A lesser-known fact about Mimico, is that ‘Mimico’ is derived from the Ojibwe word ‘omiimiikaa’ meaning “abundant with wild pigeons”. (But we wouldn’t call that this neighbourhood’s best-kept secret!) Serving as the gateway to Toronto’s west-end lakefront communities, Mimico offers scenic lakefront views, parks by the water, and a slower pace than you’ll find at the core of Toronto’s central downtown communities.
Although Mimico has small-town charm it is by no means a small town. Easily accessed, via The Queensway, Mimico is just a 10 – 15-minute drive from King street west and is actually a part of the city of Toronto. Home to many creatives, artists, and innovators, Mimico residents are within walking distance to stunning views of the water, lakefront breezes, and abundant shared green space – qualities that are rare to city-living. There is also a palpable sense of community found in the support shown for local businesses and artists. Popular community events include the Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival – Mimico’s own film festival – and Through the Eyes of the Artist – a juried art exhibition featuring 40 new artists each year.
If art isn’t ‘your thing’ there are still no shortage of activities to participate in within the Mimico community. A quick drive, or walk, away and you’ll be at the Mimico Tennis Club, Mimico Cruising Club, or Etobicoke Yacht Club. Each club boasts incredible views, gorgeous clubhouses, dining facilities, immaculate grounds, and a bustling social scene. Ever wanted to own a boat, but don’t have a cottage? Well, live in Mimico and you’ll be a yachtsman (or ‘yachstwoman’) before you know it!
Residents of the Mimico community have everything at their fingertips – abundant natural beauty, the pleasures of city living – bakeries, cafes, restaurants, pubs, pharmacies, spas, and yoga studios – while avoiding the often hectic speeds, and expectations, of central Toronto. And, as with all cities there are some pigeons, but don’t worry, they’re just passing-by.