Why Toronto’s best kept secret has something for everyone.

Humber Bay Bridge at sunset.

After living in Mimico for the last year after growing up in Toronto’s east end, I was skeptical to say the least. But now having lived in this thriving community, it is safe to say that I am a lifer. Nestled in southern Etobicoke along the shores of Lake Ontario just minutes from downtown, Mimico is one of Toronto’s best kept secrets and was even deemed the second best neighbourhood to live in by Toronto Life.

1) Be Surrounded By Nature

Known for its gorgeous walking trails, and some of the city’s finest parks in Humber Bay Shores living here in the summer is simply a dream. With what seems like endless waterfront trails, disconnecting from the hustle and bustle from the city and connecting with nature is so easy. Especially with working from home, having three waterfront parks to release with a lakeside jog or casual sunset stroll is an easy addition to your day. The biggest highlight is the farmers market that runs from May-October, so eating healthy and locally sourced is available all minutes away.

Humber Bay Shores is an urban oasis where city meets nature

2) Amazing Local Businesses

Boasting a lively waterfront community lined with fine dining, thriving businesses, there is something for everyone. From Mom and Pop establishments to bigger businesses there is sense of having everything. My personal favourite restaurant is La Vecchia Lakeshore on Marine Parade where the food is delicious and the patio overlooks the water. When I want to show off my neighbourhood, its my go to spot to dine with friends and family. La Vecchia’s new world take on Italian cuisine is simply to die for and their wine selection is superb if you’re a wino like me. That being said there are other great eats in the area such as the classic staples Eden Trattoria, Firkin On Bay, Krazy Roll, and not to mention the countless food trucks that line Marine Parade in the warmer seasons. I would be remiss if I failed to mention two of the most iconic establishments in the area, which are the Royal York Meat Market, Tom’s Dairy Freeze, and Sanremo Bakery where you can buy some of the freshest groceries and pastries in the city.

La Vecchia’s dining room with its gorgeous ambiance

3) Easy Access Commuting

The commute from Mimico is simple as it is easily accessible to multiple highways such as the QEW, 427, and the Gardiner. While most people move here for its convenience to downtown it shouldn’t be overlooked how quick of a drive it is from Mississauga and Halton Region. While there is an abundance of grocery stores in the area and great shops there is many big box stores such as Costco, Wal-Mart, etc a stone throw a way. Not to mention my favourite mall Sherway Gardens is seconds away. For those who are sans auto, getting downtown is a quick (and stunning) bike ride away, access to the King & Queen streetcars which run 24 hours, and the GO train from Mimico station will have you at Union station in 17 minutes.

4) Wide Variety Of Housing Options

Although the Humber Bay Shores’ iconic skyline has been the staple of what people have come to expect for the typical housing option for the area, there are many other options. Mimico boasts many gorgeous treelined trees that have beautiful houses, not to mention the amazing lakeside side sister-communities New Toronto and Long Branch. Home to some excellent schools and some stunning parks, its no wonder why so many young families are choosing to plant their roots here. Minutes from all the recreational needs and wants make this area a childhood dream.

A stunning house in Long Branch my client purchased

5) It’s A Dog’s World

As a dog dad to two French Bulldogs in a condo, I understand how important is to make sure my boys get the exercise they need. Humber Bay Park West’s large off-leash dog park, is a great way to burn Rover’s energy so there aren’t any late night zoomies. To say its a dog friendly neighbourhood is an understatement, it seems that everyone here owns at least one dog. Many of the condos even boast dog runs so you don’t even need to leave your building for your dog to have social interaction. Not to mention one of our neighbourhood dog stores Dog Park Bistro has been a great way to spoil our pups and get everything they need. If the sense of community with the residents isn’t enough, we are actually even apart of a Humber Bay Shores Frenchie meet-up group!

The boys knocked out after a few hours at the dog park

To conclude, there are way more than five reasons why I love calling this amazing community home. In sum, it is a diverse neighbourhood with a strong sense of community that always has a gorgeous sunset overlooking the beautiful Toronto skyline. After learning about Mimico/Humber Bay Shores, would you consider making this your next home? Let me know!

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