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Skating at Nathan Phillips Square is one of the most exciting field trips at MIA during Winter Semester.

Located in front of City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square is an events landmark in the centre of the city.  It forms the forecourt to Toronto City Hall, or New City Hall, at the intersection of Queen Street West and Bay Street, and is named for Nathan Phillips, mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962.

This captivating setting is enjoyed all year long by people of all ages but in the winter months, the reflecting pool becomes a skating rink. Glide along the ice under the lights at downtown Toronto’s famous outdoor rink. The three solid arches that stretch above the ice are officially named the “Freedom Arches” to signify the belief that “only in freedom can the Human Spirit soar.” The building features a skate rental and change room space to serve the public, public washrooms, and rink support facilities. There is also a roof terrace where the public can take in panoramic views of the Square.

Our MIA students will gather at school before making the trip down to skate and taking in some local sightseeing. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Eaton Centre Shopping Centre, visit City Hall, walk Yonge Street or check out nearby Dundas Square, where many special events and festivals take place.


For student with activity fee: FREE

For student without activity fee: $10