The neighbourhood of Humber Bay is a middle-income area found west of Mimico Creek on the east by the Humber River Valley. The topography of the area has been influenced by the natural boundaries of Mimico Creek and the Humber River Valley. Scenic rolling hills and many mature trees are prominent features in the Humber Bay community.
This neighbourhood is currently experiencing growth with the major redevelopment of the motel strip along Lake Shore Boulevard. The motel strip is set to become a luxury condominium community called Humber Bay Shores. Other notable landmarks in Humber Bay area include the Humber River Valley parkland, the Ontario Food Terminal, and the Humber Sewage Treatment Plant, which is discretely tucked away north of the Queensway next to the parkland.
Humber Bay is bounded with Lake Shore Boulevard to the south, Berry Road to the north, Mimico Creek to the west, and the Humber River to the east.
In 1888 the Humber Bay neighbourhood began to develop with the opening of the first schoolhouse. Located on High Street, the Humber Bay schoolhouse taught approximately 35 children in its first year. The Humber Bay School gradually expanded and became the focal point of the community hosting school concerts, sports activities, ratepayers meetings, and movies.
When the children who attended this school were not in class, they tended to their families market gardens. Humber Bay farmers grew mostly vegetables however there were also a few pear and apple orchards as well as the occasional strawberry and raspberry patch.
Thus leading to the first Farmers Market in Toronto being located in the Humber Bay community at the Queensway and Parklawn Road, where the Ontario Food Terminal is currently situated today. It was appropriate that the first Farmers Market for the Toronto area began in Humber Bay at Parklawn Road and the Queensway, where the Ontario Food Terminal is situated today.
By the 1920’s Humber Bay saw tremendous growth with the development of a cement block factory, a brick yard, a piggery, a couple of churches, library association, and a volunteer fire brigade. There was even an 18-hole golf course where the Humber Sewage Treatment Plant and South Humber Park can be found presently.
The old Humber Bay school was demolishes in 1986 to make room for a new housing development. Thus leading the area to loose an important part of its history. However, the spirit of the old schoolhouse lives on through the strong sense of community in this neighbourhood.