Mississauga (YYZ IATA) is home to Canada's largest airport. Located in Malton, Toronto Pearson International Airport primarily serves 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.
Mississauga is served by 4 major expressways:
- The 401 links Mississauga with Windsor-Detroit in the west, following the Windsor-Quebec corridor through Kingston and Montréal in the east, continuing as Québec Autoroute 20 to Rivière-du-Loup. The 401 in Toronto is the busiest highway in Canada if not all of North America.
- The 403 links to Hamilton and Brantford to the west, rejoining the 401 before London (Ontario). It becomes Highway 410 at the 401, leading 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 authorize their vehicles to be taken on this privately-operated road.
By public transit
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. Islington subway station in Etobicoke offers a good selection of MiWay routes.
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 Pearson Airport; there are buses from the airport to various points in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.
The city is very spread out, and it is difficult to traverse without a car.
MiWay (Mississauga Transit) offers infrequent service within the City of Mississauga ($3.50/person, waiting times typically 15 to 45 minutes on weekdays). Paper transfers are valid for 1½ hours from time of fare payment; Brampton and Oakville transfers are honoured, but Brampton passes are not. MiWay Local (orange/white bus livery) operate like the old Mississauga Transit using most of the same routes. MiWay Express (blue/white livery) travel on expressways and major thoroughfares with a limited number of designated stops; the buses are equipped with reading lights and power outlets at each seat but most routes are weekday peak hours only (except Route 110, which runs all day every day).
Mississauga Transitway, a 12-station busway, runs along Highway 403 from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Renforth Drive via the City Centre.
Brampton Transit serves Pearson airport's Terminal 1 (route 115) and the Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal (Züm route 502) near Square One mall.
Oakville Transit services Clarkson GO station and the South Common Centre near the Oakville boundary. Transfers are accepted.
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) serves part of Malton near the Toronto boundary, including two routes from the subway to Pearson Airport. Premium fares (effectively, the standard TTC fare plus the standard MiWay fare) apply when taking TTC beyond Pearson Airport. TTC does not accept passes or paper transfers from other systems within Toronto.
Mississauga taxis are metered, rates start at $4.25 plus $1.75/km ($2.85/mile) or $0.50/minute, billed in 25-cent increments. There are various taxi or limousine operators which serve just Pearson Airport; these are available from taxi stands at the terminals. A few operators of various colours are available city-wide.
- A Black Cab, ☎ . 24/7. Fifty cars, smoke-free, parcel delivery, pet or wheelchair accessible vehicles on advance request.
- Blue & White Taxi, ☎ , toll-free: . 24/7. 250 GPS-equipped blue cabs, including sedans, vans and 24 wheelchair accessible vehicles. Smoke-free, airport service, online booking app, parcel delivery.
- Golden City Taxi, ☎ .
- Peel Taxi, ☎ .
- 1 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/Bluesfest. Nice Marina and walking paths at the Credit River entrance and along the lakeshore.
- Streetsville. This small village is where the renowned retired 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), ☎ . M-W F 10AM-5PM; Th 10AM-8PM; Sa Su noon-4PM. The AGM has over 3,000 ft² (280 m2) divided into four gallery spaces, and programmes about 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 in the City Centre and 9 picnic parks, many of them offering barbeque facilities.
- 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 and The Lakeview Golf Course. 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. Also home to the NBA G League team Raptors 905, the development side for the NBA Raptors.
- 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.
- 1 Square One, Hwys 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.
- 2 Old Credit Brewing, 6 Queen Street West, ☎ . M 1PM-7PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su noon-5PM. Excellent small brewery that sells an amber ale and a pilsner. Also has a seasonal Holiday Honey beer.
- Dixie Outlet Mall, 1250 South Service Rd. M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Major stores include Michael's Arts & Crafts, and Winners.
- Streetsville. Small shops along Queen Street including accessories for home and garden and vintage clothing.
- 3 Lindt Warehouse Outlet Boutique, 7090 Kennedy Road, ☎ . M-F 9:30AM-7PM, Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Great selection of chocolate at a discount.
