Nathan Phillips Square

100 Queen St. W. (at Bay St.), Toronto ON M5H 2N1, Canada

Nathan Phillips is an urban plaza that forms the forecourt to Toronto City Hall. The square is the site of concerts, art displays, a weekly farmers' market, the winter festival of lights, and other public events, including demonstrations.


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  • "great for outdoor skating during the winter!" (4 tips)
  • "... skating here is during Cavalcade of Lights." (3 tips)
  • "... the chalk tributes to Jack Layton." (2 tips)
  • ChrisFizik

    bring your skates during holiday times or winter months and go for a couple laps on the ice rink at NPS

    ChrisFizik · December 13, 2009
  • Hessie J.

    Skating and Hot ChocolateSkate rental is cheap and it's always crowded Read more

    Hessie Jones · December 4, 2009
  • Val C.

    Great place to sit and stare and be engulfed by the serene yet hustle and bustle of the city. Sit, think, reflect and grow.

    Val C · September 7, 2011
  • Arceu Robert A.

    Enjoy it when the fountain is working.

    Arceu Robert Arnuco · April 20, 2010
  • Omar H.

    Great time to go skating here is during Cavalcade of Lights. Read more

    Omar Ha-Redeye · January 8, 2010
  • Angela D.

    Great Farmers' Market on Wednesdays 9-2. On until around Thanksgiving.

    Angela DB · August 31, 2011
  • Taylor S.

    Pay your respects to Jack Layton before the rain washes the chalk away.

    Taylor Strawbridge · August 23, 2011
  • MC

    Amazing venue all year round!

    MC · July 25, 2011
  • Pretty C.

    Summer time Nathan Phillips Square is the place to be!!! Take it from me!!!!

    Pretty Chillinfruitz · February 23, 2013
  • Shelsey Q.

    Best place to spend new years in Toronto!

    Shelsey Quintino · January 1, 2013
  • Kella V.

    Clean bathrooms at Nuit Blanche!

    Kella Virgin · September 30, 2012
  • Melanie C.

    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.

    Melanie Ching · February 28, 2012
  • Above All Event M.

    I am sitting on a bench admiring the building

  • Alana M.

    Come grab some food today at Tasty Thursdays!

    Alana M · July 14, 2011
  • Alana M.

    Fresh Wednesdays starts Today

    Alana M · July 13, 2011
  • Alina D.

    Good to visit in the summer for various activities and in the winter for the Cavalcade of Lights. Always enough space for everyone.

    Alina D · December 5, 2010
  • Nar C.

    Don't enter into the Reflecting Pool. The local homeless people bath in it! Very nasty.

    Nar Cotics · September 23, 2010
  • May C.

    Go skating right after snowfall. It has to be spontaneous.

    May C. · January 27, 2010
  • Danying G.

    Bring your pillow, wear a funny costume to the pillow fight.

    Danying Gao · April 5
  • Tim C.

    Skating in the Winter. Sometimes a farmers market, sometimes art shows, with festivals in the Summer.

    Tim Crook · March 31
  • Woodpecker F.

    $10 skate hire, and leave ID as deposit

    Woodpecker From Mars · December 31, 2013
  • Ron G.

    Rob Ford where are you?

    Ron Grossman · November 8, 2013
  • Monforte Dairy

    There's a weekly farmers' market run by OFFMA 9am-2pm one Wednesdays May-Oct

    Monforte Dairy · October 16, 2013
  • Fee D.

    It is always a great place to go skating during the winter months. Moreover during the summer a relaxing place to enjoy a lunch you just picked up off the food trucks.

    Fee Dem · October 9, 2013
  • vitaminwater o.

    cruising around nathan phillips square today? grab a #essential at macs on dundas or tweet at us, we may be in your hood sampling soon @vitaminwater_on

    vitaminwater on · August 10, 2013
  • Vanessa L.

    Iriefest is really nice with good music and food

    Vanessa L · August 4, 2013
  • Clarissa J.

    Great facilities and free coconut water today !!!!!

    Clarissa Jordao · June 26, 2013
  • Danii M.

    love it, nice place!

    Danii Mata · June 4, 2013
  • Miguel G.

    Walk a few blocks east to see Massey Hall and Dundas Square

    Miguel Gonzalez · April 27, 2013
  • Pretty C.

    My fav hot spot in Trono

    Pretty Chillinfruitz · February 23, 2013
  • Henry's

    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.

    Henry's · December 13, 2012
  • CityChase C.

    We love Saturdays too! Especially on Saturdays when City Chase invades the square!

    CityChase Canada · August 8, 2012
  • Elaine

    Farmers market on Wednesdays in summer and fall. The pecan tarts from Andrew's Scenic Acres are the best.

    Elaine · July 4, 2012
  • Maria C.

    great for outdoor skating during the winter!

    Maria Casacalenda · April 28, 2012
  • Charlene L.

    Skating during the winter. So choice!

    Charlene Lewis-Sutherland · April 10, 2012
  • Willowtree Farm

    Don't forgot to visit us every Wednesday once the market open in June!!!!

    Willowtree Farm · February 27, 2012
  • Nancy B.

    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!

    Nancy Bryans · January 4, 2012
  • Ken C.

    New Years Eve show that Citytv throws = SPARTA MODE

    Ken Campbell · January 1, 2012
  • Michelle K.

    Love it! So festive!

    Michelle Krivel · December 22, 2011
  • Lisa S.

    Pretty cheap and u can sharpen your skates here too

    Lisa Sun · December 14, 2011
  • Amy R.

    Stay away from the tree lighting ceremony, utter chaos!

    Amy Rynsoever · November 27, 2011
  • Hasan M.

    Do checkout the christmas tree,ice skating ring and the upcoming cavalcade of lights festival on the 26th !

    Hasan Mujtaba · November 25, 2011
  • François V.

    Occupy! Occupy!

    François Villeneuve · October 22, 2011
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    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:

  • Julian O.

    Nice quiet place to enjoy your lunch

    Julian Ortiz · September 16, 2011
  • Jay A.

    Farmers market is on!

    Jay Alves · August 31, 2011
  • Sara

    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.

    Sara · August 29, 2011
  • Jonathan N.

    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.

    Jonathan N. · July 13, 2011
  • Jonathan N.

    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".

    Jonathan N. · July 13, 2011
  • Eduardo G.

    Um cantinho charmoso de Toronto, vc pode ver a antiga e a nova Prefeitura alem de haver uma pista de patinacao no gelo bacana

    Eduardo Gimenes · February 28, 2011

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