I live and work in the waterfront communities of Mississauga – Port Credit, Lorne Park and Clarkson and the surrounding area. These neighbourhoods provide for an easy commute into downtown Toronto either by car or train. But besides that, I think there are four main reasons why families choose to live here; the schools, recreation facilities, community events and the neighbourhoods themselves.
Clarkson is a village west of Toronto and just east of Oakville. With a new state-of-the-art parking facility, the Go station at Clarkson is one of the busiest for commuters west of Toronto.
Clarkson was settled in the early 1800’s, mainly by United Empire Loyalists seeking a place to establish their roots. By the mid 19th century, the Clarkson family operated a train station on the Great Western Railway as well as a post office and general store. Like the other neighbouring communities, Clarkson is a mix of housing with historic homes and post-war suburban structures giving way to infill custom homes.
Clarkson has some unique attractions. Rattray Marsh is 90 acres of environmentally sensitive wetland habitat along the shores of Lake Ontario. Originally designated as a mastland (ship masts for the Royal Navy) by virtue of its tall, straight birch trees, the marsh changed hands until the 70’s when it was acquired by the City of Mississauga. Home to numerous birds and wildlife, Rattray Marsh is a great place for a walk.
Clarkson is also home to two museums. Bradley House is an example of a pioneer farm, complete with Maple Sugar Festival in March. Benares is a Georgian Revival-style house built in the mid 19th century and home to the wealthy Harris family who are thought to be the inspiration behind Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoaks family of “Jalna.” Both museums are home to many community events throughout the year.
The Clarkson family of schools includes Clarkson and Iona Secondary schools and Clarkson, Owenwood and Green Glade elementary schools.