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Etobicoke Overview

Overview of Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

The city of Etobicoke is located in southern Ontario, Canada. Etobicoke has a population of roughly 350,000, and makes up the western portion of the city of Toronto. Etobicoke is bordered to the south by Lake Ontario, by the Humber River to the east, by Mississauga to the west and by the city of Vaughan to the north. The Etobicoke municipality was amalgamated in 1998 into the Greater Toronto Area, along with York, East York, North York, Scarborough and ‘old’ Toronto. Etobicoke boasts a highly multicultural population, extensive parkland, many tourist attractions, an extensive history and a flourishing economy.

History of Etobicoke, Ontario

The area of modern Etobicoke, Ontario, was first visited by Europeans in 1615 by French explorer Étienne Brûlé. The name “Etobicoke” is based on the First Nations Mississauga word that means “place where the wild/black alders grow”, which was adopted as the official name in 1796. Etobicoke was made a township in 1850, and incorporated as a city in 1984. In 1953, the township joined the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, and in 1998 merged with the Metropolitan Toronto Government to form the fully amalgamated City of Toronto.

Etobicoke's Demographics

The city of Etobicoke, Ontario has a population of roughly 350,000. As of 2001, Etobicoke had the highest 65+ population in Ontario at 19%, an immigrant population of 42% and an Italian population of 10%.

Etobicoke's Climate

Etobicoke, Ontario, has a highly variable climate, an average annual precipitation of 760 millimetres and an average yearly snowfall of roughly 115 centimetres. The typical January maximum temperature is -2 °C, the average July maximum temperature is 27°C, and the city’s autumns usually have cool nights followed by pleasant temperatures during the day.

Education in Etobicoke, Ontario

The Toronto District School Board oversees the public elementary and secondary schools in the City of Etobicoke. Etobicoke, Ontario, also has specialist secondary schools: The Etobicoke School of the Arts and the Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy. Catholic high schools in the city include St. Joseph High School, Bishop Allen High School, Father John Redmond High School, Father Henry Carr High School and Don Bosco High School. Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber, both successful post-secondary education institutions, are also located in Etobicoke.


Transportation around Etobicoke, Ontario

Ontario’s Etobicoke has many easily accessible transportation opportunities, including nearby Pearson International Airport, many subway, bus and streetcar stops, and numerous taxi services. In addition, Highway 427 runs through the centre of the city, and Highway 401 and Dundas Street West lie near Etobicoke’s edges.


Tourism and Attractions of Etobicoke

The tourist attractions of Etobicoke, Ontario, include the Woodbine Centre and Fantasy fair, the Woodbine Race Track and Slots, and the Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre. In addition, Etobicoke is home to many public parks, including the James Gardens which is located on the Humber River and boasts many streams, waterfalls and walkways.


Geography of Etobicoke, Ontario

The city of Etobicoke, Ontario, is located in the western region of the City of Toronto. Etobicoke is bounded by Vaughan to the north, Mississauga to the west, the Humber River to the east and Lake Ontario to the south. Etobicoke is made up of numerous smaller communities, including Alderwood, Eatonville, Eringate, Islington, The Kingsway, Long Branch, The Queensway, Thistletown and Clairville.

Etobicoke's Government

In 1998, the municipal government of the city of Etobicoke was amalgamated along with five other regions to create a fully amalgamated city of Toronto, with David Miller as the present mayor.

Etobicoke's Economy and Industry

Etobicoke, Ontario is home to a booming economy, led by manufacturing, the retail trade and the service sector. Etobicoke has an employment rate of 5.9% and a high average family income of $93,277.

Etobicoke's Culture and Significant Events

Ontario’s Etobicoke has a highly ethnically diverse population and many local cultural events. In addition, the city is home to many celebrities, including Mike Bullard, Daniel DeSanto, Brendan Shanahan, Catherine O’Hara, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations Allan Rock, social activist June Callwood, actor Keanu Reeves, Mark Napier, the Hip-Hop group Ghetto Concept and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Toronto home.

Sports in Etobicoke, Ontario

The city of Etobicoke, Ontario has many local sports clubs and leagues. For professional sports teams, Etobicoke’s residents are fans of Toronto’s sports teams, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Media of Etobicoke

The city of Etobicoke, Ontario, has a popular local newspaper publication entitled The Etobicoke Guardian. The Guardian, as it is popularly known, provides the residents of Etobicoke with information concerning local news and culture.


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