Etobicoke is located on the West Side of Toronto, it was once just one of the 6 boroughs that amalgamated into what became the current City of Toronto. The population of Etobicoke soared from 1940-1960, with a great deal of development happening, and many homes and offices being built.
Currently the population of Etobicoke is approximately 370,000, with many different ethnic backgrounds. 62% of the population of Etobicoke is foreign born, with many communities of similar ethnic backgrounds formed in North Etobicoke. Central Etobicoke has many Polish and Ukrainian people, as shown through the Ukrainian area of Bloor St West, and the annual Ukrainian Festival and Polish Festival happening on Bloor St every September.
Getting around Etobicoke and the rest of the GTA is quite easy, as there are several major highways running through the area. Highways 401, 427, The Gardiner Expressway and then the Queen Elizabeth Way are the major highways, connecting to others like highway 404, 403, the Don Valley Parkway, and more, getting you wherever you need to go.
Many people who live in Etobicoke work downtown, although there are lots of offices and job opportunities in Etobicoke as well. There are a number of corporate business parks near Pearson Airport, clustered with office buildings, many housing Canadian headquarters. The location has developed to be an ideal business area as many international executives fly into Toronto from overseas, stay at a hotel near the Airport, and visit the office or attend meetings there (with everything being very close-by). Some of the companies that have headquarters in Etobicoke include Pizza Pizza and Sunwing Airlines.
The major shopping centre in Etobicoke is Sherway Gardens mall, with several plazas and big box stores surrounding the area. The area is convenient as everything needed is nearby! Besides the hundred-or-so stores inside of Sherway Gardens, just outside the mall is a Walmart, Marshall’s, SAIL, Winners, Best Buy, and the list goes! Just 2-3 minutes driving down the Queensway from Sherway Gardens will also get you to a commercial area, with big box stores like IKEA, Canadian Tire, Bed Bath and Beyond, and many more.
Bloor West Village is a popular strip on Bloor St in between Old Mill Station and Runnymede Station. Technically just east of the border of Etobicoke, Bloor West Village feels distinctly Etobian, as it extends through Old Mill. This strip of Bloor St comes alive on the weekends, with pedestrians enjoying the patios, coffee shops, specialty clothing stores, and other boutique shops on the street.
In the centre of Etobicoke is James Gardens, a park and botanical garden known for its flower gardens, streams and pools with spring water, trees, and terraced stone pathways. This gorgeous park used to be an estate and is now often the spot for wedding photos, prom photos, and other magical moments. The park is also home to a number of recreational activities such as lawn bowling, cross country skiing, and others.
High schools in Etobicoke include Etobicoke School of the Arts, Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, Richview CI, Martingrove CI, Father John Redmond, Bishop Allen Academy, Michael Power St Joseph, and more. There are several school boards, with the Toronto District School Board covering most high schools in the area, but there is also a French board for predominantly French-speaking schools, as well as a Catholic board. Etobicoke School of the Arts is the most prominent art school in all of Toronto. Students travel far and wide across the GTA to attend ESA, for its many disciplines which include drama, contemporary art, music, dance, musical theatre, and film. The most notable alum is Keanu Reeves, although there are a handful of actors and actresses who attended and went on to star in TV Shows such as Degrassi, Life with Derek, and Being Erica.
There are also a few post-secondary campuses in Etobicoke, mainly Humber College, Humber College North, and Guelph-Humber. These schools offer part-time and full-time programs in a number of different disciplines, focusing on hands-on learning, and attracting hundreds of students to Etobicoke every year.
From North Etobicoke, all the way South towards Lake Ontario, flows the Humber River and the Mimico Creek. Since both run through Etobicoke, many surrounding areas of the rivers become parks and ravines. An aerial view of Etobicoke will show mostly greenery. Some of the parks in Etobicoke are Echo Valley Park and Ravenscrest Park, which connect though the creek, Lambton Woods, West Deane Park, Richview Park, just to name a few. These parks mentioned are some of the larger parks, however there are parkettes, parks and ravines every few blocks, making it easy for Etobicoke residents to enjoy the outdoors.
There are three major golf courses in Central Etobicoke, perfect for the golf lovers. The Lambton Golf and Country Club, the St.George’s Golf and Country, the Scarlett Woods Golf Course, the Islington Golf Club, and the Weston Golf & Country Club are all the major gold courses, and they are all within a 10-15 minute drive within each other. Golf lovers in Etobicoke have lots of variety in choosing where they want to play, and they can spend their weekends on the course. With the variety there is in Etobicoke, avid golfers can even switch up the course every week if they like!
In the southern part of Etobicoke are the Humber Bay Shores, which have experienced a recent population surge in this neighbourhood due to the growth of condos and re-development. This area is also expected to keep growing, with several more buildings proposed for the area, as well as a GO Train/TTC transit hub, a library, a movie theatre, and much more.
Some of the pre-construction projects coming soon to Central Etobicoke include Notting Hill, Edenbridge on the Kingsway, Bloor Promenade, Bijou on Bloor, Fairfield Towns, Evermore, Valhalla Town Square, Kip District, and the list goes on!