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Standing out from the crowd in Mississauga

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Standing out from the crowd in Mississauga

Mississauga has always been a city of noteworthy accomplishments, from its inception as a city in 1974 combining the former townships of Lakeview, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erindale, Sheridan, Dixie, Meadowvale Village, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville; to being home to Canada’s longest-serving mayor, Hazel McCallion, from 1978 to 2014.

You might expect such a track record of ambition from one of the most populous – and fastest-growing – municipalities in Canada.

Covering a huge swath of land – 288 square kms, 13 km of which front Lake Ontario – Mississauga comprises many distinct neighbourhoods and communities. The former town of Port Credit, for example, once a sleepy little industrial locale, home to the iconic – and smelly – St. Lawrence Starch Co. plant from 1890 to 1990, today is a much sought-after residential area, thanks to its prized waterfront location.

Local histories

Many of these areas host annual festivals that pay respect to local histories. Streetsville, for example, holds its annual Bread and Honey Festival, paying homage to the area’s roots as a mill town. And Port Credit’s Mississauga Waterfront Festival and the Southside Shuffle blues and jazz festival display everything that the community has to offer.

With McCallion running the show over 12 consecutive terms, until she stepped aside and Bonnie Crombie won the election in 2014, Mississauga was known as a city of growth. McCallion consistently boasted she oversaw among the lowest taxes in Canada and made it easy for companies to do business there. Today, the area is home to more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, including Laura Secord Chocolates, Honeywell Aerospace, Walmart Canada and Kellogg’s Canada.

Getting around Mississauga is, well, you are travelling over a vast area, and traffic these days… But Hwys. 401, 403, 410 and the QEW all run for stretches through the city, and there’s no shortage of GO Transit and Mississauga MiWay Transit options.

Waterfront recreation

For sports and recreation, again Mississauga is blessed with numerous recreational winter and summer sports leagues with decades of local history. Using the Streetsville example again, the Vic Johnston Community Centre dates back to 1961, and sits adjacent to Memorial Park and the Credit River.

And, following the Credit River down to Port Credit, Memorial Arena is another beautiful old barn, sitting adjacent to Memorial Park and facing Lake Ontario. The park itself serves as host location for some of the area’s largest festivals.

Then there’s the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre), where the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads play, and which also is home to a number of community rinks.

Location, location, location

• More than 288.42 square kms, 13 kms fronting Lake Ontario; bounded by Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Toronto and Lake Ontario

Key landmarks

• Living Arts Centre

• Mississauga Celebration Square

• Paramount Fine Foods Centre

• Sheridan College Business School

• Square One Shopping Centre

• University of Toronto Mississauga

Select housing developments

20/Twenty Towns by Consulate Development Group

Eleven 11 Clarkson by Saxon Developments

Jewels of the Meadows by Ideal Developments

Lakeview Village by Lakeview Community Partners

Parc Towns by The Daniels Corporation

The Clarkson Urban Towns by Haven Developments

Tuxedo Park by Maple Valley Development Corp.


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Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

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Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

Mississauga has always been a city of noteworthy accomplishments, from its inception as a city in 1974 combining the former townships of Lakeview, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erindale, Sheridan, Dixie, Meadowvale Village, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville; to being home to Canada’s longest-serving mayor, Hazel McCallion, from 1978 to 2014.

And now, literally at the time of writing, the City was hosting a Town Hall on seeking independence from the Region of Peel.

You might expect such a track record of ambition from one of the most populous – and fastest-growing – municipalities in Canada.

Covering a huge swath of land – 288 square kms, 13 km of which front Lake Ontario – Mississauga comprises many distinct neighbourhoods and communities. The former town of Port Credit, for example, once a sleepy little industrial locale, home to the iconic – and smelly – St. Lawrence Starch Co. plant from 1890 to 1990, today is a much sought-after residential area, thanks to its prized waterfront location.

Local histories

Many of these areas host annual festivals that pay respect to local histories. Streetsville, for example, holds its annual Bread and Honey Festival, paying homage to the area’s roots a mill town. And Port Credit’s Mississauga Waterfront Festival and the Southside Shuffle blues and jazz festival display everything that community has to offer.

With McCallion running the show over 12 consecutive terms, until she stepped aside and Bonnie Crombie won the election in 2014, Mississauga was known as a city of growth. McCallion consistently boasted she oversaw among the lowest taxes in Canada and made it easy for companies to do business there. Today, the area is home to more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, including Laura Secord Chocolates, Honeywell Aerospace, Walmart Canada and Kellogg’s Canada.

Succession

As for seeking its independence from Peel, Crombie’s office points to the following as motivation:

Population: Mississauga has the population to warrant becoming an independent city similar to other large municipalities such as Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa.

Stability: Mississauga is fiscally strong, has strong resident support and has the necessary capacity and experience to operate as an independent city.

Municipal service: A number of duplications, barriers and complexities in municipal service delivery could be eliminated if Mississauga became an independent city.

Future city building: As an independent City, Mississauga would have full autonomy to focus on City initiatives related to its future growth and development.

Cost: Mississauga pays 60 per cent of the overall property tax levy, yet owns only 29 per cent of regional roads.

Getting around Mississauga is, well, you are travelling over a vast area, and traffic these days… But Hwys 401, 403, 410 and the QEW all run for stretches through the city, and there’s no shortage of GO Transit and Mississauga MiWay Transit options.

