The Scarborough district of Toronto is ornate with a number of naturally beautiful places and ‘The Bluffs’ or popularly known as Scarborough Bluffs is one of those wonders. This place has always been a great attraction to the visitors. And when you want to put behind all the crowd and noise of the city and escape to a secluded place, Scarborough Bluff is the ideal alternative for you.
The Bluff or what is popularly known as Bluffer’s Park is located at the base of Brimley Road. The most attracting part of this Bluff is the walking trail below the bluffs and this trail goes through a number of parks and some other naturally enriched places in between the cliffs. Bluffs are also described as the geological wonder.
The Scarborough Bluffs form most of the eastern part of the Toronto’s waterfront. It is extended around 14 km alongside the Lake Ontario shore. At its peak, the Scarborough Bluff rises around 90 meters from the sea level. It was in the 1973, the wife of first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, Elizabeth Simcoe named this bluff after Scarborough England. This reminded her about the beautiful limestone cliff of Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
The beauty of Bluffer’s Park
The erosion of the packed clay soil has formed this bluff and it has formed many interesting shapes in different areas of the bluffs especially in the western end of the Bluffer’s Park. The bluff used to appear in the Scarborough flag as well. It has now become one of the popular places to visit to the people of all ages in Toronto, Ontario. The options of amusement are present there in plenty which include walking trails, picnic tables, firepits, parking lot, Bluffers Restaurant and also a boating club.
As mentioned earlier that the bluff is stretched around 14 kms from the base of Victoria Park Avenue in the west to the Highland Creek in the east. The highest peak of the bluff is equivalent to a 27-storey building. The escarpment runs between the Kingston Road and Queen’s street with a pause at Don Valley.
Flipside of the beauty
However, one of the biggest issues associated with Scarborough Bluff is the rapid erosion. And this rate is increasing with time. In the year 1940 cottages were built at the edge of this bluff which resulted in a fall of a six-meter chunk off the bluffs in 1970s. Despite knowing the fact that the occurrence of erosion is natural, homeowners find it hard to resist them from the heavenly waterfront view and this leads them to settle down at the edge of the bluff. It has increased the housing boom alongside the bluffs.
Parks in the Bluffs
A number of parks are located alongside the bluffs while some of them are located on the top and others are at the base. Some of the parks include Bluffer’s Park, Cathedral Bluffs Park, Chesterton Shores, Crescentwood Park, Cudia Park, East Point Park, Guild Park and gardens, Harrison Properties, Rouge Beach Park, Scarborough Heights Park, South marine Drive Park, Port Union Waterfront park etc.
Even though the present formation of the bluff is continuing to shrink rapidly with time but still the Scarborough Bluff has always been and certainly will be one of the key attractions of this district of Toronto, Ontario.
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