About

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.

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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.

Top 50

Attractions

It's playtime! Plan a fun day out with friends, introduce the family to a creative activity or take time to check out one of our city's iconic landmarks

Air Combat Zone
5170 Dixie Rd | 905-602-4775

Get behind the controls of a high-performance F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter. Air Combat Zone offers networked cockpit simulators so you can go it alone, fly as a team or take the ultimate challenge and experience head-tohead air combat.

Celebration Square
300 City Centre Drive

Located in the heart of downtown Mississauga, Celebration Square is a favourite place to gather with friends and family for events, festivals, movie nights, or to watch the big game on the outdoor screens. Busy year-round, the Square also features an ice skating rink from late November through spring.

Laser Quest
1224 Dundas St E | 905-272-8000

More than a game... Laser Quest is an immersive family entertainment venue. From the time you receive your briefing and don your LQ pack and laser, you’ll experience an exhilarating experience featuring specialty lighting, swirling fog, and energetic music to add to the excitement.

Old Credit Brewing Co. Ltd
6 Queen St. W | 905-271-9888

Located in the heart of Port Credit, Old Credit Brewing Co. crafts a quality Amber Ale, Pale Pilsner and Holiday Honey. Visit the facility to experience a new taste of an old tradition, and inquire about the newly renovated upstairs facility for your next event.

Paintball Nation
6200 Ordan Drive | 905-795-8866

The perfect indoor location to host a group or team event or for walk-in play with friends. This venue can accommodate groups of up to 130 and has plenty of free parking.

Playdium
99 Rathburn Rd W | 905-273-9000

The ultimate high-tech family entertainment centre features interactive and physical games, rides and sports simulators, go-karts, mini-golf, nine variablespeed batting cages, and Water Wars. Bonus: the new Spin Zone Bumper Cars and MaxFlight Roller Coaster Simulator.

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
3636 Hawkestone Rd | 905-306-9898

Sky Zone Trampoline Park boasts 15,000 square feet of all-trampoline walled playing courts. Play 3-D dodgeball, defy gravity in open jump, or leap into our massive foam pit! We host groups, parties and events. Our unique combination of fun and fitness is perfect for all ages!

Streetsville Village Square
1-, 9 Main St

Streetsville’s newest outdoor public space is the recently revitalized Streetsville Village Square. This vibrant town square is a natural gathering place to catch up with friends and enjoy free entertainment and events scheduled regularly through the year.

uFLY Simulator
6-1535 Meyerside Drive | 905-565-0197

Fly a unique 777 jet airline simulator with a 180-degree, HD field of view. You can be a pilot!

Galleries & Museums

See, learn, and be inspired by something new and unexpected any day of the week in Mississauga's galleries and museums. You'll find unique places that embrace forward-looking artists and a rich heritage.

Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive | 905-896-5088

First. New. Next. This public, not-for-profit art gallery presents important works from a range of periods and movements in Canadian art. Expressing multiple ideas and concepts, this visual art translates into meaningful cultural and social experiences for all visitors. Admission is free. See the events section for exhibition dates.

Benares Historical House
1507 Clarkson Rd N | 905-615-4860 ext. 2110

With more than 165 years of history, tour this exquisite Georgian style estate and Visitor Centre. Benares Historic House includes an Exhibition Gallery with rotating exhibitions and displays that tell the story of the people that lived here before us.

Blackwood Gallery
359 Mississauga Rd | 905-828-3789

This gallery at University of Toronto Mississauga presents contemporary works of local, national, and international artists. Its two main locations are in the Kaneff Centre, and the e|gallery, in the Communication, Culture, and Information Technology Building (CCT).

Bradley Museum
1620 Orr Road | 905-615-4860

The two-acre Bradley Museum is located on the edge of Lake Ontario, has accessible nature trails, connects to the Waterfront Bike Trail and is within walking distance of the Rattray Marsh.

Living Arts Centre Gallery Space
4141 Living Arts Dr | 905-306-6000; 1-888-805-8888

A multi-use facility, the Living Arts Centre includes a Resident Artist Program as well as The Gallery Space with a rotating schedule of exhibitions. The mandate of the gallery is to nurture, foster, encourage and support the growth of artists within the Mississauga community.

Leslie Log House
4415 Mississauga Rd. | 905-615-4860

The Leslie Log House has been conserved as an example of early nineteenth century architecture and the lifestyle led by Mississauga’s pioneer settlers. Home to the archives of the Streetsville Historical Society, the main floor features seasonal exhibits and programming.

