How to get to the top of Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto
When I first saw pictures of Scarborough Bluffs (also known as 'The Bluffs'), I couldn’t believe such a breathtaking place existed in Toronto. The blue water and sandy beach reminded me of something I would come across in Sardinia or Malta, but never in a million years would I have guessed Toronto.
The post below will help guide you to the best view of the Scarborough Bluffs (for both the adventurous and lazy individuals). If you're looking for a little quiet from the big city, head out on the Scarborough Bluffs Trail. For more amazing Ontario hikes, take a look at this Buzzfeed article.
Warning: Recent rainfall and the high water level of Lake Ontario have led to more erosion of the bluffs than usual.
There are two ways of getting to the TOP OF THE SCARBOROUGH BLUFS FOR THIS view:
- If you’re adventurous, you can do a pretty steep hike
- If you want to take it easy, drive up directly to this view!
- 30 minute drive from downtown Toronto
- No entrance fee - only cost will be for parking
What to bring
- A camera to capture the breathtaking views from along the edge of the bluffs
- Proper running or hiking shoes if you plan to do the hike
- Bathing suit & towel to hang out at the beach
- Some food and beverages - enjoy a picnic on the beach or at the park at the top of the bluffs
Hike to the top of the Scarborough Bluffs
- Drive down Brimley Road S and park in the Scarborough Bluffs Beach Parking lot
- Note: Parking fills up quickly during the summer months so get here early or try your luck and park on the side of the road
- Once you park, make a right (facing the water) and keep walking until you reach the beach
- When you reach the beach, keep walking right until you hit a steep hill - this will be the hill you need to climb to reach to the top
- You will be able to find a dirt path going up - follow it all the way and you will reach the view.
- Note: This is a dirt path covered with many little rocks, making this climb hike more difficult than it may appear. Be careful and wear hiking appropriate shoes.
Direct route TO THE TOP OF THE SCARBOROUGH BLUFFS (no hiking required!):
- Search up ‘Cathedral Bluffs Lookout’ on Google Maps - that’s where you want to get to
- Drive all the way to the very end of Cecil Crescent, near the tennis courts (Location on Google Maps here)
- Park and make your way across the grass to the lookout point
- At the very back, there will be a white fence you will need to hop over
- Alternatively, you can park on Scarboro Crescent
OVERALL: WORTH THE TRIP!
I highly recommend spending some time here in the spring and summer.
Escape from the busy city and enjoy the summer breeze by the beach during sunset or stroll at the top of The Bluffs.
Once you get to the top, take in a spectacular view of the waves from these 100-meter cliffs.
What are your favourite hikes to do in Ontario? Comment below & let us know!
LIST BY: CAROLYN CHEN
Carolyn Chen has done two backpacking trips around Europe and spent six months studying abroad in Italy. She loves finding the most beautiful scenery, hidden gems and indulging in great food.
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