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Parking It: Discovering Mimico Waterfront Park

Jul 15, 2016

The Mimico Waterfront Park gazebo overlooks Lake Ontario against a backdrop of boats.

The Mimico Waterfront Park gazebo overlooks Lake Ontario against a backdrop of boats. 

Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks.
 

By Tennille Dowers 

Mimico Waterfront Park has become a hub for recreational activities in Etobicoke’s Mimico neighbourhood. 

Walking, running, cycling, skating, fly fishing and sailing are all activities you’re likely to see while making your way along the park’s 1.1 kilometre stretch of multi-use trail. This trail is just a portion of the wider Waterfront Trail that runs along Toronto’s lakefront.

Much more than its Instagram-able cobble beach views, Mimico Waterfront Park is designed to sustain local biodiversity.
 
A view from the multi-use trail running throughout Mimico Waterfront Park.

A view from the multi-use trail running throughout Mimico Waterfront Park. (Image by @jaudatrahmani from Instagram)


A swan perches on a rock in the bay.

A swan perches on a rock in the bay. (Image by @amandablake9 on Instagram)

Previously, this area was not publicly accessible. When Mimico Waterfront Park was opened in 2012, it provided the missing link in the city’s Waterfront Trail and created a new connection to the historic Mimico neighbourhood. 

While discovering Mimico Waterfront Park, be sure to venture along the trail, cobble beach and cantilevered boardwalks. There are also spots to relax at the sheltered gazebo or along one of the embayments.


Boats edge the Mimico Waterfront Park waters.

Boats edge the Mimico Waterfront Park waters. (Image by @christine.wolfl on Instagram)

Wondering how to get there? Walk south along Superior Avenue from Lake Shore Boulevard or follow the Waterfront Trail that connects Humber Bay Park West, Norris Crescent Parkette and Amos Waites Park.

Park goers climb across the rocky shores of Lake Ontario at Mimico Waterfront Park.

Park goers climb across the rocky shores of Lake Ontario at Mimico Waterfront Park. (Image by @project.adventuree on Instagram)

Quick Mimico Waterfront Park Facts:

Barrier-free access to trails and other amenities, including: 

  • 1.1-kilometre multi-use trail that connects to the Waterfront Trail

    • 250-metre cantilevered boardwalk 
    • Playground
    • Gazebo
    • Three cobble beaches 
    • Sheltered embayment for birding and animal watching
    • Sand dune 
    • Boating
    • Fishing  
  • Mimico Waterfront Park was created by Toronto and Region Conservations Authority in partnership with Waterfront Toronto
  • Waterfront Toronto funded the $18 million development of Mimico Waterfront Park
  • Public transit access with nearby route stops by the 76 and 110 TTC bus and the 501 streetcar 

We’re working to connect Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. Learn more about our vision for Toronto’s parks and public spaces.

post contributor

  • Tennille Dowers

    Tennille Dowers is a social media and online content intern at Waterfront Toronto.