Larger-than-life Mississauga envelopes the north and west side of the Greater Toronto Area, boasting Canada’s busiest airport, Ontario’s biggest shopping mall, and Toronto’s most bucolic waterfront area. Mississauga is also one of Toronto’s most multicultural neighborhoods, celebrating their diversity at every restaurant, specialty store, and event, including Carassauga, a Festival of Culture that plays host to 400,000 attendees from all over the world. Basketball fans will feel a rush at the Hershey Centre, where the Raptors 905, the NBA Development Team for the Toronto Raptors, play from November to April.
If Canada’s other sport is more your speed, see a Mississauga Steelheads game, featuring future NHL draft picks. Go shopping at the massive Square One Shopping Centre with 360 stores. It’s easily accessible, as is all of Mississauga, by local transit MiWay, GO Train, and the UP Express, which gets you to downtown Toronto in 25 minutes.
To slow the pace, journey to Port Credit, Mississauga’s “Village on the Lake.” Stroll the 15-km waterfront trail before enjoying a picnic, or try your hand at fly fishing in the Credit River. In winter, Mississauga comes alive with holiday spirit. Catch the Nutcracker at the Living Arts Centre, skate Celebration Square, a huge open-air skating rink, or warm up with a mulled wine at the quaint Streetsville “Christmas in the Village” celebration.