Port Credit, is home to the famous Mississauga Waterfront Festival. It has the Lakefront. The shops. The restaurants. The atmosphere which makes it special has it all. This is why the stretch of Lakeshore that runs through the neighborhood will be packed every weekend, almost doesn’t even matter what time of year it is but watch out when it’s nice. Port Credit is a highly sought-after area that offers a unique lifestyle, history, easy commuting, and a bustling main street with independent shops, restaurants, and farmers’ markets. It has also an exciting upcoming large-scale development, a 72-acre piece of vacant land is set to be re-developed as “Brightwater” at Lakeshore Rd and Mississauga Rd, which would see new condo and townhome development bring 3,000 new homes to this vibrant community, and over 300,000 sqft of new showing, restaurants, offices, and services.
The iconic Port Credit Lighthouse is one of Mississauga’s most picturesque landmarks. Not only does it make for a great photo backdrop, it is also a working lighthouse visible for 15 miles out on the water. It lights up different colors depending on the holiday, or when one of our pro sports teams win.
Since time immemorial Port Credit’s location situated on the banks of the Credit River at the mouth of Lake Ontario have made it an ideal place for settlement. The Mississauga First Nations were the first to settle here. By 1720 the French had established a trading post in this spot. The Port Credit Harbour Company founded in 1834 turned Port Credit into a busy port and shipping centre which thrived up until the early 1900s. Port Credit earned town status in 1961 and later amalgamated with the City of Mississauga in 1974. The present day lighthouse in Marina Park was built in 1991 and pays homage to an earlier lighthouses that once shone brightly on this former fishing and shipping village. Today, recreation has replaced industry in Port Credit but the waterfront and the lighthouse and the marina are a reminder of its past.
Port Credit is Mississauga’s most recognizable and popular neighbourhood. This is not surprising given its prime waterfront location, main street shopping village, recreational amenities, and the Go station. Port Credit has been undergoing a revitalization of its waterfront for some time now and this has attracted a large amount of real estate development. There are no shortage of people who want to live in a safe vibrant waterfront community. Port Credit has both a residents association and a business improvement association. Port Credit has a number of small identifiable nooks or hoods. Some of these include: Cranberry Cove, Credit Drive, Indian Village and Upper Village. There is also the Harbour and Heritage districts. Port Credit is just minutes from the City of Toronto along Lakeshore Road West. One of Port credit’s claims to fame is its status as the salmon capital of Ontario. The annual Great Ontario Salmon Derby is North America’s largest fresh-water fishing derby.
The Port Credit waterfront embraces many new urbanism characteristics with walkability and connectivity at the core together with mixed use development, quality architecture and access to publicly owned greenspace. The new townhomes and condominium buildings along the waterfront blend in nicely together and appeal to a wide range of families and lifestyles. Port Credit includes pockets of heritage homes with Tudor and Arts and Crafts features. There are also many charming brick bungalows that have traditionally been popular as starter homes. Some of these bungalows are being purchased by builders and replaced with a new custom designed home.
The Port Credit waterfront is considered among the most vibrant in Ontario. It was voted number one in the Greater Toronto Area by a panel of 135 judges including architects, designers, and urban affairs writers from across the country deciding the best public spaces in Canada. Port Credit boasts over 400 retail shops, boutiques, and services. There are also many excellent dining and entertainment venues, especially along the waterfront.
Port Credit has also become a destination for people looking to enjoy a nice meal out or drinks after work. It has a growing and thriving restaurant scene. There is something for everyone, and lots of patio options offering views of all the comings and goings. Just to name a few, you should check out Pump House Grille, Papa Giuseppe’s, Posta Italbar Cucina, Nomads Restobar, Snug Harbour, Fired Up, and Colossus Greek Taverna.
Every Saturday visit the Farmers Market for live music, local produce, and treatsfrom 8am-1pm between June and October, people flock to the LCBO parking lot off Lakeshore to chat with the vendors, enjoy a snack at the bistro style tables set up in the market, and stock their fridge with local goodies. There are organized kids activities and live music too.
