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Community Profile: Mississauga

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A familiar name to any Ontario resident, Mississauga is the quintessential GTA community which lets residents live close it all while retaining a bit of privacy in the suburbs.

While Mississauga has a wide variety of exciting attributes that attract new residents, is it the right GTA community for you?

It is for a vast number of people from every continent. It’s the sixth largest city in Canada and the second largest city in the GTA.

Residents of Mississauga enjoy several qualities that distinguish the city as a place that provides them with a welcoming atmosphere, leisure options, efficient services, excellent community programs, and a high quality, balanced lifestyle. Here we will take a closer look at some of the qualities that make the city such a good place to live.

Mississauga’s History

The history of Mississauga begins with the people who are the namesake of the city, the Mississauga Ojibwe. They first migrated to the area from the Upper Great Lakes in the early Eighteenth Century.

European settlement in the region increased in the Nineteenth Century. In 1805, the British authorities saw that it was necessary to negotiate land treaties with the Mississauga tribe. The results of these negotiations were a series of treaties, which saw the Mississaugas surrendering their territories in exchange for cash. By 1846, the Mississauga Ojibwes had relocated to the New Credit Reservation in southern Ontario. Europeans settled and developed the land Ojibwes previously occupied. After 1805, the area became Toronto Township.

Adamson Estate in Port Credit MIssissauga showing the regions history
Adamson Barn, formerly part of Grove Farm, has been standing in Port Credit since the early 1800’s and holds an important place in Mississauga history.

Homesteading in Early Mississauga

Among the first Europeans to establish homesteads in the locale of Toronto Township were a group of United Empire Loyalists. The Township was largely empty in the 1800s and these early settlers cleared out forests to establish self-sufficient farmsteads. Their hard work attracted more settlers into the Township. Over the course of the Nineteenth Century, successive waves of European settlers founded many settlements in the area, including Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale, Malton, Meadowdale Village, Port Credit, Elmbank, and Streetsville.

Many of these settlements grew into villages. However, some of these villages, such as Elmbank, did not survive, becoming lost villages. There were a variety of reasons why some of these villages declined and disappeared. In particular, Elmbank disappeared in the 1940s, after much of the village’s land was purchased to construct the Malton Airport, which was begun in 1937. The Malton Airport expanded over the years, eventually becoming the largest airport in Canada. Today, it’s called Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

Old Erindale Public School is a stunning example of Colonial Revival architecture and has been standing since 1922.

Modern Mississauga

The agrarian base of the Toronto Township economy remained unchanged until after the Second World War. Low housing costs and abundance of land attracted residents after the war. 

Many new planned communities were developed. The Township was well equipped to deal with the population growth because of a couple of cutting edge infrastructure projects in the area. 

Before the war the Township received a large regional airport, but it was also the home of one of the first controlled access highways in the world. The QEW still connects Toronto to Niagara. In its time, it was the most advanced in the country.

With the growth in population, it became clear that the region was no longer simply a rural township. It had developed into a busy urban centre. At this juncture in the history of the city, it became clear that the name “Township of Toronto” was inappropriate. The town held a plebiscite in 1965 to choose a new name and Mississauga won out over a number of suggestions as a nod to the original inhabitants of the area. The township council voted to transform the Township into a Town proper in 1967. Mississauga amalgamated Streetsville and Port Credit when it reincorporated as a city in 1974. From this point on, the City of Mississauga has continued to grow and develop.

Overview

Mississauga is the largest city in the Peel region and the third largest city in Ontario, after Toronto and Ottawa. The 721,599 people who call the city home come from all over the world. The multicultural society of Mississauga contains large South Asian, Arab, and Polish communities.

For this reason, residents can expect to live in a highly developed urban area. However, with more than 500 parks in the city, residents are still connected to nature.

Centrally located between Toronto to the east and Oakville to the west, residents of Mississauga have excellent access to the largest market in Ontario. Gorgeous Lake Ontario waterfront creates the city’s southern border while Brampton lies to the North.

Real Estate in Mississauga

Mississauga has a robust and fast moving real estate market. This market is dominated by the single detached house, with more than 90,000 of these homes existing in the city. However, the housing choices in Mississauga range from apartments, to detached, semi-detached, and rowhouses.

The houses in Mississauga are very spacious. Many, 164,000 of them, have more than three bedrooms.

Not only are the houses large, but they are also relatively new. Mississauga developed a great deal since the new millennium. Nearly 30,000 new homes were built in the city since the year 2000.

Here at Frank Leo and Associates we will be happy to answer any questions that you might have about Mississauga real estate. So take a look at the listings and contact one of our representatives to learn more.

Mississauga Shopping

As a large and highly developed city, Mississauga offers a wide variety of shopping. From independent businesses in highly walkable, public friendly streets, to indoor shopping centres and big box stores in outdoor shopping centres, Mississauga has the kind of shopping experiences that you are looking for.

Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga is renown throughout the GTA for its extensive shopping opportunities.

One spot where an independent shopping experience in a comforting, pedestrian friendly setting is available in Port Credit. Based around the downtown section of the former town of Port Credit. The area is home to more than 400 restaurants, retailers, and professional services — all located near the beautiful Mississauga waterfront.

There are many large shopping centres in the city, which provide the chance to shop at both big international chains and local boutiques.

Notable shopping centres in the city include:

  • Square One Shopping Centre, a 2.2 million square foot shopping centre located conveniently in Mississauga’s City Centre.
  • Dixie Outlet Mall, one of Canada’s largest malls with more than 100 retailers offering a wide selection and great deals.
  • Erin Mills Shopping Centre, the second biggest mall after Square One, this shopping centre has more than 200 retailers.
  • Mississauga Chinese Centre, an outdoor shopping centre catering to the large Chinese community in the city.

Recreation

When it comes to finding things to do for relaxation, enjoyment, or exercise, Mississauga has abundant choices. Residents can find a great deal of public and private facilities within the city.

The City of Mississauga operates a large number of recreation facilities, which feature many amenities and programmes for residents to enjoy.

Some of the biggest of these centres are:

  • The Mississauga Valley Centre, which is the biggest recreation centre in the city, features a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a gymnasium, and meeting rooms.
  • The Burnhamthrope Community Centre, which boasts a fully equipped gymnasium offering various sports like volleyball, basketball, and badminton, along with an auditorium, a youth room, and multi-purpose community room for gatherings, meetings, and party events.
  • The Carmen Corbasson Community Centre, which features a climate controlled indoor walking track, a full sized gymnasium, active living centre, two indoor ice surfaces, and a 25 metre lane pool.

Despite the fact that it is a large urban centre, Mississauga does not lack green spaces. There are more than 500 parks in the city. The nature of these parks ranges from small green spaces to expansive conservation areas, offering many different ways to experience and stay active in the outdoors.

Parks and Greenspace

One noteworthy park is the Erindale Park, which is a large park that is bisected by the Credit River and is perfect for picnics, jogging, hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, and photography. Another interesting park is Kariya Park, which is a tranquil park located in the heart of Mississauga. It is styled after a traditional Japanese park and is named in honour of Mississauga’s sister city in Japan.

Tall Oaks Park at the foot of Hurontario St.

Finally, the jewel of Mississauga’s park system is the waterfront. Unlike some other cities, the waterfront in Mississauga is extremely accessible to the public. With 22 parks on the shore of Lake Ontario, there is a multiplicity of spots for people to enjoy the waterfront. The waterfront parks are linked together by a waterfront trail. One park on the waterfront is Port Credit Memorial Park, it features walking trails, playgrounds, a multi-use ramp park, outdoor fitness equipment, and a gazebo. Another is the Lakefront Promenade Park, which features a beach, walking trails, and a marina. Finally, the Jack Darling Memorial Park is a great spot for picnics and barbeques on the beach.   

Schools

There are two school boards that operate hundreds of schools in the city. Laid out throughout the city, parents do not have to worry about their kids having to commute for a long time to school.

Public schools are administered by the Peel District School Board, while the Catholic Schools are administered by Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Transportation

Mississauga has many interconnected and highly developed transit systems, which allow for its residents to get around the city.

While driving is the primary method of transportation for most people in Mississauga, there are many transit options for getting around town.

Public Transit

Public transit is provided by MiWay. MiWay provides local and express bus routes throughout the city.

The MiWay transit system connects to GO Transit interurban buses and commuter trains. The system also connects to the TTC, YRT, Brampton Transit, and Oakville Transit.

Rail Transit

There are different options for taking the train in the city.

VIA Rail trains stop in Mississauga at Clarkson Station and Port Credit Station. This gives Mississauga residents quick access to the Quebec City-Windsor rail corridor.

Additionally, GO Transit operates three train lines in the city. GO commuter trains connect Mississauga with many points in the GTA and throughout Southern Ontario.

Travelling By Car

Driving is the most popular method of transportation in Mississauga. As a modern suburb, Mississauga has extensive highway infrastructure which makes commuting in a car simple and convenient.

There are four 400-series highways that pass through the city. Highway 401 connects Mississauga to northern Toronto as well as other communities. Further, the 401 also connects the city to most towns between Windsor and Montreal. Ontario Highway 403 connects Mississauga to Woodstock, passing through Burlington. The 403 branches south to the Niagara by way of Hamilton. Ontario Highway 410 begins in Mississauga, passes through Brampton, ending in Caledon. Highway 10 connects the QEW, the 410, and the 401, extending north to Owen Sound.

Have Questions About Mississauga Real Esate?

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