Local Focus: Mississauga
by Gale Beeby
Initially a suburb of Toronto, Mississauga’s growth has given it a unique identity. In 1935, the first suburban developments – corresponding with the opening of the QEW from Highway 27 to Highway 10 – popped up in the area south of the Dixie Road and QEW interchange. Over time, development moved north and west and large-scale developments started to happen in the 1960s and ’70s. Mississauga saw a condo boom starting in the 1990s and the area around Square One is now full of highrise buildings. Click here to see a list of homes for sale.
There is a lot to do in Mississauga, including a visit to the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Living Arts Centre, which offers a number of musical performances, plays and children’s activities.
The city’s largest festival happens on Canada Day and the Tree-Lighting Ceremony and New Year’s Eve bash at Celebration Square at City Hall are always popular.
Carassauga, The Festival of Cultures, happens during May and is the second-largest cultural festival in Canada.
Streetsville holds its annual Breaf and Honey Festival the first weekend of June and Port Credit holds multiple festivals throughout the year, including Buskerfest, the Waterfront Festival, and the Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Fastival. In Malton, the Sikh community holds its annual Khalsa Day Parade, which attracts more than 100,000 people.
Each of the villages that now make up Mississauga have lovely boutique-style shopping with cafés and restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Square One Shopping Centre, located at the City Centre, has 350 stores and services and is surrounded by several bars and restaurants, a multi-screen movie theatre, City Hall, the Central Library and Playdium. The Erin Mills Town Centre is the second-largest mall in the city and is notable for its clock tower, mini-golf course and daycare centre.
Mississauga is served by seven major highways, including the QEW, Highways 401, 403, 409, 410, 427 and 407 ETR. Mississauga Transit is the third-largest municipal transit system in Ontario, servicing about 43 million riders per year, and connecting with the TTC, Brampton Transit, Oakville Transit and GO Transit.
PARKS & REC
Mississauga boasts more than 522 parks and 225 kilometres of trails and woodlands. Some parks provide serenity, while others boast a variety of active recreational facilities, including indoor and outdoor skating rinks, cricket and soccer pitches, baseball and softball diamonds, football fields, tennis courts and childrens’ play areas.
Mississauga is also home to successful athletes and boasts world-class synchronized swimming and rowing clubs, in addition to canoeing, soccer and figure skating clubs.
There are many golf courses in the city, including Derrydale, Credit Valley, Toronto Golf, Streetsville Glen, Lionhead, and Grand Highland.
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