When its first industries were operating, New Toronto was promoted with an article in the October 25h, 1890 edition of the Toronto Globe newspaper, entitled 'Toronto's Growing Suburb - New Toronto - As it is and what it will be'. As an industrial centre, the neighbourhood of New Toronto was expected to give 'old' Toronto a run for its money in manufacturing output. New Toronto was amalgamated with the former township of Etobicoke, while it always retained its working-class reputation. The local industry is gradually being replaced with newer residential developments that are attracting homebuyers and giving it a new lease on life.
These people are drawn by New Toronto's untouched housing stock, relatively affordable prices and proximity to the waterfront. Here, you can find small detached homes with porches and tiny front lawns, small-frame and brick bungalows and modest two-storey examples that were built mainly between the 1910's and the 1950's and the larger family homes are found nearer to the lake. There is also a sprinkling of cottages from the area's previous life as a vacation spot. Sitting between the tenth and thirteen Avenues north of the Lakeshore, The Lakeshore Village is a subsidized housing development, and the complex features an artists co-op. Upcoming home developments can be found in the area north of Birmingham Road between Islington and Kipling Avenue and new home buyers would be wise to check this area first.
Being so near the lake affords New Toronto a variety of waterfront parks and facilities. Colonel Samuel Smith Park holds the first wetlands-wildlife restoration trail on the Great Lakes; it is home to a wide variety of fish and waterfowl as well as snakes, turtles and wildflowers. Colonel Samuel Smith also sports a new artificial ice rink that is a trail rather than a traditional hockey rink. It is in a figure-eight design that enables skaters to make their way through the picturesque landscape and is lit for night skating; the park is also home to the Lakeshore Yacht Club. The nearby Prince of Wales Park also has an ice rink, a wading pool and a children's playground. Rotary Peace Park boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a baseball diamond, two tennis courts and a playground; the New Toronto Lawn Blowing Club sits just next door and overlooks Lake Ontario.