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Things to Do in Mississauga

Based on the 2011 National Household Survey, the Regional Municipality of Peel has the 2nd highest percentage of recent immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area (at 15.5%), with almost 49% of immigrants from India in Ontario living in Peel. While it doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of Toronto, the neighbouring Mississauga, being the biggest city in Peel Region, is not exactly dead either. If you’re a newcomer to Mississauga or a downtowner wondering what’s out there, take a look.

CHECK OUT SOME HISTORY

Streetsville was its own town prior to the amalgamations that formed what is Mississauga today and efforts to retain that small town charm means you can walk through a variety of historical buildings and streetscapes. Every year, Streetsville puts on a Canada Day festival, a Christmas Market, and a Santa Claus parade. During the first weekend of June, the Bread and Honey Festival is held in Streetsville to acknowledge the milling industry’s roots in the town’s history. Mississauga also has a number of small museums and Heritage Houses to check out.

ENJOY SOME OUTDOOR SCENERY

Mississauga has more than 480 parks that encompasses 295km of trails and woodlands, including a number of huge conservation spaces. Not to mention how one of Mississauga’s borders is a beautiful lakefront. Take a look at their Parks and Trails page for more information.

SHOPPING

No need to go to Toronto for your shopping needs as Mississauga is home to the largest shopping centre in Ontario, Square One Shopping Centre. Other retail giants include Erin Mills Town Centre and Heartland Town Centre. There is also the Dixie Outlet Mall that houses many big brands at value prices and the oldest flea market in the Greater Toronto Area.

CULTURAL EATS

Like Toronto, Mississauga is a very multicultural city that is home to a significant South Asian, Chinese, Filipino and Arab population. As such, you are likely to find great food from with roots from these communities. Take a look at Huffington Post’s list of 10 Bets Restaurants in Mississauga and read reviews from Regina Wong, Mississauga-based food critic, for recommendations.

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