Music Walk of Fame
Port Credit Memorial Park

This must-see attraction recognizes the amazing musical talents who are part of Mississauga history, their names forever engraved in granite plaques. Inductees include: Billy Talent, punk-pop band; Jeff Healey, guitarist/ vocalist; Tommy Hunter, country music Legend; Rik Emmett, Triumph guitarist; Ronnie Hawkins, legendary rocker; and Oscar Peterson, jazz pianist.

Rumi Galleries
55 Woodlawn Ave. | 905-274-3616

Enjoy the largest historical and contemporary Canadian art gallery in Mississauga. Focus is divided between 20th century Canadian, American and European artists during the post war period.

Heritage Resource Centre - The Grange
1921 Dundas Dtreet West | 905-828-8411

The centre documents the rich history and heritage of Mississauga and provides heritage resources, research assistance and services. Heritage Mississauga also features exhibit space in the Discovery Centre Gallery, used by community artists and heritage organizations. See the website for events.

The Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada
2980 Drew Road #125 | 416-587-5498

This museum is dedicated to advancing and promoting knowledge, understanding, and preservation of the cultural and religious life of Sikh history and culture. Features include museum exhibits, lectures and special programs.

Visual Arts Mississauga
4170 Riverwood Park Ln | 905-277-4313

Sign up for an art class or workshop from VAM’s wide selection of visual arts programming for youth and adults. The arts centre hosts exhibitions and events through the year including the Annual Juried Show (January), Members’ Show & Sale (March), Children’s Art Celebration (June), Art in the Park (September) and the Holiday Artisan Marketplace (November). See website for dates.

Gardens, Parks & Trails

Discover Mississauga's true nature in its many forms, from waterfront parks and natural woodlands to tranquil gardens and kid-friendly play areas. With more than 500 parks and 20 major trail systems to explore, our great outdoors welcomes you anytime of year.

Brueckner Rhododendron Garden
660 Lakeshore Rd W

See the beauty of one of Canada’s largest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas in this 18-acre park near the shore of Lake Ontario. You can visit the garden any time of the year, with the seasonal floral display at its height from early May to the end of June.

David J. Culham Trail & Riverwood
4300 Riverwood Park Lane

This multi-use trail includes natural and urban settings through its two sections: Dundas Street to Mississauga Road and Church Street to Velebit Court with links to University of Toronto Mississauga, Erindale Park, and Streetsville Memorial Park. It also leads to Riverwood, a 150-acre natural area home to Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM). (11.2 kilometres/7 miles)

Erindale Park
1695 Dundas Street West

A great destination for active outdoor activities yearround, from fishing for salmon or trout to flying down the fast toboggan hill in the winter. Walking trails offer spectacular views of the Credit River and ravines. Mississauga’s largest park is inviting to bird watchers, photographers and anyone who enjoys getting back to nature.

Jack Darling Memorial Park
1180 Lakeshore West

Right on the waterfront, this large and diverse park is to enjoy any time of the year. It’s a great place for families and individuals who want to spend time outdoors to explore. Take a dip in Lake Ontario or jump through the splash pad on a hot summer day. Then enjoy the park trails for an amazing scenic ambiance.

Kariya Park Japanese Gardens
3620 Kariya Dr

Like a tranquil lake of serenity in the heart of bustling Mississauga, Kariya Park lies calmly in the city core. You can easily get a glimpse of the iconic Civic Centre clock tower through the greenery. The rhododendrons, pines, gingko and sweetgum trees can all be found here. The beautiful lavender-hued Iris Iaevigata, or rabbit-ear Iris, is the official flower of the city of Kariya, Japan—Mississauga’s sister city after which the park is named.

Lake Aquitaine Trail & Park
2688 Aquitaine Avenue

This multi-use trail runs south from Derry Road through the scenic Lake Aquitaine Park, an active recreational area that was developed around a storm water management lake. Pedestrian walkways fan from the trail through the neighbourhoods (3.4 Kilometres/2miles).

Lakefront Promenade Park
800 Lakefront Promenade

This expansive park is home to several boating centres including Lakefront Promenade Marina. It’s also where you’ll find Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC), home to prestigious sailing races including the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, the Susan Hood Trophy Race, and the Lake Ontario Short-Handed Racing Series.

Port Credit Memorial Park
20 Lakeshore Rd E

Enjoy the oasis, serenity, and amenities in our waterfront parks. You can go sight seeing, play various sports, or simply enjoy a picnic with family, friends, and pets! Take part in seasonal events and activities or enjoy a nice stroll within the park. The natural heritage along our park’s pathways and trails make for great hiking routes. Enjoy capturing nature’s beauty at its finest with breathtaking views and vistas at this waterfront park.

