You thought you knew everything about Scarborough?!
We’ve put a Top Ten List of things you might have missed.
#1. Eric McCormack, Mike Myers, and Jim Carrey all come from Scarborough.
#2. The area was named after Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England by Elizabeth Simcoe, the wife of first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. The bluffs along Scarborough’s lake Ontario shores reminded her of the limestone cliffs in Scarborough, England. Before that, the area was named Glasgow, after the Scottish community.
#3. Mike Myers’ breakout film, “Wayne’s World”, which he co-wrote and played the lead role in, was 10th highest grossing film of 1992. Mike’s character was inspired by growing up in Scarborough.
#4. Scarborough is home to the largest zoo in Canada and 5th largest in the world – Toronto Zoo.
#5. Scarborough is the largest district of Toronto. It is almost 3 times larger than Manhattan Island, NYC, with the population of just under 700,000, out of 2,600,000 Toronto residents.
#6. Scarborough is home to the first and only Canada’s National Urban Park – Rouge National Urban Park. The park is home to more than 11,000 birds from at least 225 bird species, 765 plant species, 55 fish species, 27 mammal species and 19 reptile and amphibian species: It’s 13 times the size of New York’s Central Park, or in Canadian terms – 31,308 NHL size hockey rinks.
#7. Scarborough Town Center is the 10th largest mall in Canada.
#8.Toronto, which is considered to be one of the best, livable and happiest cities in the world, Scarborough itself has been declared to be the greenest part of Toronto.
#9. Scarborough is considered to be one of, if not the most multiethnic place on Earth.
#10. Scarborough Film Festival is the only event of its kind in Toronto held outside of Toronto’s downtown core and only the 2nd film festival in Toronto and GTA to be open to select and present any type of films.