Scarborough Bluffs, and how to get to the “Secret Spots”
Six months in ‘The Six’, and acquainted to Toronto’s hustle and bustle. Our rough calluses, well earned from previous trekking adventures were now next to nonexistent… this was not a good sign. Parks, segregated gardens, and the occasional overgrown sidewalks, would not be our only form of environmental stimulation. It was time theses Aussies went ‘Walkabout’, got some fresh air, and went on an adventure.
Scarborough bluffs stretches across 15 kilometers of Lake Ontario’s shoreline, it is also home to parks, walking trails, beautiful beaches and a few secret gems.
Before the adventure can begin….you’re going to need a few essential items. We would be letting down our home continent (Australia), if we didn’t put Sunscreen at the top of the list, so there you go mum… Sunscreen,
Next a hat, walking shoes, Cloths you don’t mind getting little (Or a lot) dirt on, a power bank to recharge for all those instagramable pics you’re going to want to take and enough water, snacks and cute picnic food to survive you the day or possibly longer – we’ve all seen 127 hours.
Getting there –You clearly know how to use the internet as you’ve managed to find the best travel blog on it, so I have faith you will be able to find the Subway and make your way to Bloor and Young station. From here catch the east bound line 2: (Bloor and Danforth) subway straight through to the last stop – Kennedy station. Then take the new bus line 175 that rolls straight down to the Scarborough Bluffs. P.s this only runs on weekends and though the summer months.
*Get there early! Especially if you’re driving, the car parks are full by 10am, and all the best picnic spots will be too.
So you’ve made it….now what?
Get a little sightseeing done and explore first, as I mentioned it gets very crowded and nobody wants other people in there snapchats. Make sure to take a look around the Marina, there’s beautiful sail boats and a fancy looking seafood restaurant if you’re hungry, and didn’t pack a picnic lunch. Check out beach, soak up some sun, get wet, and try to forget about the fact all this is going to be under a foot of snow in a few short months.
Now let’s break the law!
Me: Wait…break the law?
Also Me: Yes, that’s what I said. Break-the-law.
Still Me: Okay, let’s do it
If you’ve spent more than 15 minute’s googling the Bluffs, then you’ve seen a few of these aesthetic pictures floating around.
Well for 3 weekly payments of $9.99 you too can get theses awesome shots…..
Relax, I’m Joking, I’m going to help you get them absolutely free, that’s right, with today’s special offer you don’t have to pay so much as a dime.
Actually it depends entirely on you how much they will cost, as if you’re caught you’re looking at a $5000 fine…OUCH!
From what I’ve read it is very rare to actually caught or fined, it’s more of a warning as theses incredible cliffs are made up of sand, and aren’t exactly the safest place to visit. To quote the great Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean “the code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rule”
I did it and risked Deportations, so don’t be a chicken (If you are the Immigration Bureau or Police reading this, I have never broken the law, nor do I ever intend to… Promise☺ )
For real though, this is a pretty difficult climb, so It you’re not confident doing it, stay on sea level, and enjoy the sun and sea (Lake) People have seriously injured themselves and even died…
I have constructed a map, to make it a little easier to figure out where you are and want to go. It look me a decent 5minutes possible more to create, so appreciate it and take a good look.
Walk west to the park past through the car park and at the far right end you will see a small clearing for a thin animal track
Follow that track, and when the dirt road splits in 2, take the road less taken (the one on the right). Push through those over hanging branches, and climb up and over the fence, then continue up, up up, you may need to use side branches and dig those manicured nails into the dirt.
Eventually you’ll make it to the peak, and the photo shoot may commence.
Getting down is just as hard, if not harder so be careful upon your descend. I came home with a hardcore war wound, complete as proof of my hardship, so even stilled climber such as me, can trip.
The Last and most important step in this adventure is the all-important Instagram upload so make sure you tag us @bootsandbag