Bendale could be a cultural medley, middle-income neighbourhood that’s conveniently located close to TTC and Go Transit lines. Neighbourhood landmarks embody Thompson Memorial Park, Scarborough Town Centre, the Scarborough Civic Centre and Scarborough General Hospital.
Bendale was settled in 1796 by David and Mary Thomson, who were the primary Europeans to reside in the former Township of Scarborough. David Thomson’s brothers, Andrew and Archibald, additionally settled nearby. Thomson Memorial Park is called in honour of this pioneer family.
Historical landmarks at Thomson Memorial Park embody the “Springfield House,” designed in 1840 by Andrew Thomson’s son James, and also the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, built in 1849 on land donated by David Thomson. For directions to those historical sites visit the Scarborough Historical Museum located simply inside the doorway to the current park, off Brimley Road.
Bendale was originally known as Benlomond, that was the name given to the native post office in 1878. However the Benlomond name had already been in use elsewhere and in 1881, this community was renamed Bendale. When the event of the present-day neighbourhood came about within the 1950’s the Bendale name was adopted by Bendale Public School, Bendale Park, and Bendale Boulevard.
Bendale’s housing stock consists mostly of bungalows and split-level brick homes designed within the 1950’s and 1960’s. These homes are situated on generous size lots with private driveways and either a garage or a automotive-port. The homes here are well maintained and also the tons are well treed, providing for a pleasing streetscape.
The Scarborough City Shopping Centre located off McCowan Road, north of Ellesmere Road, is one in all Toronto’s largest searching centres with over two-hundred outlets and restaurants.
The busy searching corridor along Lawrence Avenue includes a discount department store, a giant supermarket, a home care centre, a dollar store, fast food restaurants an oriental supermarket, new automobile dealerships, a bingo club and an assortment of small looking plazas.
Danforth Road, south of Lawrence Avenue is highlighted by a rustic farm market, a large drug store, convenience stores and restaurants. The Birkdale Plaza, located off Ellesmere Road, options an East Indian restaurant, a grocery, a clothing store and a video store.
The Thomson Memorial Park, situated off Brimley Road is the house of the Scarborough Historical Museum. This is one in every of Toronto’s largest and most lovely parks and has several fine picnic spots. There’s also a youngsters’s zoo. Recreational facilities at this park include a paved path, a sports field, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a wading pool, a children’s playground and a snack bar. Wintertime activities at Thompson Memorial Park embrace cross-country skiing, skating and tobogganing.
The Birkdale Community Centre, located at 129nine Ellesmere Road, offers neighbourhood meeting rooms. The adjacent park contains a paved recreation trail that connects with the Thompson Memorial Park.
Our Town: A Winter Recreational Wonderland
Once you’ve embraced the idea that winter is here and isn’t going away until spring, take a deep breath — and absorb the beauty of Toronto after a contemporary snowfall with the bright sun reflecting off the frozen tundra. Then, get outdoors and relish some of the simplest recreational opportunities Toronto has to offer. Toronto offers a plethora of winter activities for folks of all ages right across town. Many of those involve little or no value, which is a nice bonus and ought to warm the guts, if not your pocketbook.
Why not start with an recent favourite — tobogganing? The hardest part concerning this passtime is selecting your toboggan. Do you go along with the traditional sled or the easy synthetic carpet, or do you go all out and find a supped-up racer with a steering wheel? Simply head out to your local Canadian Tire, WalMart or toy or ironmongery store to discover the different sorts available and create your purchase.
Once you’ve got your toboggan, opt for from among Toronto’s favourite hills and many great runs at Toronto parks. In Downtown Toronto you’ll notice runs at Trinity Bellwoods Park, Bickford Park and Christie Pitts. In West Toronto High Park and Rennie Park are tops. Centennial Park and West Deane Park are widespread spots for tobogganing in Etobicoke. In Midtown, Balfour Park at the Rosehill Reservoir and Cedarvale Park are both nice for youngsters. In North Toronto there are terrific toboggan runs at Sherwood Park, also starter runs at Lawrence Park and at Otter Creek. North York residents grasp to test out Earl Bales Park. East Toronto has the foremost famous toboggan hill in town at Riverdale Park East, where tobogganers enjoy spectacular views of town skyline. Greenwood Park also has some nice starter runs for young youngsters. In Scarborough Adams Park and Thomson Memorial Park are popular.
Tobogganing can be nice exercise and great fun for the entire family, but please keep in mind to have the insufficient ones wear helmets. Stay alert and remember not to toboggan anywhere close to trees or other objects that may hinder the trail of a toboggan and cause injuries, and be respectful regarding sharing the hills with alternative toboganners so that there aren’t any unnecessary collisions.
If tobogganing is not your issue, perhaps skiing or snowboarding is. No need to drive all the manner up north — you’ll do those right here in the city. Toronto has two public ski hills at Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard Centre (Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst Street) in North York and Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre (Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road) in Etobicoke. Each centres supply a selection of programs for all ages and skill levels. Non-public lessons and clinics are out there. There’s also a March Break camp. Restricted rentals are available on-website for skis and equipment. For those who cannot depart during the day or weekend, there are even opportunities for night skiing.
If hills are not your issue, there is continually ice skating, the great Canadian pastime. Toronto encompasses a myriad of indoor and outdoor facilities where you’ll be able to lace up and skate to your heart’s content. Leisure skate programs and schedules vary from rink to rink but will embody the following: Parent and Tot Skate, Youth/Teen Skate, Adult Skate, Older Adult Skate, Family Skate, Public Skate (all ages) and even shinny hockey. The Public and Family Skate is free for all ages. There’s a $3 fee for the adult skate within the indoor arenas only. Over and above leisure skating Toronto’s ice rinks can be booked for pickup hockey and birthday parties. Of course, organized hockey leagues and skating clinics also are part of the combination.
A glistening sheet of ice newly groomed by a zamboni in one in every of Toronto’s indoor arenas is as sleek a skate as you will find. Indoor arenas are open for leisure skating programs from October through March. For the skating purist there’s nothing like the joys of skating outdoors, breathing contemporary air and taking in the scenery. Night skating especially, with a light-weight sprinkle of snow in the air, is simply magical. Cap it all off with a hot chocolate afterwards, and also the outing is simply perfect.
Bus routes along Midland Avenue and McCowan Road connect passengers to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Lawrence Avenue and Ellesmere Road buses provide connecting routes to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.
Motorists are approximately five minutes from the McCowan Road on-ramp to Highway 401.