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The History of Long Branch

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Construction is now underway at Minto Southshore, our townhome development located in the heart of the Village of Long Branch, a waterfront community bordered by Lake Ontario to the south and a rail line to the north. Long Branch was once a summer destination and a quiet village centered on Lakeshore Boulevard, and a lot has changed in the area over the years.

Before Long Branch became a village, it was home to one of the earliest settlers in Etobicoke, Loyalist Colonel Sam Smith who settled in the area in 1797. It was eventually turned into a resort and named after the summer resort in New Jersey: Long Branch. The area quickly became a cottage country community, and in the late 19th century, thousands of visitors came by steamship or railway to spend their summers at the resort and surrounding cottages.

Over the years, Long Branch has seen it’s fair share of redevelopment, and the arrival of the streetcar greatly transformed the community. By 1923, streetcar service was extended to Long Branch, while the Lakeshore carline and Long Branch loop were both opened on December 8, 1928. With the much improved access to the community, many of the summer cottages became permanent, year-round homes.


In 1930, Long Branch was incorporated as a Village after the other Lake Shore municipalities Mimico and New Toronto were incorporated as Towns.  And in 1967, the Borough of Etobicoke was founded, amalgamating Mimico, Long Branch, New Toronto and the Township of Etobicoke.


Over the years, Long Branch has become more and more developed, though the neighbourhood still has a cottage-esque feel to it, which makes it a perfect location for Minto Southshore.

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The ample outdoor space at Southshore pays homage to Long Branch’s history and the nearby lake adds to the tranquil atmosphere. It’s the perfect way to be near the city and still enjoy a cottage-like lifestyle, with lush scenery and the lake minutes away!



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