Scarborough Waterfront Project

Landslides and Shoreline Erosion along the Scarborough Bluffs

TRCA advises that the Lake Ontario water levels are currently elevated and expected to continue over the next month. The combination of high lake level and strong winds blowing into shore, particularly from the south-east direction, may cause flooding and erosion along the shoreline.

TRCA is asking all residents and children to continue to exercise caution along the Lake Ontario shoreline while high water levels and strong winds persist. For more information about lake levels, please READ OUR STATEMENT on public safety due to high water levels on Lake Ontario.

The risk of landslides along the Bluffs and shoreline erosion is a real concern. At this time please be advised that there is no public access to The Guild construction access route and the Doris McCarthy Trail due to public safety. Additionally the public is being asked to temporarily refrain from recreational use of the Bluffs and Shoreline during these unsafe conditions. Signs have been posted. LEARN MORE.

Scarborough Waterfront notice of caution sign

-Posted May 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm –

The 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

There have been two phases to the Scarborough Waterfront Project, the first being the Terms of Reference phase (completed) and the second is the Environmental Assessment phase (currently underway).