Friends of the Bluffs
'Friends of the Bluffs' grew from the awareness campaign created by Toronto Natural Shorelines and developed further out of our mutual appreciation for this 3 km heritage shoreline. Our group is involved in community outreach, advocacy and stewardship and the parks we are connected to are East Point, Grey Abbey, and the Guild. We are advocating for the preservation of the 3 km natural sand beach, for the benefit of both the local and regional community, and for the enjoyment of future generations. We believe a natural sand beach of 3 km is a treasure worth preserving.
Our work includes:
Community engagement with monthly walking tours, and participation in community events
Research and writing articles in local publications
Creative programs, photography and art exhibits
Education of natural features of flora, fauna, and invasive species
Stewardship and conservation; Great Canadian Shoreline cleanup, Adopt-a-Pond program, Turtle Tally
The goal of our group is to create more awareness of important natural features of the area (diverse flora, geology of bluffs, natural shoreline and local wildlife). Our hope is to create more opportunity for the local community to become
involved in stewardship, conservation and recreation. We would like to see this natural area recognized for the environmental, geological and recreational asset that it is.
It you would like to join our team, please contact us today!
Former President of 'Save the Toronto Bluffs'
I have had the good fortune of living along the Scarborough Bluffs on Guildwood Parkway for 50 years. My passion for this natural shoreline with its spectacular surrounding is always inspiring. On a typical walk along this beach front you may encounter hundreds of birds resting on the shores or people picnicking, swimming, boating, hiking and the everyday dog walkers. Saving the sandy Guildwood beachfront from TRCA’s waterfront roadway agenda has been for me a 30 year struggle. With the helpful input from several prominent members of our community, I drew up an alternate waterfront concept plan as an option to the TRCA roadway plan. Creating an aesthetically pleasing and recreationally usable new waterfront facility that will save our natural shoreline is our primary objective.
Research, Creative Content, Community Programs
After discovering the natural shoreline of East Point a couple of years ago, I soon relocated to the area so that I could spend more time by the water. I find it remarkable to have access to such a beautiful open shore, especially when living in such a large city like Toronto. I believe there is a unique opportunity to embrace the meaningful connection that people have with nature and hopefully it can be honoured by recognizing the value of this area. Let's preserve this regional treasure for the benefit of everyone! The sand beaches of Grey Abbey and East Point are not just a shoreline but a place where many people go to experience the restorative benefits of being in nature and being at the water's edge. It would be unfortunate to have the natural features of this shoreline destroyed by short-sighted planning that reduce the area to a means for an end. Let's preserve this
shoreline for the benefit of all including future generations.
Research, Community Engagement, Outreach
Hello fellow shoreline enthusiasts. I have had the pleasure of living in the vicinity of the Scarborough Waterfront for 43 years, and the last 10 years in Guildwood village. I advocate for an unaltered natural experience along our shoreline, with a focus on East Point Beach and vicinity. I believe conservation takes priority over development. All my life I have been going down to the lake, and adapting my experiences, recreation, and activities to reflect what already exists along the shore. I believe we as humans do not have the right nor the knowledge base to develop or alter the natural shoreline to create artificial pleasures. As a supporter and contributor to Toronto Natural Shorelines, I believe we need to protect and enhance existing features especially at beaches which are threatened by shoreline hardening. I urge folks to come down to the lake, enjoy our natural beach in Scarborough. Take only memories, leave only footprints. Thank you.
Community Outreach. Shoreline Campaigner
As part of the Toronto Natural Shorelines team, I am calling attention to the larger issues at stake when human development assumes priority over the protection of the natural environment. Nature should be acknowledged as the life affirming support for all species to exist, not just human. We are all part of an intricate chain of life interacting with one another to achieve balance. Our actions have far reaching consequences with every species we share this earth with. Let us share our planet responsibly with all living species by giving them the environment they need to exist. Their success will be ours!
Community Outreach, Shoreline Campaigner
When I found the natural beaches at the bottom of the Scarborough bluffs,
I thought I had found paradise. I couldn't believe we had such a long stretch of gorgeous, natural shoreline that the public could use. I decided at that point I would move to Scarborough to be closer to beaches. My son and I started taking care of the shoreline by cleaning up any garbage we would find washed up on shore or left behind by others enjoying the beach in an effort to make it more enjoyable for our picnics and for anyone else visiting. When we heard the beach may be paved,
we started dedicating our time to ensuring others learn about this natural
treasure in the hopes that the TRCA chooses
preservation over destruction.
Gerard T. Arbour
Community Outreach, Shoreline Campaigner
I have lived in The Bluffs with my family since 1993. Having seen firsthand
the necessity for erosion control measures to save homes and streets due to long past municipal planning that was short in foresight, I find it important to become involved at this point in shoreline development to preserve the natural shoreline and beaches that remain. There are so few access points that exist for public access to the base of the Scarborough Bluffs, and there is increasing pressures and environmental spillover with more visitors to residential communities above the bluffs. Building a continuous path along the shoreline will dramatically add to this bottleneck traffic pressure, not to mention have dramatic effect on the natural habitat and features of the shorelines, the bluffs and Bluffs Communities. Take a walk along the natural beaches of The Bluffs, there is much to enjoy and appreciate. Preserving as much as possible of the remaining natural features
of the shoreline is a plan where doing less will have much more
beneficial and lasting effect.
Suzanne Monique Jaeger
Community Outreach and Programs
Suzanne has a PhD in Philosophy from York University, Toronto, Canada.
She is currently employed at the University of Toronto, Scarborough as the
Research Partnerships and Innovation Officer. Suzanne is also a canfitpro certified fitness instructor and older adult fitness specialist. She is a published author and former professional dancer who trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet professional school. Suzanne continues to dance any opportunity that comes her way.
Her favourite dance is done with the hawks, gulls, swans, deer
and rabbits that live along the lakeshore habitat between
Bluffer's point and Pickering.