Scarborough, ON

Scarborough is situated on Lake Ontario and forms the eastern part of the city of Toronto.

The modern city of Scarborough, Ontario became a township on January 1st, 1850, and a borough on January 1st, 1967. It was incorporated as a town in June of 1983 and was officially included into the City of Toronto on January 1st, 1998. The city was named by Elizabeth Simcoe – the wife of the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada John Graves Simcoe. The region was named after town located in North Yorkshire, England.

Scarborough has a total population about 600,000 with 60% of the total population foreign-born. Scarborough also boasts many politically and culturally influential residents, including Jim Carey, Melyssa Ford, the Barenaked Ladies, Bill Hastings, Eric McCormack, Alan Park, Mike Meyers and Paul Tracy. The largest annual events held in nearby ‘old' Toronto include the Gay Pride Parade and the Santa Claus Parade.

Most of the Scarborough-based news media have weekly or monthly publications. The first newspaper was the Scarborough News and Advertiser, and it was published weekly starting in September 1921. It lasted until the 1930s. The only existing English language local newspaper is the Scarborough Mirror, which started publication in 1962 and was later bought by the Toronto Star's community news division, Metroland.

Scarborough's climate is moderate due to its location and its proximity to Lake Ontario. The average summer temperature is about 30°C (86°F), and the winter temperature is about -2 °C (28 °F).

Scarborough has many education institutions.

Scarborough's economy is a major component of the economy of Toronto. In comparison with the City of Toronto as a whole, industry in Scarborough is almost similar in all labor force categories: manufacturing is higher in Scarborough comparing to professional, scientific and technical services, which are lower.


The residents of Scarborough can use a vast amount of transportation options, including subway, train, bus and streetcar stops, taxi services, highways, and Lester Pearson International Airport.

The city of Scarborough is bordered by the Rouge River and the Scarborough-Pickering Townline to the east, Steeles Ave. East to the north, Lake Ontario to the south and Victoria Park Ave. To the west. Scarborough is famous for its earthen cliff called the Scarborough Bluffs which is located on the city's south side, facing Lake Ontario.

Scarborough has a lot of interesting places to visit:

•    Toronto Zoo, the largest zoo in Canada and the 3rd largest zoo in the world.

•    The Scarborough Museum, which has historical buildings and recreated 19th-century park.

Recreational facilities — beaches of Bluffer's Park and Rouge Beach Park and Rouge Mash, Kingstown Water Park, Guild Park, Rosetta McClain Gardens, Scarborough Bluffs and much more.

Many different festivals, concerts, carnivals and other events take place in Scarborough.

Scarborough can offer some good restaurants, for example, Az Restaurant, Bryherstones Inn, Harbour Bar, The Cowshed, North Bay Fisheries Scarborough, Pomodoro Pizzeria & Cafe, Eat Me Cafe, East Coast Kitchen, Gianni's, Three Jolly Sailors, Florios Pizzeria Restaurant.


Interesting facts about Scarborough:

•    The first people appeared in Scarborough area about 8000 BCE.

•    Scarborough had its coat of arms, which was adopted by Scarborough when it became a city on 29 June 1983.About 60% of Scarborough population arrived there from other cities and countries.


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    Last updated on Apr 29, 2017.