The birds are chirping, the sun is shining…can you feel it? Summer might actually be on its way (though, with the bitter cold Mother Nature teased us with last week, maybe I won’t hold my breath)! Regardless, you should get out. With winter finally over, Mississauga is in full bloom and if you take a closer look at some of the city’s parks, you’ll see why.
Mississauga is home to some of the most beautiful parks and if this at all shocks you, please put the TV remote down, grab your running shoes and take a walk down at least one of my top five.
5.) Take me out to the ball game!
The Mississauga Valleys is also a great way to get out there and have some fun. Not only are there a couple of nice trails to walk, but there also always seems to be a ball game going on and who doesn’t love watching some good ol’ fashioned baseball (after all, The Valley’s is home to the Mississauga Majorsbaseball team). Better yet- bring your own hot dogs and make a picnic with the barbecues the city has placed throughout the park. If things get to hot, there is also a small splash pad available to run through and cool off!
4.) Rattray Marsh
This hidden gem is in the heart of Clarkson with entrances to the trails in the middle of a residential neighbourhood. It’s so hidden that I felt like I was searching for freaking Narnia and everyone I asked for directions steered me wrong. However, when I finally did find the Rattray Marsh, it was so worth it. Never have I felt so much like I was back at my old home in Victoria, B.C., blanketed by this veil of nature. The plush, greenery of this forest trail made me feel like I was in another world, outside of Mississauga. Surrounded by nothing but trees, you really start to forget you’re still in the city!
Take a hike through this wooded wonderland; you won’t be disappointed.
3.) Lakefront Promenade Park
Okay…so I’m not a kid anymore, but I’m still young at heart and this next place is a blast for the youngsters. Lake Promenade Park is a great place to bring the kids to cool off on a hot day. There’s a full splash pad waterpark that is sure to entertain your little monkeys on those hot summer days.
*Attention all Mom’s out there* -I know you work your asses off and trust me when you need a break, Lake Promenade (Waterworks) is a great place for your kids to burn some energy while you relax in the shade- you can thank me later.
Beside the splash pad is also a full park/play structure/sandbox…ahh splash pad then sandbox-every kids dream…
Take a little walk along the boardwalk and you will almost always find someone fishing, feeding the ducks, or sailing their miniature sailboats.
Listen for the sounds of the ice cream truck putting around the park as 9 times outta 10 there’s one lurking in the parking lot by the time you leave…smart little buggers.
2.) Feed the Swans at J.C. Saddington Park
My next favourite spot in outdoorsy Mississauga is also along the Lakeshore (it must be the water). With fountains, ponds, wildlife, and an amazing view of Toronto across the lake, J.C. Saddington Park is a great place to go for a walk on a nice, sunny day. Find a nice zen zone on the big rocks by the water away from the crowds and you can literally feel yourself de-stress. Bring bread and you will become BFF’s with ducks here…just watch the geese, they get a little greedy. There is a paved trail for bikers, runners, rollerbladers, etc. Summer is almost here so strap on those rollerblades and get your workout on, because this is a great spot to do it! The water is right at your side, so there is also a nice breeze coming off the water at all times. This place is a little slice of heaven…
1.) Lakeshore Harbor Front (Port Credit)
Walking the harbor front in old Port Credit always gives me this great nostalgic feeling. Maybe it’s because it has just been there forever but there is a feeling of comfort in seeing the old lighthouse; a staple in Port Credit.
Grab a latte from the corner Starbucks and take a little walk along the lake. Take a seat at one of the benches aside the water and just listen. I promise you that the sounds of the seagulls, the water, and the bustle of people will soothe you. It’s very calming. Our days are too fast paced so I love to come here to unwind and slow down.