The largest suburb of Toronto, Mississauga has a population of over 721,000 people, more than Boston, Washington DC, Denver, Detroit or Seattle, according to insauga.com. It lies just to the west of Ontario’s capital along the shores of Lake Ontario, but it offers plenty of its own delights for visitors and residents alike.
Immerse Yourself in Nature at the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area
One of the city’s hidden gems, the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area is an ideal place to immerse yourself in nature, and perhaps enjoy a peaceful stroll on one of the trails, watching for birds, turtles and sea turtles. The Waterfront Trail passes through along Lake Ontario’s shoreline, offering the chance to experience some of the last remaining lakefront marsh here.
Enjoy a Day at the Beach in Marie Curtis Park
Marie Curtis Park is the place to go if you want to enjoy a day at the beach, located on the east bank of the Etobicoke Creek where it flows out to Lake Ontario. It’s popular for swimming, surfing, fishing, biking, walking and sunbathing.
Play at the Playdium
The Playdium is a great place to go for fun as a massive entertainment complex in the middle of the city center. Its indoor area includes simulated rides, a laser maze and a huge arcade as well as several restaurants. Outdoors you’ll find one of Canada’s longest Go-Kart tracks, an 18-hole mini-golf course and a baseball dome.
Learn About the Area’s History at the Bradley Museum
The Bradley Museum is a residential compound owned by an early pioneer family that includes four buildings showcasing local history: The Bradley House, a two-story 1830 saltbox-style farmhouse; The Anchorage, an Ontario Regency-style cottage dating from the early 1800s; a restored log cabin from the early 19th-century and a barn from around the turn-of-the-20th-century. It’s located on the edge of Lake Ontario in a maple grove, spread across two acres that includes nature trails., the two-acre site also includes nature trails.
If you visit in March you can attend the annual maple syrup festival which offers the chance to tour the maple sap line, learn how pioneers, First Nations and modern sap harvesters produce Canada’s famous maple syrup, and enjoy a taste of it too.
Tee Off at One of Two Golf Courses
Mississauga is home to both the Lakeview Golf Course and the Braeben Golf Course, the latter of which includes a championship 18-hole and a 9-hole hole course, while the former features an 18-hole course that’s considered one of the finest in Ontario, twice hosting the Canada Open.
Check out the Works at the Art Gallery of Mississauga
This small art gallery packs a punch, with the opportunity to explore impressive local works through changing exhibitions that range from historic to contemporary art, design, crafts and photography. It also offers a wide range of workshops, tours and talks.
Shop ‘Til You Drop at Ontario’s Largest Shopping Mall
The largest shopping mall in the province, Square One Shopping Centre is located downtown and hosts more than 360 shops and services, including over five dozen places to dine, two supermarkets and countless coffee shops.