The name 'Mimico' comes the First Nations People's word: 'omiimiikaa' which means 'where wild pigeons are abundant' and shortly after arriving in the area, Elizabeth Simcoe, wife of Upper Canada's first governor and Toronto's founder, took note of the great number of the now-extinct passenger pigeon. It began its development in the late 19th century as a place mostly used for the summer homes of Toronto's affluent. Some of these grand estates are still intact but most were lost to post-WWII development. The community became more or less 'year-round' in 1906 when the Mimico Yard was opened by the Grand Trunk Railway. An inevitable building boom began as houses for the railway workers were provided. Mimico was incorporated as a town in 1917 and retained that status until 1967 when it was amalgamated with the Township of Etobicoke, which soon became part of the greater City or Toronto.
Aside from the original Mimico lakeside estates, most houses are smaller bungalows on longer-lawned and deep lots that were built in the 20's and 40's and lower-rise apartment buildings built in the 1950's and 1960's. East of Mimico there is a patch of condominium towers and developments like iloft and California Condos along the lakeshore. Mimico's proximity to the lake gives it a lovely laid-back feel and one can easily forget that it's still on the Queen streetcar line and a quick ride from the heart of Toronto.
Mimico is the gateway to Toronto's west-end waterfront districts and the community is known for picturesque lakefront parks and recreation facilities. The neighbourhood holds a number of festivals during the year that attracts residents eager to show their community spirit. These include the annual Lakeshore Community Festival and the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Christmas Parade. Each August, in Amos Waites Park, there is also the Mimico Festival which is followed by a kite-fliying festival the next day at Humber Bay Park. Soon to be completed in 2012, the Mimico Waterfront Park along the shore of Lake Ontario will connect the community to the water where historically, public access has been lacking. The park will have a boardwalk, a separate trail for cycling and in-line skating along with small areas of wetland landscape.
Mimico has three public schools: David Hornell, George P. Gauld and John English. Lakeshore Collegiate is a public high school and St. Leo is a catholic high school. Once a seasonal community for the upper-crust of Toronto society, the community is now a true year-round neighbourhood with an advantageous access to the lake. It would seem that one can have both sides in Mimico, the picturesque calm of a house by the waterfront, while you can stay connected to the city just a quick street-car ride away.