Tour of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant (Free)

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Tour of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant (Free)

The best way to get to know the historically significant R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant is with a local guide.

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R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant 2701 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4E 1H4 Canada

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About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

The best way to get to know the historically significant R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant is with a local guide.

This will be a FREE, public tour.

We will conduct it during the Doors Open Toronto event (May 27 and 28, 2023), which means that the building will be open to the public for free and we will be able to explore not just its outside but also its inside. Plant staff will also be on hand to answer questions.

This will be a good experience for curious locals, solo travelers, backpackers, small groups of friends, or newcomers.

ABOUT

The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant was constructed in the 1930s, and is the largest of the City of Toronto’s four water treatment plants. It provides an average of 400 million litres of safe drinking water to residents in Toronto and York Region each day.

“Dubbed ‘The Palace of Purification’, the R.C. Harris was commissioned by Roland Caldwell Harris, Toronto’s first and longest-serving Public Works Commissioner, as a water showcase to highlight the routine and essential function needed to make cities possible. The R. C. Harris is the largest ensemble of Art Deco buildings in Toronto, providing an excellent example of how Art Deco style can integrate with Late Romanesque Revival and Modern Classical forms.The plant is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act as a National Historic Civil Engineering Site, and has been recognized as a Canadian Water Landmark by the American Water Works Association.” (Open Doors Toronto, via the Beach Metro)

WHEN

Saturday, May 27th, 2022 at 10:00am

The tour will last approximately 90 minutes

WHERE TO MEET

The walking tour will start in front of the main entrance of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant (2701 Queen St E, Scarborough, ON M4E 1H4).

WHERE IT ENDS

This tour will end at Vi Vetha Bistro (2485 Queen St. E, Toronto), where some of us may want to get a coffee, tea, or brunch.

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