Scarborough

Overview

The city of Scarborough has a large, diverse population and a rich heritage. This multicultural city welcomes those of all ages, offering a multitude of recreational attractions, various educational opportunities, and transportation options that make the entire area accessible to everyone.

Considered the greenest area of Toronto, Scarborough offers many natural attractions for the outdoor enthusiast such as the Scarborough Bluffs, Warden Woods Ravine, Highland Creek and Rouge River Valley.

With such a varied selection of entertainment, recreation, arts and culture, and even the Toronto Zoo, Scarborough has something for everyone, making it the perfect city for anyone to thrive.

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Scarborough Bluffs

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the Scarborough Bluffs are a beautiful natural feature. A 12,000 year old feature that formed due to erosion, this environmental wonder offers 15 kilometres of recreational trails, camping sites, picnic and dining spots. Boating opportunities abound as well, as the Bluffs feature a marina complete with boating club. Relax and unwind without ever leaving the city of Scarborough.

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Scarborough Town Centre

This shopping centre features something for everyone, with over 200 stores, generous hours, a multitude of dining options, and a large movie theatre. It’s one of the most accessible locations in Toronto with various transportation options from all over the city arriving and departing regularly. Entertainment and indulgence await!

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Recreation

Scarborough’s diversity creates an abundance of cultural and recreational options. A wide variety of festivals, restaurants, arts and cultural experiences await. Discover what the city has to offer.

For anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors, Scarborough is the ideal city. With the amount of green space, trails, park land, and natural wonders such as Warden Woods Ravine, any outdoor enthusiast would be in their element. With an array of golf courses, there are options for golfers of any skill level.

Scarborough’s Centennial Recreation Centre offers indoor and outdoor activities and programs for the whole family. Enjoy skating, tennis, volleyball, swimming, or head on over to the Nike Malvern Sports Complex and practice your skills on the soccer pitch. Spend the day discovering the fascinating creatures at the Toronto Zoo. There’s something for everyone!

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Centennial Recreation Centre

Whether you enjoy indoor or outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Centennial Recreation Centre. All ages will enjoy the facilities available including beach volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, ice rinks, a weight room, and pool. Bring the little ones to enjoy the preschool room or catch a show in the auditorium. Programs, activities, camps, and sports clubs offer fun for the whole family.

Warden Woods Ravine

Enjoy the view of the Taylor-Massey Creek as you embark on a nature hike through Warden Woods Ravine. With so many bird species present, bird watching is a must as you follow the Gus Harris Trail through the ravine. Love to explore? Warden Woods contains an array of vegetation as well, including some endangered species. Prefer to something adventurous? In addition to the paved path, there a various foot trails as well, letting you choose you own adventure.

History

In the 17th century, the area where Scarborough is today was inhabited by a couple of different indigenous groups, namely the Seneca and the Mississaugas.

The European settlers arrived in 1793 to survey the land for possible settlement. In 1796 the British groups began flocking to the area. Some of the first settlers worked as stonemasons. David and Andrew Thompson, the first settlers, were responsible for the creation of the Thompson Settlement, which was a small village in the area.

In 1967 Scarborough was officially incorporated as a borough. Then in 1998 Scarborough was amalgamated with North York, Etobicoke, York, East York and the old city of Toronto to become what is now known as present day Toronto.

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