Shops & Restaurant:
If you’re looking for quality and local products, you will love Cousin’s Market and Planet Organic. The hot table and Supper Club at Cousin’s Market is super yummy! Elmwood Meat Market and Dry Aged are great options for all your butcher needs.
Port Credit has also a growing and thriving restaurant scene. Port Credit has become a destination for people looking to enjoy a nice meal out or drinks after work. There is something for everyone, and lots of patio options offering views of all the comings and goings. Just to name a few, you should check out Pump House Grille, Papa Giuseppe’s, Posta Italbar Cucina, Nomads Restobar, Snug Harbour, Fired Up, and Colossus Greek Taverna.
You can also check and Feast at one of the many awesome restaurants;
Nomads Restobar, Spice Lounge and Tapas, The Port House, Indian Cuisine By The Lake, Pump House Grille, Papa Giuseppe’s, Posta Italbar Cucina, Fired Up, Colossus Greek Taverna, Raw Aura Organic, Door FiftyFive, El Jefe, and The Crooked Cue.
Here are other place to eat and visit at Port Credit:
- Enjoy dinner on the water at Snug Harbour’s wrap-around patio. This popular seafood restaurant is located right on the water and next to the marina, so if you get a seat on the patio you are guaranteed an awesome view! Seafood lovers will enjoy it here, and there are lots of options for non-seafood lovers too. Then stop by Havana Castle for an after-dinner cigar. Nic says you can’t go wrong with their house blend.
- Treat your sweet tooth. Check out La Villa Bakery & Cafe for a selection of yummy cannolis and pastries. Scoops on Lakeshore is a great choice for ice cream, and Port 1 Cafe at 1 Hurontario has yummy gelato and sorbettos.
Port Credit Memorial Park is a wonderful strolling park on the banks of the Credit River and directly across the street from Lake Ontario. The Port Credit Library is adjacent to this park. The Port Credit ice arena is located just east of Memorial Park on Stavebank Road. Marina Park is a popular destination for recreational boaters. You can charter a fishing boat here that will guide you to some excellent fishing for Salmon and Trout on Lake Ontario. The Credit River that spills into Lake Ontario is a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking and paddle boating. The Port Credit Yacht Club is located at Lakefront Promenade Park.
Here are other things to do at Port Credit:
- Stop by Port Credit Memorial Park. Let the little ones run off some of their energy at the large playground, enjoy a stroll on the park’s walking trail along the edge of the Credit River, or make use of one of the picnic areas. The park is also home to the Summer Concert Series, Movie Nights In The Park, and Ribfest.
- Cycle the Waterfront Trail along the shores of Lake Ontario. The Waterfront Trail route through Port Credit has a couple of small detours past some of Port Credit’s dreamy houses and through two of the neighborhood’s most scenic parks – JC Saddington Park and Adamson Estate. You can cycle west through Oakville, or east through Lakeview and South Etobicoke. If your bike needs a tuneup, stop off at Gears Bike Shop at Lakeshore and Mississauga Rd.
- Take in the historical charm of homes in Old Port Credit Village. Designated a Heritage Conservation District in 2005, many of the homes and buildings located south of Lakeshore between Mississauga Rd and Front St date back to the mid-1800s.
- Browse the Port Credit Library. This dreamy mid-century building siding onto the Credit River, and has gone through a major renovation and received a Governor-General’s Medal for architecture in 2012.
- Spend some time relaxing on the park benches lining the pier in JJ Plaus Park. Overlooking the Credit River, this park offers a prime spot to watch the boats, ducks, and stand up paddle boarders. You also have a great view of the lighthouse from here too.
- Visit the Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens for a relaxing setting among the beautiful foliage. Definitely try to visit between early May and late June to see the gardens in full bloom, and catch the annual gardens tour. The Gardens are known for the hybrid rhododendron and azaleas contributed by Dr. Brueckner, and also has a rose garden and peony garden too.
- Lace-up your skates. Enjoy an afternoon on the ice at Port Credit Memorial Arena, the city’s first and oldest public arena.
