A highlight of our recent weekend trip to Toronto was the TORONTO sign and Nathan Phillips Square
The 3D TORONTO sign was developed created to celebrate the 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games. The sign is a Pan Am games legacy piece that continue to be an iconic image of Toronto into the future.
The sign is currently located at Nathan Phillips Square. It is placed along the north-west corner of the reflecting pool/ winter skating rink. The location of the sign in the forefront of the City Hall towers forms an iconic Toronto-branded backdrop for photographs taken by residents and visitors.
The best location to take a photograph of the sign is on the south side of the reflecting pool/winter skating rink in Nathan Phillips Square. Photos from this vantage point, in summer time, provide an opportunity of capturing the sign’s reflection in the waters of the reflecting pool. During the winter months, photos from the south side of the winter skating rink provide an opportunity to catch the action of skaters enjoying the outdoor rink.
Some interesting facts about the TORONTO sign…
The full word, TORONTO, is about 22 metres (75 feet) long.
Each independently re-positional letter is 3 metres (10 feet) tall and weighs approximately 135 kilograms (300 pounds) and rests on a weighted base. Each base weighs approximately 1 180 kilograms (2 600 pounds). All together, the letters and base weigh over 9000 kilograms (20 000 pounds).
Each letter is equipped with LED lights that can transition to approximately 228 million colours. The sign contains almost 400 metres (1 300 feet) of LED lights that are controlled via WiFi. The lighting can be quickly changed to reflect different events in the city.
For example on November 26th, the day we were visiting Toronto, the sign was to be lit entirely blue as the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL participated in the 2017 Grey Cup.
A new leaf structure was added to the sign to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. The 3D Maple Leaf structure contains approximately 14,000 LED lights
When visiting the TORONTO sign you can share your photos across your social media networks using the hashtag #xoTO
TripAdvisor Review for Nathan Philips Square and the Toronto Sign…
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.
Check out some background information about The Toronto Sign by following this link https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/toronto-sign/