The Birch Cliff area began to be developed in 1895, when the Toronto Hunt Club relocated here. Fox Hunts were held at this club up until the 1930's, when golf became the membership's preferred activity. In the late 1890's and early 1900's many Toronto residents built summer cottages on the property adjacent to the Toronto hunt Club. These cottagers were attracted to the area by the magnificent Scarborough Bluffs.
Birch Cliff is an established, family oriented neighbourhood set amidst the backdrop of the Scarborough Bluffs and Lake Ontario. Drawing attention away from the lake is Kingston Road, a major thoroughfare that arches it's way through the centre of this neighbourhood.
Two distinct residential pockets within the greater Birch Cliff area include the exclusive "Fallingbrook" community, located west of the Toronto Hunt Club to the south of Kingston Road, and the "Birch Cliff Heights" community, situated on the north side of Kingston Road, between Birchmount and Kennedy Road.
Birch Cliff contains an excellent selection of bungalows, storey-and-a-half houses and detached, two-storey homes that feature Tudor, Edwardian and Cape Cod designs. This neighbourhood's original housing dates from the 1910's all the way up to the 1950's. Birch Cliff also contains a fairly large number of modern homes that have been built in the 1980's and 1990's.
The highly sought after "Fallingbrook" district is known for its lavish topography and splendid manor houses that overlook Lake Ontario. Fallingbrook also contains a large number of houses that back onto the picturesque grounds of the Toronto Hunt Club.
The Birchmount Park Community Centre, Stadium, Leisure Pool and arena located at Kingston and Birchmount Roads, is one of Toronto's largest multi-purpose recreational facilities which also contains baseball diamonds and sports fields. The Scarborough Arena Gardens indoor ice arena situated adjacent to Birchmount Stadium is the home of the Scarborough Wexford Raiders. Jr. "A" Hockey Club.
The Birchmount Community Centre is located across from the arena. This centre offers a full range of adult, seniors' and children's programming. This modern community centre also features a large indoor pool that is used for recreational swims and lessons.
Schools in area
Birch Cliff, 1650 Kingston Rd., (416) 396-6060
Birch Cliff Heights, 120 Highview Ave., (416) 396-6065
Blantyre, 290 Blantyre Ave., (416) 396-6070
Courcelette, 100 Fallingbrook Rd., (416) 396-6185
Birchmount Park C.I., 3663 Danforth Rd., (416) 396-6704
Neil McNeil, 127 Victoria Park Ave., (416) 393-5502