These communities lies north of the Kingston Rd (Highway 2) and south of the Rouge Park and the Toronto Zoo. Rouge River is northeast of the 401 with homes on both sides of Sheppard Avenue, while Highland Creek is southwest of the 401 with houses n both sides of Ellesmere Rd. Highland Creek was a major commercial and travellers stop on the Kingston Road carriage route since the early 1800s, located at a major road junction just west of the Rouge River. When Highway 401 was built through the community in the 1960s and then roughly followed the eastward route of the Kingston Road, the area was developed with most homes built in the 1970s though the 1990s.
Motorists have access to Highway 401 via Morningside, Meadowvale, or Sheppard Ave / Port Union Rd. Only a few miles to the west is the Don Valley Parkway which gets commuters into downtown Toronto. Some commuters prefer to take Kingston Road west to Lakeshore Boulevard East. TTC riders can take the Ellesmere Road bus to the Scarborough Town Centre on the Scarborough Rapid Transit extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway station, and connections to the Go Transit system. The neighbourhoods is just north of the GO Train stations at either Guildwood or Rouge Hill, and can take a cross-town commuter bus to York University from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus's GO Station.
The community has 6 elementary schools, 1 Catholic elementary schools, 1 public library, and 2 high schools. Seneca College's Newham Campus is west of the community along Finch Ave. Centennial College's Progress campus is just southeast of 401 & Markham Rd, and University of Toronto at Scarborough is at Ellesmere & Morningside.
There are a number of small stores along the Old Kingston Road, which has a small-town main street feel, There is also the Abbey Lane Shopping Centre (on Rylander Boulevard, northwest of Sheppard & the 401) and Morningside Mall (to the west at Morningside & Lawrence)
To the east of the community is the Rouge Park, Toronto's largest protected natural area, with a campground just north of Kingston Rd. Rouge Park, which abuts the north side of the 401 has a natural area and a baseball diamond. There are paved recreational trails along Highland Creek along the southwest of the community
Older homes in Highland Creek date back to the 1920s through 50s, are made of frame or brick bungalows, some originally built as summer cottages. The area's homes built in the 1960s along Sheppard were mostly bungalows and 2-storey homes, many with great parkland views. Homes built from the 1970s through 1990s are 2-storey detached and semi-detached homes along with several townhouse communities and condo apartment buildings offering great views (at Sheppard & Kingston Rd). There are some new custom-built homes replacing the older homes. Home pricing is in the lower to middle price ranges.