Although it is a bit of a trek from the typical locations I check out in Toronto, I decided to see the Scarborough Bluffs for the first time. The Scarborough Bluffs are a set of cliffs that overlook the shoreline of Lake Ontario, with the highest point being about 90 metres above the coastline. It’s also home to clean blue water that looks like something out of an advert for a beach in Mexico, which is not something that you’d ever think to find in the GTA!
But, before you go out trying to take pictures on the edge of the Bluffs for your Instagram account, I’d like to let you know that there is a fence around the perimeter of the Bluffs as well as a hefty fine of upwards of $5,000 for hopping said fence and ignoring warning signs. These fines and fences are here for a reason, as there’s been erosion of the bluffs and many landslides happening since April. Also, there have been many instances of selfie-seekers having to be rescued and fined after getting stuck on the Bluffs — I’m sure you wouldn’t want that to be you. So, before you head out to check out the Bluffs, be sure to stay safe!
Now, this is going to be contradictory given my whole paragraph about safety, but I did hop the fence for the sake of these pictures. However, I am not a thrill seeker and ran back to safety after about ten seconds of taking pictures. While out there, I did witness a lot of teens walking out to a very thin ledge of the Bluffs to take some pictures and had to resist the urge to yell at them.
Nonetheless, here are some great views that you get from the top of the Bluffs:
There’s also a hiking trail along the Bluffs where you can venture up and down very steep hills (and get very out of breath) while looking at gorgeous scenery like this:
And even some of this:
Not to mention that the Bluffs are also home to Scarborough Crescent Park, which features walking trails, a variety of picnic areas as well as a beach! Here are some views from the park below:
Hopefully this inspires you to go out and explore! If that’s not enough here’s a video showing you all that the Bluffs has to offer.