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Tourism Destination Master Plan

The Mississauga Tourism Destination Master Plan is a five-year plan that provides a vision for tourism in Mississauga. Funded jointly by the City of Mississauga and its regional tourism organization, Tourism Toronto, the Master Plan guides future tourism efforts, provides strategic direction to help elevate Mississauga as a tourist destination and identifies key initiatives to promote positive visitor experiences.

The plan was presented to General Committee on November 1 and will go to Council for final endorsement on
November 8, 2017.

To view or download a copy of the Plan please click here.

About Mississauga

Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city, conveniently located just a 30-minute drive from Toronto and within easy reach for day trips to Niagara Falls.

There are endless ways to enjoy our city: whether it’s walking along a nature trail on the waterfront, going to an outdoor festival, sampling great international cuisine, or a fantastic day of shopping, Mississauga offers much to explore and discover.

Mississauga’s welcoming culture has roots across a mosaic of communities. Just over half of residents who live here today were born in another country. From a rich history to cultural diversity, Mississauga is a great place to visit, live, work, and play.

Known for our diverse festivals year-round , join us to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 with exciting and unique events. Plan your own unique and memorable experience and enjoy!

5 Cool Facts about Mississauga

  • We have a minor planet! Asteroid 223950, discovered in 2004 was renamed for Mississauga in 2011.

  • World record holder. Before retiring in 2014, Mississauga’s mayor Hazel McCallion was the world’s oldest mayor, serving 36 years, at age 93.

  • Busiest travel hub. Don’t let the name fool you: Toronto Pearson International Airport-Canada’s largest and busiest with over 41 million annual passengers-is actually located in Mississauga.

  • There is a Mississauga Park in Japan. Since 1981, Mississauga and Kariya, Japan have exchanged friendship and culture as sister cities. Check out Kariya Park here!

  • A first in aviation history. Commemorated by Aviation Road east of Port Credit, Canada’s first airport, Long Branch Aerodrome, opened near the lakeshore in 1915. It closed in 1919.

Famous Neighbours Through History

  • Colonel Harland Sanders—as in Kentuky Fried Chicken—had a home in the Lakeview area for 25 years.

  • Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, sister to Russia’s last Tsar Nicholas II, lived in Cooksville on Camilla Road from the 1950s until her death in 1960.

  • George Hunter, the renowned Canadian documentary photographer whose images have appeared on the Canadian five, ten and fifty dollar bills ,lived his later years in his home/studio on Mississauga Road.

  • Grammy award winning jazz pianist Oscar Peterson was a proud Mississaugan for some 35 years,and has a public school named in his honour.

  • Beautiful people: "America’s Next Top Model” contestant Winnie Harlow grew up here, as did Ukrainian-Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy, best known as the face of Lancôme.

For more famous people from Mississauga visit musicwalkoffame.ca

Famous Sports Locals

  • ANTHONY CARELLI. The WWE super star known as Santino Marella was born in Mississauga and currently owns Battle Arts Academy, on Tomken Road, as a pro wrestling coach.

  • JOHNNY BOWER. The Hockey Hall of Famer, who was Toronto Maple Leafs goalie when they last won the Stanley Cup, is a long-time resident of Meadowvale. You’ll find a park in his name on Parkgate Drive.

  • DON CHERRY. The TV commentator and former NHL coach lives in Mississauga, and once owned the Mississauga Ice Dogs team. Rose Cherry Place, near Hershey Centre, is named in memory of his wife.

  • PAUL COFFEY. The All Star hockey player and Hockey Hall of Famer grew up in Malton. He was recently honoured with the renaming of Malton Arena and Wildwood Park as Paul Coffey Arena and Park.

  • PAUL HENDERSON. The former NHLer, best known for scoring the series-winning goal for Canada in the 1972 Hockey Summit Series, lives in Streetsville.

  • SILKEN LAUMANN. The Canadian Olympic champion rower grew up in Mississauga where she honed her rowing skills training on the Credit River. She was inducted into our Mississauga Legend’s Row in 2014.

Sports Events Played Here

  • TORONTO Pan American/Para Pan America Games In July and August 2015, Mississauga welcomed 50,000 visitors and hosted seven sports as one of 16 municipalities staging the Games.

  • 2016 Ontario Summer Games Mississauga welcomed more than 4,000 athletes to host the 34 multi-sport Games, the largest in Ontario history.

  • Skate Canada International has been hosted in Mississauga in 2016, 2011, 2003 and 2000 as part of the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Competition global series.

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