The township of Scugog in Ontario’s Durham Region is 65 kilometres from Toronto. Scugog real estate developments have surged in recent years in this area recognized as one of the region’s largest in terms of geographic territory, yet population density remains low. Historical accounts suggest that the name originated from sigaog, a Mississauga term for “waves leap over a canoe,” a reference to wind-driven waves on the lake due to the shallow waters.
The township is a tourist draw because of the presence of the Great Blue Heron Casino on Scugog First Nation territory. Among area businesses, the casino is the biggest employer.
Aside from casino tourism, water-based recreation also brings visitors to Scugog’s newly-revitalized waterfront. The variety of fish found in Lake Scugog’s waters never fails to impress even the most experienced fishing enthusiasts. Several boat launches and marinas are located in Port Perry, considered the most populated section of the township. Various golf courses have been developed to take advantage of the area’s natural beauty. In addition, an extensive trail system and well-managed conservation lands provide a scenic venue for hiking and exploring.
Scugog’s residential structures are clustered in the Village of Port Perry. An impressive collection of historic homes mixed in with modest bungalows, contemporary split-level and two story detached homes can be found in Port Perry. The growth in Port Perry’s housing inventory can be attributed to new subdivisions planned around the needs of younger families. These homes commonly have golf course or wood lot views with a few properties overlooking idyllic Lake Scugog.
Lake Scugog Meadows is one of Port Perry’s newer housing developments with contemporary homes built on expansive lots. Some homes situated on the river banks enjoy panoramic views and private water access.
Farming communities abound in the more rural sections of the township. These farms consist of nurseries, dairy and beef farms, vineyards, tree farms and traditional produce farms. Brick houses dating back to the 1800s in what is now referred to as Ontario farmhouse architectural style can be found in the rural hamlets of Utica, Seagrave, Prince Albert, Nestleton, Greenbank, Epsom, Ceasaria and Blackstock.
Port Perry in Scugog is only an hour and half northeast of Toronto making it an ideal address for families seeking a small town atmosphere with year-round recreational options. Living in this area feels like an endless vacation.