Woburn

Ted Hamer, Skratch Won, and Rowell Soller 'Lawrence Orton' Mural
3941 Lawrence Avenue East
This mural was painted by artists Ted Hamer, Skratch Won and Rowell Soller, and depicts the natural environment intersecting with the built environment. Many native species to the area are featured in the mural, including a blue jay and red fox. Colourful lettering reads 'Lawrence Orton' with local buildings emerging from the top. This mural was created in partnership with StreetARToronto, Park People, Toronto Community Housing Corporation and SKETCH.

Amir Akbari Mural
3847 Lawrence Avenue East
This mural honours and represents all the women and caregivers in the community who work hard to support and maintain a healthy community where children have opportunities to grow and thrive.

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre and Gardens
225 Confederation Drive
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a vibrant City-run arts hub housed in a 1912 historic mansion, nestled within picturesque gardens. The main house features the Cedar Ridge Gallery, which is run in partnership with the Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery to highlight contemporary artists, local community arts groups and more. The upper floor of the house, as well as the adjacent Carriage House, consists of working studio spaces where engaging, hands-on creative arts programs are offered for all ages. The nearby cottage is home to the summer artist residency program and the Community Arts Guild. Behind Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a nature trail that connects with a formal paved path in Highland Creek Park and leads to Morningside Park.

Norris-Lybourne House
24 Stonemanse Court
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This home is one of the oldest existing fieldstone houses in Scarborough. It was designed in the Wilderness Georgian Style. Its stone walls demonstrate the workmanship and construction practices of the early Scottish stonemasons. It was for this reason that the home was heritage designated in October 1979.

Scarboro Golf and Country Club
321 Scarborough Golf Club Road
*Note: Private property. Please observe the golf course from the sidewalk only. The history of Scarboro Golf and Country Club dates back to 1912. The 144-acre course was originally designed by Canadian golf course architect George Cumming, but was redesigned in 1924 by one of North America's premier golf course designers, Albert Warren Tillinghast. The course has hosted four Canadian Opens, the Canadian Tour Championship and several amateur championships. The golf course was also a filming location for Academy Award-winning movie 'Spotlight', released in 2015.

Masaryk Memorial Institute
450 Scarborough Golf Club Road
Masaryk Memorial Institute is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. It offers programs and activities that promote and preserve Czech and Slovak heritage in Canada. It was established by those who fled from oppression in their countries in 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Nearby is 'Crucified Again', a public art piece that acts as a symbol of Soviet oppression. The monument was created by sculptor Josef Randa and unveiled on Czechoslovak Day in 1989.

Secor Cairn and Memorial Park
20 Stevenwood Road
Secor Cairn was erected in 1938 and is a large stone monument that contains 12 gravestones, mostly of the Secor family. The cairn marks a family burial ground, with the earliest recorded burial in 1819. It was erected in memory of Peter Secor, the first Reeve of the Township of Scarborough, and local official and council president in 1850.

Toronto Public Library - Cedarbrae Branch
545 Markham Road
Cedarbrae Library is a beautiful, recently renovated Toronto Public Library branch that features a 1750-square-foot auditorium as well as plenty of literature and information on the history of Scarborough. The library originally opened in 1966 as the Cedarbrae Regional Library and was renovated in 2010 to better serve the surrounding community. As part of the renovation, an installation of three lines from Rosemary Sullivan's poem 'Exile' was mounted in bronze lettering on the walkway to the library. The poem reads, 'a man packed a country/ in a suitcase with his shoes/ and left.' Poetry is Public is Poetry is an initiative of the City of Toronto Cultural Services and Transportation Services in partnership with the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Public Library Foundation.

Cedar Brook Park
91 Eastpark Boulevard
This 18.6-hectare park features many trails, a picnic area and a children's playground set in the naturalized ravine of West Highland Creek.

J.P. Wheler House
330 Bellamy Road
*Note: Private property. Please use caution while you observe the building from the parking lot only. Hidden behind the red church building is the former home of J.P. Wheler, a very prominent miller and one of the fathers of Scarborough's incorporation in 1850. The house is an example of rural Victorian style in nineteenth century, Canadian vernacular architecture. The use of coloured brick highlights its steeply pitched roof, and the decorative barge boards and finials at the gable ends are typical Victorian characteristics.

Tabor Hill Ossuaries
Indian Mound Crescent
Tabor Hill is a significant site of Indigenous ancestors. The site was traditionally used as a sacred burial ground by the Wendat People, said to house the remains of approximately 475 people. All First Nations have their own burial practices, however there certainly were differences in burying practices among nations. According to Wendat tradition, a specific ceremony called the Yandatsa ('the kettle' in Wendat language) was conducted during which those that had passed on were honoured. Today that feast is often referred to in English as the 'Feast of the Dead' a term that was coined by the Jesuits. The traditional ceremony, again, followed a very particular methodology by which those that had passed on would be guided in their journey beyond the physical plane. The site is also located in close proximity to a thirteenth century ancestral Wendat village, which is about a mile up the Highland Creek.

