Bendale was settled in 1796 by David and Mary Thomson, who were the first Europeans to reside in the former Township of Scarborough. David Thomson’s brothers, Andrew and Archibald, also settled nearby. Thomson Memorial Park is named in honor of this pioneer family. Historical landmarks at Thomson Memorial Park include the “Springfield House,” built in 1840 by Andrew Thomson’s son James, and the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, built in 1849 on land donated by David Thomson.
Bendale was originally known as Benlomond, which was the name given to the local post office in 1878. However the Benlomond name had already been in use elsewhere and in 1881, this community was renamed Bendale. When the development of the present-day neighborhood took place in the 1950s the Bendale name was adopted by Bendale Public School, Bendale Park, and Bendale Boulevard.
Bendale is a culturally diverse, middle-income neighborhood that is conveniently located near TTC and Go Transit lines. Neighborhood landmarks include Thompson Memorial Park, Scarborough Town Shopping Centre, the Scarborough Civic Centre and Scarborough General Hospital.
Bendale’s housing stock consists mostly of bungalows and split-level brick houses built in the 1950s and 1960s. These houses are situated on generous size lots with private driveways and either a garage or a car-port. The houses here are well maintained and the lots are well treed, providing for a pleasing streetscape.
The Scarborough Town Shopping Centre located off McCowan Road, north of Ellesmere Road, is one of Toronto’s largest shopping centers with over two-hundred shops and restaurants. The busy shopping corridor along Lawrence Avenue includes a discount department store, a large supermarket, a home care center, a dollar store, fast food restaurants an oriental supermarket, new car dealerships, a bingo club, and an assortment of small shopping plazas. Danforth Road, south of Lawrence Avenue is highlighted by a country farm market, a large drug store, convenience stores, and restaurants. The Birkdale Plaza, located off Ellesmere Road, features an East Indian restaurant, a grocery store, a clothing store, and a video store.
Recreation & Culture
The Thomson Memorial Park, situated off Brimley Road is the home of the Scarborough Historical Museum. This is one of Toronto’s largest and most beautiful parks and has many fine picnic spots. There is also a children’s zoo. Recreational facilities at this park include a paved trail, a sports field, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a wading pool, a children’s playground, and a snack bar. Wintertime activities at Thompson Memorial Park include cross-country skiing, skating, and tobogganing.
The Birkdale Community Center, located at 1299 Ellesmere Road, offers neighborhood meeting rooms. The adjacent park contains a paved recreation trail that connects with the Thompson Memorial Park. The center offers programs for all ages and skills with a focus on older adults. There are scenic views of nature such as the park, wildlife, and the creek from the large windows in the rooms.
- Amberdale Ravine Park
- Amberdale Ravine Park
- Amberdale Ravine Park
- Donwood Park
- Edgewood Park
- Frank Faubert Wood Lot
- Hague Park
- Knob Hill Park
- Thomson Memorial Park
- Pringdale Ravine (Pringdale Dream Parkette)
- Hunters Glen Park
- McCowan Park
- St. Andrews Park
Bus routes along Midland Avenue and McCowan Road connect passengers to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Lawrence Avenue and Ellesmere Road buses provide connecting routes to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Motorists are approximately five minutes from the McCowan Road on-ramp to Highway 401.
Bendale has 12 Public schools, 5 Catholic schools, and 5 Private schools in this neighbourhood, your kids can get a great education.
