Scarborough Ontario City Information information, listings and links
Here are some basic facts about Scarborough:
strategically at the northeast end of Canada's major consumer and industrial market, the "Golden Horseshoe" of Ontario. It sits on the eastern edge of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), only 90 minutes from the U.S. border. Specifically, Scarborough is situated at a latitude of 43 44' north and a longitude of 79 14' west, 173 metres (570') above sea level. We are in Eastern standard time, The same as Toronto and New York, and 6 hours earlier than western Europe. Area: 111 square miles (288 km2)
The name "Scarborough" is named for the community in North Yorkshire, England, because the wife of John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada's first lieutenant governor, thought the bluffs looked like the limestone cliffs back home.
First incorporated in 1850, Scarborough became a borough in Metroplitan Torono in 1967, and was amalgamted in 1998 into a larger City of Toronto.
Scarborough has a population of 607,000 (2006) residents representing cultures from around the world.
Scarborough is a strong head office and manufacturing centre within Toronto, being located along several busy highway and rail corridors.
The region's proximity to Lake Ontario has a moderating effect on the climate in the area.
The area is the convergence of two weather patterns, one from the southwest bringing warm humid air (all the way from the Gulf of Mexico, actually)
and from the northwest brings drier Arctic air.
In the summer the area has high humidity levels with temperatures occassionally soaring above 30C, and in the winter Scarborough is colder and cloudier but with relatively light snows.
The stabilizing effect of the Great Lakes means that Falls stay frost-free longer and the Spring comes later.
Easterly winds off the open waters of Lake Ontario may add substantially to local snowfall however the prevailing winds are from the southwest.
The average date for a late frost is May 3rd, and the first autumn frost occurs about the 15th day of October.
An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:
Scarborough a total of 700 millimetres (28 inches) of precipitation per year,and 200cm (78 inches) of snow.
Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will match the GST & tax), with 20% for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.