Mississauga

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Mississauga is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada. It is Toronto's largest suburb and Canada's sixth largest city.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Mississauga (IATA: YYZ) is home to Canada's largest airport. Located in Malton, Toronto Pearson International Airport primarily serves Toronto, Canada's largest city, with two crowded terminals and flights from cities across Canada, many American cities and several European, Asian, Latin American, African and Oceanian destinations.

The airport is a short taxi ride from anywhere in Mississauga and is served by local buses.

Alternatives to Mississauga's main airport are Hamilton (IATA: YHM) and Buffalo (IATA: BUF), which both offer a much smaller selection of flights but are occasionally less expensive.

By car[edit]

Mississauga is served by 4 major expressways:

  • The 401 links Mississauga with Windsor, Detroit and beyond in the West direction, and Kingston, Ottawa, and Quebec in the East direction.
  • The 403 links to Hamilton, Brantford, and London to the west, and connects with the 401 and 410. The 410 leads to Brampton in the North.
  • The Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) links Mississauga with the Gardiner Expressway and downtown Toronto in the east, connects with the 403 in the west, and continues to St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, and Fort Erie/Buffalo.
  • The 407 is an East-West toll route running parallel with the 401; it is one of the most expensive toll roads in North America. As the tolls are billed to the registered owner of the vehicle, rental companies may refuse to authorise their vehicles to be taken on this privately-operated road.

By public transit[edit]

Mississauga is reasonably accessible from Toronto by transit. GO Transit runs trains during rush hour and buses the rest of the day from various terminals in Toronto to several stations in Mississauga. Square One shopping centre contains the main local bus terminal for the city, it is regularly served by GO buses as well as local Mississauga Transit buses.

GO Transit provides some commuter train and bus services which cross Mississauga to get to Toronto from Milton, Oakville and Hamilton. Commuter trains lead primarily to Toronto's Union Station, where it is possible to transfer to VIA Rail intercity services. Likewise, intercity bus service tends to be limited as most runs go not to Mississauga but to downtown Toronto. A few buses are run from other towns in Ontario to drop passengers at Malton airport and there are shuttle buses from the airport to various points in downtown Toronto, including the train station.

Get around[edit]

MiWay is operated by the City of Mississauga. Because of the lack of urban planning in its early years, the city has become too spread out, causing it to be difficult to traverse without a personal car. Although the transit system is still used, the routes are somewhat infrequent (waiting times are typically 15 to 45 minutes on week days), and some bus routes are offered exclusively on week days. In an effort to increase their number of passengers, Mississauga has put in major efforts to improve the system, including their Clicknride web page, which plans out the most appropriate trip for the rider as well. As of 2012, a ride on a Mississauga Transit bus costs $3.25, and transfers (for free entry onto buses within the following one and a half hour since the beginning of the route) must be requested when you are paying. Transfers can also be used for discounts on other public transportation systems in adjacent areas.

The transit system operates two types of services:

MiWay Local which can be recognized by the orange/white bus livery. This operates like the old Mississauga Transit using most of the same routes with new routes being added as more areas of the city get developed. Also, the current fleet of buses are being replaced with newer hybrid-electric buses.

MiWay Express which can be recognized by the blue/white bus livery. All express routes except Route 110 operate only during weekday morning and evening rush hours. These buses travel on expressways and major thoroughfares making a limited number of stops at designated bus stops. Buses are equipped with reading lights and power outlets at each seat. Route 110 runs throughout the day each day including weekends and holidays.

A 12-station busway similar to Ottawa's transitway is being built along Highway 403 from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Renforth Drive via the City Centre. This will provide faster service for passengers by cutting commuting times by as much as half. The first four Mississauga Transitway stations (from Square One to Dixie Road) are to open by November 2014.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) services some of the east end of the city near the Toronto boundary, including two routes from the subway to Malton's airport. Premium fares (effectively, the standard TTC fare plus the standard MiWay fare) may apply when taking TTC beyond Toronto municipal limits.

Oakville Transit services some of the west end of the city near the Oakville boundary.