Address: 16 Haileybury Dr, Scarborough, ON M1K 4X5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6340 | Fax: (416) 396-3399 | Email: HuntersGlen@tdsb.on.ca
“Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School is a diverse community school which is known for its warm and welcoming school climate. Our school provides a safe and caring environment for both staff and students with a strong focus on academics and character education. Our population of approximately 400 students includes Kindergarten through Grade 6. The student population is composed of many cultural groups, the majority of whom speak English as their first language. Among the many other first languages in our community, Tamil and Urdu are the most frequently spoken.” As originally published by Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School
Address: 25 Marcos Blvd, Scarborough, ON M1K 5A7, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6130 | Fax: (416) 396-6133 | Email: CharlesGordon@tdsb.on.ca
“Charles Gordon Senior P.S., home of The Gators, opened in 1970 and is named after Charles William Gordon (1860 – 1937), a noted Canadian author who composed numerous works under the pen name of Ralph Connor. The school provides regular English programming for approximately 250 students who reside in the immediate attendance area. The school is also a site for Extended French programming. An additional 200 students, most of whom live outside the immediate community, participate in this program.” As originally published by Charles Gordon Senior Public School
Address: 339 Alton Towers Cir, Scarborough, ON M1V 5H3, Canada | Telephone: 416 397-2014
“L’école Laure-Rièse est une école élémentaire qui accueille des élèves de la maternelle à la 6e année. Elle compte maintenant 208 étudiants. Notre mission en tant que communauté de Laure-Rièse est notre engagement à vivre et à promouvoir les valeurs de respect, de collaboration et de persévérance afin d’aider l’élève à développer son plein potentiel dans son cheminement scolaire.” As originally published by É Élém Laure-Rièse
Address: 150 Carnforth Rd, North York, ON M4A 2H6, Canada | Telephone: 416 397-2080
“L’éducation des enfants se fait grâce à une alliance école, famille et communauté. Le travail en équipe et la création de partenariats solides sont essentiels pour s’assurer que les élèves réalisent leur plein potentiel. Ensemble, nous pouvons les accompagner à devenir des citoyens engagés et responsables contribuant à l’essor de notre société. Soyez assurés que l’équipe de Jeanne-Lajoie s’engage à offrir un milieu éducatif enrichissant, inclusif et bienveillant à vos enfants.” As originally published by É Élém Jeanne-Lajoie
Address: 300 Banbury Rd, North York, ON M2L 2W2, Canada | Telephone: 416 397-2085
“Ayant été la première école francophone du Grand Toronto, l’École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé occupe un lieu privilégié d’éducation de langue française au sein de la population de Toronto et des environs. Nous sommes le reflet de la communauté francophone torontoise actuelle. Notre école est enrichie par la présence d’élèves et de membres du personnel qui nous arrivent des quatre coins du monde et qui travaillent dans une atmosphère de respect et de collaboration.” As originally published by ÉS Étienne-Brûlé
Address: 61 Dorcot Ave, Scarborough, ON M1P 3K5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6201 | Fax: (416) 396-3297 | Email: DonwoodPark@tdsb.on.ca
Donwood Park Public School is located in east Toronto, north of Lawrence Avenue, between Midland and Brimley Avenues. The school opened in 1956 and has since had two additions, and is now a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school. The main two-story building (Donwood Campus) houses our kindergarten to grade three classrooms, a music room, art room, gymnasium, and library (The Learning Commons). Our junior and intermediate classes are housed in Highbrook Campus, right next door. This building also has a drama room, music/band room, STEM room, a gymnasium, and a separate lunchroom. As originally published by Donwood Park Public School
Address: 2740 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P 2S7, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-5525 | Fax: (416) 396-5524 | Email: DMThomson@tdsb.on.ca
“David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute welcomed its first students in September 1958. Since then, Thomson has maintained a reputation for academic excellence. The programs for Grades 9 to 12 are semester to accommodate the program needs of all students. The school’s population of approximately 1100 is ideal for teacher/student mentoring. In Grade 9, students receive special attention throughout the year in order to ensure a smooth transition to high school. Extensive use is made of peer leaders in Grade 9 classes, as well as, PASS (Peer Assisted Student Success), and peer tutors.” As originally published by David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute
Address: 230 Birkdale Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3S4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6215 | Fax: (416) 396-6267 | Email: Edgewood@tdsb.on.ca