Former Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey’s idea to pay tribute to Port Credit’s musical heritage is captured in the painted cross-walks at Lakeshore Road East and Highway #10 (Hurontario Street). The Mississauga Music Walk of Fame is located in Port Credit Memorial Park. Inductees are honoured with a star on the walking path behind the Port Credit Library. The first four inductees were “Musical greats Oscar Peterson, Gil Moore, Ronnie Hawkins and Krisztina Szabo.
Living in Port Credit is an absolute dream for business professionals who are commuting to Toronto. If you can get in to one of the mid-rise or high-rise towers near the Port Credit GO (which is just 3 blocks from the Waterfront), you’ll find you love living just 10 minutes to the station – especially in winter. Pretty much all of Port Credit is a close walk or commute to the GO and The MiWay runs frequently and come on, you can even sail a boat right into Port Credit Harbour if you don’t own a car!
Driving: Port Credit is a great spot to live if you are going to be commuting to downtown Toronto as you can get into the city in 30 minutes or so using the QEW/Gardiner.
GO Train: Port Credit GO Station is a great option to use to get into downtown Toronto during peak times. The GO train will get you to Union Station within 30 minutes.
Schools, Colleges and Universities:
Address: 145 Windy Oaks, Mississauga, ON L5G 1Z4, Canada | Telephone: 905-278-3144 | Fax: 905-278-7639
“Mineola Public School is a unique, French immersion school located in the south of Mississauga. Our vision is to foster the development of caring and independent lifelong learners who can collaborate successfully in a global setting while meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Our collective commitments are to provide students with many opportunities to explore the world around them and develop competencies to challenge, compete and create in the academic world, sports and the arts. Our bilingual setting validates our Canadian heritage and encourages students to grow into productive citizens with a unique skill set.” As originally published by Mineola PS
Address: 70 Mineola Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 2E5, Canada | Telephone: 905-278-3382 | Fax: 905-278-8936
“Port Credit Secondary School is located in south-east Mississauga, in the community of Port Credit. Established in 1919, Port Credit’s motto is “Lux Numquam Desit” – “May the Light Never Fail.” Port Credit is a vibrant, exciting secondary school, in which intellectual curiosity, creativity and academic excellence are encouraged. Students take pride in personal achievement in various areas of school life and are expected to be responsible citizens of the school and community. Our school provides opportunities and support for students pursuing all pathways. Port Credit is home to both the Regional Strings program and the Regional SciTech program.” As originally published by Port Credit SS
Address: 1445 Lewisham Dr, Mississauga, ON L5J 3R2, Canada | Telephone: 905 403-0950
Address: 20 Forest Ave, Mississauga, ON L5G 1K7, Canada | Telephone: 905-278-2472 | Fax: 905-278-3655
“Forest Avenue Public School is a dynamic school located in a beautiful tree-lined community close to the shores of Lake Ontario. With a history stretching back to 1917, the Forest Avenue community has strong traditions and a large community support network. Our dedicated and forward thinking staff create learning opportunities that encourage students to attain academic and personal excellence within a supportive, respectful and tolerant environment. Students are engaged in all aspects of school life through involvement in the many clubs, activities, leadership opportunities, and sports offered at Forest Avenue by our active and involved staff.” As originally published by Forest Avenue PS
Address: 30 John St N, Mississauga, ON L5H 2E8, Canada | Telephone: 905-274-1515 | Fax: 905-274-2669
“Our mission at Riverside Public School is to create a learning community where partners work together to instill and affirm excellence. By inspiring and nurturing the talents, passions, and creativity in our students, we develop assertive, considerate and trustworthy global citizens.” As originally published by Riverside PS
Address: 1055 McCraney St E, Oakville, ON L6H 1H9, Canada | Telephone: 289 529-0065
“École secondaire de langue française du Conseil scolaire Viamonde à Oakville” As originally published by ÉS Gaétan Gervais
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
Address: 40 Forest Ave, Mississauga, ON L5G 1L1, Canada | Telephone: (905) 271-3393
“Mentor College was founded in 1982 to provide a programme of education based on proven traditional methods of teaching. Since then, the school has earned a reputation for solid academic performance and the success of its students at the post-secondary level attests to this. Emphasis is placed on the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics, and on preparing students for an active, rewarding life.” As originally published by Mentor College
