Bendale - Scarborough (Toronto) Neighbourhoods
Bendale the central Scarborough community closest to Scarborough Town Centre, and lies south of the 401 between Brimley and Markham Roads. It has excellent access to freeways, TTC and Go Transit, as well as the area's best shopping, parks, hospitals and other facilities. The community was first settled by David and Mary Thompson in 1796, who's family were community leaders through the1800s as is commemorated at Thomspon Memorial Park, which has several historical sites and a museum. For a while the community was know as Benlomond, but by 1881 the name Bendale took hold. By the 1950s, the area bas rapidly being urbanized.
Motorists access Highway 401 via McCowan Road. TTC buses along Midland Avenue, McCowan Road and Ellesmere connect passengers to the Scarborough Rapid Transit station, which connect to the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Lawrence Avenue and Ellesmere Road buses provide connecting routes to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. In the south of the community, at Kennedy Station, is a GO Train station on the Uxbridge-Union Station line, which can get commuters into downtown in 20 minutes.
The community is served by 7 elementary schools, 1 Catholic elementary, 1 religious private school, 2 public high schools,. 1 Catholic high school, and 1 public library. Centennial College's Progress campus is just southeast of 401 & Markham Rd, and University of Toronto at Scarborough is at Ellesmere & Morningside. From the University of Toronto at Scarborough, students can access cross-town GO Bus service to York University's main campus. Around Scarborough Centre are a number of other institutions, include DeVry Institute, and the Toronto Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology.
The 250 store Scarborough Town Shopping Centre south of the 401 at McCowan Road is one of Toronto's largest and also has a multiplex move theatre. There is also a shopping strip along Lawrence from Cedarbrae Mall, at Markham Rd, east.
The community is criss-crossed with major parklands and creek ravines, and has access to paved recreational pathways along West Highland Creek Thompson Memorial Park, is a large and well-treed park with picnic areas, a children's zoo, and Scarborough Historical Museum. The park also has a winter ice rink, cross-country skiing and a toboggan hill. The community had a number of community halls, and small parks with playgrounds. The community has 8 tennis courts, 8 baseball diamonds, 2 wading pools, 3 indoor pools, 1 outdoor pool, 1 ice arena, and 3 running tracks. For more passive recreation, there is also the multi-screen movie theatre in Scarborough Centre, and the performing arts theatres in Scarborough Centre.
Most Bendale homes date to the 1950s and 60s, a comprise bungalows and split-levels on large lots with garage and driveway. There are a number of newer high rise apartments & condos along McCowan Road near the 401. Homes are in the low to low-medium price ranges.