Western Beach is a wide, sandy beach about 2500 feet long with a minimal back dune system.
The beach has become a regular nesting area for Piping Plovers.
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.