1974 Scarborough from Pickering, Ontario|
1998 Toronto from Scarborough
|• MP||Gary Anandasangaree (Scarborough—Rouge Park)|
|• MPP||Vijay Thanigasalam (Scarborough—Rouge Park)|
|• Councillor||Jim Hart (Ward 44 Scarborough East)|
West Rouge is a small community neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the south-east corner of Toronto, within the former city of Scarborough. The community is roughly bounded by Lake Ontario to the south, the Rouge River to the east, Port Union Road to the west and Kingston Road to the north.
The area was recorded as being settled as early as 1798, when a crown patent for lots 29, 30, 32 & 33, "Con. 1 with the Broken Front, Township of Pickering, County of York and Home District, Province of Upper Canada", were granted to William Holmes, Esquire. In 1843 Henry Cowan, an immigrant from Ayr, Scotland, bought lots 32 & 33 from Holmes and settled the land with his family. In 1848 Cowan sold a small portion of his land on the shores of Lake Ontario to the Grand Trunk Railway Company. In 1852 it became part of Ontario County.
In the years following, much of the land was sold. In 1948, the land that is now a housing development between Rouge Hills Dr. and Ridgewood was sold to Rouge Hills Golf and Country Club Limited. The country club and golf course were closed in 1973.
Until 1974 West Rouge was not part of Toronto or Scarborough, but was considered part of the township of Pickering. When Ontario County was reorganized as Durham Region that year, it was transferred to the then-borough of Scarborough under Metropolitan Toronto.
Most of the schools in the area were under the Ontario County Board of Education (now Durham District School Board) before 1976 when the area was still part of Pickering. In 1976 the schools in the area were transferred to the then Scarborough Board of Education.
- West Rouge Jr PS - opened 1954
- William G Davis Jr PS - opened 1967
- Centennial Road Jr PS - opened 1946 but linked to SS#11 that opened in 1836 and likely built by settler Thomas Adams near the mouth of Highland Creek
- Joseph Howe Sr PS - opened 1977
- Charlottetown Jr PS - opened 1967
- Sir Oliver Mowat CI - opened 1971
- St. Brendan Catholic School (elementary, K-8) was in the Ontario County Catholic Board (now Durham Catholic District School Board) in 1972 and Metro Toronto Separate School Board (now Toronto Catholic District School Board) after 1976.
The West Rouge community is also the home of a large soccer club, known as West Rouge Storm. It has house league and rep soccer teams for boys and girls.