The historic Town of Mimico is a neighbourhood in the south-western part of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Originally planned as a workingman’s town, it is now a bedroom community with two commercial strips; one along Royal York Road and the other along Lake Shore Boulevard West, parallel to the shoreline. There is also a former commercial strip along Mimico Avenue connecting Royal York Road and Lake Shore Boulevard West. Some areas of industrial use still exist along the railway corridor. In early 2012, Toronto Life magazine ranked Mimico first on their “Where to Buy Now” list of Toronto neighbourhoods.
Architecturally, homes in the neighbourhood range from grand lakeside estates to bungalows built in the 1920s to 1940s, and low rise apartment buildings built in the 1950s and 1960s. East of Mimico between Mimico Creek on the west and the Humber River to the east, there is a large area of condominium high-rise tower development along the lake shore. Lake Shore Blvd. West is also home to many Eastern European delicatessen, independent stores and bakeries, giving the area a Eastern European atmosphere.
Recreation options in the neighbourhood include the Mimico Tennis Club, the Mimico Cruising Club and the Etobicoke Yacht Club. Near the foot of Park Lawn Road is Humber Bay Park, land created by infill of the lake, creating an artificial peninsula and enclosing Mimico Harbour at Mimico Creek. It has a few picnic areas, boat slips, walking trails and grasslands for recreational use.
HISTORY OF MIMICO
Mimico was originally known by the First Nations People as “Omimeca,” meaning “the resting place of the wild pigeons.” The Passenger Pigeon is now an extinct species whose memory lives on in the name of this community.
The present day Mimico neighbourhood began to be developed in the 1890’s south of Lake Shore Boulevard, where many of Toronto’s wealthiest families built their summer homes. Some of these estates are still intact however most were lost to development after World War II.
Mimico began to emerge as a year-round community in 1906, when the Grand Trunk Railway opened the Mimico Yard. This led to a building boom as houses were needed to accommodate the influx of workers who found employment at the Mimico Yard.
Mimico’s meteoric growth led to its incorporation as a Town in 1917. Mimico retained its Town status until 1967, when it was amalgamated with the Township of Etobicoke which is now part of the City of Toronto.
SCHOOLS IN THE MIMICO AREA
(P) Twentieth Street Junior School, 3190 Lake Shore Blvd W,
(P) Seventh Street Junior School, 101 Seventh Street Etobicoke, (416) 394-7820
(P) James S Bell Junior Middle School, 90 Thirty First Street Etobicoke M8W 3E9
(P) Second Street Junior Middle School, 71 Second Street Etobicoke
(P) John English School, 95 Mimico Avenue Etobicoke,
(P) David Hornell Junior School, 32 Victoria St, (416) 394-7690
(P) George R Gauld Junior School, 200 Melrose St, (416) 394-7830
(P) Etobicoke School of the Arts, 675 Royal York Rd, (416) 394-6910
(P) Karen Kain School of the Arts, 60 Berl Ave, (416) 394-7979
(PH) Lakeshore Collegiate Institute, 350 Kipling Avenue Etobicoke, (416) 394-7650
(CA) Christ the King Catholic ElementarySchool, 3672 Lake shore Blvd W, (416) 393- 5257
(CA) Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park, (416) 393-5540
(CA) St.Teresa Catholic School, 110 Tenth St, (416) 393-5266
(CA) St Leo, 277 Royal York Rd, (416) 251-1109
(CA) Saint Louis Separate School, 11 Morgan Ave, (416) 393-5331
(CA) Holy Angels Catholic School, 65 Jutland Rd, 416-393-5329
(P) Public School, (PH) Public High School, (CA) Catholic School, (PR) Private School, (PC) Private Catholic School, (PJ) Private Jewish School, (C) College, (U) University
LIFESTYLE IN MIMICO
Mimico residents are well served by the shopping districts on Lake Shore Boulevard and on Royal York Road. These shopping areas feature an excellent variety of small locally owned stores and restaurants.
RECREATION IN MIMICO
Located on the shore of Lake Ontario in Etobicoke, Mimico Waterfront Park connects people to the water across a lakefront area that historically has lacked public access to the waterfront. When completed in 2012 the park will provide 1.1 kilometer of linear waterfront park space between Norris Crescent Parkette and Humber Bay Park West. When complete this waterfront park will feature a boardwalk, a separate multi-use trail located along the backshore that provides cycling and in-line skating access adjacent to the boardwalk, small pockets of wetland habitat and landscaping and park lighting.
