Etobicoke is a district of the city of Toronto. The population of the city is about 360,000. The population of the city is very diverse, including people all over the world.
As a European settlement, Etobicoke started its history in the 1790s and received the city status in the 20th century.
The name "Etobicoke" is believed to mean "place where the black/wild alders grow," derived from the Mississauga word wadoopikaang.
Etobicoke is mostly suburban in development, with a lower population density than central Toronto, wider main streets and more shopping malls. The city is strategically located in the middle of Canada's major consumer and industrial market, the "Golden Horseshoe". About half of the city's 20,000 businesses are in the manufacturing, product distribution or corporate sectors. Etobicoke is the fourth biggest head office centre in Canada. The largest business segments in Etobicoke are pharmaceuticals, computer, electronics, chemical and transportation parts and equipment.
The climate in the region is moderate. The average summer temperature is about 20 °C (68 °F), and the average winter temperature is about -4 °C (24,8 °F).
Etobicoke is generally divided into three large areas: The Lakeshore, Central Etobicoke and North Etobicoke. Each consists of neighbourhoods, which were rural villages in 19th century. The villages were built at major points along the old roads and railways.
The central and northern parts of Etobicoke are motly middle class and contain many high-density living complexes built in the middle of large, open fields and parks. The central/southern areas of Etobicoke, such as Markland Wood, The Kingsway, New Toronto, Mimico and Long Branch, formed with sizable green areas, numerous parks, and main street shopping areas.
There are 10 elementary schools, 16 secondary educational facilities and 2 post-secondary institutions (University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College) in Etobicoke.
Etobicoke has many indoor and outdoor sporting leagues and several sports clubs: the Etobicoke Kangaroos Australian rules football club, the Serbian White Eagles FC club, Toronto Croatia and Toronto Patriots. There are numerous public parks in the district.
Etobicoke has a lot of interesting places to visit:
• Heritage Antique Market.
• Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame.
• Centennial Park Conservatory.
• James Gardens.
• Canadian Toy Collectors Society Toy Show.
Interesting facts about :
• The Toronto Maple Leafs practice in south Etobicoke.
• The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra first played in 1960s.
• Major part of the Etobicoke Archive can be accessed online.
Etobicoke can offer some good restaurants, for example: LaVinia Restaurant, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, New Orleans Seafood & Steakhouse, Luci Restaurant, Sushi-Ya Japanese, Xawaash, Prince