Etobicoke has the lowest population density out of the former cities and boroughs that currently make up the city of Toronto. This is mainly due to its vast expanses of industrial lands. Several major freeways are routed through the area, making the area ideal for automobile-based transportation. Public transit does not serve the area well, with few rapid transit connections.
Many exceptions to Toronto's gridded street matrix are found in Etobicoke. A number of overpasses and awkward intersections, such as Bloor/Kipling/Dundas West, have been created in an effort to reconcile the grid with these planning anomalies.
Etobicoke has numerous public parks, notable among them is James Gardens on the banks of the Humber River. The park includes seasonal flowers, walkways, a rock garden, streams, and waterfalls. It is a very popular site for taking wedding photographs. The Humber Bay park is mostly located in Etobicoke.
The central/southern areas of Etobicoke are better served by public transit and closer to the city centre. These areas, such as Markland Wood, The Kingsway and New Toronto, consist of large green spaces, numerous parks, golf courses (including St. Georges Golf & Country Club, ranked 3rd best in Canada), numerous restaurants and cafes, and fine boutiques. Residential development consists primarily of single-family dwellings. Kingsway South neighbourhood has attracted many affluent individuals and families (as of 2001, over 50% of households have an income in excess of $100,000/year), and remains one of Toronto's more prominent neighbourhoods.
The central areas of Etobicoke, although farther from the subway line, are still well-served by public transit buses. These neighbourhoods are generally middle class .
Unfortunately, some areas in Etobicoke have become neglected, "inner-ring" suburbs, such as Rexdale ,Car culture infrastructure built in the 1960s is in a state of disrepair. These areas are dominated by unadorned, single-story development and treeless, tarmac-covered prairie. Deflated real estate values have made these areas concentrated areas of poverty and crime. These central and northern areas of Etobicoke contain numerous high-density apartment complexes set in the middle of sizable, open fields and parks.
Etobicoke is home to Humber College, University of Guelph-Humber, Woodbine Race Track and Slots, Woodbine Centre and Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre
Alderwood- Etobicoke Homes
Alderwood is characterized by single family homes, many of which were constructed at the end of the second world war. Schools in the neighbourhood include École Sir Adam Beck Junior School and Lanor Junior Middle School. The neighbourhood was formerly served by a high school (Alderwood Collegiate, later Father John Redmond Secondary School), but the school is vacant today. Another closed school, Franklin Horner Junior Middle School, is home to the Franklin Horner Community Centre.
The Alderwood Centre is a public complex that houses Sir Adam Beck Junior School, the Alderwood branch of the Toronto Public Librarysystem,the Alderwood Action After School child care centre and the Alderwood Pool, a 25-yard public pool.
The south west quadrant of the neighbourhood is zoned industrial and is home to manufacturing and warehousing businesses of various sizes. Among these is a Daimler-Chrysler casting plant.
Eatonville - Etobicoke Homes for sale
Eatonville is a neighbourhood in the Etobicoke community of the city of Toronto, Ontario,Canada. Part of a larger area known as Islington, Eatonville is bisected by Highway 427, with the community generally located north of Dundas Street West and south of Rathburn Road. Eatonville consists mainly of low density residential homes (constructed primarily in the 1950s east of Highway 427, and in the 1960s and 1970s west of Highway 427). The main arterial roads in the community, such as The West Mall, The East Mall and Burnhamthorpe Road, contain a mix of rental and condominium high-rise apartments and townhouses. There are two shopping malls in the neighbourhood, Cloverdale Mall and Honeydale Mall, as well as community retail areas along Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West.
The Elms (Old Rexdale) Homes
The Elms-Old Rexdale, is that area south of Thistletown and north of Highway 401 (Ontario) in Toronto, Canada. It is bordered mainly by the Humber River to the east and Islington Avenue to the west.
The housing development of the original section of Rexdale, built in the early 1950s, is named for developer Rex Heslop and his wife Della. These are single storey and storey and a half Bungalows, bordered by streets Allenby Avenue, Burrard Road and Hadrian Drive, east of the new Wal-Mart store, formerly the site of Rexdale Plaza. Many of the residents of this neighbourhood, were employed Avro Canada.
Heslop went on building houses west of Islington Avenue, around Clearbrooke Circle as well as an industrial section of Rexdale west of Kipling Avenue, before going to Georgetown, where he established the Delrex neighbourhood.