Blue & White Taxi

Golden City Taxi

See[edit]

Port Credit
  •    Port Credit. An older, historic village at the centre of Mississauga's Lake Ontario shore features many intimate small restaurants, cafes and bars. Annual events include the Waterfront Festival and Jazz/Bluefest. Nice Marina and walking paths at the Credit River entrance and along the lakeshore.
  • Streetsville. This small village is where the renowned mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, resides. It has many shops, restaurants, and green areas to explore. Visit in June to enjoy the Bread and Honey Festival or in winter months for Remembrance Day services and the Santa Claus Parade.
  • Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM), 300 City Centre Drive (Mississauga Civic Centre, Ground Floor; visit website for more info),  +1 905-896-5088. Monday-Wednesday, Friday 10am-5pm; Thursday 10am-8pm; Weekends 12pm-4pm. The AGM has over 3000 square feet divided into four gallery spaces, and programmes approximately 10 exhibitions a year of national and international contemporary art. Free.
  • Parks. Mississauga has over 350 parks of various sizes. Many small parkettes with trees and park benches form green spaces in busy neighbourhoods. Other large sports parks feature baseball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer and football fields. There is also an authentic Japanese park right in the City Centre as well as 9 picnic parks, many of them offering barbeque facilities.

Do[edit]

  • Playdium A large video arcade that also has wall climbing and go-karting. Some nights you are able to pay a flat fee for three hours of arcade gaming.
  • Golf. Mississauga features two primary golf courses: The BraeBen Golf Course [1] and The Lakeview Golf Course [2]. The Lakeview features an 18-Hole course, while The BraeBen features a 9 and 18-hole championship course.
  • Hershey Centre. A sports and entertainment facility which has staged numerous high profile events including regional, provincial, national and world hockey championships, Skate Canada, and concerts.
  • Fishing. The Credit River is a jewel set in the heart of southern Ontario, Canada. The Credit boasts huge runs of Chinook salmon and steelhead as well as some coho, pink and Atlantic salmon.
  • Scooter's Roller Palace. Just south of the Clarkson GO station, this is a popular option for families and teenagers. Skate rentals available.

Buy[edit]

  •    Square OneHwys 10 and 403. Ontario's largest mall, near Mississauga city hall. One of two main transfer points for MiWay buses (the other is TTC's Islington subway station).
  • Erin Mills Town Centre
  • Heartland Town Centre, a shopping complex located in the eastern part of the city mostly consisting of "big box" stores.
  •    Old Credit Brewing6 Queen Street West +1 905-271-9888. Mon 1-7pm, Tues-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12-5pm. Excellent small brewery that sells an amber ale and a pilsner. Also has a seasonal Holiday Honey beer.
  • Dixie Outlet Mall1250 South Service Rd. Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 9:30am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Major stores include Michaels Arts & Crafts, Sears Outlet Centre, and Winners.
  • Streetsville. Small shops along Queen Street including accessories for home and garden and vintage clothing.
  •    Lindt Warehouse Outlet Boutique7090 Kennedy Road +1 905 696-8143. Mo-Fr: 9:30am-7 pm, Sa: 9:30am-6pm, Su:11am-5pm. Great selection of chocolate at a discount.

Eat[edit]