Address: 56 Cayuga Ave, Mississauga, ON L5G 3S9, Canada | Telephone: (905) 271-7100
“Mentor College was founded in 1982 to provide a programme of education based on proven traditional methods of teaching. Since then, the school has earned a reputation for solid academic performance and the success of its students at the post-secondary level attests to this. Emphasis is placed on the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics, and on preparing students for an active, rewarding life.” As originally published by Mentor College Primary Campus
Address: 1780 Meadowvale Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5N 7K8, Canada | Telephone: 905-814-0318 | Fax: 905-814-8480
“Ici, à l’école secondaire catholique Sainte-Famille, nous offrons une ambiance familiale dans une communauté multiculturelle dans laquelle le succès de l’élève passe par un personnel impliqué et dévoué. L’enseignement de qualité, incluant la technologie et des programmes diversifiés, permet à l’élève de croître dans sa foi catholique, sa langue et sa culture francophone, et ce, dans un environnement sécuritaire.” As originally published by ÉSC Sainte-Famille
Address: 515 Hartsdale Ave, Mississauga, ON L5G 2G7, Canada
“The St. Dominic School Community, together with the family and parish, seeks to promote the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social development of each student, responding to each child’s uniqueness and diverse nature. We are committed to providing a safe, caring, healthy, inclusive and welcoming Catholic learning environment where the pursuit of student well-being, academic excellence, lifelong learning and spiritual growth are fostered within each person to attain their full potential.” As originally published by St Dominic School
Address: 1280 Cobalt St, Mississauga, ON L5H 4L8, Canada
“The community of St. Luke School, teachers, parents and parish, strives to nurture all students so that they may attain their full spiritual, academic and physical potential as envisioned by Ministry and Board standards. We endeavour to provide a comprehensive system of assessment, analysis and support to ensure a safe and effective Catholic learning environment. As members of the St. Luke Community, we strive to be a caring community of teachers and parents who, together with our two parishes, celebrate the values and traditions of our Catholic faith with our children. We all work together in mutual trust and respect for each other and for the children in our care. We provide a positive, safe school environment, where the talents, gifts and potential of every child are encouraged and cherished.” As originally published by St Luke Catholic ES
Address: 1910 Broad Hollow Gate, Mississauga, ON L5L 3T4, Canada | Telephone: 905-820-7460 | Fax: 905-820-2774
“Notre école est vibrante et dynamique avec ses 364 élèves. Elle a un caractère unique car elle a une communauté très unie et impliquée. En plus, le personnel de l’école est des plus engagés et enthousiastes. Nous sommes fiers de notre école et de notre partenariat avec la garderie « Éveil aux savoirs ». L’éducation que nous y offrons permet à tous les élèves de vivre en français dans un environnement catholique.” As originally published by ÉÉC Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Address: 385 Meadows Blvd, Mississauga, ON L4Z 1G5, Canada | Telephone: 905-270-0785 | Fax: 905-270-0185
“Amour, respect et fierté sont au cœur de notre mission. Amour des enfants, de notre profession, de notre religion et de notre langue. Respect d’autrui, de soi, des différences, de l’Église, de notre langue si belle et de notre culture si riche. Fierté de nos réussites, de qui nous sommes et de ce qui nous tient à cœur.” As originally published by ÉÉC René-Lamoureux
Address: 2170 S Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5J, Canada
“Iona Catholic Secondary School, in Mississauga, Ontario, is a centre dedicated to excellence in both religious and secular subjects. It is designed to graduate young men and women with a lived experience of Christian community and with the knowledge and dedication required to build a world reflecting the Christian values of justice, peace and integrity.” As originally published by Iona Catholic SS
Address: 815 Atwater Ave, Mississauga, ON L5E 1L8, Canada
“St. Paul Secondary School is an inclusive Catholic learning community committed to excellence, integrity and global mindedness. We strive to create an innovative learning environment which allows us to share our common values and goals while being caring, balanced and reflective. While grounded in our faith we live our credo in all we say and do: “Everything with Heart”.
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