Scarborough is the easternmost of the six former boroughs which formed Metro Toronto.

It includes all Toronto (area code +1-416) points east of Victoria Park Avenue, including the city's zoo as well as a stretch of Lake Ontario and Rouge River shoreline (as its southern and eastern borders, respectively).


As late as the 1950's, "Scarborough Township" was largely rural. A piece of road from Oshawa to the current "Highway 2A" in Scarborough's east end had been built as freeway by 1939, but until 1956 this traffic poured onto Scarborough surface streets such as Kingston Road (at the time, the main motel strip for traffic from the east) or Danforth Avenue on its way across the Don River into Toronto.

As the city grew, suburbs gradually sprawled north through Don Mills, east into Scarborough and westward through Etobicoke and across the county line to Mississauga, largely following the freeways and an east-west subway line first opened in 1966. Toronto surpassed Montréal in size sometime after 1976, becoming Canada's largest city. As the easternmost point still within the metro Toronto line, the city of Scarborough was unofficially nicknamed "Scarberia" through much of the 1980's. In the 1990s Agincourt, a neighbourhood in the northern portion of Scarborough, became Asiacourt - effectively a second or third Toronto Chinatown - to accommodate an influx of immigrants arriving from Hong Kong before its 1997 retrocession to communist China.

Since then, huge amounts of suburbia have sprawled northward into Markham and eastward into Durham as the city expanded. The six former Toronto boroughs, from Scarborough to Etobicoke, were annexed to the City of Toronto in 1998.

Get in

All Toronto-bound traffic from points eastward (such as Montréal) enters the city by road and rail through Scarborough.

By car

The borough's major freeway is Ontario Highway 401, Canada's busiest highway. Twelve lanes of chaos are packed at peak hours with motorists from the eastern suburbs (such as Pickering and Oshawa in Durham) all flooding into the city at once.

The north-south Highway 404 / Don Valley Parkway does not enter Scarborough, but runs just west of it. Exiting the 404/DVP onto any of the eastbound cross streets, from Steeles Avenue south to the lakeshore, should take you across Victoria Park Avenue into Scarborough.

By train

By bus

Get around




Shopping malls

Shopping districts





Go next

Routes through Scarborough

Etobicoke East End  W  E  END
Entertainment and Financial Districts East End  W  E  Pickering Oshawa
Whitchurch-Stouffville Markham  N  S  East End Entertainment and Financial Districts

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