For sports and recreation, again Mississauga is blessed with numerous recreational winter and summer sports leagues with decades of local history. Using the Streetsville example again, the Vic Johnston Community Centre dates back to 1961, and sits adjacent to Memorial Park and the Credit River.

And, following the Credit River down to well, Port Credit, Memorial Arena is another beautiful old barn, sitting adjacent to Memorial Park and facing Lake Ontario. The park itself serves as host location for some of the area’s largest festivals.

Then there’s the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre), where the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads play, and which also is home to a number of community rinks.

Location, location, location

More than 288.42 square kms, 13 kms fronting Lake Ontario; bounded by Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Toronto and Lake Ontario

Key landmarks

• Square One Shopping Centre

• Mississauga Celebration Square

• Living Arts Centre

• Paramount Fine Foods Centre

• University of Toronto Mississauga

• Sheridan College Business School

Select condo projects

Aspire Condominiums by Conservatory Group

Daniels City Centre by The Daniels Corporation

Edge Towers by Solmar Development Corp.

Exchange District by Camrost Felcorp

Pinnacle Grand Park 2 by Pinnacle International

TANU Condos by Edenshaw Developments


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The Clarkson Urban Towns

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The Clarkson Urban Towns

THE CLARKSON urban townhomes connect you with the city you love. With the GO at your doorstep, get to Union Station in 25 minutes flat. Shops, restaurants, and parks abound, only a short stroll out your front door. Just north of the lake shore, this inspired residential haven will suit your urban lifestyle. From here, you can GO anywhere.

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The Clarkson Townhomes

The Clarkson Townhomes inspired by life on the GO

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The Clarkson Townhomes inspired by life on the GO

What if there was a place that felt like home but was changing right before your eyes? Clarkson Village is that place where you can unwind and relax, lounge or stroll. You’ll always find something exciting happening right around the corner.

In the heart of it all is The Clarkson Urban Towns by Haven Developments. Located in south Mississauga’s prestigious Clarkson Village at 2200 Bromsgrove Rd., this community will allow you to experience urban living to the fullest.

The Clarkson keeps you close to what’s important for everyday life. Conveniences like grocery stores and pharmacies make it easy to shop for much-needed essentials, including a new Loblaw’s pick-up location at the Clarkson GO Station. Become part of a growing community with a local scene of boutique shops, activities and restaurants.

These spacious and stylish townhomes inspire peaceful moments on your own or exciting celebrations with friends. Featuring meticulous attention to detail, a well-designed floorplan to maximize space, and luxurious interior finishes such as quartz, glass tile and options such as brushed gold accents to complete the look.

Haven Developments creates communities that complement and enrich the lives of homeowners. The company designs properties that feel like home and connect you to the city you love. Being connected is something Haven achieves in proximity to transit, nature, and amenities. In fact, one of its most distinctive philosophies is that it builds only in locations with superior access to transit.

At The Clarkson you’ll discover transit options that will quickly get you to your desired destination. With GO at your doorstep, get to Union Station in 25 minutes flat. Nearby highways take you through the GTA and beyond. Gain easy access to Toronto and Pearson International Airport.

GO Transit operates three train lines and several GO bus routes through Mississauga. MiWay is the primary bus operator with a dedicated and fast east to west bus-only roadway. MiWay’s routes connect with GO Transit commuter rail and intercity buses. The system also connects with Brampton Transit to the north, Oakville Transit to the west, York Region Transit (YRT) to the northeast, and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to the east.

Thanks to Loblaws and Metrolinx you can order groceries online and pick them up at the Clarkson GO Station on your way home from work, in time to prepare a fresh meal — just one of the many perks this location has to offer.

Most people have no idea how much greenspace Mississauga has. The outdoor enthusiast is sure to find their haven with miles of walking trails, boardwalks and a scenic cycling path along the Lakeshore. Discover the new Bromsgrove and Sheridan Creek trails across the street from The Clarkson.

The proximity to Port Credit, only a five-minute ride on the GO, is certainly a draw as Mississauga’s entertainment hub for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Need any more reasons to love life at The Clarkson?

Haven is having a public launch in February. Register at the website to receive updates on this development.

theclarkson.ca


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LOCAL FOCUS: Mississauga

LOCAL FOCUS: Mississauga

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LOCAL FOCUS: Mississauga

by Gale Beeby

The sixth largest city in Canada continues to grow

HOUSING OPTIONS

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.

LEISURE PURSUITS

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.

Streetsville holds its annual Bread 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.

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 and splash pads.

There are many golf courses in the city, including Derrydale, Credit Valley, Toronto Golf, Streetsville Glen, Lionhead, Grand Highland, Mississuaga Golf, BraeBen and Lakeview.

RETAIL THERAPY

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 over 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.

EASY ACCESS

Mississauga is served by seven major highways, including the QEW, Highways 401, 403, 409, 410, 427 and 407. 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.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 722,000

Motto: Pride in our past, faith in our future

Walk scores:

City Centre: 91

Port Credit: 88

Erin Mills: 74

Cooksville: 68

Clarkson: 55

Applewood Heights: 52

Streetsville: 45

Sheridan Homeland: 44

Lakeview: 42

Lorne Park: 15

Mississauga.ca


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