HIGHLAND CREEK, SCARBOROUGH
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Highland Creek is located southeast of the Scarborough district in the City of Toronto. It lies alongside Highland Creek river. It is bounded by West Rouge and Port Union (West), West Hill and Woburn (North), and Centennial Scarborough (South). The western section of the area is now the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, and it is a feature marker in the area.
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Real estate in Highland Creek dates back to native settlers in the region and what became the Township of Scarborough. The community was started due to the Highland Creek river and the resultant large trees and wildlife in the valley. The neighbourhood has a small town feel from its main shopping quarter along Old Kingston Road.
Highland Creek Homes are somewhat expensive when compared to house prices from other parts of Scarborough. The community is in a great location, hence; it is highly esteemed in Scarborough. After the college had been opened, the community was developed mainly into a residential hub. Highland Creek consists of many brick bungalows which were built in the 1920s-50s. Plenty of these cozy white frame dwellings were initially summer cottages. Presently, the stock of houses is being transitioned so, many of the original brick houses are being replaced by new custom-built ones with luxury interior finishes, double garages, and interlock driveways.
The historical landmarks include the “Miller Lash/McLean Estate” (1914), the University of Toronto’s Scarborough College campus, the “W.J. Morrish General Store” (1891), and the third Highland Creek Public School (1918).
In the late 1850s, Highland Creek was the main commercial and residential center in the then Scarborough Township. In 1852, It was officially acknowledged as a community with a post office. Not until the early 1950s, Highland Creek was a stretch of rural farmland.
With Old Kingston Road feeling like the main street of the neighbourhood, most residents shop along the road. The highlight of this shopping haven is the Highland Creek Plaza. The Plaza is old fashioned but, it is home to many shops and excellent services. Also, you can find flower shops, bookstores, bank, and offices.
Entertainment and Recreation
The neighbourhood Community Park is just off Ellesmere Road. It is a large park with a children’s playground and a baseball diamond. On the southern border of Highland Creek is Colonel Danforth Park. With access to Kingston and Old Kingston Roads, it is a deep ravine valley that features lots of green fields, trendy for family picnics, bike rides and cycling, and casual strolls or hiking/skiing. The Highland Creek Public Library (Ellesmere Road) offers reading club and Storytime programs for children. The annual hallmark of festivities in the community is the Highland Creek Heritage Day. It is a day of celebration, residents love, and they display their celebration by participation in different ways: the display of antique cars, floats, marching bands, a merchant’s fair and flea market, home baked goods, crafts, dance at the local legion hall, and so much more. It is an annual fun day.
In Highland Creek, some errands can easily be accomplished with a stroll. For commuters heading to Toronto, Meadowvale Road and the Morningside Avenue buses link to the Kennedy station en-route Bloor-Danforth subway line. Ellesmere Road bus connects residents to the Scarborough Town Centre, which offers a connection to the Bloor-Danforth subway station through to the Go Transit system. Highway 401 links motorists to the Don Valley Parkway through to downtown Toronto in average twenty-five minutes. Kingston Road west to Lakeshore Boulevard is an alternative and more scenic route
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