A few weekends ago my roommate and I decided to go explore the Scarborough Bluffs, located just outside of Toronto in well, of course, Scarborough! Now Scarborough doesn’t have the best reputation, so for this hidden gem to be there, was a shock, and really makes you realize that you shouldn’t really judge a book by its cover.
To get to the Bluffs from downtown Toronto, it is about a 30-35 minute drive, depending on the traffic and the time of day you choose to visit. You can also take the TTC (Toronto public transit) there as well, but it’s going to consist of quite a few buses and streetcars (over one hour of a ride) to get there. Lastly, you can also take GO Transit to Scarborough and then make your way to the park (about 25 minute walk from the GO station).
To get a great view from the top of the Bluffs, you’re going to want to visit the Scarborough Bluffs Park. You’ll notice as you walk to the edge of the park, there is fencing that blocks you from walking to the edge of the Bluffs and really getting any view at all. Although this fence is there, you’ll soon realize it doesn’t stop anyone from getting to the edge to get the ultimate view (where these photos were taken).
After you take some great photos, there isn’t too much more to do from up top the Bluffs, so head down to Bluffer’s Park. Bluffer’s Park is great for setting up a picnic, barbecuing (there are public barbecues), and chilling out at the beach. I have to admit, it’s quite a hike to get here from the Scarborough Bluff’s Park (35-45 minutes), so I’d suggest that if you brought a car, to drive your car over and park there.
Overall, a visit to the Scarborough Bluffs can be the perfect summer escape from the city. You honestly don’t even feel like you’re in Toronto, and with the turquoise water, you kind of feel like you’re somewhere tropical on a gorgeous day! Truly a hidden gem.