- 4 Skiis & Biikes, 1945 Dundas Street East, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 10AM-8PM. Bike shop, sale and rental, repairs, accessories and expert bike fitting.
- Axia Restaurant and Bar, 5045 Plantation Place (Along Eglinton Ave W near Erin Mills), ☎ . In Erin Mills, wide variety of fully authentic Asian food, specialising in Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean cuisine. Fully liquor licensed with unique flavoured Korean soju and alcoholic bubble tea. Mains $15-20, appetizers $5-10..
- 1 Nirvana, 35 Brunel Road (in the north end of Mississauga close to Brampton), ☎ . Flavours of India. Slightly upscale, friendly place with great food. Mains $13.
- Richtree Market Restaurant, Square One mall. Market-style restaurant, see food being freshly made throughout the day.
- Apricot Tree Café, 1900 Dundas St. W. (The Apricot Tree is on Dundas St. between the Erin Mills Pkwy and Mississauga Rd.), ☎ . M 10AM-9PM, Tu-F 10AM-10PM, Sa 9AM-10PM, closed Su. Open kitchen design which allows guests to watch their order being prepared, wide range of excellent pastries and cakes for dessert. Breakfast $8; lunch $11; dinner $17.
- Master Steaks, 5895 Dixie Road (three lights north of the 401), ☎ . open late. Generous portions for its price range, one of the few where you can get a steak dinner for less than $20. The atmosphere is somewhat reminiscent of a 1970s 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.
- Body English, 1325 Eglinton Avenue East. Casual club playing top 40 music.
- 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), ☎ . 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). Every Friday night from 7PM till 1AM. 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 1950s to the 1990s, country, swing, waltz, polka, and Latin favourites. She also gladly takes requests. Admission is $15 (conditions apply) and includes a buffet dinner served 7:30PM till 9:30PM. Dress code - no jeans or sneakers. Cash bar. Draw and spot dances. Ample free parking.
- The Waterside Inn, 15 Stavebank Road South, ☎ . Waterfront hotel in Port Credit. Uniquely decorated and furnished guest suites. Wifi, restaurant, and conference rooms.
- Novotel, 3670 Hurontario Street, ☎ . 25 min from the centre of Toronto and 18 km from Pearson Airport. 325 rooms, Wifi, and a restaurant.
- Hilton Garden Inn, 100 Traders Boulevard, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Guest rooms selected at check-in featuring single or double beds. Free complementary parking, no pets allowed.
- 1 Best Western Plus Toronto Airport Hotel, 5825 Dixie Road, L4W 1E8, ☎ . Complimentary airport shuttle & overnight parking, meeting and banquet facilities, indoor heated pool, whirlpool, sauna, suites available.
- Four Points by Sheraton, 6257 Airport Road, ☎ , toll-free: . 500m from airport, shuttle bus to terminals, 24-hour business centre, fitness, on-site restaurant.
- Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, 5875 Airport Road, L4V 1N1, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle, overnight parking, meeting and banquet facilities, outdoor heated pool, squash, sauna, suites available. From $140.
There are a pair of hotels at Pearson Airport or on the airport grounds:
- Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Terminal 3 Pearson Airport (YYZ), ☎ . Only hotel in the airport terminal.
- ALT Hotel, 6080 Viscount Road, Mississauga, ☎ , toll-free: . On airport grounds, near Link Train station and value car park lots.
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.
|Routes through Mississauga|
|Kitchener ← Brampton ←||W E||→ Toronto → END|
|London ← Milton ←||W E||→ Toronto → Oshawa|
|Hamilton ← Oakville ←||W E||→ Becomes|
|Caledon ← Brampton ←||N S||→ Becomes|
|Hamilton ← Oakville ←||W E||→ Toronto → END|
|Kitchener ← Brampton ←||W E||→ Etobicoke → Toronto|
|Hamilton ← Oakville ←||W E||→ Etobicoke → Toronto|
|END ← Milton ←||W E||→ Etobicoke → Toronto|