Residents of Rexdale did their shopping mostly in Weston, until Rexdale Plaza was built in 1957. At the same time, the Semi-detached houses were built along Allenby and Burrard, followed by the construction of Bungalows north of Hadrian between Burrard and Elmlea School.
Much of this area was dotted with American Elm trees, the namesake of The Elms golf course, in which its links were still being played as late as 1957 when Rexdale was growing around it. Pine Point Park is the community's main meeting place.
Eringate-Centennial-West Deane Etobicoke Homes
Eringate-Centennial-West Deane is a neighbourhood located in the north western corner of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in close proximity to Pearson Airport and Highway 427. It is bounded on the west by Etobicoke Creek, to the north by Eglinton Avenue West and Highway 401, on the east by Martin Grove Drive, and on the south by Rathburn, Renforth and Burnhamthorpe streets. The neighbourhood itself is fairly large, and encompasses several niche neighbourhoods including West Deane Park and Centennial Park.
Etobicoke West Mall Homes
Etobicoke West Mall is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The area was formerly part of the city of Etobicoke, and is the site of the Etobicoke Civic Centre. The neighbourhood is bounded by Highway 427 to the east, Renforth Drive to the west, Rathburn Road to the north, and Bloor Street to the south. Its name derives from its primary artery, The West Mall, a four-lane road which extends from Rathburn Road in the north to Evans Avenue in the south, adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Way.
Humber Heights-Westmount Homes
Humber Heights-Westmount is part of Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario. This neighbourhood is located all around the picturesque Humber RiverValley. From the mature trees, to the enchanting creeks, this is a getaway from many of the city's neighbourhoods. La Rose Avenue is the main street of this neighbourhood, with many Eastern Europeans in the area. The housing type varies, however, for a great walking tour, the mansions of Yorkleigh Avenue and Westmount Park are a great place to start. La Rose plaza has many stores such as La Rose Bakery, La Rose Dollar Store, and Mel Rose Variety. La Rose Bakey is renown among residents to serve excellent European food. Most of the children of Humber Heights-Westmount go to either Westmount Public School or All Saints Catholic School.
Humber Valley Village- Etobicoke Homes
Edenbridge-Humber Valley is a neighbourhood located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is within the former City of Etobicoke and is a relatively affluent community. The boundaries, as defined by the City of Toronto are from Dundas Street on the south to Islington Avenue to the west,Eglinton Avenue to the north, and the Humber River in the east. The neighbourhood is in the political riding of Etobicoke Centre.
Islington-City Centre West (Six Points) Etobicoke Homes
Islington-Six Points, known officially as Islington-City Centre West, is a neighbourhood inToronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the historic central commercial neighbourhood of the former City of Etobicoke. It is bounded on the north by Rathburn Road, on the east by Kipling Avenue, Mimico Creek, and Islington Avenue, on the south by the Gardiner Expressway, and on the west by Etobicoke Creek and Highway 427.
The Kingsway, known officially as Kingsway South is a residential neighbourhood ofToronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the former City of Etobicoke, an area that became the west end of Toronto upon amalgamation in 1998. It is bounded by Bloor Street to the south, Dundas Street to the north, the Mimico Creek to the west and the Humber River to the east. While the area was first known as "Kingsway Park", popular usage drifted to "The Kingsway", that being the name of the main road which winds through the heart of the area. "The Kingsway" is also the name of the Business Improvement Association business district along Bloor Street.
For planning purposes the neighbourhood is known officially by the City of Toronto as "Kingsway South" to differentiate it from a more recent extension of The Kingsway north of Dundas Street. "Kingsway South" does not enjoy popular usage owing to confusion with the South Kingsway, a busy street located east of the Humber River and extending south from Bloor Street.
Long Branch - Etobicoke
Long Branch is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was formerly part of the City of Etobicoke, and prior to that was an independent municipality. It is located in the south-western corner of Toronto, bounded by Lake Ontario on the south, Etobicoke Creek to the west, the Canadian National railway to the north and Twenty-Third Street to the east.
Markland Wood Homes
Markland Wood is a residential neighbourhood located in Etobicoke, in the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is bounded by Etobicoke Creekto the west, Elmcrest Creek to the east and surrounded by the Markland Wood Golf Club. Markland Wood is the western most residential community in Toronto along Bloor Street West, which cuts Markland Wood into approximately 1/3 to the south and 2/3 to the north. Markland Wood is part of the Etobicoke Centre riding for federal and provincial governments and Ward 3 for the municipal council.