Restoration and shoreline enhancements to terrestrial and aquatic habitats were key elements of the park’s design and construction. Phase Two includes the creation of small pockets of wetland habitat and native plantings.
Mimico is well known for its sports clubs and recreational facilities. Much of this activity takes place at the Mimico Arena located off Royal York Road at Drummond Street. During the winter this arena is used extensively for hockey and skating programs and in the summer by the Mimico Minor Lacrosse Club. National Hockey League star Brendan Shanahan grew up in Mimico and played hockey and lacrosse at the Mimico Arena.
The John English Community School, located at 95 Mimico Avenue, offers preschool programs as well as a variety of sports and arts programs for children and adults. The Mimico Tennis Club, located at 29 George Street, is unique in that it has Toronto’s only red clay surface tennis courts. The Lakeshore Lawn Bowling Club is located in Coronation Park off Royal York Road. Amos Waites Park at 2445 Lake Shore Boulevard West has an outdoor swimming pool. The Mimico Centennial Public Library is located at 47 Station Road. This library offers children’s programming.
The Metropolitan Toronto Region Conservation Authority has recently established a wetland habitat in Humber Bay Park located along Lake Shore Boulevard West at Park Lawn Road. This peninsula park, joined together by a pedestrian bridge is teeming with birds including Canadian Geese, Swans, Mallard Ducks, Seagulls, and Red Winged Blackbirds. Humber Bay Park also features a pond for model boats and a fly casting pond. The Mimico Cruising Club, Etobicoke Yacht Club and Humber College Sailing School are all based in Humber Bay Park.
Etobicoke’s new MasterCard Centre For Hockey Excellence located at 400 Kipling Avenue, is the first community rink built in Toronto in the last 25 years. This state of the art , world class, four ice-pad facility will be open 365 days a year from 7am untill Midnight.
MasterCard Canada plans on donating 250 hours of ice time to the local community each year. They will sponsor a free community skate for families every Saturday from 2:15pm – 4:15pm from September through June and will provide additional ice time during these months to community groups. Ice time will also be made available to students on PD Days.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies will be the major tenants in the The MasterCard Centre For Hockey Excellence, as they will use this centre as their primary training and practice facility. Hockey Canada’s Ontario office and the Hockey Hall of Fame’s research and archives division are the other high profile tenants. This centre will also be the home of the Etobicoke Dolphins, Canada’s second largest women’s hockey organization and the Faustina Sports Club.
This facility appears to be first class in every respect and will be a welcome addition to the local community and something all Toronto residents can enjoy and be proud of.
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE MIMICO AREA
Mimico Memorial Park – 75 Hillside Avenue
A 1.3-hectare park near Royal York Road and Lake Shore Boulevard West that features three lighted outdoor tennis courts with a clubhouse, a ball diamond and a children’s playground. The park is home the the Mimico Tennis Club.
Amos Waites Park – 2445 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Amos Waites Outdoor Pool is located in a park-setting, near a playground structure along the recently revitalized waterfront. We offer swim lessons, for all ages and abilities, weekday mornings. Leisure swim, adult swim, and family swim are offered afternoons, evenings and weekends. An afternoon at the pool and waterfront park could be the perfect family outing!
Ourland Park – 36 Ourland Ave
This 3.4 hectare park near Evans and Islington avenues features a lighted ball diamond, multi-purpose sport field, tqwo lighted tennis courts, two bocce courts, a basketball court and a children`s playground. Located within the park is the Ourland Community Centre and the Ourland Outdoor Pool.
LIBRARIES IN THE MIMICO AREA
- Mimico Centennial Library -47 Station Rd, (416) 394-5330
CHURCHES IN THE MIMICO AREA
- Wesley Mimico United Church – 2 Station Rd
- Mimico Presbyterian Church – 119 Mimico Ave, (416) 255-0213
- Mimico Baptist Church – 80 Hillside Ave, (416) 251-2855
- St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church – 277 Royal York Rd
- Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church -2379 Lake Shore Blvd West, (416) 251-8293
- Mimico Gospel Hall – 414 Royal York, (416) 255-2875