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“Great Photo Spot”

Nathan Phillips Square
Ranked #44 of 503 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 7, 2017

We were in Toronto recently and the Toronto Sign became the backdrop of many photos of our trip. We visited Nathan Philips Square the night after the Cavalcade of Lights event. There were many people skating both in the day and at night. We even got to watch the Zamboni cleaning the ice.
The square was all lit up for the holiday season and there was a beautiful Christmas tree close to New City Hall. Make sure to stop by Nathan Philips Square to see the Toronto sign both during the day and at night. You will not be disappointed.

Thank fireweedcanada
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Reviewed December 5, 2017

Perfect place to walk around and people watch.
There are a ton of skaters and there is a place to rent skates.
Usually some booths set up like a flea market in the surrounding area.
Love the scenery too.
New right next to the old.
Worth a visit.

Thank wasntme58
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Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile

One of Toronto’s best venue for fireworks. Been here for the July 1st and recently for the Cavalcade of Lights on 11/25th. Music, food trucks, outdoor skating, fireworks and crowds...OK more like 1000’s of revellers. It was safe. Streets were blocked for pedestrians only and protected with oversized heavy trucks with strong police presence. Kudos to Toronto for taking our safety as a high priority!

What more can you ask for? Well you have to walk the 1/2 block and head east to the Hudson Bay xMas window displays on Queen St then turn the corner and head south on Yonge and see the various Snow White window displays!!!

Ok not comparable to NYC Macy’s but it’s all we got in YYZ. So enjoy it.

Christmas is here in Toronto in late November!!!

Seasons Greetings to you all and wishing for Peace everywhere in 2018!!!

Thank EdwardYYZ
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Reviewed December 1, 2017 via mobile

Took the kids down to ice skate in this iconic middle-of-the-city location.

A few tips:
1. Go early and bring your own skates and equipment for some early open ice space. - We got on the ice at 9am mid-week with our own gear and only a couple others on the ice and the ice was fresh. Skate rental shop didn't open until 10am which meant all those that needed rentals weren't on the ice until shortly after which is when it began to get busy. By 11am, it was becoming quite congested. If you like your space or want to get up a little speed, go early and bring your gear.

2. Park in the lot below the rink - $3 per half hour so not bad for a couple hours.

3. Need rentals, no problem but bring cash. Cash only for skate and helmet rentals.

4. Need refreshments, hot dogs and hot chocolate available - Nice that the city has put down skate pads on the concrete so you don't have to take off your skates when it's time to walk to the refreshment bar for a break. They accept payment of all types.

5. Staff are nice - Great staff on site in case you have spills like my kids DoD. Even to just quickly ask if "Are you okay" when you fell.

6. Tunes - Good music played

7. Nightskate - get an even more cliche Canadian holiday experience by going at night when they turn the lights on. Stunning site.

Have fun!

Thank Kris S
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Reviewed November 27, 2017

I really like this place because it's a great place to go skating during the winter, I come here pretty much at least 3 times every winter. On the weekends it usually gets really packed though, so if that's the case you can always check out the outdoor rink at harbourfront

Thank ElsonW20
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