Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront

Updated: Apr. 9, 2014

What’s New

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Humber Bay Shores Trail Improvements Consultation

Sam Smith Nature Programs Fill Up Fast

Billy Bishop Airport Expansion

Col. Sam Smith Park Cleanup - April 27

WANTED: volunteers for the Bird Festival



Welcome to ccfew.org!

Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront (CCFEW) has been around since 1989, but this website was launched in October 2005 to improve communications with our members and other members of the community. Back in 1989, Etobicoke was a city. Now it's the south west portion of the City of Toronto. We haven't changed our name though. It's already long enough! (We pronounce it “see few” to avoid tongue sprains.)

CCFEW was founded to fight development proposals in the former Mimico “Motel Strip”. We spearheaded the fight to secure public access to this section of waterfront. This resulted in reduced condominium densities, and the creation of Humber Bay Shores Park.


Arctic Visitor

Snowy Owls visit southern Ontario every winter. Their numbers vary considerably from year to year, but the Etobicoke waterfront is one of the best places to find them in Toronto. This one was in Colonel Samuel Smith Park, but Humber Bay parks and the Mimico Linear Park are good places to find them as well. They are often found on the ice, or low perches like docks or shoreline rocks.

Our Objectives: 

  1. To promote a healthy waterfront environment through preservation, rehabilitation and education.
  2. To seek maximum parkland through the preservation of existing parkland on Etobicoke's waterfront, and the acquisition of additional waterfront lands for park purposes.
  3. To promote meaningful citizen involvement in decisions affecting the environment.
  4. To seek to ensure that any development or redevelopment is compatible with its surroundings in scope and scale.

While the specific threats and challenges change with time, these founding objectives remain relevant today. Residential redevelopment continues to be an area of concern with increasing pressure for high density developments along the lakeshore.

We continue to be actively involved with the TRCA in the creation of new parks and in the improvement & maintenance of existing ones.

In order to see the benefit of protecting our natural heritage, we need to understand it. Our most significant activity in this area is our “Bird Walks”. We typically organize 10 guided walks per year in waterfront parks. These are nature walks with, as the name suggests, a primary focus on birds.


The historic Middle Road bridge is hidden away in the Etobicoke Creek valley. It will be much easier to get to by this time next year when the Etobicoke Creek trail is extended north under the QEW to Sherway Drive.

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