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When hunting for a house, whether it’s your first property or an upgrade to accommodate a growing family, it’s important to consider nearby amenities. After all, you’re not just buying property, you’re investing in a neighbourhood.
With that in mind, many are buying homes for sale in Mississauga, a prominent city-suburb with a lot to offer. For those not familiar with this booming city, thoughts of high-rise apartments, highways, huge shopping malls and suburban sprawl might come to mind. But for those in the know, Mississauga is a city of great parks and waterfront. There are many parks in Mississauga, and with it a variety of recreational activities for you and your family.
Here’s our list of the best green spaces in Mississauga, perfect for a summer barbeque, wintertime stroll or perhaps even some birdwatching.
Top parks in Mississauga
- Kariya Park (3620 Kariya Drive)
This central park honours Kariya, Japan, Mississauga’s twin city. Located in the City Centre neighbourhood, the park was designed by landscape architects in Canada and Japan to make sure it captures the spirit of the central Japanese city. A Japanese garden is on display, as well as the symbols of Kariya, which include a wild goose (kari) and figure eight (ya). The park is flooded with people in early spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and its woodland is enjoyed all year round. Kariya Park is a retreat from the busy area nearby. Come for an afternoon and forget that you’re at the heart of this booming city.
- Jack Darling Memorial Park (1180 Lakeshore Road West)
This lakefront park is perfect for families. From picnic spots to an off-leash dog park and sports facilities, Jack Darling Memorial Park is a popular spot for residents of the Clarkson neighbourhood and beyond. Visitors can enjoy long stretches of pedestrian and bicycle paths, walking trails along the waterfront and tennis courts. Bring the kids in the summer or winter months: splash pads are a perfect cool-down after a long day, and the toboggan hill is a great weekend activity.
- Rattray Marsh Conservation Area (50 Bexhill Road)
Just a short walk from Jack Darling Memorial Park is a nature lover’s paradise. This lakefront marsh is home to many species of plants and animals not found in the surrounding urban landscape. The park is popular among bird watchers, who come to the marsh to catch a rare glimpse at the wood warbler, tree swallows, and other birds. The Credit Valley Conservation and local residents do an excellent job in preserving the land and making the trails more accessible. Bring the kids for an afternoon hike in the well-preserved land, but leave the bike at home‒ cycling is not permitted in this environmentally sensitive area.
- Erindale Park (1695 Dundas Street West)
As Mississauga’s largest park, Erindale Park gets a lot of crowds in the warmer months. The Erindale neighbourhood park’s five picnic facilities (and five BBQs) make it a great spot for birthdays and family get-togethers, not to mention the playground equipment for the kids. But beyond its expansive event space is a series of walking trails, fishing and canoeing areas and picturesque views of the Credit River that attracts nature photographers and tourists alike. The David J. Culham Trail is a year-round spot for nature lovers, but those in the know hike this path in the fall to enjoy the array of colours and views of the ravines.
- Lake Aquitaine Park (Aquitane Avenue)
For those who live further from the lakefront but still want access to waterways, Lake Aquitaine Park is the perfect spot. Located in Mississauga’s Meadowvale neighbourhood, the lake is surrounded by parkland and sports facilities. Stay active at one of the park’s many exercise stations, or grab your cross-country skis in the winter and ski one of the many trails. Kids can keep active in the great outdoors thanks to the playground and seasonal splash pad, while the park’s soccer field and basketball court serve as the perfect destination for pick-up team sports. The lake is also home to many species of fish, from rainbow trout to rock bass, making the park a popular spot for urban fishers.
- Paul Coffey Park (3430 Derry Road East)
The park formerly known as Wildwood Park was renamed in September 2016 after one of the neighbourhood’s most famous residents, NHL defenceman Paul Coffey. And for good reason. The park is full of sports and recreational facilities, including walking trails, soccer fields, bocce courts and two lit softball diamonds. It’s also home to the Paul Coffey Arena, which is in the process of being refurbished to accommodate the growing population in the surrounding Malton neighbourhood.
- Lakefront Promenade Park (800 Lakefront Promenade)
Trailing along the southern border of Mississauga’s aptly named Lakeview neighbourhood, Lakefront Promenade Park represents one of the province’s largest waterfront developments at roughly 40 hectares.
A joint venture between the City of Mississauga and the Credit Valley Conservation Authority, the park offers serene walking and biking paths along Lake Ontario, a playground and splash pad to keep the little ones entertained and a total of three comfort stations to kick back, relax and breathe in the fresh outdoor air. A perfect place to roll out the picnic blanket (the park features picnic shelters and concession facilities including summer favourites like ice cream trucks), Lakefront Promenade is also a hot-spot for boating. The park includes a marina that accommodates over 150 boats and is also home to the Port Credit Yacht Club, which plays host to a series of annual boating events including the Susan Hood Trophy Race.