If you take a ride on the Queen streetcar east for what seems like an eternity, not only will you get a great view of city life in Toronto, but you will get to visit a truly amazing… wait for it… water treatment plant. While that doesn’t seem like something of note to a visitor, (well, most visitors) the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant happens to be one of the best examples of Art Deco Architecture in the city.
Given what the building is for, it’s pretty expansive. Because of it’s off the beaten path location, even Torontonians mostly neglect to make the trek out. Other than the swallows flying overhead, you’ll have a mellow time wandering around the grounds without huge crowds of people.
Combine a visit here with a trip to “The Beach” neighborhood, and take a walk on the beach-side boardwalk. The East is a quieter, non-touristy side to the city that is worth the day exploring.