Long Branch is the most westerly Toronto beach community, snuggled along Lake Shore Blvd west of Humber College's Lakeshore Campus. The community dates back to 1797 when Colonel Samuel Smith retired from the Queen's Ranges to settle here. His family remained on the land until 1871, when James Eastwood bought the land and harvested its timber, and sold a portion of the land to build a summer resort and amusement park. The paving of Lake Shore Blvd in 1916 brought larger numbers of Torontonians to the community, driving dramatic growth that lasted into the 1950s.
Motorists have quick drive into Toronto along Lake Shore Blvd or by the Gardiner Expressway (via Browns Line), as well as handy access to the airport on Highway 427 (also via Browns Line). Transit users have a choice of TTC bus service along Lake Shore Boulevard into town or taking the GO Train from Long Branch into Union Station and connecting there to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The bus along Kipling connects to the Kipling station on the Bloor-Danforth line. From the Kipling station, you can connect to GO Transit, the Pearson Airport express bus service, and to the Mississauga Transit system.
The community is served by 1 public elementary school, a catholic elementary school, a public high school, a public library and is adjacent to Humber College's Lakeshore campus.
This area's Long Branch shopping district along Lake Shore Blvd has a good mix of small shops and restaurants. Power shoppers either head north to the big box stores n The Queensway or to the Sherway Gardens mall via Browns Line and Evans Ave.
Long Branch is sandwiched between two major waterfront parks. Marie Curtis Park is at the mouth of Etobicoke Creek, and has a boat ramp, children's splash pool and playground. This park is where the Toronto Waterfront Trail and the Etobicoke Creek Trail connect, providing access to many kilometers of paved recreational pathways. To the east is Colonel Samuel Smith Park, with its wetland habitat, interpretive trails, marina, and views of Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto.
Long Branch Park on the waterfront has a park gazebo, used for summer concerts. Donald Russell Memorial Park north of Lakeshore has in indoor pool, a running tack, and an arena. The community also has two tennis courts and another arena used for ice hockey and ringette.
The communities largest and oldest homes are on Lake Promenade along the waterfront, some of which dating back to the early 1900s. As you move away from the lake the homes are newer, with the houses south Lake Shore Blvd dating to the period between the 1920s and 50s. Houses here are typically bungalows and 2-storey homes, with some modern semi-detached homes and duplexes. There are also some small apartment buildings along Lake Promenade.The homes north of Lake Shore Blvd are smaller, and on narrower lots, but well maintained. There are a number of newer townhouse and condo developments along Lake Shore Boulevard. Homes in this community are in the lower-mid to higher-mid price ranges.