Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Scarborough

Scarborough is a suburb of the metropolitan city of Toronto, but there’s more than enough activities to keep you in Scarborough without having to venture into Toronto. Whether you’re looking for something for the kids to do or just checking out sights, there’s so much for everyone to take in and participate in. Here’s the top 5 activities you won’t want to miss when you’re in Scarborough.

The Toronto Zoo

While the name might suggest this site is in Toronto, it’s actually located in Scarborough. This zoo is the largest in Canada, and the third largest in the world so you know there’s going to be so much for you to take in. This zoo is over 700 acres in size and has over 5,000 animals for you to see and learn about during your time here. The Toronto Zoo even has some award winning exhibits, like the Gorilla Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef so be sure to check these out while you’re here. Located at 2000 Meadowvale Rd the Toronto Zoo is one of those sites you don’t want to leave Scarborough without seeing.

Go to the Beach
Found at 195 Rouge Hills Drive, this beach is one of two swimmable beaches open to the public in Scarborough. Rough River has two parts: a marshland at the Southern end where it meets Lake Ontario, and, past that, it flows into a channel where there’s a sandy beach you can swim in. Here you can sit on the beach and relax, take a walk through some of the hiking trails available in the conservation area or explore the wetland marsh area via boardwalks available or canoe. This beach is open to the public and can be used year round, although trails aren’t maintained in the winter.

Take a Walk in the Park

Scarborough’s Guild Park has so much going on – especially during the summer. Take in a free family movie at night, enjoy the famous Shakespeare in the Park or participate in one of the walking tours offered. Visit 201 Guildwood Parkway to take in the beautiful scenery this park has to offer. You won’t be disappointed you visited.

Go to the Bluffs

The Scarborough Bluffs is the landmark behind how this town got its name. Named by Elizabeth Simcoe she said the bluffs reminded her of the white cliffs of Scarborough, England which was her home. If you want the best view of this landmark, visit Bluffer’s Park although the bluffs can really be viewed from any of the parks along Lake Ontario. Take a drive out to 1 Brimley Road South so you can see this incredible site.

Visit a Flower Garden

Scarborough’s Rosetta McLain Gardens is a beautiful and serene spot for you to take in while you’re here. Filled with lush gardens and bursting with colour, you can take a stroll along the path or just sit and enjoy the calm – whatever you like, the choice is yours. Take a seat at 5 Glen Everest Road and enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Ontario in this lush garden has to offer!