Churchill Heights Public School
749 Brimorton Drive
This local public elementary school serves the local community but it was also once where the two founding members of famous Canadian band Barenaked Ladies met. Ed Robertson and Steven Page attended school here and by 1988 they were performing for live audiences. In 1991, the band performed on Speakers' Corner, introducing themselves as the Barenaked Ladies and sang 'Be My Yoko Ono'. The clip which aired on local TV channels became very popular and helped grow the band's fan base. That same year they released a self-titled 5-song tape, featuring songs 'Be My Yoko Ono', 'Brian Wilson' and 'If I had a Million Dollars'. That cassette became the first independent release to be certified platinum in Canada for sales of more than 100,000 copies. The band has since sold millions of albums world-wide, received numerous accolades and been inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame.

Confederation Park - Scarborough
250 Dolly Varden Boulevard
This 9.6-hectare park features three tennis courts, two volleyball courts, a basketball court, a children's playground and an off-leash dogs area.

Ryan Dineen Mural
1967 Ellesmere Road
This painted/mixed media mural was developed through a community-created design process informed by local children and youth and reminds us of the beauty and essential need to respect the environment.

Christian Giroux and Daniel Young 'Reticulated Gambol'
Lee Centre Park
Both a jungle gym and a contemporary artwork, 'Reticulated Gambol' challenges the imagination of neighbourhood children just as its creation challenged the talents of acclaimed Canadian artists Christian Giroux and Daniel Young. This functional and interactive public artwork is made from standard CSA-certified playground equipment. Its symmetrical, blue steel square form sets it apart from the multi-coloured, asymmetrical arrangements found in a typical playground.

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Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough
100 Galloway Rd, Scarborough, ON M1E 1W7

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We hope that you enjoyed exploring this Toronto neighbourhood and found many other points of interest along the way. While StrollTO highlights some of the 'hidden gems' in the neighbourhood, there may be others that could be included in a future edition. Would you like to share a point of interest that you discovered in the neighbourhood? Email us at [email protected].

Neighbourhood Stroll

This large Scarborough neighbourhood has plentiful historic and cultural sites, green spaces, public art, and local businesses. There's something for everyone! Fantastic local businesses await on Lawrence Avenue East, Ellesmere Road, and Markham Road.

