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TOP 12 FOOD and FOOD THEMED SUMMER FESTIVALS in ONTARIO!

Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights

Streetsville Bread & Honey Fest

ONTARIO (April 6, 2017) Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is thrilled to announce this year’s mouth-watering top 100 festivals that will delight your taste buds!  Tickle your taste buds at any one of the delicious award-wining festivals and events this year!

This Year’s Food Festival Highlights include:

Eat & Drink Norfolk    April 6 – 8 (Simcoe)   www.norfolkcountyfair.com  Come Savour the Flavours of Norfolk County.  Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.  Sample from up to 50 separate food and beverage displays!  Come for the FUN, Come for the FOOD!  Mix and mingle with Friends!

Streetsville Founders Day Bread & Honey Festival    June 2 – 4  (Mississauga)   www.breadandhoney.ca  This is a fun-filled family festival featuring a huge parade at 10am on Saturday live entertainment on 2 stages, a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s inflatables, crafts, souvenirs and much more. Continue reading TOP 12 FOOD and FOOD THEMED SUMMER FESTIVALS in ONTARIO!

A Tourist’s Guide to Mississauga

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.

  1. Clarkson
Benares Historic House
Benares Historic House in Clarkson

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.

  1. Downtown
Mississauga Civic Centre
Mississauga Civic Centre in City Centre

At the heart of the city, Mississauga’s downtown is home to the Civic CentreCelebration 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.

  1. Meadowvale
Meadowvale Theatre
Meadowvale Theatre

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.

  1. Port Credit
Port Credit Harbour
Beautiful Port Credit Harbour on Lake Ontario

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.

  1. Streetsville
Streetsville Village Square
Streetsville Village Square

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.

Mayor Crombie Welcomes New LAC CEO Natalie Lue

Mississauga – On behalf of Members of Council I would like to congratulate Natalie Lue on being selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Living Arts Centre (LAC), Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today during the official announcement.

“This recruitment process for a new CEO was an exhaustive process but the hard work has paid off,” Mayor Crombie said. “Needless to say, we have a new star among us.”

Natalie Lue’s extensive resume and professional experience includes her most recent tenure as Vice President Production and Visitor Experience at the Toronto International Film Festival Group – the world renowned TIFF. Continue reading Mayor Crombie Welcomes New LAC CEO Natalie Lue

Mississauga has Winter Fun for Everyone

Mississauga is a winter playground full of fun and exciting things to do and see. Experience the season to the fullest and explore all that the city offers – even if Jack Frost is nippin’ at your nose. Dress for the weather and get ready to have some fun!

Lacing up Your Skates

This winter season, sharpen your skates, remove your skate guards and enjoy a few laps around one of the city’s many skating rinks. Whether you’re looking to warm up on an indoor rink or leisurely skate under stars outdoors, you’re sure to find a rink that meets your needs. Visit: mississauga.ca/portal/residents/Arenas.

Exploring City Parks and Trails

Mississauga has over 480 parks, which means that you can explore one park every day of the year and still have more to see! The city has an impressive 300km of trails (which is equivalent to driving from Mississauga to Niagara Falls and back). Strap on your hiking shoes, fill a backpack with your favourite snacks and explore some of the prettiest parks and forests in the GTA. Visit: mississauga.ca/parks.

Winter is also a great time to get in touch with nature. If you can’t make it out to Riverwood Conservancy to bird watch, we’ll bring the birds to you! Check out their live Birdcam.

Cheering for Your Local Favourites

Mississauga has a number of amazing local sport teams, so grab a few friends and head over to the Mississauga Hershey Centre to cheer them on. Grab some pom pom’s, drinks and snacks and get ready to cheer your heart out as you take in a Mississauga Steelheads hockey game or watch the Raptor’s 905 sink some hoops at a basketball game. Visit:hersheycentre.com.

Cozying up with a Live Performance

On those cold winter days, warm up with a dose of live music or an engaging theatrical performance. Meadowvale Theatre and Living Arts Centre offer live shows from dance, sing-a-longs, open mic performances and more. Sit back and enjoy some laughs and music and forget that the cold ever bothered you anyways. Visit: culture.mississauga.ca/meadowvale-theatre and livingartscentre.ca.

Maple Syrup Kind of Mood

It’s that time of year, when Maple trees all over the GTA are being tapped for maple syrup. Canadians love their maple syrup and there is no better time to learn about this sticky and sweet Canuck staple than heading over to the Bradley Museum for the annual Maple Magic maple syrup festival (March 14 to 19). Enjoy demonstrations, guided tours, activities and the sweet taste of maple syrup poured over warm, fluffy pancakes. Visit: culture.mississauga.ca/event/maple-magic.

VIA RAIL PREPARED FOR WINTER STORM CONDITIONS

High Demand For Seats Continues

December 28, 2015 – With a winter storm hitting the Maritimes and forecasts of heavy snowfall and freezing rain for Quebec and Ontario for the next 36 hours, travel throughout the region will be challenging. VIA Rail Canada advises that all trains in the Windsor – Québec City corridor region and between Halifax and Montreal are operating normally, with minimal delays.

As the storm continues to make its presence felt, VIA expects demand for seats to escalate. VIA will add capacity where possible to meet the increased demand. Passengers are therefore advised to book as early as possible and to verify departure and arrival times of trains in the affected regions.

For information or to reserve, go to www.viarail.ca or call 1-888-VIA-RAIL (1-888-842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (TTY for the hearing impaired). VIA Rail sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused to its passengers by storm-related delays.

About VIA Rail Canada

As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada (viarail.ca) and its 2,500 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years, and was the recipient of the 2012 Agent’s Choice Award voted by Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail.