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Capitalizing places

So I got into an interesting (but short lived) discussion with a friend of mine based on what she perceived as a capitalization error on my part.

I live on the Scarborough Bluffs, the real ones on the shore of Lake Ontario, not the British ones. Anyways, I said "the bluffs" at one point, and she said bluffs should be capitalized, because I'm referring to the Scarborough Bluffs. I think when I refer to the bluffs by their full name (Scarborough Bluffs) then I capitalize, but when I just say bluffs or the bluffs i don't need to. My logic is when I refer to Lake Ontario it is capitalized, but we don't say the Lake with a capital, it is the lake.

What do people think, should bluffs, on its own, be capitalized or not?
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