Explore the top five unique neighbourhoods of the city.
Now that the snow has finally melted, it’s time to explore what Mississauga has to offer. From the spectacular waterfront to the exciting downtown core, Mississauga has many communities with their own distinct identity. Take the time to visit these five districts filled with heritage houses, modern construction and beautiful parks that shape the city.
Clarkson is the oldest Mississauga community and features a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services. Just a short distance away is Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, where the trail leads you through mature forests, floodplain features and a green ash swamp. To learn more about the history of the area, travel back in time with a visit to the Bradley Museum and the Benares Historic House.
At the heart of the city, Mississauga’s downtown is home to the Civic Centre, Celebration Square, the Central Library, the Living Arts Centre, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Ontario’s largest shopping mall, Square One Shopping Centre. It’s always buzzing with activities, festivals and concerts for everyone to enjoy. Whether you love shopping, entertainment or learning, downtown Mississauga has it all.
Meadowvale is one of the most active communities in Mississauga, filled with many parks and trails. To get your body moving, stop at Lake Aquitaine Park for stunning views of a man-made lake and get your workout on at the six exercise stations around the pathway loop. If you love live performances, check out Meadowvale Theatre to experience all aspects of the performing arts, including music, drama, comedy, dance and musical theatre.
- Port Credit
As one of the city’s top cultural, entertainment and culinary districts, Port Credit’s old fashioned atmosphere is an incredible experience in Mississauga. With over 400 shops and exceptional restaurants as well as exciting festivals and events, this lakeside neighbourhood is a place you can’t miss. For nature lovers, the Waterfront Trail runs through Port Credit and offers popular paths for walking, cycling and rollerblading in the city.
Streetsville has a small town charm that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood with many restaurants, bakeries and cafés that offer an assortment of dining options from formal afternoon tea to casual fish and chips. This lively area is a great place to discover, whether you are meeting for a coffee, enjoying an ice cream or listening to a musical performance.
Pick up a map, grab a friend and go explore these wonderful parts of Mississauga. To learn more about what the city has to offer, visit discovermississauga.ca.
What Incredible Talent Lives Here!
For the sixth year, Arts on the Credit, the annual juried fine art show created by Marie Payne and Elysia Prokopetz will highlight the curated work of over 40 remarkable artists at the prestigious Waterside Inn in Port Credit. (11am-5pm. April 8th and 9th, $5 admission.)
Says Marie Payne, “There is so much fabulous work, I had a difficult time choosing which images to send out. I really am proud of the work that will be showing this year. It just gets better & better. We have come a long way in 6 years and our unique show is now established as the place to be each year.”
Highly skilled fine artists will exhibit side by side with established local artists, giving art lovers a unique opportunity to not only view some of the best art in Ontario, but also to understand the creative processes of the artists that will be on hand to discuss their work. By combining art, community and conversation, Arts on the Credit attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over, to discover, re-connect and purchase work from the artists.
This year, Arts on the Credit has partnered with Sheridan College to sponsor a recent graduate from their Art & Design: Glass program, Courtney Downman an award-winning artist, and currently artist-in-residence at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga. The door prize this year is an original painting by Dave Froude.
Starting this month, the City’s Culture Division, guided by the Arts, Culture and Heritage Steering Committee, will begin meeting with residents and art groups to create a new Culture Master Plan.
“The Culture Master Plan will establish strategic direction and identify specific actions that will grow and evolve Mississauga’s arts and culture scene to reflect the emerging global City that we’re becoming” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division, City of Mississauga.
The first Culture Master Plan was approved by Council in 2009 and provided recommendations to create a division focused on art, culture and heritage. The new plan will provide the City with a 10-year plan that will grow and strengthen arts, culture and heritage in Mississauga.
“Listening to residents and understanding more about what they think culture in Mississauga can be is vital to the success of this project,” added Damaso. “This project gives the community the chance to be heard so we are encouraging residents to be bold and let their voices be heard.”
The Culture Division will host focus group meetings with key stakeholders in January and two in-person public meetings and one digital meeting in February. Continue reading What Can Culture Be? The City is Looking to Residents for the Answer
Opening reception August 19, 7-9
PORT CREDIT, ON – During the month of August, Imagemaker Gallery is presenting the work of four very different artists, Margaret Byerley, June Hoffland, Barbara Clarke and Terry Gardner.
Their techniques range from acrylic abstract interpretations with wild washes of colour and texture, to softer watercolour images to landscape paintings.
“I find the medium of watercolours to be challenging, but perfect for expressions of subtle colour and intimate detail,” quotes Hoffland.
Gardner says, “My abstracts often result in moody landscape works, which lead the viewer to discern shapes and forms within them. There is something of the real world recognizable in my paintings.”
This eclectic group of artists believes that painting directs one to observe their surroundings carefully and to see the environment with a completely new set of eyes. Byerley says, “Sometimes I’m completely awed by how the pursuit of art has changed my perception of the world.”