This lovely neighbourhood at the top of the Scarborough Bluffs was originally farm land until the Toronto Hunt Club established itself here in 1895. Shortly after that, cottages started to be built around the beautiful picturesque grounds of the club and Birch Cliff Village, one of Scarborough's first neighbourhoods, was born.
The boundaries of the Birch Cliff community stretch from Lake Ontario to the south, Victoria Park Avenue to the west, just east of Birchmount Road and south of Danforth Avenue to the east and north up to the CN Rail tracks which are just south of Danforth Road.
Tudor style, Elizabethan, and post war homes are common to the area as are some turn of the century Victorian summer homes and cottages. Many current and new homeowners have chosen to renovate, restore and re-build their homes in turn adding more value to the area.
Within the Birch Cliff neighbourhood are two distinct smaller neighbourhoods, namely Fallingbrook and Hunt Club, that have features that identify them as unique and very desirable. The Fallingbrook area is well know for its beautiful prestige homes in ravine and lakefront settings. The winding hilly streets offer local homeowners some spectacular views of Lake Ontario and treed ravines. The Hunt Club residential neighbourhood lies just north of Kingston Road across from the Toronto Hunt Club property. This unique neighbourhood was designed with boulevards, winding roads and cul-de-sacs. Driving through the neighbourhood you can't help but notice the the lovely homes, well manicured lawns and gardens and children playing everywhere. These two distinct neighbourhoods are among the most desiderable areas of the city.
Along the Bluffs edge are some stunning properties overlooking Lake Ontario and many of the streets are inter-connecting which makes for some lovely neighbourhood walks or strolls. The area further north ( north of Danforth Avenue ) is now referred to as Birch Cliff Heights.
A notable section of the neighbourhood is the former Birch Cliff Quarry hence the name of a popular local family restaurant, The Quarry Cafe, at the junction of Gerrard Street East and Clonmore Avenue. The land covers a large area south of the railroad tracks, north of Gerrard Street East and east of Victoria Park Avenue. The area currently remains undeveloped, with a golf driving range on the western portion of the land. Plans are in the works to develop the site with much objection from the local community on the density of the planned project.
COMMUNITY NEWS and PUBLICATIONS
Rosetta McClain Gardens, located on the Bluff near the eastern boundary of the neighbourhood, is a scenic and peaceful park for a lovely afternoon stroll. It is open all year round and is a favourite for wedding photography.
The Scarborough Arts Council and The Bluffs Gallery are located at 1859 Kingston Road ( just east of Birchmount Road ). The council is a not-for-profit community arts organization providing programs and services for the benefit of artists and the community. The Bluffs Gallery is host to wonderful exhibits throughout the year.
The Markets by the Bluffs hosts a summer farmers market at 1512 Kingston Road ( northeast corner of Birchcliff Road and Kingston Road ). Look for a lovely selection of organic produce, artisinal breads, cheeses, fish and meats while being entertained by local musicians.
SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
On Birchmount Road just north of Kingston Road is Scarborough Gardens Arena which is a very popular local leasure and hockey rink. Adjacent to the rink is the Birchmount Community Centre, a multi-purpose recreational facility which offers many programs for all ages through the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre.
Variety Village, a state of the art fitness and life skills facility, makes its home on Danforth Avenue just west of the Kingston Road junction.
Blantyre Park, located just north of Kingston Road between Blantyre Avenue and Fallingbrook Road, hosts community playing fields and an outdoor pool.
SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES
Taylor Memorial Library is the local branch of the Toronto Public Library. It is located on the northwest corner of Warden Avenue and Kingston Road and is wheelchair accessible.
Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute located at 3366 Danforth Avenue is the public secondary school for all students in the area. The school is well known for its strong athletic program which is open to out of area students. The students have access to an excellent sports stadium and have great support of their activities from the school and the community. Students are selected into the program based on their athletic abilities as well as academic standings.
Birch Cliff Public School located at 1650 Kingston Road is the local primary public school ( JK - 8 ). Established in 1916 as a small four room school house, new rooms and wings have been added over the years. Many generations of the same families have passed through the halls over the years.
Birch Cliff Heights Public School - located at 120 Highview Avenue at the foot of Kennedy Road, this JK - 8 public school services the students residing in the Birch Cliff Heights community.
Courcelette Public School - located at 100 Fallingbrook Road ( south of Kingston Road and east of Victorial Park Avenue ) is a community public school for students JK - 8.
Blantyre Public School - located at 290 Blantyre Avenue ( north of Kingston Road and east of Victoria Park Avenue ) is a community public school for students JK - 8.
Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School - Located at 127 Victoria Park Avenue ( south of Kingston Road ).
SPIRITUAL/PLACES OF WORSHIP
Birchcliff Bluffs United Church - 33 East Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1N 1Z9
St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff ( Anglican Church of Canada ) - 1512 Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 1R7
Scarborough Baptist Church - 1597 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1N 1S3