Living in Mississauga
posted on December 04, 2020
Over 800,000 people call Mississauga home in the GTA, and for good reason. Here are the top reasons why people love calling Mississauga home.
Mississauga is a great place to call home if you love to eat. It boasts fine food markets, many excellent grocery stores, great restaurants offering diverse culinary experiences and more. Check out TimeOut’s favourite restaurants in the area here, and browse blogTO’s complete collection of Mississauga restaurants here.
Ample job opportunities
If you’re on the hunt for local employment opportunities, Mississauga is a great place to live. There are ample work opportunities within Mississauga itself and within easy commuting distance of it in other areas of Toronto and the GTA. Downtown Toronto is only 20 minutes away by car after all!
Good schools and community centres
Mississauga offers everything you could want in terms of local schools. You are close to quality public, private, catholic schools, preschools, daycares, high schools, elementary schools, colleges and universities here. Read this blog post to discover Mississauga’s best schools. Mississauga also boasts over 30 local community centers where you and/or your family can learn, play and get fit.
Commuting by car is easy as Mississauga is connected to the rest of the GTA via the 403, 401, 407, 410, and the QEW. It’s also connected via GO transit, the TTC, MiWay buses and more.
Access to Lake Ontario
Mississauga extends along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario. You can discover its beauty on foot or by bike by exploring the Martin Goodman Trail which runs along the lake, right through Mississauga. You won’t believe how beautiful it is!
An abundance of parks and green space
There are many beautiful parks, 480 to be exact, to discover in Mississauga. Browse all parks and recreation facilities in the area here.
In the warmer months, there’s always something fun and fabulous happening at Celebration Square! It’s the place to head for Mississauga’s best festivals and arts and culture events.
The Most Gorgeous Parks in Mississauga
There is no shortage of amazing green space in this town. Mississauga is home to more than 480 parks, as well as 295km of walking trails and woodlands for you to discover. Check out our roundup of the most gorgeous parks in Mississauga!
Lake Aquitaine Park
Lake Aquitaine Park feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Mississauga’s streets. It’s the tranquil home of the Aquitaine Trail. It’s a recreational area that was originally developed around a storm water management lake. The park also serves as the site of an annual Urban Fishing Festival every year. The lake is surrounded by a great trail for residents and visitors to use. Fishermen love that the lake is home to rainbow trout, sunfish, rock bass and perch. Plan a hike or a picnic here when you can, you won’t regret it!
Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens
When spring comes calling, Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens is the Mississauga green space to explore. It features one of Canada’s largest collections of rhododendrons. Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, the woodland garden is designed to feature the beauty of rhododendrons and azaleas, along with some companion perennials and shrubs, providing a four-season garden that will amaze you. You can visit year-round, but the best time to go is from early May to the end of June.
Lakeside Park really has something for everyone to enjoy. It features a splash pad, a giant sandbox, and a huge spinning net for kids. Adults love the walking trails that extend down to the Lake Ontario waterfront! Pet owners like to frequent the dog park next door. The park connects to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail that runs from Etobicoke Creek all the way to the Oakville Border. It’s the perfect spot for a summer picnic, BBQ, play date or stroll.
Jack Darling Memorial Park
Jack Darling Park is a fantastic waterfront park that features beautiful Lake Ontario beaches for residents to enjoy. Bring your swimsuit, a towel and some food and make a day of it. The park features dedicated picnic areas, BBQs, a great playground for kids, washrooms, a spray pad, a tennis court and a leash-free zone for dogs and their owners.
Erindale Park is the largest park in Mississauga. It’s an excellent spot to enjoy a picnic, hike, jog, bike rides, skiing, birding or just take in some nature. There are beautiful walking trails to explore that extend along the Credit River and an epic playground for kids.
The best places for craft beer in Mississauga
How ‘bout a cold one, Mississauga!? Whatever your craft beer preferences are, you can find what you’re looking for right here, at home.
Old Credit Brewing Co Ltd
If you haven’t paid a visit to the Old Credit Brewing Co Ltd ( 6 Queen St W) in Mississauga, you’re missing out. Located less than a 10-minute drive from the apartments at 2200 Sherobee, this family-run brewery has created 3 award-winning beers. Their original Amber Ale features an aromatic bouquet that is engagingly nutty with fresh, fruity notes. Their Pale Pilsner is medium-bodied with a smooth taste, and their Holiday Honey (which is made with Billy Bee Honey) is a sweet sip after a long day. Taste the difference a slow-brewed, ice-aged beer makes.
