Western Beach is a wide, sandy beach about 2500 feet long with a minimal back dune system.

Ornithological Summary

The beach has become a regular nesting area for Piping Plovers.

Conservation Issues

The beach has accreted in recent years following the dredging of the Scarborough River. Potential habitat for beach-nesting birds has been improved. Dogs off leash (despite signs and ordinances restricting dogs) continue to be a management issue, though efforts to enforce leash laws are in effect. Crow predation also has been a problem for birds nesting on this beach.


Western Beach is adjacent to Ferry Beach, which has a paved parking lot for approximately 100 cars. No parking is permitted on Ferry Road. Fees are charged for residents, non-residents, parking, and boat launching. A combination seasonal pass for Ferry Beach and Pine Point beaches is available to Scarborough residents.

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