Mississauga was incorporated as a city 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. Its long history and devotion to nature and community make Mississauga an ideal getaway for laid-back adventurers.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Mississauga, scroll down or visit the city's tourism website.
Where is Mississauga?
Mississauga is in the Regional Municipality of Peel, located along the shore of Lake Ontario, and west of Toronto. 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 both feed into Lake Ontario. You can get to Mississauga by taking a 30-minute drive from Toronto, or fly into the Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
Things to Do in Mississauga
Mississauga is known for its vibrant art, historic villages, recreational parks and shopping centres. It is also home to the Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest and busiest airport, making it easily accessible to both domestic and international visitors.
Take in the sights of modern Mississauga by heading to the Mississauga Civic Centre. Home to the Mississauga City Council, it is designed as a futuristic farmhouse and is also a good starting point to exploring the heart of Mississauga. It houses the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM), which is open daily and holds up to 18 exhibitions yearly. It features modern and contemporary art from both international and local artists. Across the street is the Living Arts Centre, a multi-use complex that houses two performing arts theatres and seven art studios and facilities.
Near the Civic Centre is Square One Shopping Centre, Canada’s second-largest shopping centre. With over 350 merchants, Square One also has a Tourist Privileges program, which offers special offers, savings and promotions at select stores.
Travel through time by visiting Mississauga’s historic sites such as Port Credit, a heritage conservation district that dates back to 1720. Leisurely strollers will also enjoy the old town charm of Streetsville with its vintage boutiques, local restaurants and historic cityscapes. It is also famous for its various festivals, such as the Bread and Honey Festival and the Santa Claus Parade.
Nature lovers will love Mississauga’s over 350 parks of varying sizes and facilities. Jack Darling Memorial Park has its own beach for watersports, dog park, picnic areas and tennis courts. Mississauga is also home to a portion of the Waterfront Trail, a 740 km trail extending from Cornwall to Niagara-on-the-lake, and passes 22 parks as well as the Rattray Marsh, one of the last few wetlands along Lake Ontario.
Mississauga Neighbourhoods & Districts
Mississauga is the third biggest municipality in Ontario (by population) and sixth in Canada, and consists of neighbourhoods that range from contemporary to quaint and everything in between. Mississauga's close proximity to Toronto, as well as being home to Canada’s busiest airport, contribute to its continuous growth.
A historic city that is home to the University of Toronto Mississauga, which is on the west bank of the Credit River Valley.
The most populous, and fastest-growing town in Mississauga, and has more outdoor trails than anywhere else in the city.
At over 300 years old, this village is the oldest in Mississauga, and contains a variety of historic buildings from the 19th century as well as a vibrant urban culture.
A charming village that retained much of its historical buildings, strong sense of community, and is well-known for holding festivals and events all year-round.
Things to Know About Visiting Mississauga
Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Mississauga, you'll appreciate what the locals recommend around the city.
Mississauga’s ‘Hurricane’ Hazel McCallion was the world’s oldest mayor. She served as mayor for 36 years until retiring at the age of 93.
Best place to see spring blossoms
Kariya Park Japanese Gardens is a tranquil spot in the heart of bustling Mississauga. You’ll find the lavender-hued Iris Iaevigata which is the official flower of the city of Kariya, Japan (Mississauga’s sister city after which the park is named).
Where to go for a hike
There are over 500 parks to explore in Mississauga, including conservation areas with great hiking opportunities like the Riverwood Conservancy, Meadowvale Conservation Area or Rattray Marsh Conservation Area.
Where to snap a great Instagram pic
The iconic red and white painted Port Credit Lighthouse is the most popular attraction in Mississauga to photograph, set at the mouth of the Credit River and Lake Ontario and overlooking the Port Credit harbour and village.
Last updated: April 23, 2021