Breathtaking white cliffs that rise from the shores of Lake Ontario is the most dramatic natural feature of the Scarborough Bluffs, a collection of eleven connected urban parks.
Explore nature trails through wetlands, meadows and forests to beach area, scenic views, gardens, sculptures and restaurants.
Located in the city of Scarborough, just 17 km east of downtown Toronto, Scarborough Bluffs is accessible via a combination of the Toronto subway and bus networks.
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More about Scarborough Bluffs
Formed over 12,000 years from sedimentary rock, the Scarborough Bluffs, or “the Bluffs,” as the locals call them are an impressive cliff formation surrounded by trails and lookout spots.
The eleven small connecting parks make up the Bluffs stretch for 15 km along the shore. The tallest portion of the cliffs is in Cathedral Bluffs Park. Rising over 90 metres (25 story building), these spires truly resemble a grand cathedral.
At the foothills of Cathedral Bluffs is Bluffer’s Beach, the only beach at the Scarborough Bluffs. The cliffs perfectly surround the sandy beach, giving it a sense of seclusion.
Bluff’s Trail connects Bluffer’s Beach to Bluffer’s Park. Though it’s an easy trail, take your time to pause, as there is always a new scenic spot that catches the eye. And for a pop of color, there’s the fully accessible Rosetta McClain Gardens. Featuring a pergola, water fountain and array of flowers, it’s a tranquil place to rest. Visitors also delight in the many butterflies found in the gardens.
Further east is Sylvan Park, which offers access to Lake Ontario via the Doris McCarthy Trail. It’s a steep walk down, but you can’t beat the views. For a completely different experience, keep heading east to Guild Park. The sizable park contains relics from old buildings that were torn down in Toronto. Important architectural details have been placed in intriguing and eye-catching formations. The most prominent example is the Greek Theatre formed by columns from the old Bank of Toronto Building. Keep your eyes peeled for original art sculptures and an old log cabin.
One of the best views can be found at Scarboro Crescent Park, with endless views over the bluffs and Lake Ontario. It’s also the perfect spot to sit back and lose yourself in the picturesque sunrises and sunsets over the lake. Though it’s a must-see for any visit, access to the park is a very steep road.
Between late April and May, you can expect to see geese and their goslings in the area. Additionally, you can find loons, swans, swallows, egrets and migrating birds. Other wildlife call the area home too, including foxes, coyotes and deer.
When walking along the bluffs, please be sure to adhere to the marked paths and do not get too close to the edge, as the Scarborough Cliffs are still eroding.
Last updated: August 9, 2022
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