Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011 7:00 am
By: Port Credit Tourism Center
Located immediately west of Toronto on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada offers a delightful blend of bustling commercial and business areas, charming historic and residential neighbourhoods and a breathtaking waterfront. Created by the amalgamation of 10 smaller communities in 1974, each with its own rich heritage and history, Mississauga is a dynamic, modern and vibrant waterfront city that attracts many vacationers each year.
Located between Toronto and Niagara Falls, close to many of Canada's largest tourist attractions, and only 90 minutes from the U.S. border, Mississauga is easily accessible by air, land, and water making it an ideal destination for visitors. Fly into Mississauga through Pearson International Airport or visit one of the city's many marinas or public docking areas for easy access by water.
A big city with a big heart, Mississauga is a centre of arts, culture, heritage, recreation and business and offers visitors some of the finest attractions, accommodations, and experiences in Ontario. From a stunning waterfront for boating, fishing and leisure activities (featuring Canada's largest freshwater marina) to championship 18-hole golf courses, woodland walking trails and wetlands; from world-class arts, theatre and entertainment to the high-stakes excitement of horse racing (just north-east of the city); from an incredible selection of delicious dining options to top notch shopping in Ontario's shopping capital, there is so much to see, do and enjoy in Mississauga.
Natural Beauty and Bounty
Mississauga offers visitors more than 480 parks and trails to explore and enjoy. From creek trails, parklands and picnic parks to verdant natural woodland, 22 waterfront parks, trails and garden parks, natural spaces throughout Mississauga provide serene, tranquil settings to relax and enjoy. For several years, the city has also been in the process of naturalizing many areas along rivers and creeks. Encompassing approximately 2,000 acres, in these areas you will find more trees, wildflowers and native fruit and flower bearing shrubs which encourages birds and animals to live in the urban environment.
Mississauga isa nature lover's and hiker's paradise as the city's extensive parks and trail system offers many opportunities to get active. Enjoy exploring the 15 km Port Credit portion of the Waterfront Trail and beyond. The Waterfront Trail is a 780 km (485 mile) designated and signed, multi-use (pedestrian, cycling, rollerblading) recreation trail which runs along the shores of Lake Ontario from Niagara-on-the-Lake in the south-west to Brockville, Ontario in the east. The Trail passes through Mississauga's picturesque waterfront public park system and conservation areas and traverses the 94-acre Rattray Marsh, a protected natural conservation area. Home to a wide variety of wildlife and plants, Rattray Marsh is an "environmental gem", a pristine natural setting, one of the last natural shingle-bar marshes along Lake Ontario and the last remaining lakefront marsh between Toronto and the western Greater Toronto Area (Burlington).This environmentally sensitive wetland offers a unique outdoor experience and is an absolute must-see for avid bird watchers, photographers and nature lovers.
The quaint and picturesque waterfront community of Port Credit provides stunning vantage points from which to enjoy Mississauga's beautiful lakeside setting.
Founded in 1834, Port Credit, "Mississauga's Village on the Lake" is located at the mouth of the Credit River on Lake Ontario's northern shore. One of the first settlements in Ontario, the nautically themed Port Credit village is anchored by a distinctive red and white working lighthouse complete with a non-resident lighthouse keeper and a beaconing light that can be seen from miles around.
The nautical character of Port Credit is in large part due to the number of preserved residential and institutional buildings dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries built by and for those who made a living on the water – mariners, sailors, stonehookers, fishermen, wharfingers, tradesmen and labourers.
As you stroll along Port Credit's charming streets, you will discover a bounty of retail shops, boutiques, restaurants and services, as well as an amazing selection of places to go after dark with live entertainment. After indulging yourself at Port Credit's Serenity Spa, one of Mississauga's premier day spas offering pampering treatments for men & women, you'll find that dining out is a delight in and around Port Credit's wide selection of dining establishments and there are a number of terrific fine dining options, so foodies take note. From casual daily fare to gastronomic cuisine, you'll find it on the menu at Mississauga's cozy bistros, trattorias and impressive family-friendly chains. For dinner with a view, be sure to visit one of Port Credit's many fine waterfront restaurants followed by an enjoyable evening stroll.
The expansive Waterfront Trail, the Credit Village Marina (a marina for visiting boaters to the city) and the Waterfront Promenade Marina, with excellent rental and docking facilities, are all sites for numerous Mississauga community activities and events:
- Gone fishin' – The waters of Lake Ontario are rich in salmon, so head out for a day on the water with Salmon Express (www.salmonexpress.com) or Andrew's Charter (www.andrewscharter.ca). Avid fishermen populate J.C. Saddington Park (53 Lake St.) located at the mouth of the Credit River. The area is rich in Chinook salmon and steelhead, as well as coho, pink and Atlantic salmon. Each year nearly 25,000 chinook salmon and 10,000 steelhead fill the river, providing ample chances to make that perfect catch. For avid fishermen and those who enjoy being on the water, boat charters are available from the Port Credit Harbour Marina, the largest freshwater marina in Canada.
- The Toronto Sun/Toronto Sportsmen's Show, Great Ontario Salmon Derby 2011 takes place July 9 - August 27, 2011 (Owned and Produced By: Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows (CNSS))
- Port Credit's Credit Village Marina located at 12 Stavebank Road, Mississauga (905-891-5217) is one of 11 Official Weigh-In Stations for the 15th Annual Great Ontario Salmon Derby held in communities all the way from Grimsby to Wellington. This salmon derby is North America's largest fresh water fishing derby with fishermen competing for various weekly prizes including cash, tackle, rods and reels and for the heaviest salmon caught every week – a 2011 Toyota Matrix! The winner of the overall Derby wins an exciting Grand Prize including a 2011 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, a fishing trip for two, and a celebration dinner. The derby attracts both avid and recreational fishermen. For additional information, visit www.sportshows.ca.