Mimico Estuary

Humber Bay park offers many little surprises and corners, a true place of discovery. On a recent walk, the information clicked, Mimico Estuary, was there all along, just waited for me to connect the dots, stop, slow down and observe. Like so many other things, hiding in plain sight, the story and the view of one of our minor creeks.  Tucked in the middle of the park carrying the name of its larger cousin, the Humber,  Mimico slips quietly into the lake.

Mimico Estuary, February 2016
Mimico Estuary, February 2016

Humber Bay takes its name from the Humber River, main and likely one of the most significant rivers in the region. At the west side of Humber Bay, carefully designed and landscaped park provides shelter for boaters and wildlife, creating an oasis at the foot of Mimico Creek.

Mimico Estuary, February 2016
Mimico Estuary, February 2016

The creek flows through alternating scenery of Rexdale industrial zone, then quit subdivisions of the 1950s then to be bogged down and challenged with rapid development along Lakeshore Boulevard. Right before widening into the park with its boat launches, the creek navigates through the changing skyline of new Mimico neighbourhood. Factories and old shady motels, now almost completely replaced with residential towers and expansive condominium communities.

Mimico Creek, February 2016
Mimico Creek, February 2016

Less known and likely less developed parkland ravine, Mimico sits between Humber and Etobicoke, one of Toronto’s many ravines, creek-bed of varied landscape, inviting exploration and reflection. With Lakeshore dividing old and new development, the creek ends in a slow and wide flow of the estuary.

Etobicoke Estuary, February 2016
Etobicoke Estuary, February 2016

The estuary offers an oasis of peace and quiet, like entire Humber Bay West park. The creek divides park into East and West, Waterfront Trail crossing over a multi-use bridge. Unfortunately, the estuary itself is littered with natural debris and careless garbage. One hopes, however, that we would have learned the lesson by now and soon this creek too will find peace and feature nothing but morning gathering of people, birds and other coastal wildlife.

Mimico Estuary, February 2016
Mimico Estuary, February 2016

 

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