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Overview of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

The city of Scarborough is located in southern Ontario, Canada, and makes up the eastern area of the City of Toronto. Scarborough has a total population of 593,297 and an area of 187.70 km². The city is bounded by Lake Ontario to the south, Steeles Ave. to the north, the Rouge River to the east and Victoria Park Avenue to the west. Scarborough boasts a highly multicultural population with more than half of the city's residents born outside of Canada, a unique heritage and history, the beautiful Scarborough bluffs facing Lake Ontario, many thriving elementary, secondary and post-secondary education institutions, various easily accessible transportation opportunities and exceptionally kind, friendly and outgoing residents.

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  • Population: 593,297 (2001)
  • Population Density: 3160.9/km²
  • Area: 187.70 km²
  • Latitude: 43°47? N
  • Longitude: 79°15? W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 76 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Scarborough, Ontario

The modern city of Scarborough, Ontario, was officially incorporated as a township on January 1st, 1850, as a borough on January 1st, 1967, as a city in June of 1983, and was officially amalgamated into the City of Toronto on January 1st, 1998. Scarborough was named by Elizabeth Simcoe – the wife of John Graves Simcoe, who was the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. She named the region after England's Scarborough, located in North Yorkshire.

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Scarborough's Demographics

Ontario's city of Scarborough has a total population of 593,297 and a population density of 3,160.9/km². 55% of Scarborough's residents were born out of Canada; The only other cities with more than half the population foreign-born are Markham, Ontario, and Richmond, British Columbia. The majority of the city's immigrants have arrived in the last four decades, leading to extreme population growth in the last half-century.

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Scarborough's Climate

Scarborough, Ontario, has a notoriously irregular climate. The average daytime summer temperature rarely rises above 35°C (95°F), although high humidity values often make it feel hotter. The winters are usually cold and windy, with an aaverage January maximum temperature of -2 °C (28 °F). Scarborough has an average annual precipitation of roughly 790 millimetres and an average annual snowfall of approximately 115 centimeters.

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Education in Scarborough, Ontario

Scarborough, Ontario boasts numerous elementary, secondary and post secondary schools. Secondary schools in the region include Agincourt Collegiate Institute, Woburn Collegiate Institute, Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, Francis Libermann Catholic High School and the David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute. Scarborough's post-secondary schools include Centennial College and the University of Toronto at Scarborough.

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Transportation around Scarborough, Ontario

The residents of Scarborough, Ontario, are served by a variety of transportation options, including subway, train, bus and streetcar stops, taxi services, many major provincial highways, and nearby Lester Pearson International Airport. In addition, Scarborough boasts Ontario's only elevated rapid transit line – The Scarborough RT.

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Tourism and Attractions of Scarborough

The city of Scarborough, Ontario, boasts numerous attractions, including the Scarborough Historical Museum, the beautiful Thomson Memorial Park, the Olympia Leisure Family Entertainment Centre, Corrigans Bingo, the breathtaking Scarborough bluffs, the Henry Marshalls Entertainment Centre and many other such amusement arcades and centres. Many special tourist attractions are also located in the City of Toronto, of which Scarborough is a part, such as the CN Tower and Dundurn Castle.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Scarborough
  • Guilwood
  • Scarborough Junction
  • Wexford
  • Agincourt
  • West Hill

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Geography of Scarborough, Ontario

The city of Scarborough, located north of Toronto in southern Ontario, is bordered by the Rouge River and the Scarborough-Pickering Townline to the east, Steeles Ave. East to the north, Lake Ontario to the south and Victoria Park Ave. to the west. Scarborough has an earthen cliff called the Scarborough Bluffs on the city's south side, facing Lake Ontario. The cliffs can reach over 60 m in places, and stretch for roughly 14 km.

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Scarborough's Government

Since being amalgamated in 1998 into the City of Toronto, Scarborough has been governed by the Toronto City Council, currently led by Mayor David Miller. Representing Scarborough in the Canadian House of Commons are John Cannis, Tom Wappel, Derek Lee, John McKay, Dan McTeague and Jim Karygiannis. The city's provincial representatives are Mary Anne Chambers, Brad Duguid, Gerry Phillips, Bas Balkissoon and Lorenzo Berardinetti.

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Scarborough's Economy and Industry

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Scarborough's Culture and Significant Events

Scarborough, Ontario, is home to a highly multicultural population, with 55% of the total population foreign-born. Scarborough also boasts many politically and culturally important residents, including Jim Carey, Melyssa Ford, the Barenaked Ladies, Bill Hastings, Eric McCormack, Alan Park, Mike Meyers and Paul Tracy. Major annual events held in nearby ‘old' Toronto include the Gay Pride Parade and the Santa Claus Parade.

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Sports in Scarborough, Ontario

The city of Scarborough, Ontario, boasts many local sports leagues & teams. In addition, as part of the City of Toronto, Scarborough's residents cheer for many of Greater Toronto's sports teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.

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Media of Scarborough

The residents of the city of Scarborough, Ontario, receive local news and cultural information from The Scarborough Mirror newspaper publication.

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