  • Axia Restaurant and Bar5045 Plantation Place (Along Eglinton Ave W near Erin Mills),  +1 905 608-2942. In the community of Erin Mills. A nicely designed ambient place with fully authentic Asian food being produced from separate kitchens. Specializes in Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean cuisine. Mains $15-20, appetizers $5-10. Fully liquor licensed with unique flavoured Korean soju and alcoholic bubble tea. A must for any Asian food lover and enough variety to last countless visits.
  •    Nirvana35 Brunel Road (in the north end of Mississauga close to Brampton),  +1 905 501-5500. the Flavors of India. Slightly upscale Indian restaurant . It is a friendly place with great food. Mains CND 13.
  • Moxie's Classic Grill. Locations in Meadowvale and Square One.
  • Richtree Market Restaurant. Located in Square One, this market-style restaurant allows you to see your food being freshly made throughout the day. Offers a nice ambiance in the middle of an otherwise hectic area.
  • The Apricot Tree Café (Apricot Tree), 1900 Dundas St. W., Mississauga, ON (The Apricot Tree is on Dundas St. between the Erin Mills Pkwy and Mississauga Rd.),  +1 905 855-1470. Monday 10am-9pm, Tuesday-Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm, closed Sunday. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, with a wide range of excellent pastries and cakes for dessert. Features an open kitchen design which allows guests to watch their order being prepared. Breakfast average $8; lunch mains average $11; dinner mains average $17.
  • West 5050 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. (The Sussex Centre),  +1 905 949-9378, e-mail: . Mo-Th: 11am-1am,Fr: 11am-2am, sa:4pm-2am, Su:5pm-2am. Excellent steaks, salads and desserts. Stylish interior with a huge stainless steel bar on the inside and two rings of tables at different levels around it. They have more than 100 beers from around Canada and the rest of the world on tap, try a 6-beer sampler menu if cannot decide $20 for mains.
  • Master Steaks5895 Dixie Road (three lights north of the 401),  +1 905 670-3313. open late. This is about the cheapest place in Mississauga where you can get a steak dinner for less than $20. Portions are very generous for the price. Atmosphere is somewhat reminiscent of a 70's fast food eatery where you place your order at the till and wait until your number is called. Very popular with the after-hours bar crowd. Look out for specials under $15. Licensed. Take out available. $7-$25.

Drink[edit]

  • My Apartment Two locations - one in Mississauga and one in Oakville (now called "Rehab") bordering Mississauga.
  • Sugar Daddy's, 5165 Dixie Road (4 lights south of the 401, Mississauga). Phone: +1 905 602-4990, www.sugardaddysparty.com. Established in 2003. Club MC is Slick Vic, with DJ Constantine.
  • Capitol Singles' Dance, Capitol Banquet Centre, 6435 Dixie Road (4 lights north of the 401, Mississauga). Every Friday night from 7:00pm till 1:00am. All singles 19 and over welcome; however, the majority of attendees tend to be the 30+ after-work crowd. DJ Dianne plays a mix of today's dance hits with the greatest hits from the 50's to the 90's as well as country, swing, waltz, polka, and latin favourites. She also gladly takes requests. Admission is $15 (conditions apply) and includes a buffet dinner served 7:30 till 9:30. Dress code - no jeans or sneakers. Cash bar. Draw and spot dances. Ample free parking.

Sleep[edit]

  • The Waterside Inn15 Stavebank Road South +1 905 891-7770. Waterfront hotel located in Port Credit. Uniquely decorated and furnished guest suites. Wifi, restaurant, and conference rooms.
  • Novotel3670 Hurontario Street +1 905 896-1000. The Novotel Toronto Mississauga is located 25 min from the centre of Toronto and 18 km from Pearson International Airport. 325 Rooms, Wifi, and a restaurant.
  • Hilton Garden Inn100 Traders Boulevard +1 905 890-9110. Check-in: 3:00PM, check-out: 12:00PM. Guest rooms selected at check-in featuring single or double beds. Free complementary parking, no pets allowed.

Airport hotels[edit]

Stay Safe[edit]

Mississauga is a fairly safe city, however use common sense and vigilance at night like any other large city, as muggings can sometimes happen. The local police are friendly, trustworthy, and approachable, so any issues you have you can ask them for help.

On the weekend, clubs and bars in Mississauga can fill up with people fast. If you see a confrontation in a bar or club, it is best not to get involved, as these can escalate quickly.

For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1 to be connected to Police, Fire, or Ambulance. For non-emergency inquiries, you can dial the following:

  • Mississauga Fire - +1 905-615-3777
  • Peel Paramedic Services - +1-800-668-7821
  • Peel Regional Police - +1 905-453-3311

On the whole, Mississauga is a safe city, and for the average tourist, you should have no problems.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Mississauga
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HamiltonOakville  W Ontario QEW.svg E  TorontoENDS


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