In the early 1950’s, the former Township of Scarborough was transformed from a
rural farming community to a burgeoning city as new homes began to be built
beginning in the area immediately east of Scarborough’s western boundary of
Victoria Park Avenue. By the late 50’s, suburbia had reached the area of McCowan
and Ellesmere Roads as the first homes were built in what was to become known as
North Bendale (bounded by McCowan Road, Ellesmere Road, Bellamy Road, and
Young families moved into these homes with their children and a growing
community began. North Bendale Public School opened in 1960, and in 1961, those
young families decided to form the North Bendale Community Association (NBCA) so
that their concerns and ideas could be addressed. Over the years they voiced
their concerns about the growing development of the Scarborough Town Centre
properties, the condominium developments to the north of our community and the
threatened closure(s) of our school.
Fun activities were also organized under the auspices of the community
association – the, barbecues, corn roasts, picnics, annual Jingle Bell Ball and
Christmas lighting competition, and a natural ice rink in the schoolyard
maintained by community association volunteers who regularly flooded the ice and
shoveled the snow. We have donated to school programs, baseball tournaments, the
North Bendale Tennis Club, and local artists. Volunteers from the NBCA collected
the annual membership fee and delivered the
North Bendale Bugle
– one of the
oldest community newsletters in Toronto.
In 1996, the North Bendale Community Association received a special award from
Scarborough Council in honour of the Association's 35th anniversary.
In keeping with the times, our website designed by
was added in 2009, so that residents could obtain information about community
activities and news on a regular basis.
50th anniversary celebration
picnic was held in the North Bendale Park on
Thursday, June 23 2011. Despite the sometimes inclement weather we had an
In February 2016 the Board of Directors determined that with our shifting
demographics, lifestyle changes and society’s growing dependence on technology
to plan their activities we made the difficult decision to discontinue delivery
North Bendale Bugle
publication and utilize our website as the primary
means of communication with our community.
In 1796, David and Mary Thomson settled in Bendale along with David’s brothers
Andrew and Archibald. Thomson Memorial Park is named in honour of these European
settlers and their history can be found on these sites:
Taber Hill Memorial in Tabor Hill Park is an ancient Iroquois ossuary (burial
ground) located on Bellamy Road north of Lawrence, which was discovered in 1951
when the land was developed into residential properties.