ben WoodDecember 5, 2014
    Zambonis keep the ice fresh for skating. Go while the ice is hot!
  • 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
  • Jose R.
    Jose RuizDecember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I like this square!!!
  • FatimahAw
    FatimahAw1 week ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Good place for all seasons.
  • Clarissa J.
    Clarissa JordaoJune 26, 2013
    Great facilities and free coconut water today !!!!!
  • Janet R.
    Janet RoseJanuary 3, 2015
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  • 🎈Su🎈✈🌍 .
    Winter time ✔there is a ice skate 🏂
  • Keyi Z.
    Keyi ZhouMay 10, 2015
    really fun to run around - might even bump into an angry politician
  • Angela D.
    Angela DBAugust 31, 2011
    Great Farmers' Market on Wednesdays 9-2. On until around Thanksgiving.
  • Miguel G.
    Miguel GonzalezApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk a few blocks east to see Massey Hall and Dundas Square
  • 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!!!!
  • 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 !
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