Places to go

Following the Workshop Wednesday tradition, half-day tours offer a firsthand look at local infrastructure highlights:

  • R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant - Toronto’s largest water treatment facility converts water from Lake Ontario.
  • Enwave Deep Lake Water Cooling - the world’s largest lake-source cooling system provides an alternative to energy-intensive air conditioning.
  • Traffic and Emergency Operations Centre – In addition to managing 2,300 intersections on 75 miles of urban expressway, this facility serves as Toronto’s nerve center during emergencies and disasters.
  • Cycling Infrastructure Tour - You can Explore Toronto’s key downtown cycling infrastructure, or learn about the city’s Bicycle Parking Strategy from the seat of a Toronto Bike Share bicycle (separate rental fee).
  • York Region Viva Bus Rapid Transit Project – Six new stations and 12 canopies are part of a project to transform transit corridors.
  • Union Station Revitalization Walking Tour – Construction at Toronto’s Union Station includes bigger, brighter transit concourses, more exits and entrances, underground PATH connections, repair of an aging facility, and new retailers.

  • Visit the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant on Workshop Wednesday for a glimpse of the architectural treasure known as a sparkling jewel by the lake.

    Credit: APWA

    Visit the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant on Workshop Wednesday for a glimpse of the architectural treasure known as a “sparkling jewel by the lake.”
Space is limited so early registration for tours is encouraged.

Things to do

If any time remains between exploring the exhibit floor and learning invaluable insights from speakers, the APWA Ontario Chapter offers an array of special activities.

On Monday, Aug. 18, the Public Works Historical Society Luncheon or the Canadian Public Works Association Luncheon will explain why municipalities should care about climate change.

Roll up your sleeves and save a life at the APWA Blood Drive (Aug. 18 and 19), wake up to a scenic 5K Fun Run/3K Walk along Lake Ontario (Aug. 19), or enjoy a golf tournament within the leafy sanctuary of the Greater Toronto Country Club (Aug. 20).

For a full schedule, and to register, visit www.apwa.net/congress.

Shelby O. Mitchell is a Berwyn, Ill.-based editor and freelance writer and is a former senior editor of Public Works. E-mail shelbyo.mitchell@gmail.com.

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