Scarborough Waterfront Project

Locations along the Scarborough Bluffs and Lake Ontario Waterfront
Updated: January 31, 2020

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is warning of risks due to landslides along the Scarborough Bluffs.

Under such conditions, paths on the tableland at the top of the bluffs can slide out at any moment. In addition, trails at the base of the bluffs along the lake’s edge have been and may continue to be overcome by debris resulting from landslides

These conditions pose a significant risk to public safety. Accordingly, access to the shoreline has been and will continue to be PROHIBITED. Signs like the one pictured below have been posted at access locations where landslides have impacted roads and trails.

landslide warning sign



Scarborough Waterfront Project
Environmental Assessment (EA)

On November 5, 2019, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) received approval for the Final Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment from the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

The Scarborough Waterfront Project will create a system of greenspaces along the Lake Ontario shoreline which respect and protect the significant natural and cultural features of the Bluffs, enhance the terrestrial and aquatic habitat, and provide a safe and enjoyable waterfront experience.

Detailed design of the West Segment will begin November 2019 and continue through 2020. Updates will be posted on social media and here on the project website as the detailed design phase progresses.



Planning a visit to the Scarborough Bluffs?


While the special notice of caution for Scarborough Bluffs is no longer in effect, all signage must be obeyed. The public is not permitted in areas that are not explicitly designated as public access areas.

View the parks and amenities along the Scarborough Bluffs at the City of Toronto website.

The Scarborough Bluffs

The Scarborough Bluffs are an iconic natural wonder located at the doorstep of Canada’s largest city.  Towering above Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront they offer strikingly beautiful natural greenspaces and support increasingly rare habitats for a wide variety of of fish, birds and other wildlife.

The Challenge

As experience has shown in cities worldwide, nature in the city needs to be effectively managed or it will decline.

For the Bluffs, that means balancing the realities of being located among millions of people, building and maintaining infrastructure that offers a high quality of life to all, protecting natural features and wildlife habitats, and ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy the Bluffs and the Scarborough waterfront as well.

The Vision

As Toronto continues to grow and evolve, the Scarborough Waterfront is a place for safe and enjoyable waterfront experiences accessible to all who want them.

These experiences are supported by a system of greenspaces along the Lake Ontario shoreline that respects and protects the significant natural and cultural features of the Bluffs, and enhances wildlife habitats on the shore and in the water.

Environmental Assessment

The Scarborough Waterfront Project is an Individual Environmental Assessment.

An Environmental Assessment is a study, which assesses the potential environmental effects (positive or negative) of a proposal.

Key components of an environmental assessment include:

  • consultation with government agencies and the public
  • consideration and evaluation of alternatives
  • management of potential environmental effects