Covering just less than 48 sq miles in western Toronto, Etobicoke is a large district that offers urban amenities and lots of green space. More than 10 waterfront parks are open to the public in this vibrant community that's lined with charming residential streets. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and GO Transit connect the district with all other major parts of the city.

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Offering more than 1.1 million sq feet of retail space, Sherway Gardens is one of the premier shopping centers in Etobicoke. Built in the early 1970s, this indoor mall has more than 200 stores. Several big-box retailers and other large plazas also surround Sherway Gardens. Having more than 500,000 sq feet of retail space, the Cloverdale Mall is another popular shopping complex in the district. More than 100 stores are based at this venue that originally opened with an open-air design in the 1950s. This historic mall is located in the Islington-City Centre West neighborhood that's lined with office buildings, car dealerships, grocery stores and other major commercial establishments. Click to book your Toronto tours.


Situated on the eastern bank of Etobicoke Creek, Marie Curtis Park is an urban sanctuary that has hiking and biking trails. A small bridge connects this green space with the Lakeshore West Park on the western bank of the creek. Occupying several acres in the district's southern section, Len Ford Park and Long Branch Park offer great views of Lake Ontario. Situated on the campus of Humber College, Colonel Samuel Smith Park is an ideal setting for watching diverse species of migrating and local birds. This lakefront park extends into a peninsula with a quiet harbor that's used by a local yacht club. A rocky beach spans most of the park's eastern and southern tips. Several smaller neighborhood green spaces are located just east of Humber College, such as the Cliff Lumsdon and Rotary Peace parks. Humber Bay East Park is perhaps the most visited natural attraction in Etobicoke. This waterfront park is home to the Butterfly Garden and miles of trails. Boating and yachting facilities operate at the Humber Bay Park West. Both sections of the Humber Bay area offer clear views of Downtown Toronto. Lakefront promenades connect the district with Exhibition Place and the Harbourfront area. Located at Centennial Park, a beautiful conservatory displays seasonal plants. More than 12,000 sq feet of space is designated for blossoming flowers, trees and shrubs. This large park is also a great spot for viewing aircraft traffic at the neighboring Toronto Pearson International Airport. A scenic golf course with 18 holes is another major highlight at Centennial Park.

Visiting Etobicoke

The Lakeshore West Line runs through the southern section of Etobicoke. Operated by GO Transit, this commuter rail line stops at the neighborhood's Mimico and Long Branch stations. The LW route terminates at Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto. The Bloor-Danforth Line of the Toronto Transit Commission serves the Kipling and Islington stations in the district's main commercial center. Known as Line 2, this subway service leads directly to some of the city's top attractions. TTC streetcars and buses are also widely available throughout the community. Additionally, Toronto Pearson International Airport is located just outside of Etobicoke's official borders. Highway 427 carries traffic between Toronto's western limits and the airport. The Gardiner Expressway cuts through the southern tip of the district. This highway carries westbound traffic to Mississauga and Oakville. If you head eastbound on the Gardiner Expressway, you'll end up in downtown Toronto and Scarborough.
Published On: 2019-05-08
Updated On: 2019-05-08

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