In honour of Toronto’s anniversary last month, this photo is a part of Nathan Philips Square, the big public square in front of Toronto City Hall. Pictured is a public skating rink that is free to use all winter. People without their own ice skates can rent a pair for a couple of hours and join the other skaters in turning laps around the rink. It’s a place where many new Canadians try out this popular winter pastime for the very first time!
It’s amazing to see people from warmer countries bravely lace up and test their balance and courage on the ice. Their wobbly legs and expressions of concentration/fear give them away as new to skating.
My wife and I enjoy spending time there and do our best to help others who are struggling by giving them some pointers (keep your knees bent, weight forward and head up) – or at least ensuring their skates are tied properly!
In the warmer months the rink is a decorative fountain. It’s pretty, but not as much fun as the skating rink.
This square and many of Toronto’s other sights – both the popular and the little-known – can be taken in as part of an Urban Adventures walking day tour, one of the best ways to enjoy the city.