Scarborough is a large and diverse area of the GTA. It spans the eastern part of the city and actually encompasses a massive area of land. It runs from Steeles at the north right down to Lake Ontario and is bordered by Victoria Park to the west and the Rouge River to the east. With a population of close to 600,000 people, it's quite a bustling community.
The unique thing about Scarborough is that it's both urban and suburban. The landscape runs the span from lovely and pastoral greenscapes to well-developed commercial and industrial sectors. With a lot of waterfront in its boundaries, there are lovely lakeside communities and the star attraction, The Scarborough Bluffs, is an urban escape with cliffs and a marina to proffer the leisure lifestyle.
The northern and eastern parts of Scarborough boast the more suburban lifestyle, while the southern and western areas offer more of the urban.
All of Scarborough is well serviced by public transit, TTC busses run 24-hour service on the major routes. The RT (Rapid Transit) connects to the subway system and enhances the ease and speed of transit. Highway 401 runs east/west through the very middle of Scarborough, while Highway 404 and the DVP run north/south just outside of its western border making Scarborough an easy choice for commuters.
Scarborough is also an ideal location for students. While it's a quick commute as well for those going to post-secondary institutions like York, Ryerson, George Brown and The University of Toronto, Scarborough actually boasts its own campus of U of T at Ellesmere and Morningside Drive as well as Centennial College - which has three of its four campuses located within Scarborough.
Offering a great selection of all the major amenities, there are numerous shopping destinations, the largest being Scarborough Town Centre at McCowan and Ellesmere. By area it's in Toronto's top five and ranked as Canada's twelfth. With a diverse immigrant population, Scarborough has an extremely enticing selection of restaurants and ethnic food options from every corner of the world as well as some amazing cultural amenities and opportunities.
Family friendly, you'll find an abundance of schools, community and recreational centres as well as parks - including the grand Rouge Valley - Canada's first National Urban Park. Sporting facilities abound, including golf courses, across Scarborough. Each neighbourhood community is well serviced. Birchmount Stadium gained infamy in the 1998 song One Week by Toronto band Barenaked Ladies with its lyric "Birchmount Stadium, home of The Robbie." It refers to the annual Robbie International Soccer Tournament established almost 50 years ago - a youth charity soccer event held every summer at Birchmount Stadium. It draws world-wide attention. The biggest attraction, though, is the Toronto Zoo, located in the Rouge River Valley.
Scarborough Arts, the community non-profit arts council is also a stronghold in the community, making the pursuit of art and access to artistic programming available and attainable for all residents, creating a strong community of artists.
And never losing its cosmopolitan edge, Scarborough is the site of many movies being shot as well as a number of music videos, including Drake's 'Headlines' off of the Toronto Rapper's second album Take Care. Scarborough has also been called home by comedic royalty Mike Myers and Jim Carrey, rappers Choclair, Kardinal Offishal and Maestro, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley and super model Monika Schnarre.
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