The City of Scugog is located on Toronto’s eastern border. Scugog has approximately 91,000 residents. This is one of the most multicultural communities within Durham Region. Both homebuyers and businesses have been lured to Scugog, which has some of the most affordable real estate in the Greater Toronto Area. One of Scugog’s largest employers is Ontario Power Generation who operate North America’s largest and most powerful wind turbine system, right here in the City of Scugog.
Scugog is situated at the northeast boundary of the Greater Toronto Area. Geographically it is one of the largest municipalities in Durham Region; however, its population is only around 20,000 people. Scugog’s largest population centre is located in Port Perry which has approximately 6,000 residents. The Township of Scugog municipal offices are located in Port Perry at 181 Perry Street. Lakeridge Health Port Perry located at 451 Paxton Street, is a 36 bed hospital that serves the entire township.
Lake Scugog – which is one of Southern Ontario’s largest bodies of water – covers most of the northeast part of the Township. The landmark Scugog Island, is populated by year-round residents, and cottagers, and is also the home of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, a First Nations Reserve. Scugog’s vast countryside encompasses the rural hamlets of: Blackstock, Caesarea, Epsom, Greenbank, Nestleton, Manchester, Prince Albert, Seagrave and Utica. These farming communities support a myriad of businesses including: tree farms, nurseries, field crops, vineyards, dairy farms and beef farms.
Scugog remained a village until 1974, when four municipalities including: the former Village of Port Perry, the Township of Reach, the Township of Cartwright, and Scugog Island, amalgamated to form the present day Township of Scugog.
The vast majority of the housing stock in Scugog is located in the Village of Port Perry which features an excellent collection of heritage homes as well as a nice mix of bungalows, split-level homes, and twostorey homes. Port Perry also has a large number of nursing and retirement homes. Port Perry’s popularity has resulted in the recent development of a number of new home subdivisions geared towards young families. Many of these homes overlook the golf course, or a woodlot, and some even enjoy scenic views of Lake Scugog.
In the countryside you will discover many charming brick houses from the 1800s that represent fine examples of Ontario farmhouse style of architecture.
The Village of Port Perry shopping district situated on Queen Street, is among the nicest shopping destinations in the Greater Toronto Area. The picturesque streetscape here features wonderfully restored Victorian heritage buildings, old fashioned cast-iron street lamps, and plenty of parking. There is an excellent mix of locally owned and operated stores along this route that include: clothing and shoe stores, book stores, home decor stores, ice-cream shops, pastry shops, coffee shops and restaurants. The flagship store in the Village of Port Perry is Settlement House Shops, an award winning, home decor shopping destination, located in a grand Victorian building at 183 Queen Street.
The Ocala Orchards Farm Winery is located just a few miles south of Port Perry at 971 High Pont Road. This award winning winery is situated in a turn-of-the-century dairy barn and features a gift shop.
Lake Scugog, provides Scugog residents with a myriad of recreation opportunities including: swimming, boating, fishing, snowmobiling and dog sledding. The Nonquon Wildlife preserve located just north of Port Perry off Old Simcoe Road is over 1200 acres in size, and is considered one of the most diverse wetlands in Durham Region. The Nonquon is a popular destination point for birders and outdoor enthusiasts. The Nonquon River is the site for “Canoe the Nonquon”. This annual event is the largest and oldest canoe race in Ontario. It is held on the first Saturday in June and is open to competitive and recreational canoeists.
Golf enthusiasts can hit the links at a number of courses in the Port Perry area. The Canterbury Common located at 127 Waterbury Street is a public 9 hole course with water views of Lake Scugog. Additional options include the semi-private 9 hole Golfers Dream situated at 1000 the Second Line, and the semi-private 18 hole, Sunnybrae Golf Course, located at 1430 King Street.
Scugog Shores municipal park located in downtown Port Perry Village on Water Street overlooking Lake Scugog, features a baseball diamond, and tennis courts. Birdseye Pool located at 245 Water Street is a family aquatic facility that features a 30x50 lane pool, a 30x20 children’s pool, and a large outdoor deck and viewing area. Scugog and Blackstock both have ice arenas. There are also numerous community halls located throughout Scugog Township.
Go Transit bus service is available in Greenbank at Highway 12 and Cragg, and in Port Perry at Water and Curts Streets, and at Reach Street and Old Simcoe Road. The bus ride to the Whitby Go Station takes approximately 50 minutes. The train ride from the Whitby Go Train Station to downtown Toronto’s Union Station also takes approximately 50 minutes.
For motorist the commute to the northeast part of Toronto takes a approximately one-and-a-half-hours