Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is nestled within lush gardens enjoyed by the public and often rented for weddings and special events. Discover Cedar Ridge Gallery, home to contemporary and classic visual and folk art exhibits in its three main floor gallery spaces. The upper floor of the main house and the adjacent carriage house contain working studio spaces that offer hands-on creative arts programs for visitors of all ages. The refurbished pottery studio is located in what was the original carriage house.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Driving Directions

From 401, exit Markham Road south. Drive south on Markham Road to Lawrence Avenue East. Drive east on Lawrence to Scarborough Golf Club. Drive south to Confederation Drive. Turn left (East) on Confederation Drive. Drive up the hill to Tingle Crescent, and turn right, which takes you to Cedar Ridge’s parking lot.

There is ample free parking available at Cedar Ridge.

By Transit

From Kennedy Station, take the Scarborough RT to the Lawrence East station. Take the 54 Lawrence East bus Eastbound to Scarborough Golf Club Rd. Walk along Scarborough Golf Club Rd to the second street south of Lawrence – Confederation Drive. Walk up Confederation Drive (East) until you reach Tingle Crescent. At Tingle, turn right and enter through the driveway.

Location

225 Confederation Drive

Camp TO: Arts Exploration

A two-week visual arts camp for children aged 8 to 13 at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. Campers will have exciting opportunities to create and experiment with mediums such as drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, arts and crafts and pottery.

Please note

  • This camp runs Monday to Friday in two-week sessions with the exception of statutory holidays (these sessions are nine days only).
  • Each day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
  • Only children aged 8 to 13 are permitted.
  • Transportation, lunches and snacks are not included in the registration fee.
  • All camps are nut-free. Please do not send your child to camp with any products containing nuts.

Sessions

July 4 to 15 (10 days)
Fee: $431
Code: 4030837

July 18 to 29 (10 days)
Fee: $431
Code: 4030838

August 2 to 12 (9 days)
Fee: $387
Code: 4030839

August 15 to 26 (10 days)
Fee: $431
Code: 4030840

How to Register

Visit https://efun.toronto.ca

Enter the following information:

  • client number
  • family number
  • course code
  • credit card

To obtain your client and family numbers, please call Client Services at 416-396-7378 or call the Cedar Ridge Office directly at 416-396-4026.

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre offers a variety of pottery and visual arts workshops for all ages. Fall and winter workshops will be released in mid-August.

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is excluded from Parks, Forestry and Recreation policies and procedures, including the Welcome Policy.

The history of Cedar Ridge, originally known as Uplands, dates back to 1844 when the land was patented to James Humphrey. Soon after, passing through a number of hands, it was bought by Charles Carleton Cummings, President of C.C. Cummings Ltd., the Slater Shoe empire and owner/manager of the Lumsden building (named after his wife’s wealthy family) at Yonge and Adelaide.

Cummings had a 5,000 square foot summer home built, called Uplands. John Campbell Fraser, a Toronto financier moved into Uplands with his family in 1928 and renamed it Cedar Ridge. The beauty of the original home was retained in the main floor gallery space. The upper floor and basement area were developed into studio spaces. Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery operated the gallery and studios from 1978 to 1985.

The estate of Cedar Ridge was acquired by the City of Scarborough in the late ’70s through a land swap with Metropolitan Toronto. The Guildcrest Studios were invited by the City of Scarborough to redirect their fundraising activities to renovate Cedar Ridge, an opportunity to develop a gallery as well as teaching studios. The Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery not-for-profit organization was formed and it successfully operated the gallery and studios as a learning facility for artists from 1978 to 1984. The City of Scarborough assumed full management responsibilities in 1985. In 1993, the Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery raised funds to renovate the chauffeur’s cottage, garage and stables into a beautiful one of a kind pottery studio space. In 1996, the building was renamed Carriage House Studios and it was officially opened by the Lieutenant Governor, the Honorable Hal Jackman.

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre provides arts education and engagement opportunities for all, enhancing the liveability and prosperity of the community.

We partner with organizations that help achieve one of our mandates, to offer innovative opportunities for Torontonians in diverse and underserved communities to participate in, contribute to and celebrate the cultural life of their city.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery, a volunteer run not-for-profit organization, was the original founding organization of the Creative Centre – the first public gallery with teaching studios in the east end of Toronto.

Community Arts Guild

Infusing Cedar Ridge and the east Scarborough community with arts activity, the Community Arts Guild connects the surrounding diverse community through art making projects and performances.

Browse the Cedar Ridge Exhibitions & Events Calendar.
Browse a variety of high-quality and stimulating camps for children.
Cedar Ridge can be rented for a variety of functions.