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It's a welcome first - the indoor pedestrian walkway system now reaches down to the waterfront of Lake Ontario

One of the more remarkable features of Toronto’s latest office tower is how it connects with the rest of the city. Pedestrians will be able to walk indoors to the new RBC WaterPark Place III building from Union Station on a newly extended PATH system.Dale Wilcox

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WZMH Architects designed the two bridges which extend the PATH over busy Lake Shore Boulevard and Harbour Street.Dale Wilcox

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The PATH extension will open officially to pedestrians in early October. For the first time, people will be able to walk indoors from downtown Toronto directly to the waterfront, avoiding winter winds off Lake Ontario.Dale Wilcox

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This map shows how the earlier portion of the PATH system near the Air Canada Centre connects to the new bridge that crosses Lake Shore and then carries on through another property and second bridge to the WaterPark complex.WZMH Architects

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Crews prepare to install one of the pedestrian bridges. The bridge over Lake Shore Boulevard hooks under the Gardiner Expressway. It’s capable of sliding over five metres to allow for repairs to the expressway.Dale Wilcox

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The interior of the new PATH connection under construction.Dale Wilcox

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Pedestrians leaving the southern-most portion of the PATH will walk into the soaring lobby of RBC WaterPark Place III. Since the building is so close to the waterfront, the designers used bright colours with soft finishes putting a different spin on the traditional office lobby space, Oxford Properties vice-president Mark Cote says.Dale Wilcox

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The view of the podium of the RBCWaterPark Place III from the south side of Queens Quay, with the Toronto skyline in the background.Dale Wilcox

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