A suburb of Toronto, Scarborough has a rich history dating from the late 1700s, when it was a group of small villages and farms. Branching out from its more urban centre, with large buildings and heavy traffic, are residential areas that provide greenspace and larger lots. The neighbourhood has three main water features, which include Highland Creek, Rouge River, and Lake Ontario (along its southern edge), which provide picturesque routes for hiking and biking. Residents of Scarborough have everything they need right in their own backyard, but the neighbourhood’s close proximity to Toronto’s downtown provides access to even more amenities.
Scarborough is located in the eastern part of Toronto, along Lake Ontario, and close to the communities of Markham and Pickering. The neighbourhood extends from Victoria Park Avenue in the west to Scarborough Pickering Townline (Highway 30) in the east, and from Steeles Avenue E in the north to Lake Ontario in the south. Although part of the large urban centre of Toronto, Scarborough has beautiful parks and lakefront areas that provide residents with numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and forget they are in the city for a while. The neighbourhood is easy to get around in and offers plenty of amenities.
Scarborough offers a mix of single-family detached homesand apartment buildings, as well as a few other dwelling types.
The Toronto District School Board operates most schools in the neighbourhood, including Port Royal Public School, Fleming Public School, Kennedy Public School, Highland Creek Public School, Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute, and West High Collegiate Institute. The Toronto Catholic District School Board also operates schools in the neighbourhood, and private school options are also available. Scarborough is home to many post-secondary institutions, including CDI College, Centennial College, Canadian Business College, Evergreen College, Herzing College, Academy of Learning College, triOS College, Toronto Business College, and the University of Toronto.
Scarborough has numerous bus routes within walking distance of residences and businesses, many of which connect the neighbourhood to other areas of the city, including downtown. These bus routes also connect passengers to the city’s rapid transit subway lines, which provide efficient travel throughout Toronto. Two subway lines run through the neighbourhood: Line 2 Bloor-Danforth and Line 3 Scarborough.