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area
50 Bexhill Rd

Just beyond Clarkson Village is the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area. As the last remaining lakefront marsh between Toronto and Burlington, this environmentally sensitive wetland offers a rare experience for nature lovers. It is home to a variety of wildlife and plants and a must-see for avid bird watchers, photographers and nature lovers.

Waterfront Trail
Along Lake Ontario, from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Marie Curtis Park.

Part of a 1,600-kilometre network that spans Canadian shores of the Great Lakes, Mississauga’s portion of the Waterfront Trail runs parallel to Lake Ontario in a continuous trail through 22 parks, Port Credit Village, the Bradley Museum, and Rattray Marsh–one of the few remaining wetlands along Lake Ontario. To plan a walk, hike, or bike ride, see the Feature Trail map online.

Landmarks

Share your best selfie with the world when you visit and get in front of these iconic landmarks in #mississauga

Civic Centre
300 City Centre Drive

The award-winning postmodern architecture of the Mississauga Civic Centre, opened in 1987, includes design elements that pay tribute to the area’s agricultural past: the main building represents a farmhouse, the Council Chamber represents a grain silo, and the clock tower a windmill.

Absolute World aka the “Marilyn Monroe Towers”
60 Absolute Avenue

Meet Marilyn: one of two Absolute World Condos soaring 56 and 50 storeys high; the tallest earned its nickname due to the design’s curvaceous hourglass figure. The buildings were completed in 2012 following an international design competition. The unique 209-degree twist from the base to the top provides residents with unobstructed views of the city and beyond.

Port Credit Lighthouse
105 Lakeshore Road East

See a panoramic view of the Credit River, harbour, and the village of Port Credit from the deck of this iconic red and white lighthouse. Home to the Port Credit Business Association, the structure is also a true beacon to sailors—visible from up to 15 miles on Lake Ontario.

Toronto Pearson Airport
6301 Silver Dart Dr

Don’t let the name fool you. Toronto Pearson International Airport is actually in Mississauga. If you like watching planes take off, Mississauga’s Danville Park, located north of the 401, off Kennedy Road, is the place to be.

Sports & Leisure

If you love the thrill of competition and thrive on maintaining an active lifestyle, Mississauga has your game. Run, hike, skate, sail, paddle, or cycle right this way to discover an exceptional range of sports and recreational facilities and outdoor activities.

Credit Village Marina
12 Stavebank Rd | 905-615-4880

Credit Village Marina is located in the heart of Port Credit at the mouth of the Credit River, steps from the Village of Port Credit where you can shop, dine, and enjoy the old-fashioned town atmosphere. Or enjoy cycling and pedestrian trail, and picturesque parks.

Fishing along the Credit River
Credit River | 905-615-4100

The Credit River is an impressive natural feature that defines Mississauga and runs through the heart of Ontario, emptying into Lake Ontario at Port Credit. The Credit boasts large runs of chinook salmon and steelhead as well as some coho salmon, and Atlantic salmon, making it the perfect place for fishing.

Braeben Golf Course
5700 Terry Fox Way | 905-615-GOLF (4653)

Located on the highest point of land in Mississauga, BraeBen offers must-see vistas of the city. The 18-hole championship course and 9-hole Academy course are open to the public. Play a round or try out its newest sport of FootGolf. Amenities include a driving range, pro shop and a 200-seat dining room.

Grand Highland Golf Club
376 Barondale Dr | 905-712-1183

The course offers charming views of the cityscape and an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to practice their short game or get in a quick morning or afternoon round.

Lakeview Golf Course
1190 Dixie Rd | 905-615-GOLF (4653)

Since 1907, Lakeview has been a community favourite and Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Golf Professionals include it among their rankings of the Top 50 Ontario Golf Clubs. The picturesque course has twice hosted the Canadian Open and is designated as an Ontario Heritage site.

Fishing on Lake Ontario
15 Front St South

Each year, thousands of sport fishing enthusiasts ply Lake Ontario’s waters in search of Chinook and Coho Salmon. This area includes well-established populations of rainbow trout, brown trout and lake trout, and efforts are underway to reintroduce native Atlantic salmon. Charters can supply all the equipment and licensing you need to go fishing or provide a great way to see our city by the lake.

The Mississauga Canoe Club & The Don Rowing Club
25 and 27 Front Street North | 905-275-2127 (Canoe Club) | 905-274-1871 (Rowing Club)

These two clubs on the western shore of the Credit River regularly welcome visitors to regattas and dragon boat racing events. An annual highlight is the Mississauga Dragon Boat Festival hosted by the Mississauga Canoe Club in June.