Mimico is a neighbourhood in the south-west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the south-east of the former City of Etobicoke and was for a time an independent municipality. Today its boundaries are the Gardiner Expressway to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, theMimico Creek to the East, Dwight Avenue (south of the railway) and Ourland Avenue (north of the railway) to the west. Mimico originally stretched north to what is now The Queensway but was cut off from this area with the building of the Queen Elizabeth Way (this section is now part of the Gardiner Expressway) and that area is now considered a part of the The Queensway-Humber Bay neighbourhood.
While primarily a 'bedroom' community, Mimico today has two commercial strips: along Royal York Road north of Mimico Avenue and along a straight stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard, parallel to the shoreline (from Fleeceline Road to Allen Avenue); there is also a former commercial strip along Mimico Avenue connecting Royal York Road and Lake Shore Boulevard. There are some areas of industrial use along the railway.
The name 'Mimico' is derived from the Mississauga word omiimiikaa meaning "abundant with Wild Pigeons" (c.f. 19th century Mississaugas omiimii, "pigeon")The 'pigeon' after which Mimico was named was the Passenger Pigeon thought to have been the most numerous species in the world at the time European colonisation began in North America, it is now extinct.
Mimico was subdivided from 3 main estates (former farms): Stock Estate (North of Portland), Hendry Estate (between Royal York and Queens Ave), Van Every Estate (between Royal York Rd and Dwight Ave)
Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown is part of the Rexdale neighbourhood in the northwestern area of Etobicoke, in the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Some new residents to Toronto and some new immigrants to Canada are attracted to this neighbourhood, mainly because there is a large amount of affordable public housing.
New Toronto is a neighbourhood near the southwest corner of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was formerly in the City of Etobicoke and was previously an independent municipality. It is roughly bounded by Lake Ontario to the south, Twenty-Third Street to the west, the Canadian National Railways mainline to the north, and Dwight Avenue to the east.
This neighbourhood is centred around the intersection of Islington Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West with a commercial strip running east-west along the latter street. Residential streets run north-south from north of Lake Shore Boulevard south to Lake Ontario except for the Colonel Sam Smith Park to the west which extends from Lake Shore to the Lake. To the north there has traditionally been a large industrial district although a number of industries have moved or closed in recent years.
Princess-Rosethorn is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the western area of Toronto that was formerly the City of Etobicoke. It's boundaries, as defined by the City of Toronto are Eglinton Avenue to the north, from Martin Grove to Islington, Islington from Eglinton south to Mimico Creek along the east. The western boundary is Martin Grove from Eglinton, south to Rathburn Road, south along Kipling, and the northern bank of Mimico Creek to Islington.This is a post-war developed residential area. Its main streets are Eglinton Avenue, a six-lane arterial road running east-west along the north of the neighbourhood. Residential subdivisions back onto Eglinton along this stretch. North-south are Martin Grove, Kipling and Islington Avenues, all four-lane arterial roads with detached homes on both sides. The density of the housing is very low, and road patterns are generally curved roads leading into cul-de-sacs to reduce traffic.
Rexdale - Etobicoke
Rexdale is a community located in the north-west corner of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Rexdale-Thistletown is now referred to most often as Rexdale, also known as Etobicoke North, North Etobicoke. Etobicoke was formerly the City of Etobicoke which merged with five other municipalities and a regional government to form the new "City of Toronto" in 1998. Rexdale was named after Rex Heslop and his wife Delma, the area's first residential real estate developers who built the original suburb north of Highway 401 and east of Islington Avenue. Rexdale now is bordered by Malton and Pearson International Airport in the City of Mississauga to the west, Central Etobicoke to the south, the former Town ofWoodbridge in the City of Vaughan to the north and the North York district of the City of Toronto to the east.
The boundaries for Rexdale are the Humber River to the east; beneath Highway 427 and Pearson International Airport, or approximatelyHighway 427 to the west; Steeles Avenue to the north and Highway 401 to the south.
Rexdale evolved into a suburb of Toronto starting in the late 1950s by Rex Heslop. While representing many ethnicities in the early days of its evolution from small towns, farmland and golf courses into an urban community, Rexdale started with a large English and Scottish population, as was the overall ethnic makeup of Toronto at that time. The population of Rexdale, according to the 2006 Census, is 94,469 living in 30,238 households. The population grows at a rate comparable to surrounding communities. Rexdale has a strong industrial base with its main employment sector being office employment.