“The mission statement of Edgewood, a JK to 8 composite schools with a continuing tradition of personal excellence, is to provide an environment of co-operation which allows each student to realize individual potential through involvement in responsible decision making, risk taking and creative thinking. Geographically, Edgewood School is located in a community with many unique characteristics such as the Birkdale ravine. Our school has a long, supportive history with all members of the community enabling students to gain the knowledge and skills required of them to become active and contributing participants in a democratic society.” As originally published by Edgewood Public School
Address: 165 Lord Roberts Dr, Scarborough, ON M1K 3W5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6420 | Fax: (416) 396-5771 | Email: LordRoberts@tdsb.on.ca
“Opened in 1958 and located on Lord Roberts Drive, west of Midland between Eglinton and Lawrence, Lord Roberts Junior Public School is richly diverse in its cultural makeup. Our student population represents nearly 30 countries. In partnership with our community, parents, and staff, our vision is to develop programs that support the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of the students entrusted to our care. We are a Future Aces school. The philosophy of Herb Carnegie, the founder of Future Aces, includes the following four personal qualities that make up the cornerstones of Future Aces: Attitude, Sportsmanship, Example, and Co-operation. We recognize and believe that developing these personal qualities in our students will help them grow toward their personal best in all aspects of school life.” As originally published by Lord Roberts Junior Public School
Address: 25 Seminole Ave, Scarborough, ON M1J 1M8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6415 | Fax: (416) 396-6033 | Email: KnobHill@tdsb.on.ca
“Knob Hill Public School is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school with approximately 500 students and 50 staff from over 30 countries and speaking 20 different languages. Since the brick building was erected in 1956, there have been several changes. In 2011, interior renovations gave us brighter, more modern learning spaces. Along with our newly designed library, there is a small community room where parents are able to access a parent lending library and a computer. Our Full-Day Kindergarten classrooms are bright and inviting for our youngest learners, and our new Grade 7/8 suite is modern and houses a technology lab. When the lab is ready, students will use tools and machines to integrate technology with literacy, math, science, and the arts.” As originally published by Knob Hill Public School
Address: 431 McCowan Rd, Scarborough, ON M1J, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6395 | Fax: (416) 396-6488 | Email: JohnMcCrae@tdsb.on.ca
“John McCrae Public School, designed by Raymond Moriyama, first opened in 1969. It was named to commemorate Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, MD, who, in 1915, composed the poem, “In Flanders Fields”. Our motto is: “The Torch – Be Yours to Hold It High”. We serve a diverse school population and community. We provide a safe, nurturing environment where students acquire the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to become lifelong learners. Our staff consists of an excellent mix of teachers with a wide range of teaching experience and personal and professional backgrounds.” As originally published by John McCrae Public School
Address: 60 Brimorton Dr, Scarborough, ON M1P, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6545 | Fax: (416) 396-6474 | Email: StAndrews.PS@tdsb.on.ca
“St. Andrews Public School is a neighborhood school which provides a safe, caring, nurturing environment with a strong academic focus. Students are expected to be responsible Canadian citizens. St. Andrews school was built in 1959 on the estate of David and Mary Thomson, who were among the first settlers in Scarborough. The name honors their Scottish heritage.” As originally published by St. Andrews Public School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
“Our mission is to provide a learning environment, which stimulates students to think critically and creatively. We aid students in understanding their strengths to conquer and improve on their weaknesses. We will continue to educate students with the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary.” As originally published by Crown Academy Scarborough Campus
Address: 2665 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P 2S2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 750-1616 | Email: email@example.com
“At Abu Bakr Education Academy we aim to foster the development, growth, and quality of Islamic education by fostering a strong sense of students’ academic learning to help elevate students to their highest levels of achievement. We provide full-day Kindergarten classes, as well as grades one to eight. We strive ourselves in providing quality education embodied in the Islamic traditions. Our teachers are Ontario Certified/Early Childhood Educators and follow the Ontario curriculum. As our youth today embark on their life journey, we want to foster a strong foundation for them both academically and in Islam, to ensure that they develop the powers of reasoning and judgement, and prepare for their mature life.” As originally published by Abu Bakr Education Academy