Main Streets: Lawrence Avenue East, Ellesmere Road and Markham Road.
  1. Ted Hamer, Skratch Won, and Rowell Soller 'Lawrence Orton' Mural
    3941 Lawrence Avenue East
    This mural was painted by artists Ted Hamer, Skratch Won and Rowell Soller, and depicts the natural environment intersecting with the built environment. Many native species to the area are featured in the mural, including a blue jay and red fox. Colourful lettering reads 'Lawrence Orton' with local buildings emerging from the top. This mural was created in partnership with StreetARToronto, Park People, Toronto Community Housing Corporation and SKETCH.
  2. Amir Akbari Mural
    3847 Lawrence Avenue East
    This mural honours and represents all the women and caregivers in the community who work hard to support and maintain a healthy community where children have opportunities to grow and thrive.
  3. Cedar Ridge Creative Centre and Gardens
    225 Confederation Drive
    Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a vibrant City-run arts hub housed in a 1912 historic mansion, nestled within picturesque gardens. The main house features the Cedar Ridge Gallery, which is run in partnership with the Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery to highlight contemporary artists, local community arts groups and more. The upper floor of the house, as well as the adjacent Carriage House, consists of working studio spaces where engaging, hands-on creative arts programs are offered for all ages. The nearby cottage is home to the summer artist residency program and the Community Arts Guild. Behind Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a nature trail that connects with a formal paved path in Highland Creek Park and leads to Morningside Park.
  4. Norris-Lybourne House
    24 Stonemanse Court
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This home is one of the oldest existing fieldstone houses in Scarborough. It was designed in the Wilderness Georgian Style. Its stone walls demonstrate the workmanship and construction practices of the early Scottish stonemasons. It was for this reason that the home was heritage designated in October 1979.
  5. Scarboro Golf and Country Club
    321 Scarborough Golf Club Road
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the golf course from the sidewalk only. The history of Scarboro Golf and Country Club dates back to 1912. The 144-acre course was originally designed by Canadian golf course architect George Cumming, but was redesigned in 1924 by one of North America's premier golf course designers, Albert Warren Tillinghast. The course has hosted four Canadian Opens, the Canadian Tour Championship and several amateur championships. The golf course was also a filming location for Academy Award-winning movie 'Spotlight', released in 2015.
  6. Masaryk Memorial Institute
    450 Scarborough Golf Club Road
    Masaryk Memorial Institute is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. It offers programs and activities that promote and preserve Czech and Slovak heritage in Canada. It was established by those who fled from oppression in their countries in 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Nearby is 'Crucified Again', a public art piece that acts as a symbol of Soviet oppression. The monument was created by sculptor Josef Randa and unveiled on Czechoslovak Day in 1989.
  7. Secor Cairn and Memorial Park
    20 Stevenwood Road
    Secor Cairn was erected in 1938 and is a large stone monument that contains 12 gravestones, mostly of the Secor family. The cairn marks a family burial ground, with the earliest recorded burial in 1819. It was erected in memory of Peter Secor, the first Reeve of the Township of Scarborough, and local official and council president in 1850.
  8. Toronto Public Library - Cedarbrae Branch
    545 Markham Road
    Cedarbrae Library is a beautiful, recently renovated Toronto Public Library branch that features a 1750-square-foot auditorium as well as plenty of literature and information on the history of Scarborough. The library originally opened in 1966 as the Cedarbrae Regional Library and was renovated in 2010 to better serve the surrounding community. As part of the renovation, an installation of three lines from Rosemary Sullivan's poem 'Exile' was mounted in bronze lettering on the walkway to the library. The poem reads, 'a man packed a country/ in a suitcase with his shoes/ and left.' Poetry is Public is Poetry is an initiative of the City of Toronto Cultural Services and Transportation Services in partnership with the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Public Library Foundation.
  9. Cedar Brook Park
    91 Eastpark Boulevard
    This 18.6-hectare park features many trails, a picnic area and a children's playground set in the naturalized ravine of West Highland Creek.
  10. J.P. Wheler House
    330 Bellamy Road
    *Note: Private property. Please use caution while you observe the building from the parking lot only. Hidden behind the red church building is the former home of J.P. Wheler, a very prominent miller and one of the fathers of Scarborough's incorporation in 1850. The house is an example of rural Victorian style in nineteenth century, Canadian vernacular architecture. The use of coloured brick highlights its steeply pitched roof, and the decorative barge boards and finials at the gable ends are typical Victorian characteristics.
  11. Tabor Hill Ossuaries
    Indian Mound Crescent
    Tabor Hill is a significant site of Indigenous ancestors. The site was traditionally used as a sacred burial ground by the Wendat People, said to house the remains of approximately 475 people. All First Nations have their own burial practices, however there certainly were differences in burying practices among nations. According to Wendat tradition, a specific ceremony called the Yandatsa ('the kettle' in Wendat language) was conducted during which those that had passed on were honoured. Today that feast is often referred to in English as the 'Feast of the Dead' a term that was coined by the Jesuits. The traditional ceremony, again, followed a very particular methodology by which those that had passed on would be guided in their journey beyond the physical plane. The site is also located in close proximity to a thirteenth century ancestral Wendat village, which is about a mile up the Highland Creek.
  12. Churchill Heights Public School
    749 Brimorton Drive
    This local public elementary school serves the local community but it was also once where the two founding members of famous Canadian band Barenaked Ladies met. Ed Robertson and Steven Page attended school here and by 1988 they were performing for live audiences. In 1991, the band performed on Speakers' Corner, introducing themselves as the Barenaked Ladies and sang 'Be My Yoko Ono'. The clip which aired on local TV channels became very popular and helped grow the band's fan base. That same year they released a self-titled 5-song tape, featuring songs 'Be My Yoko Ono', 'Brian Wilson' and 'If I had a Million Dollars'. That cassette became the first independent release to be certified platinum in Canada for sales of more than 100,000 copies. The band has since sold millions of albums world-wide, received numerous accolades and been inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame.
  13. Confederation Park - Scarborough
    250 Dolly Varden Boulevard
    This 9.6-hectare park features three tennis courts, two volleyball courts, a basketball court, a children's playground and an off-leash dogs area.
  14. Ryan Dineen Mural
    1967 Ellesmere Road
    This painted/mixed media mural was developed through a community-created design process informed by local children and youth and reminds us of the beauty and essential need to respect the environment.
  15. Christian Giroux and Daniel Young 'Reticulated Gambol'
    Lee Centre Park
    Both a jungle gym and a contemporary artwork, 'Reticulated Gambol' challenges the imagination of neighbourhood children just as its creation challenged the talents of acclaimed Canadian artists Christian Giroux and Daniel Young. This functional and interactive public artwork is made from standard CSA-certified playground equipment. Its symmetrical, blue steel square form sets it apart from the multi-coloured, asymmetrical arrangements found in a typical playground.

Accessibility information: All points of interest are viewable from the street or a paved trail. Cedar Brook Park has a steep incline at its entrance.

Soundtracks of the City

From global superstars to local favourites and ones to watch, the Soundtracks of the City playlists all feature artists who have called Toronto home. Whether it’s a lyric about the neighborhood, an artist representing a cultural community, or a tie-in to the StrollTO itinerary itself, all the music reflects connections to an individual ward or the City as a whole.

Music was chosen based on an artist’s Spotify presence and each song’s broad appeal, as well as its associations with the cultures, languages and ethnicities that reflect Toronto’s neighborhoods and diverse music scene. Soundtracks of the City combines 425 songs that feature more than 500 different local artists or acts, showcasing songs in 23 different languages.