Mimico is a neighbourhood that has a bit of everything, from industrial space to residential areas to commercial hubs. The neighbourhood was once a municipality, as well as a part of Etobicoke, before being incorporated into the city of Toronto. Condos and apartments are a more common housing type here than are single-family homes, which provides a slightly lower average housing price for the neighbourhood.
Mimico is located in the southwestern section of the city, along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. The neighbourhood extends from railway lines next to Wickman Road in the west to Lake Ontario in the east, and from the Gardiner Expressway in the north to Lake Ontario in the south. The western portion of the neighbourhood is more industrial, with many large commercial buildings housing manufacturing companies, warehouses, and other types of businesses. The eastern and southern sections offer more park space, restaurants and shops, and lake views.
Humber Bay Boat Adventures is a company that provides tours of the Toronto area and Humber River from Lake Ontario. Tourists can swim or snorkel once the boat has headed out onto the lake, and they can also enjoy the city skyline views while tour guides move the group from one place to the next. Lunch or dinner at a local restaurant is the perfect way to end the tour. Famous PEOPLE Players is a celebrity-themed black light puppet show that includes a fixed-price dinner. The puppeteers are all people with special needs, and the productions are aimed at people of all ages. The venue is popular for anniversaries, birthdays, and other special events, as well as for corporate holiday parties. Musical performances and puppetry combine to create a unique experience that is fun for the whole family. KUMF Gallery features works by Ukrainian artists and works to promote Ukrainian-Canadian culture through art. The gallery hosts numerous exhibits throughout the year and also has art classes for people of all ages. Various arts-related events, workshops, lectures, and presentations are also held at the venue.
Pockets of restaurants can be found throughout the neighbourhood and include a combination of chain restaurants and local ones. Egglicious Café and Grill on Kipling Avenue specializes in hearty breakfast fare, but also has a selection of lunch and dinner options such as burgers and pasta. Customers can enjoy meeting up with friends and family for a quick bite in the restaurant’s simple, clean location. LaVinia Restaurant on Lake Shore Boulevard W serves up Spanish cuisine, which includes a tapas menu perfect for sharing. The sunny, colourful atmosphere reflects the beautifully prepared dishes, and an extensive wine selection ensures the perfect beverage accompaniment. Also on Lake Shore Boulevard W, Birds & Beans Coffee focuses on eco-friendly coffee beverages, light fare, and delicious baked goods. Customers can choose to enjoy their beverages in the friendly interior, or out on the comfortable patio, which also has a butterfly-friendly garden.
Apartments are the most common housing type in Mimico, along with detached and semi-detached single-family homes and row houses. The average price for homes (detached, apartments, and condos) in the area is $592,000, which is lower than the average price for single-detached homes in Toronto overall ($730,472). The population of Mimico is 26,541, and this has been rising slightly for the past 15 years. Families make up 28% of the population here, 21% are couples, and 51% are single. The average annual income is $69,464, which is similar to the average annual income in the city as a whole, and 73% of residents are university or college educated.
As part of the city of Toronto, Mimico can be affected by local traffic and industry air pollution sources. Noise issues are common near major roadways and busy commercial sections.
Mimico’s crime rate is lower than those of nearby neighbourhoods. The most common types of crime in the area are breaking and entering (commercial and residential) and assault.
Schools in Mimico include John English Junior Middle School, George R. Gauld Junior School, David Hornell Junior School, St. Leo, and The Mildenhall School. Additional schooling options are available in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Residents must look outside of the neighbourhood for post-secondary options such as Humber College, Toronto Police College, Canadian Institute of Floral Design, and The Canadian Academy of Dental Health & Community Sciences.
Toronto Transit Commission routes running through the neighbourhood include routes 15, 44, 66, 66A, 66B, 76, 76A, 76B, 80, 110, 110AB, 110C, 145, 145A, 145B, 188, and 501. GO Transit routes also operate in the neighbourhood, and the 2 – Bloor-Danforth subway line runs just north of Mimico. Bus routes and subway lines running through the neighbourhood provide access to other areas of Toronto, as well as surrounding communities.
Parks in Mimico include Hillside Park, with a playground, greenspace, and treed areas; Stanley Avenue Park, which has a playground, treed areas, and greenspace; Alan-Oxford Parkette, featuring a playground, greenspace, a short walking path, and treed areas; Queens Avenue Parkette, with a playground, treed areas, and greenspace; Vimy Ridge Parkette, which has a short walking path, a playground, and treed areas; Manchester Park, featuring a playground, outdoor tennis courts, walking paths, soccer fields, and drinking fountains; Alexander Park, with a playground and treed areas; Flora Voisey Park, which has a short walking path, a playground, and greenspace; Mimico Waterfront Park, with a waterfront trail, boardwalks, a small bay, a playground, and drinking fountains; and Mimico Memorial Park, featuring a ball diamond, a wading pool, a playground, outdoor tennis courts, and a clubhouse.
Ourland Community Centre offers a gymnasium and two outdoor bocce courts. The centre has programming for people of all ages, but many programs focus on seniors. Children’s day camps are available, which include activities, special events, and field trips. The Mimico Arena has an indoor rink, indoor dry pad, and a lounge area. Hockey and ice skating lessons are available at the arena, and there are also public skate times. CJ’s Skatepark is a non-profit skateboard park that is accessible for children and youth of all ages. Various lessons and programs are available at the park, as well as camps for kids over 5 years of age.