Claim to Fame
Reminiscent of their namesake cliffs in Scarborough, England, the Scarborough Bluffs are a wonder to look at as they shelter and frame Bluffers Park Beach, set largely on reclaimed land.
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- Where is it?on the north shore of Lake Ontario, 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) east of downtown Toronto, at the foot of Brimley Road
- Coordinates: latitude» 43.7143°
- Water Type: freshwater
- Climate: continental (hot, humid summers; cold, damp winters)
- Development: heavily built-up urban area; part of major city
- Length of Beach:
- Type: beige sand
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The Scarborough Bluffs and the parkland that sits atop them has been a favorite place for Toronto residents to stroll and shoot photographs for decades. The high-up view provides a vast swath of Lake
Ontario scenery and a cool respite, among the venerable trees, from the summer heat.
Although there was always some form of a beach at the foot of the Bluffs, it wasnít until recent years that the city developed the land and expanded the beach, adding a marina, and paving a sloped roadway for easy access.
Now boaters, who moor in the marina, as well as beach-goers who like spectacular scenery as much as sunbathing and swimming frequent the beach.
Bluffers Park Beach is well equipped with good public washrooms, picnic areas and a volleyball court. Itís a fine place to walk or to spot ocean-going vessels from atop the bluffs. The boat launches and docks make for simple
berthing, and many people arrive on the water. Cars can park here and public transit is a 10-minute walk away.
Bluffers Beach Park has relatively little commercial development right at the beach, other than the marina. Shopping and restaurants are nearby, mostly on Kingston Road. Also on Kingston Road is the architecturally stunning
St. Augustine Seminary, well worth a walk by.
Bluffers Beach Park is mostly built on the remnants of demolished buildings, and this trend has continued right along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario; old structures have been put to good use as the foundation of a place to
play and enjoy the waters of Lake Ontario as you marvel at the Scarborough Bluffs.
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