Etobicoke Information about the community

Here are some basic facts about Etobicoke:


Etobicoke is strategically located in the centre of Canada's major consumer and industrial market, the "Golden Horseshoe" of Ontario. It sits on the western edge of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), only 90 minutes from the U.S. border. Specifically, Etobicoke is situated at a latitude of 43 36' north and a longitude of 79 39' west, 173 metres (570') above sea level. We are in Eastern standard time, the same as Toronto and New York, and 6 hours earlier than western Europe. Etobicoke area: 48 square miles (124 km2).


The name "Etobicoke" is believed to mean "place where the black/wild alders grow," derived from the Mississauga word wadoopikaang (pronounced "wah-do-be-kang"), which described the area between the Etobicoke Creek and the Humber River. which was the original boundary of Toronto, when the land was purchased from the Indians. The first provincial land surveyor called the area "ato-be-coake".


Formed in 1967, when Etobicoke was merged with Long Branch, New Toronto and Mimico, to become a borough in Metropolitan Toronto, and in 1984 was incorporated as a city. In 1998, six municiplaities merged to form an amalgamated City of Toronto. Etobicoke had a population of 341,000 residents (2006 census) and is nestled between the Humber River and Etobicoke Creek and is the gateway to Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Ontario is the most populous of Canada's provinces, and was one of the original provinces in Canada's Confederation in 1867. Ontario has 11 million residents in its 1,100,000 square kilometres (413,000 sq miles). Etobicoke just west of the boundary of the province's capital city, Toronto.


Approximately half the city's 18,000 businesses are in the manufacturing, product distribution or corporate sectors. Etobicoke ranks as the fourth largest head office centre in the country. The strongest business sectors in Etobicoke are pharmaceuticals, electronics, computer, chemical and transportation (automotive) parts and equipment.


The region's proximity to Lake Ontario has a moderating effect on the climate in the area. The area is the convergence of two weather patterns, one from the southwest bringing warm humid air (all the way from the Gulf of Mexico, actually) and from the northwest brings drier Arctic air. In the summer the area has high humidity levels with temperatures occassionally soaring above 30C, and in the winter Etobicoke is colder and cloudier but with relatively light snows. The stabilizing effect of the Great Lakes means that Falls stay frost-free longer and the Spring comes later. Easterly winds off the open waters of Lake Ontario may add substantially to local snowfall however the prevailing winds are from the southwest. The average date for a late frost is May 3rd, and the first autumn frost occurs about the 15th day of October.

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An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:

Metric-Imperial temperature conversion chart

Etobicoke a total of 700 millimetres (28 inches) of precipitation per year,and 200cm (78 inches) of snow.


Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will be 50% higher the GST & tax), with 20% (about double the GST & tax) for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.