Known for its vibrant art, historic villages, dynamic culinary, recreational parks and shopping centres, Mississauga is the third biggest municipality in Ontario by population and sixth in Canada. Located just west of Toronto, Mississauga is also home to Canada’s busiest airport.

The city was incorporated in 1974 but traces its origins back to 1806 when settlers purchased it—then known as Toronto Township—from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Map of Mississauga

Where is Mississauga?

Mississauga is in the Regional Municipality of Peel. Coming from the Anishinaabe word Misi-zaagiing, meaning “Those at the Great River-Mouth,” Mississauga sits within the watersheds of the Credit River, as well as the Humber River, which feed into Lake Ontario.

Travel to Mississauga by bus, car or train from Toronto, or fly into the Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ).

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Things to do in Mississauga

Best places to shop

With over 330 merchants, Square One is Canada’s second-largest shopping centre.  Open 362 days a year, it offers exclusive tourist rewards, making it the perfect shopping and entertainment destination.

See spring blossoms

Admire the Kariya Park cherry blossoms in the tranquil Kariya Park. You’ll also find lavender-hued Iris Iaevigata, the official flower of Kariya, Japan (Mississauga’s sister city).

Enjoy a hike

There are over 500 parks to explore in Mississauga, including conservation areas like the Riverwood Conservancy, Meadowvale Conservation Area and Rattray Marsh Conservation Area.

Visit a lighthouse

The iconic red and white painted Port Credit Lighthouse overlooking the Port Credit harbour and village is the most popular attraction in Mississauga to photograph.

Stroll around the park

Explore the picnic areas and tennis courts of Jack Darling Memorial Park or walk along a portion of the Waterfront Trail, a 740 kilometre trail extending from Cornwall to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Embrace the festive spirit

Streetsville is Mississauga’s charming village-in-the-city, where you can enjoy buskers and clowns during the Bread and Honey Festival, held annually in June.

Points of interest

Discover more highlights this city has to offer.

Last updated: May 29, 2024

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