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Bluffer's Park or Bluffs Beach (Scarborough)

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Cliffs from below

2017: The flood has left enough beach to enjoy your summer!

I revisited Bluffs beach in June 2017. There was lots of driftwood but enough sand left untouched to offer a cool outing. The beach spreads at the end of the fourth parking lot to the east of Bluffer's Park. BEWARE: That parking lot fills quickly! Better arrive early. The first parking lot at the foot of Brimley Road is 1-km walk from the fourth parking. If you come by TTC, it is a 2-km walk to get down to the beach from the bus stop. If you come by car, be ready to be a sport and sacrifice yourself to drop your gang at the beach and find parking around Kingston Road.

This beach, at first quite broad, narrows gradually. Its sand is one of the finest I've seen along Lake Ontario. My little lad threw himself down and made an angel with his arms and legs as soon as we got there. You reach it on foot via a small road that borders the base of the cliffs. As we walked further east along the beach, a few years in a row, we discovered a source of playful inspiration in the pieces of polished beach wood lying here and there. People had built a sort of camp out of them that seemed solid enough to survive the winter. On June 29, 2017, two BC artists (from Drifted Creations) created a giant maple leaf out of driftwood. I hope it’s still there! In previous years, we've also seen driftwood shacks.

I don't know if it is common every year but when we visited in early October, there was a multitude of red ladybugs every other step on the beach. The fall colours in the trees on the white cliffs were beautiful.

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Nathalie's tips for a smooth outing

After years of doing all kinds of outings with my children, I can assure you the secret to a perfect outing lies in the details, not the destination.


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