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Use the interactive map above to explore all the different neighbourhoods covered by Central Etobicoke Neighbourhood Watch.

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About Central Etobicoke


Etobicoke is generally divided into three large areas that roughly correspond to the three political ridings — South Etobicoke (The Lakeshore), Central Etobicoke (Etobicoke Centre) and North Etobicoke. Each consists of neighbourhoods, mostly developments of 19th-century “postal villages” (or rural neighbourhoods), that were built at important points along the early roads and railways — especially the three former “Lakeshore Municipalities” that separated from Etobicoke in the early 20th century and Etobicoke’s central Islington community.

The oldest communities in Central Etobicoke developed along the first street, Dundas Street, in the south of this area, which crosses the width of Etobicoke on the escarpment formed by the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquois. This area centres around the Islington community, the former administrative centre of Etobicoke and later Etobicoke’s “downtown” which is near the central “Six Points” intersection at its western boundary. Development of the until-then largely undeveloped eastern part of central Etobicoke (originally a forest reserved for the use of government mills as “The King’s Mill Reserve” or “Kingsmill”), the “Humber Valley”, was largely the work of Robert Home Smith starting about 1900 and including the communities of The Kingsway and Edenbridge. As Etobicoke developed in the post-war years, low-density residential areas filled in most of the rural areas between the old communities including Princess - Rosethorn and Eringate - Centennial - West Deane as well as the older Eatonville community to the west of Islington. Central Etobicoke includes some of Etobicoke’s most exclusive neighbourhoods and many large treed properties.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etobicoke


Edenbridge - Humber Valley


Edenbridge - Humber Valley can be further broken down into smaller communities. The triangular quadrant north of Dundas from Islington to Royal York, but south of Reigate is known as Chestnut Hills. The area surrounding Edenbridge, on the west side of Royal York is known as Lincoln Woods. Finally, the northern corner of Islington and Eglinton is sometimes referred to as The Greens of St. George’s. Sometimes streets in the neighbourhood become their own little community as well, for example people tend to connect to names like Valecrest, North Drive, Chestnut Hills, all of which are streets in this neighbourhood.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humber_Valley_Village


Islington - City Centre West


Islington centres on a commercial strip along Dundas Street West (originally The Governor’s Road, the first highway connecting Toronto to London, Ontario) which runs along an escarpment (the Lake Iroquois Shoreline, ancient shore of Lake Iroquois) across the width of Etobicoke. To the west where Kipling Avenue crosses Dundas Street West (and Bloor Street West) is the Six Points intersection, the central point in Etobicoke’s grid. To the east, Dundas Street crosses the Mimico Creek. The original community called Mimico grew west of Montgomery’s Inn, which was built in 1832 at Dundas Street West and Islington Avenue (beside the Mimico Creek) to serve travellers coming or going from Toronto to western Ontario along Dundas Street. Unlike the better-known Montgomery’s Tavern in Toronto, Montgomery’s Inn was used by soldiers remaining loyal to the government during the 1837 rebellion. Etobicoke was officially incorporated as a township in 1850, first using Montgomery’s Inn for its meetings until the nearby original Methodist Church was purchased.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islington-City_Centre_West


Kingsway South


While this 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. The Kingsway is one of the most affluent areas in Toronto and homes are characterized by large stone mansions of English style. For planning purposes the neighbourhood is known officially 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.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kingsway


Princess - Rosethorn


Princess-Rosethorn is a post-war developed residential area. The density of the housing is very low, and road patterns are generally curved roads leading into cul-de-sacs to reduce traffic. Largely built along an extension of The Kingsway north of Dundas Street, this area developed in a radically different manner than “The Kingsway” neighbourhood to the south. Like “The Kingsway” neighbourhood to the south, many streets in Princess-Rosethorn carry “royal” names — The Kingsway, Prince George Drive, Princess Margaret Boulevard, Princess Anne Crescent.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Gardens


West Deane Park


West Deane Park (part of the larger community of Eringate - Centennial - West Dean) was farmland before the land was bought in the 1930s by construction magnate Percy Law. On the land, Law raised cattle and racehorses, kept a storage depot for construction equipment and built a Colonial Revival style home. In the 1960s the land was sold to developer, Edmund Peachey, who built much of the development. Peachey named the area West Deane Park after his wife, whose first name was Deane. Today the area is populated with a variety of income levels, backgrounds and housing types.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eringate_-_Centennial_-_West_Deane