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Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada - Church of St. Leo 277 Royal York Rd., Etobicoke, ONTARIO Established 1908 Source: Google maps

In 1998 it amalgamated with the cities of North York, Scarborough, York, and Toronto and the borough of East York to become the City of Toronto. Etobicoke was established in 1967 through amalgamation of the township of Etobicoke (incorporated 1851) and several surrounding municipalities. The name Etobicoke, derived from an Indian word meaning "place where the alders grow," was originally given to Etobicoke Creek.

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Church of St. Leo
277 Royal York Rd., Etobicoke, ONTARIO
Established 1908
Source: Google maps
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

Church of St. Leo
277 Royal York Rd., Etobicoke, ONTARIO
Established 1908
Source: Google maps

Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada


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1797 - Etobicoke - The first land patent was issued to Sergeant Patrick Mealey on March 18, 1797, for a plot on the west side of Royal York Road on Lake Ontario.
The census of 1805 counted 84 people in the township of Etobicoke.
Etobicoke - In 1806, William Cooper built a grist mill and saw mill on the west bank of the Humber river, just south of Dundas Street.
On May 18, 1846, the Albion Road Company was incorporated. Its purpose was to build and maintain a road to the north-west corner of Etobicoke, where a new community was planned
The township of Etobicoke was incorporated on January 1, 1850.
1869 - Etobicoke / Lambton
"Etobicoke- — (See Lambton Village.) — A Post office in the Township of York, County York. Money Order office."

"Lambton. — (Etobicoke P. O.) A Village in the Townships of York and Etobicoke County York, on the river Humber, 7 1/ 4 miles from Toronto, the County Town. Money Order office. Population 500."
The Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory: Containing Concise Descriptions of Cities, Towns and Villages in the Province, with the Names of Professional and Business Men and Principal Inhabitants, Together with a Full List of Members of the Executive Governments, Senators, Members of the Commons and Local Legislatures, and Officials of the Dominion, and a Large Amount of Other General, Varied and Useful Information, Carefully Compiled from the Most Recent and Authentic Data Henry McEvoy January 1, 1869 Robertson & Cook
ETOBICOKE, or LAMBTON, a post village in York co., Ont., 7½ miles from Toronto. Pop. 50.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
By 1881, the population of Etobicoke township was 2976.
1908 - Church of St. Leo established in Etobicoke
1924 - Church of St. Teresa established in Etobicoke
1938 - Church of Christ the King established at Etobicoke
In 1954, Etobicoke Township became a part of the newly formed regional government, the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto ("Metro").
2023 - Whether you're a local looking for something new to do or a visitor exploring the area, here's a list of places to go and things to do in Etobicoke:
Visit Centennial Park: This expansive park is a local favorite and offers a variety of activities. You can go for a leisurely stroll, have a picnic, play a round of golf, or even check out the Etobicoke Olympium, a multi-purpose sports facility with a pool.

Explore Colonel Samuel Smith Park: Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, this park is a haven for nature lovers. You can enjoy walking trails, birdwatching, and take in breathtaking views of the lake.

Shop at Sherway Gardens: This upscale shopping mall features a wide array of shops, including high-end fashion, home decor, and dining options. It's a great place for retail therapy.

Discover Humber Bay Shores: This waterfront community offers scenic walking and biking trails along Lake Ontario. It's an ideal spot for taking in beautiful sunsets and enjoying the outdoors.

Visit Montgomery's Inn: This historic site is a museum that showcases the history of Etobicoke. It's also a great place to learn about early Canadian... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

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female ancestorHannah WARRILOW (23 December 1841, Malton, Peel, Ontario, Canada - 10 June 1920, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)
male ancestorJonathan ACKROW (10 October 1845, Vaughan, York, Ontario, Canada - 14 February 1892, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)
female ancestorJane THOMAS (1851, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada - 4 March 1922, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)
male ancestorWilliam Charles TROWELL (23 October 1889, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada - 13 February 1972, Niagara Falls, New York, USA)
male ancestorHerbert Jonathan ACKROW (27 October 1891, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada - 1 November 1981, Weston, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
female ancestorCora Hazelwood SINCLAIR (25 October 1898, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada - 12 December 1986, Aliston, Ontario, Canada)
male ancestorWilliam Gordon SKEETER (18 January 1899, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada - , )
female ancestorMary Edith VINEAULT (VIENNEAU) (1907, Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada - 17 August 1984, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

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male ancestorJonathan ACKROW (10 October 1845 - 14 February 1892) and female ancestorJane THOMAS (1851 - 4 March 1922) married 14 June 1876
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