Rexdale is home to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Humber College, University of Guelph-Humber, Woodbine Race Track and Casino, the Woodbine Centre and Albion Mall.
Willowridge-Martingrove-Richview is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the former city of Etobicoke. It is bounded on the west by Highway 401, Dixon Road, Kipling Avenue and The Westway along the north, Royal York Road on the east, and Eglinton Avenue West along the south. It encompasses the former post office of "Richview" which was merged into the then-borough of Etobicoke
The Queensway-Humber Bay, known officially as Stonegate-Queensway, is a neighbourhood in the south-west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the south-east of the former City of Etobicoke.
This neighbourhood originally centred on the intersection of Lake Shore Boulevard and The Queensway near the mouth of the Humber River, however that intersection disappeared with the building of the Queen Elizabeth Way. Today this neighbourhood is in fact two areas which overlap at the former intersection:
The Queensway (also called South Islington): formerly a northern extension of Mimico, it was cut off from that town by the building of the Queen Elizabeth Way (this section now part of the Gardiner Expressway). It extends north from the Gardiner Expressway south of Norseman street. There is residential in the centre-east with industrial land and new big box stores further to the west
Humber Bay (also called Sunnylea or Stonegate): formerly the 'Humber' postal village it originally referred to the area around the old intersection of what is now the Queensway and what is now Lake Shore Boulevard at the Humber River. It is now mostly to the north of The Queensway, a residential area with few bridges between the Mimico Creek and the Humber River from Lake Ontario north to Glenroy Avenue (south of Park Lawn cemetery). There is little commercial in this area except along portions of the Queensway and a small amount on Barry Rd.
Thistletown is a culturally diverse neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Thistletown is also a part of the Rexdale community in the northern part of Etobicoke. It consists of the area surrounding the intersection of Albion Road and Islington Avenue in the former City of Etobicoke. (Etobicoke merged with five other municipalities and a regional government to form the new "City of Toronto" in 1998.)
The borders of Thistletown are generally delineated by the Humber River: the West Branch to the south, slightly beyond the river to the east, and to the Thistletown Hospital just above the river in the north.
This area has seen many changes and many ethnic groups arrive and flourish. Presently the corners of Albion and Islington in Thistletown has a large presence of East Indian stores and services. They are joined by a variety of Caribbean/West Indian, Indian, Sri Lankan, and Pakistanistores. One landmark is the Franklin Carmichael Art Centre at 34 Riverdale Drive, made famous by the Group of Seven.
Thorncrest Village Homes
Thorncrest Village is a handful of tree-lined streets north of Rathburn Road, between Kipling and Islington avenues.
Designed by architect and town planner Eugene Faludi, the village was considered one of Toronto's first modern suburbs. Village residents own three parkettes and a park with a clubhouse, tennis courts, a swimming pool and a playground.Thorncrest Village consists of 208 homes, on lots ranging from 0.5 acres (2,000 m2) to 1-acre (4,000 m2).
West Humber-Clairville Homes
West Humber-Clairville is a neighbourhood within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The neighbourhood is comprised with part of Rexdale, West Humber Estates and other smaller neighbourhoods of north Etobicoke.The northwest area of West Humber-Clairville is mostly industrial/commercial. The rest of this neighbourhood is a mix of residential and commercial developments. The historical village of Claireville is located in the corner of Albion Road and Steeles Avenue. However, most of the remnants of this village is in disrepair and is used for industrial purposes.
Kingsview Village-The Westway is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the north end of the former city of Etobicoke, and is bounded on the north byHighway 401, on the east by the Humber River and St. Phillips Road, on the south by the Westway, and on the west by Kipling Avenue and Dixon Road. It is relatively close to Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, and TTC bus routes connect it to the rest of the city.This neighbourhood is home to a very diverse community that contains amongst others a sizeable Somalian population. From single family homes to high rises, this is a diverse neighbourhood in all aspects.
Willowridge-Martingrove-Richview is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the former city of Etobicoke. It is bounded on the west by Highway 401, Dixon Road, Kipling Avenue and The Westway along the north, Royal York Road on the east, and Eglinton Avenue West along the south. It encompasses the former post office of "Richview" which was merged into the then-borough of Etobicoke.