Fun free things to do in Etobicoke
Etobicoke is famous for many things besides being the home of infamous politicians Doug and Rob Ford. It’s almost as old as the City of Toronto itself, and was this close to being purchased by the British in 1787 as part of Toronto, but the deal fell through. No worries though, because just 201 short years later it joined Toronto and now makes up the western end of this mega-city.
Etobicoke luckily managed to escape the density of the inner city and now is home to many parks, cute neighbourhoods and large industrial lands and has the major advantage of easy commuting time to downtown Toronto. Unfortunately for prospective buyers, but luckily for those who currently own, houses for sale in Etobicoke keep going up in value and are now around $1.2 million, according to MLS listings in Toronto.
So what is there to do in this borough? Lots, as it turns out.
Zoocasa compiled a list of the top 5 fun free things to keep you busy in Etobicoke:
Check out the great outdoors
Etobicoke is home to many parks, trails and gardens. Check out the Humber Bay Shores and the Mimico Waterfront Park for amazing views, wetlands and some gentle exercise.
2. Watch the butterflies
The Humber Bay Shores park is home to an open-area butterfly habitat. So pretty! The conservators have planted butterfly-friendly plants, wind shelters, water access and hibernation access for everything these beautiful creatures need throughout their lifecycle.
3. Street art
Grab a coffee (or commit to no spending and bring a home brew along in a travel mug) and stroll along Dundas West between Islington and Kipling avenues to see 15,000 square feet of murals designed by local artists.
4. Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery
Who said culture costs? This large art gallery has been around for over 70 years and presents a wide range of curated art, both local and international. Best of all, it’s dedicated to remaining accessible and so it’s totally free. All visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the exhibits, which change monthly.
5. Workout on ice
The Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail is a free outdoor skating rink perfect for pick-up games of hockey, a first-date or just an excuse to get out of the house during winter.