Where Is It?
Mimico is one of those great Toronto lakefront neighborhoods, perhaps overshadowed by Toronto’s Beach but just as funky and cool in its own way.
Once a municipality in its own right before it was swallowed up into Etobicoke, Mimico is the south end playground of the city.
Today it is defned as running from the Humber River, west to the railway lines at Kipling Ave. and then south to the main tracks and east as far as Dwight Avenue where it jogs south to Lake Ontario. The northern border runs along the Gardiner Expressway to the Humber River.
There are many condo developments coming into Mimico but there are still many single family homes. There’s good transit with a GO Transit stop at Mimico and the TTC 301 and 501 Streetcars run along Lakeshore to the Humber Loop. There is also the 145 bus.
For drivers, of course, there’s the Gardiner to go east, the Queen Elizabeth Way to go west and Highway 427 to go north to Highway 401 or Lester B. Pearson International Airport.
What Is It Like?
The name Mimico is derived from the Ojibwa word omiimiikaa meaning abundant with wild pigeons and in this case it was the Passenger pigeon. It was thought to have been the most numerous species in the world at the time European colonization began in North America and is now extinct.
The frst thing you might notice about Mimico are the parks. They are full of things to do, blading, cycling, jogging, walking even fying kites.
It’s an area rich with history. The roots date back to one of Etobicoke’s most prominent businessmen, William Gamble, who opened a sawmill on the west bank of Mimico Creek up from the lake, and a small settlement for the mill workers was built nearby.
Mimico grew steadily and started to boom after World War Two when many immigrants arrived from Europe. However Hurricane Hazel struck in 1954 causing extensive damage and many homes were torn down and three storey apartment blocks constructed.
Mimico has long been tipped to resurge again but it’s been slow. This is both good and bad. Bad, perhaps, because the area is in need of revitalization but good because properties are somewhat undervalued and the timing is good.
Just a few years ago Toronto Life managed to drag itself from extolling Rosedale and Lawrence Park to note that Mimico’s “small town feel in the big city” was worth exploring as a place to buy and live.
There’s a strong non-for-proft art community, Lakeshore Blvd has been transformed with new restaurants and stores which have washed away the rough-and-ready look which scared a lot of people off a decade or more ago. But that’s the way it is with emerging neighborhoods. You can’t expect to find your starter home at an affordable price in Rosedale. You have to consider areas which some might say are fringe but time it so you buy just as they are reinvigorated and bloom.
There’s always been a strong community spirit in Mimico. There’s an annual Lakeshore Community Festival and the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Christmas Parade and a Mimico Festival in August at Amos Waites Park followed by the highly visually entertaining kite fying contest at Humber Bay Park.
The city is working on a revitalization plan, called the Mimico 20/20 with the report tabled in 2013 and approved in 2015. It called Mimico a “hidden jewel on the Toronto waterfront.”
Today the population of Mimico is about 28,000 made up largely working adults (65%) with only nine per cent youths 15 to 24. and 11 per cent children under 14. Seniors made up 15 per cent of the population. Aside from English, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Italian and Portuguese are the most common languages.
There are some 10,000 apartments, 2,300 single family homes, with only 285 semi-detached homes and 920 row houses inventoried.
Mimico Montessori School – Located On Mimico Ave between Royal York Rd And Lakeshore Blvd W. Committed to providing an opportunity for each child to grow to his or her fullest potential in a warm and nurturing Montessori environment. Our children’s house program is designed to provide the highest standards in Montessori Education. Our programs are well-rounded and help foster each child’s development in leadership, responsibility, cooperation and initiative.
George R Gauld Junior School – George R. Gauld Junior School is located in the community of Mimico and opened in 1923. This JK to Grade 5 school has served many generations of the community. Being a smaller school has its advantages as our nurturing staff provide an excellent academic programme combined with a family-like atmosphere. A very co-operative relationship with the Early Adventures Daycare who share space in the school, provides a seamless day for the students involved.
John English Middle School – John English School is located on Mimico Avenue, east of Royal York Road. The original school, a one-room brick building, opened in 1884 and moved, after a series of renovations and rebuilding, into the former Mimico High School building in 1993. John English serves over 825 students representing many language groups. John English offers programs in English (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8), French Immersion (Senior Kindergarten-Grade 8) and Extended French (Grade 4 to 8).
Second Street Junior Middle School – Second Street Junior Middle School is located in the southwest corner of the Toronto District School Board, near Islington and Lake Shore Blvd. The original school was built in 1949, and a large two storey wheelchair accessible addition was built in 1996. Our staff, numbering near 40 (teachers, Educational Assistants and Special Needs Assistants), all work together to support our students. Second Street JMS has a daily Healthy Kids morning meal program.
Lakeshore Collegiate – Starting in grade 9, all students are welcomed to secondary school with an orientation program in August lead by our Leadership Students.
Unique to LCI, in addition to our broad academic curriculum, is an extensive technology program including courses in culinary arts, desktop publishing, cosmetology, electricity, transportation, construction, WoodLINKS (fne furniture), CyberARTS, graphic design, photography and video production.
Other Institutions in the area include:
Mimico Waterfront Park
Mimico Memorial Park
Amos Waites Park
Mimico Centennial Library
Mimico Arena Franklin Horner Community Centre
Wesley Mimico Church
Mimico Baptist Church
St Leo Christ Church
Mimico Cornerstone Christian Fellowship