Scarborough Bluffs is about to undergo a major overhaul

Nov 15 2019, 10:35 am

One of Toronto’s most beloved hiking spots is about to get a serious makeover.

Toronto’s Scarborough Bluffs will soon be more accessible than ever thanks to a number of upgrades, which includes additional community greenspaces, enhanced shoreline protection, and habitat improvements along an 11-km shoreline multi-use trail for users of all abilities between Bluffer’s Park and East Point Park.

Spearheaded by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in partnership with the city, the Scarborough Waterfront Project will have a major focus on habitat improvement for fish, birds, and other wildlife.

The innovative project will also prevent shoreline erosion caused by high lake levels and severe weather events, manage public safety and property risk, and improve water quality.

The image above illustrates what Bluffer’s Park Beach, part of the Scarborough Waterfront Project’s West Segment, could look like when complete.

“For the citizens of Scarborough and the Greater Toronto Area, the Scarborough Bluffs represent a strikingly beautiful natural greenspace where they can gather with friends and family and enjoy nature,” said John MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, TRCA.

“By adding much needed community recreation space, completing portions of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail, creating habitat and increasing shoreline erosion protection, the Scarborough Waterfront Project will create a legacy for generations to come.”

Now that the project’s environmental assessment has been approved, the project will be built in phases, with TRCA pursuing all available opportunities for funding.

According to the TRCA, the West Segment of the project (from Bluffer’s Park to Meadowcliffe) is slated to begin in November 2019 and continue through 2020, with construction anticipated to begin in 2020.

Implementation of the Central and East Segments of the project will follow.