Mississauga is a Canadian city in Southern Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the western part of the Greater Toronto Area. The city is Canada's sixth-most populous municipality.
It is the 37th largest suburb in the world by population. The city is well positioned because of its growth and its proximity to Toronto. It has placed fourth of 'large cities of the future' by fDi Magazine for North and South American cities. Mississauga was also rated as Canada's 11th best city to live in terms of prosperity according to MoneySense magazine. Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada's busiest airport is located in the city; in addition Mississauga is the location of several major corporate headquarters for Canada such as Walmart Canada and Target Canada respectively.
Explore its quaint historic villages, visit the bustling waterfront, or inspire yourself with Mississauga's world-class art and theatre at the Living Arts Centre. Visit the Rhododendron Gardens, watch the salmon migration, or shop at Square One - Ontario's largest shopping mall. Whether you choose an activity-packed weekend or a relaxing getaway, your stay will be memorable here.
From stunning architecture and museums to lakefront parks and vibrant ethnic neighbourhoods, Mississauga offers a range of experiences that keeps visitors coming back again and again.
Cosmopolitan and Vibrant
In 2006 the city started hosting "My Mississauga" summer festivities at its civic square. Mississauga planned over 60 free events to bring more people to the city square. The square was transformed and included a movable stage, a snack bar, extra seating, and sports and gaming facilities (basketball nets, hockey arena, chess and checker boards) including a skate park. Some of the events included Senior's day on Tuesday, Family day on Wednesday, Vintage car Thursdays, with the main events being the Canada Day celebration, Rotary Ribfest, and Beachfest. The civic square has completed its restructuring project as of 2011 which features a permanent stage, a larger ice rink, media screens, and a permanent restaurant.
Mississauga also boasts one of the largest shopping malls in Canada called Square One Shopping Centre, which is surrounded by several bars and restaurants, as well as City Hall, the Central Library, and Playdium. For a great shopping you can also visit Heartland Town Centre.
Mississauga also hosts a cultural festival named Carassauga each year to celebrate the diverse population. Mississauga is home to Mosaic, the largest South Asian multi-disciplinary arts festival in North America. Now in its sixth year Mosaic is a completely free festival that attracts 50,000 people in three days.
Mississauga Quick Facts...
• Located within the Greater Toronto Area
• Adjoining City of Toronto on the west side and on the north shores of Lake Ontario
Toronto Pearson International Airport is located in Mississauga - Canada's busiest airport, among the top 30 in the world
• The only city in the GTA serviced by 7 major highways
• Excellent highway connections, less than 2 hours from the U.S.A. border
• Served by two national railways, Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP)
• Intercity and long distance rail passenger service is provided by VIA Rail Canada and AMTRAK
• 3rd largest municipal transit system in Ontario servicing approximately 28 million riders annually
• 81 routes throughout the City connect with the Toronto Transit Commission, Brampton Transit, Oakville Transit
• and all GO Transit stations
• GO Transit operates three train lines and several GO Bus routes through Mississauga providing frequent service throughout the day with connections to Toronto and surrounding areas
• The University of Toronto Mississauga
• 10 major universities and 11 technical colleges (within commuting distance Businesses:
• More than 53,000 in total
• Top employers include Atomic Energy of Canada Limited/AECL, Air Canada, AstraZeneca Canada Inc., Bell
• Canada, Bell Mobility Inc., C F M Vermont Castings Majestics Products, Cara Operations, Federal Express, G 4 S