Address: 60 Town Centre Court, Scarborough, ON M1P 0B1, Canada | Telephone: 613-680-7261 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Motivated by the great reward for teaching Quran and driven by the Muslim community’s need to teach their children Quran recitation and memorization, Alfurqan School was established in Ottawa on September 2003.” As originally published by MAC Al-Furqan School
Address: 3000 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P, Canada | Telephone: 647-532-0906 | Fax: 416-289-9970 | Email: email@example.com
“Since its establishment, our team of teachers at Bethune Memorial School has been devoted to providing a first-class education to students. Through a variety of extra-curricular programs, students are encouraged to develop in an all-rounded way so they can actively explore the world, inspire, and fulfill their dreams!” As originally published by Bethune Memorial School
Address: 2680 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P 4Y4, Canada | Telephone: 647-721-0664 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Madina Academy is a private school registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education (BSID 667977) and is authorized to grant high school credits. It is a caring and nurturing unit with a friendly and natural environment. We are located at Scarborough, ON and serve areas all around the Greater Toronto Area. As a private high school, we provide a secure and supportive environment, serving students of diverse backgrounds. Not only our qualified and experienced teachers offer enriched academic programs but also offer a comprehensive array of inter-curricular activities. To be precise, we provide a challenging yet personalized curriculum comprising of quality academic program, co-operative learning skills, self confidence development, leadership skills, and cognitive skills.” As originally published by Madina Academy
Address: 500 Sandhurst Cir, Scarborough, ON M1S 3Y7, Canada
“Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud offre à l’élève une éducation de qualité dans un milieu de vie catholique et francophone où le respect de la personne, le sens d’appartenance à la collectivité franco-ontarienne, la promotion de l’excellence et l’équité sont des valeurs visibles et essentielles à son épanouissement.” As originally published by ÉÉC Saint-Jean-de-Lalande
Address: 2850 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1J, Canada | Telephone: 416-986-6414
“Notre établissement se veut un milieu d’apprentissage et de vie, où la francophonie et les valeurs humaines et religieuses prennent tout leur sens au sein de la communauté franco-ontarienne.” As originally published by ÉSC Père-Philippe-Lamarche
Address: 20 Bernadine St, Scarborough, ON M1P, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5338 | Fax: 416-393-5586
“We are dedicated to nurturing our students as they grow spiritually, intellectually, and academically, healthy in mind, body and soul. The St. Rose of Lima pastoral team and the Rosary Apostolate in the Schools both support our ongoing efforts to help our students develop spiritually. Our students enjoy a challenging school program. The teachers work collaboratively with their division members, special program and itinerant teachers. This ensures that we offer our students the challenges, supports and assistance needed to achieve success.” As originally published by St. Victor Catholic School
Address: 3220 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1H 1A4, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5269 | Fax: 416-397-6006
“St. Rose of Lima School is committed to Catholic Education and the Catholic Graduate Expectations, providing the best possible education to our students in order to develop their potential. Development of good Christian attitudes and values nurture a respect for self and others. Students are instilled with a sense of self-worth and dignity that is the foundation for all meaningful learning. St. Rose of Lima is a caring school that strives to develop a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students. The staff of St. Rose of Lima is highly effective and dedicated to ensuring that all students regardless of their ability have the opportunity to succeed. Teachers, support staff, and administrative staff are committed to attempting new and exciting methodologies and innovative approaches to teaching/learning.” As originally published by St. Rose of Lima Catholic School
Address: 1125 Midland Ave, Scarborough, ON M1K 4H2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5335 | Fax: (416) 395-4490
“St. Albert Catholic School provides a Catholic education which focuses on Christ’s life as intrinsic to the entire curriculum. Our school is not just a school where academic learning occurs, but more importantly it is a place to teach and model Christian living. We respect individual differences, individual rights and individual responsibilities in following God’s plan for us, with the guidance of His church. Love of God, love of others and love of self are the basic means by which we are to live our lives and conduct our school activities. Our school provides an inviting, safe and welcoming environment where each child can learn, grow and develop.” As originally published by St. Albert Catholic School