Mimico Creek

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Mimico Creek
Mimico Creek from Bloor.jpg
Mimico Creek as it flows through Etobicoke, south of Bloor Street
Mimico Creek is located in Toronto
Mimico Creek
Location of the mouth of the creek in Toronto
Location
CountryCanada
ProvinceOntario
RegionGreater Toronto Area
MunicipalitiesToronto, Mississauga, Brampton
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationBrampton
 - coordinates43°44′26″N 79°44′06″W / 43.74056°N 79.73500°W / 43.74056; -79.73500
 - elevation228 m (748 ft)
MouthLake Ontario
 - location
Toronto
 - coordinates
43°37′19″N 79°28′54″W / 43.62194°N 79.48167°W / 43.62194; -79.48167Coordinates: 43°37′19″N 79°28′54″W / 43.62194°N 79.48167°W / 43.62194; -79.48167
 - elevation
74 m (243 ft)
Length33 km (21 mi)
Basin size77 km2 (30 sq mi)

Mimico Creek is a stream that flows through Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada.[1] It is 33 kilometres (21 mi) long, is in the Great Lakes Basin, and is a tributary of Lake Ontario.

The creek's name is derived from the community of Mimico, which is from the Ojibwe word omiimiikaa meaning "abundant with wild pigeons" (c.f. 19th century Mississaugas omiimii, "pigeon").[2] Previous names included River Mimicoke and Mimicoke Creek.[citation needed]

Course[edit]

The confluence of Bonar Creek and Mimico Creek, in the marsh where Mimico Creek emptied into Lake Ontario.

The watershed of 77 square kilometres (30 sq mi)[3] lies between the Humber River to the east and Etobicoke Creek to the west.[4]

The creek begins in Brampton, and flows through the community of Malton (now part of Mississauga); it continues southeast, past Toronto Pearson International Airport; and through a shallow valley surrounded by the urban neighbourhoods of Islington and Mimico. The creek is often encased in a concrete spillway to contain the fast flowing water that occurs during rainstorms. Mimico Creek crosses Bloor Street near the Islington Subway Station, and empties into Lake Ontario about 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) west of the mouth of the Humber River.[4]

Originally the creek had dozens of small tributary streams, the largest of which was Bonar Creek, that joined Mimico Creek near its mouth. Most of the tributaries were less than one kilometer long.[5][6][7]

Recreation[edit]

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Humber Bay Park was constructed at the mouth of Mimico Creek. The park consists of two headlands, built using landfill from local construction projects that flank the mouth. As a result, Mimico Creek is sometimes mistaken for the Humber River.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mimico Creek". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  2. ^ Freelang Ojibwe Dictionary
  3. ^ a b "Etobicoke & Mimico Creeks Watersheds Features". Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Etobicoke & Mimico Creeks Watersheds". Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Etobicoke and Mimico Creeks Watersheds Technical Update Report". Toronto Regional Conservation Authority.
  6. ^ "Lost Creeks of South Etobicoke: Bonar Creek". Lost Creeks of South Etobicoke.
  7. ^ "Bonar Creek Stormwater Management Facility and Legion Road Extension Municipal Class Environmental Assessment". City of Toronto. July 26, 2010. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2012.