Rental of the Curran Hall Community Centre

The Curran Hall Community Centre is located at 277 Orton Park within Botany Hill Park. A wheelchair accessible facility, the building is maintained by the City of Toronto and programming and rental of the building can be arranged through them by calling 416-396-5156.
Community Announcements

Fitness Tracker Reviews And Health Guidance


As a community with many overweight people, we often recommend physical fitness routines and exercises to help people manage their weight issues. One of the best ways we have found to help folks shed those extra pounds is via use of wearable trackers like the Fitbit and Polar sports watches.

These watches are some of the best fitness trackers we have ever used, and are utilized by triathlon trainees worldwide. But they are not only beneficial to professional athletes. We have found that they can plan a whole weeks workout and track it seamlessly with a push of a button.

The Fitbit watches in particular are great for tracking the distance and calories you burn doing simple things like walking and running to and from the office. This particular fitness tracker also has an elevation monitor that will tell you how many stairs you have gone up and down.

We also recommend buying a tracker that has a heart rate monitor in it. Although it seems like a bit of a gimmick, we found that this type of tracker can really pay off in the long run, especially if you start to get serious about your physical fitness. The reason for this is due to the fact that you will be better able to keep your heart rate “beats per minute” in the appropriate zone.

There are a lot of people out there that recommend different trackers so it’s tough to get an idea about the best triathlon watches. We aren’t going to comment on which we think is best, since we feel that most fitness trackers are suitable for casual use and you should just go with one that fits your budget and needs.


New Tour Company Operating Spiritual Trips To India

We are excited to announce our partnership with Original World, a tour company that specializes in hand crafted journeys to many locations throughout the world.

They are a small group tour company that is especially well versed in Indian culture. We highly recommend their tour guide Sanjay, as he is very knowledgeable and a well versed in Indian lore.

Original world has also done many pilgrimages, spiritual journeys, and religious studie/tours to India. If you are someone who is into spiritual travel, then don’t hesitate to take a look at their Indian spiritual trips. Their spiritual tour package is very reasonable priced and can’t be beat when it comes to exploring Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

They offer many tours to spiritual sites throughout India. Their most popular tour by far is a 14 day journey between the Himalayas and Rajasthan. A visit which will take you to many amazing historic sites. You will be made witness to landscapes and architecture that is thousands of years old. And along the way you will be able to immerse yourself into the culture of India including a visit to the Dalai Lama! Be amazed at historic sites like The Ganges in Rishikesh, Varanasi, and Amritsar. See the Taj Mahal during and meditate with monks!

So if you are someone who is into Buddhism, Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, or just looking to see some Holy places and interesting rituals, don’t hesitate to give them a call.

New children’s Eco program starting at the community centre – Opportunity  for community volunteers  to assist with children’s garden

Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation has an exciting new initiative at the Curran Hall Community Centre. We have a new Children's Garden coming soon. We've just started some Spring programs and will be offering a summer Eco camp for children 6-12 years of age. To register, please call 416-338-4386. As a result of running some weekly programs we are looking for some community volunteers to assist with minimal garden maintenance this spring as the program is being run weekly. If you're interested, please contact Wanda Ellis at 416-396-5143 or [email protected]

Spring and Summer Activities at the Scarborough Museum 

April Weekends -  12 to 5 p.m

Check out family fun activities at Scarborough Museum!  Sample fresh baked treats, join in a scavenger hunt, and try out a simple craft.   Admission is Pay What You Can. 
May / June Weekends – 12 to 5 p.m.  Everyone has a story! What's yours? The Community Memories Kiosk is waiting to record your fondest memories, your favorite hang-out, what you love about Scarborough!    Enjoy fun family activities every weekend in May!  Admission is Pay What You Can.

Doors Open Toronto               

May 25 & 26   -   10 to 5 p.m.

Visit the Cornell House and McCowan Log House. Check out what's baking and go on an exciting scavenger hunt.  Prizes for all!  Free Admission.


Super Fun P.A. Day Camp

Friday June 7    â€“  9 to 4 p.m.
Course Code: 2205862

Scarborough Museum is the boredom buster for P.A. days!  Bake over the open hearth, make crafts, play games, and explore Thomson Memorial Park. Lunch Included. Ages 5-12. Pre-register online at or call 416-338-4FUN.  $ 33 per child.

Canada Rocks – A Free Event

Thursday June 27 – 6:30 to 9 p.m.Don't miss Canadian Multiculturalism Day at the museum. You're invited to Canada Rocks at Scarborough Museum in celebration of Canadian Multiculturalism Day!Enjoy live music and dancing.  Cake for everyone! Free for everyoneLive music and entertainmentSweets from around the worldBollywood dancing and more!1007 Brimley Road, Thomson Memorial

Canada Day July 1st  -- Special events in honour of Canada's birthday. A fun day in Thomson Park   


Your creek: like it on Facebook!

The Highland Creek, Toronto's only inner-city watershed is now on Facebook!

Visit the "Highland Creek Green Community" on Facebook for photo's, events, news, contests and community greening projects close to home and in other parts of Scarborough!

Mandatory downspout disconnection in Toronto, what you need to know  


Toronto City Council has approved a bylaw making it mandatory for property owners to disconnect their downspouts. It will come into effect across the city in three phases. Disconnecting downspout(s) from the sewer system can reduce the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways. For more details about this, visit


The benefits of disconnection and the resources available to homeowners is tremendous, whether it is in saving money on your water bill to water your lawn, garden or potted plants- with a water supply free of charge from mother nature. Create rain water gardens, install a rain barrel to store a supply of water for the drier days, and improve the health of our city's lake water to benefit our drinking water source and the quality of our beaches. For resources related to disconnection with beneficial links, visit:

Coyotes and other wildlife in our community


There has been much recent media attention drawn to the wildlife that is an integral part of life in Toronto. From east to west and north to south Toronto contains natural networks for wildlife in its unique ravine system. The Curran Hall community has exposure through our local parks, Morningside, Botany Hill, Heather Heights, and Curran Hall Ravine Park. In some of these parks there may be opportunities for sightings of local wildlife. such as beavers, salmon, deer, foxes, owls, hawks and coyotes, these are only a few of the many species that make their home in the Highland Creek watershed that our community is a part of. Understanding that there is a balance that needs to be maintained, precautions taken and protection of this habitat, is essential.


Some links on this subject:

Beavers ~ YouTube Video
Coyotes ~ Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Coyotes ~ Toronto Star Article
Chinook Salmon ~ Toronto Star Article

Make a difference in your local park!


Park People is a new organization dedicated to improving Toronto's parks. Across many Toronto neighbourhoods, there is a concern that Parks are not living up to their potential and fully responding to the needs of our communities. Parks are essential to the health and vibrancy of any city, and Toronto is lagging behind cities across North America that are bringing people, government, park staff and private organizations together to create dynamic parks that become the hub of neighbourhoods. For more information and to learn how you can make a difference, visit Toronto Parks People at

Invitation to join the Thursday afternoon lady's knitting club

On Thursday afternoons from mid September to June, stop by the Curran Hall Community Centre at 277 Orton Park Rd. from 1pm to 3pm for an afternoon of craft and conversation. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and share in the fellowship of neighbours in this long running program in the Curran Hall Community. Anyone may attend, for more details contact us.