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Long Branch, Ontario

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Long Branch is a former village that is now part of the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The area is bounded by Lake Ontario on the south, Etobicoke Creek to the west, the Canadian National railway to the north and Kipling Avenue to the east.

In 1967, the Village of Long Branch was amalgamated with the Township of Etobicoke and the villages of New Toronto and Mimico to form the Borough of Etobicoke. The Borough became the City of Etobicoke in 1984. In 1998, Etobicoke was merged with five other municipalities and the regional government to form the new "City of Toronto".

Prominent reeves of the village included Len Ford and Marie Curtis, (1953-1962).

In the late 19th and and early 20th century, Long Branch was a popular summer resort destination for Torontonians. The area was served by steamers that sailed from the foot of Bay Street. A popular summer resort, built in a pagoda style, was located at Long Branch Avenue and Lake Promenade, until it was destroyed by fire in the 1950s.

In 1954, more than 40 homes in Long Branch were demolished at the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek by Hurricane Hazel. To prevent any future floods from having similar disatrous results, houses from around the mouth of the creek were relocated, and the area turned into a park. In 1959, the park was named for Marie Curtis in recognition for her efforts to have it built.

Humber College Lakeshore is partly located in this neighbourhood.

See also: List of neighbourhoods in Toronto

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