- City Guide - Mississauga
Welcome to Mississauga – Canada’s Getaway! Mississagua is located in Southern Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the western part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The city has a population of 713,443, and is Canada's sixth-most populous municipality. Mississauga's growth over time is attributed to its proximity to Toronto – and it is the 37th largest suburb in the world by population, and the 4th largest in North America.
At the time of the arrival of the Europeans in the 1600s, both Iroquoian and Algonquian-speaking natives already lived in the Credit River Valley area. One of the First Nations groups the French traders found around the area were the Algonquian Mississauga’s, a tribe originally from Georgian. Besides small villages, gristmills, and brickworks served by railway lines, most of Mississauga was agricultural land through the 19th and first half of the 20th century.
Thinking about making Mississagua your home? You have come to the right place! Mississagua has been recognized as the safest city in Canada for eight years in a row. Mississauga offers family-oriented sports, leisure & arts facilities with 11 community centres and a vibrant downtown city centre with major retail, office, entertainment and condo living.
With the help of Project for Public Spaces in 2006 Mississauga 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 to include a movable stage, snack bar, restaurant, seating, and sports and gaming facilities - including a skate park. Some of the events include; Senior's Day on Tuesday, Family Day, Vintage Car Thursdays, and the main event - Canada Day. Other one-time events are Rotary Ribfest, Carassauga , Mosaic, and Beachfest. Mississauga is also home to one of the largest shopping malls in Canada called Square One Shopping Centre. Square One Centre is surrounded by several bars and restaurants, as well as City Hall, the Central Library, and Playdium.