The Crooked Cue
The Crooked Cue is a family-run craft beer bar and billiards hall. It has been a Mississauga mainstay for over 20 years in its current location at 75 Lakeshore Rd E. It’s only minutes from 45 Paisley or 2200 Sherobee. They serve over 100 “pure beers”, in the Belgian style, as organic as possible. They have 20 brews on tap, as well as an imported Cask beer engine for cask-conditioned beers. The bartenders are draught master trained and know how to pour the perfect pint. Many of their craft beers are brewed by family-owned breweries that adhere to the Bavarian Purity Act standards. They are not tied to a major brewery so they can offer a variety of quality beers free from corporate influence.
3 Brewers (5860 Mavis Rd) is a bar/restaurant chain that takes brewing seriously. At each location, you can choose their original White, Blonde, Amber, Brown or IPA. For fall, they’re offering a Harvest Ale – a Canadian version of a classic American IPA, brewed with freshly harvested Ontario Chinook hops. Stop by for a sip anytime. If you’re serious about your beer, sign up for their Create your own cask workshop. Their master brewers guide you through the brewery and educate you about the process. You choose your ingredients to create your personal best cask. When it’s time to tap it, you can invite up to 30 friends to the microbrewery to taste your creation. It makes a perfect gift for the beer lover on your list.
Grocery delivery in Mississauga
There are many reasons to order your groceries online for home delivery. It can save you time and money if you shop wisely. If you live in Mississauga, take note of these great local grocery delivery services.
Go organic: Mamma Earth Organics
Supporting organic farming is always a good thing to do. While there are many great grocery delivery services in the GTA, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that carries as large a selection of local and organic products and is as reliable and flexible as Mamma Earth Organics. We recommend ordering a big basket of produce weekly, swapping out what you don’t want for what you do in their pre-designed baskets. You can also throw in organic grocery items.
Go hyper-local: Fresh City Farms
Supporting hyper-local food production has never been easier thanks to Fresh City Farms. They’ll deliver locally grown organic food right to your door. You can even order prepared meals and recipe kits! Eating healthy has never been more simple. They deliver across the GTA weekly and biweekly.
Get everything you need in one go: Grocery Gateway
Unlike the other suggestions above, Grocery Gateway is comparable to an ordinary supermarket. You can expect to find everything you need in one convenient place. From toilet paper to produce, Grocery Gateway has you covered and will deliver your order to your door. The downside? If you care about local and organic, expect a limited selection at a higher price.
Why Mississauga is the best place to live
1. Rattray Marsh Conservation Area
Rattray Marsh Conservation Area (660 Bexhill Road, Mississauga) is a hidden gem in the city. Hike through its beautiful nature trails, stroll the boardwalk along the marsh, and enjoy some of the best bird watching around.
2. Port Credit
Port Credit is part of Old Mississauga. It’s a historic village that has grown with the times to become the city’s entertainment hub. Its slogan is “Always On! Always Electric!”.
3. Mississauga Central Library
Mississauga Central Library (301 Burnhamthorpe Road West) is the best and busiest library in the city. It’s conveniently located near Square One Shopping Centre. Library parking is free after 6pm and all day on weekends.
4. Jack Darling Memorial Park
5. Port Credit Memorial Park
During the warmer months, Port Credit Memorial Park (20 Lakeshore Rd East) is home to outdoor fun and many festivals that are fun for the whole family.
6. Erindale Park
7. Lakefront Promenade
There are many spots to take a stroll by the lake in Mississauga. Lakefront Promenade Park (800 Lakefront Promenade) features picnic areas, boating, fishing, and even a mini beach area and volleyball. The park also features a splash pad for kids, and connects to a giant 21 km boardwalk that stretches from Etobicoke Creek to the Oakville border.
8. Richard’s Memorial Park
Richard’s Memorial Park (804 Lakeshore Rd West) is a quiet and relaxing area right on Lake Ontario. There is ample parking and hardly any crowds, making it one of the best kept secrets in Mississauga. It’s much more serene and quiet than its popular neighbour, Jack Darling Park.
9. Celebration Square
By now you’ve probably realized that living in Mississauga is something to celebrate. When you want to celebrate the city itself, head down to Celebration Square (300 City Centre Drive). This award-winning public square, in the heart of downtown, is home to an ever-changing lineup of events and activities, most of which are free!