The Mississauga Steelheads
5500 Rose Cherry Pl | 905-502-9100

The Mississauga Steelheads, are a junior hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), playing out of the Hershey Centre. Current NHL stars like Jason Spezza, Alex Pietrangelo and Casey Czikas, all kick started their careers here in Mississauga. Steelheads young gunners Sean Day, Nathan Bastian, Jacob Moverare, Austin Osmanski, and current team captain Michael McLeod were all drafted to the NHL in 2016 and we can’t wait to watch them shine for their future clubs.

Ontario Centre for Classical Sports
3750B Laird Rd. Unit 13-14 | 905-820-5151

The indoor archery range is the largest dedicated indoor archery range in the Greater Toronto Area. The sprung hardwood sports floor was specifically designed for fencing, making this facility one of the best in Ontario.

Raptors 905
Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Pl

Come watch future pro basketball stars today, playing in the NBA Development League (D-League)! The regular season schedule runs from November to April. See the Events listings (page 8) for scheduled dates and raptors905.com for tickets, team news and more information. The road to the "six" starts here!

Sports Hall of Fame
5600 Rose Cherry Place, Suite 101, Concourse Lobby | 905-267-3536

Visit this local landmark, filled with photos, memorabilia, and biographies of Mississauga’s most talented sport heroes. Learn about the achievements of the city’s greatest athletes and coaches. Explore the sports action in the triple gymnasium and soccer turf.

Unreel Charters
1 Port St. E. | 905-965-3825

Complete luxury right in Port Credit. Give your friends, family, employees or customers a B.C. fishing experience right on Lake Ontario at a fraction of the cost.

Theatre & Entertainment

Plan an exciting night out to see a play, hear a favourite musician or laugh out loud with friends. Choose from lots of entertainment options with wide variety of theater and performance arts on stage in Mississauga.

Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Dr. | 905-306-6000; 1-888-805-8888

A multi-use facility, the Living Arts Centre houses performance theatres, an exhibition gallery, eight professional art studios, and sophisticated meeting facilities, offering performances, courses, birthday parties, camps, artist residency and more. Parking free, evenings after 6 p.m. and on weekends.

Maja Prentice Theatre
3650 Dixie Rd | 416-910-4073

The Maja Prentice Theatre is considered Mississauga’s “hidden gem,” an intimate, 201-seat proscenium theatre. It is managed by the Mississauga Theatre Allliance and is the venue of choice for a wide range of cultural groups, arts festivals and community theatre.

Meadowvale Theatre
6315 Montevideo Rd | 905-615-4720

Meadowvale Theatre is Mississauga’s original community performing arts facility—a welcoming arts space that inspires and cultivates art making. Its 395-seat, stateof- the-art auditorium is an intimate and vibrant creative space that’s home to award-winning performances and numerous events. The theatre also features a gallery in the main lobby. Visit MTix.ca for full details.

Mississauga Symphony Orchestra
4141 Living Arts Drive | 905-615-4405

The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra presents numerous entertaining concerts each season in the comfort and wonderful acoustics of the Living Arts Centre. With over 80 enthusiastic and talented musicians onstage for each concert, you’re sure to enjoy the experience! See the events calendar for signature events!

Yuk Yuks
5165 Dixie Rd | 416-967-6425

Roll down the aisles laughing! Spend an evening at Yuk Yuk’s, Canada’s renowned national stand-up comedy club.

Villages

Visit one of our historic villages and shop and stay awhile!

Port Credit Village
105 Lakeshore Road West | 905-278-7742

Welcome to Port Credit! Mississauga’s entertainment hub for shopping, events, music and dining on the waterfront. Our beautiful community offers something for everyone, with a wide array of restaurants, retail stores, services and cafés, all within easy walking distance from each other.

Clarkson Village
Lakeshore Road West and Clarkson Road

Located on the south-western edge of Mississauga along Lakeshore Road is Clarkson Village, founded in 1808. Named after early settler Warren Clarkson, this is the oldest of Mississauga’s village communities.

Malton Village
Rexdale Boulevard and Highway 427 | 905-499-2969

Just north of Toronto Pearson International Airport is the historic Village of Malton, originally a farming community established in 1819. The area transformed into an aviation community by the early 1940s after the construction of Malton Airport—predecessor to today’s airport. Home to Canada’s historic Avro Arrow, Malton continues to be a hot spot for aviation enthusiasts. It has cultivated a community rich in international flare, bringing the world into Mississauga.

Streetsville Village
280 Queen Street South | 905-858-5974

Known as “The Village in the City,” Streetsville is a quaint, scenic community located in northern Mississauga along the Credit River. A walk down historic Queen Street reveals the grace of another era. Many historic homes have been converted into offices, restaurants, spas and cafes. In the Village in the City of Mississauga, parking is free. Relax in a restaurant or pub, and plan a shopping spree in Streetsville.

festivals & events