Top 5 Natural Destinations in Scarborough that you may overlook…
Let’s face it… Scarborough doesn’t get its fair share of shine in the media. It is a foodies dream and it has some of the best housing in the city. In addition to that, Scarborough has some of the best natural scenery in the entire GTA. People just need a reminder, that’s where we come in! Here’s our top 5 places to check out when the weather is favourable of course:
1. Bluffers Beach
When heading to the Bluffs, steer left and follow the tiny white signs that say ‘Beach’. Bluffer’s Beach is not huge and not really well-known but its a great place to spend the day with the fam, or your significant other. You can set up volleyball nets and bbqs. Its also a great location for your four-legged friends. There are outdoor showers, water bottle filling station and change/washroom facilities. On the weekends there is an ice cream cart that rolls up around 3 pm near the parking lot.
2. Thompson Memorial Park
Thompson Memorial Park located at 1005 Brimley Rd is a great destination for hiking/biking lovers with 38 trails, baseball and tennis players and for just relaxing. For those sticky days, there is a splash pad for the kiddies and playground. The off-leash section for dogs is an added bonus.
3. Rouge Beach Park
One of Scarborough’s best hidden gems, Rouge Park located at 195 Rouge Hills Dr at Rouge River and it’s also where the Rouge River meets Lake Ontario. The marshes here are the biggest in Toronto. You can make sand castles or mud pies on the sandy
beach or take a dip in the river (approved with Toronto Public Health with a Lifeguard on standby).There are boardwalks and access to Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. See, having beach day doesn’t have to be an hour+ drive out of the city!
4. Metro Toronto Zoo
Lions, tigers and… pandas? A visit to the Toronto Zoo located off of Meadowvale Avenue is a guarantee for a good time. We know its not a true ‘natural destination’ but this incredible place should not be overlooked in Scarborough. Great for young ones of all ages and adults alike. The introduction in 2013 of the giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao have attracted drones of people. Watch them eat bamboo and just being cute. They are leaving us in 2018 so visit them while you can. Keep in mind that the Zoo is not funded by the Ontario Government. It relies on the support of private donors and research grants which aid in making the facility run and the animals taken care of. Help by visiting to preserve this amazing place. Its the 3rd largest zoo in the world!
5. Rosetta McClain Gardens
If you have any sort of green thumb or just like seeing pretty flowers, Rosetta McClain Gardens is the place to be appreciated. Located at 5 Glen Everest Road in the Scarborough Bluffs vicinity, this garden is lush in roses, trails and pathways and beautiful pergolas. Grab a coffee and take in the beauty. You can also see views of Lake Ontario. Great for wedding/engagement/maternity photos!
Visit www.toronto.ca/parks for further info about these amazing outdoor hotspots right in your backyard! And of course hit us up and if you want the scoop on anything Scarborough. Here at #EastGTALiving we are in the know.