Living in Bendale
Bendale is a culturally diverse, middle-income neighbourhood that is conveniently located near TTC and Go Transit lines. Neighbourhood landmarks include Thompson Memorial Park, Scarborough Town Shopping Centre, the Scarborough Civic Centre and Scarborough General Hospital.
History of Bendale
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 honour 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. For directions to these historical sites visit the Scarborough Historical Museum located just inside the entrance to this park, off Brimley Road. 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 neighbourhood took place in the 1950’s the Bendale name was adopted by Bendale Public School, Bendale Park, and Bendale Boulevard.
Homes in Bendale
Bendale’s housing stock consists mostly of bungalows and split-level brick houses built in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 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.
Lifestyle in Bendale
The Scarborough Town Shopping Centre located off McCowan Road, north of Ellesmere Road, is one of Toronto’s largest shopping centres 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 centre, 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 in Bendale
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 Centre, located at 1299 Ellesmere Road, offers neighbourhood meeting rooms. The adjacent park contains a paved recreation trail that connects with the Thompson Memorial Park.
Transportation in Bendale
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 lineMotorists are approximately five minutes from the McCowan Road on-ramp to Highway 401.