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.
Port Credit is a vibrant waterfront community at the mouth of the Credit River west of Toronto.
Originally a native trading post and home to a group of Ojibway called, the Mississaugas, Port Credit was surveyed and a working harbour was established beginning in the early 1830’s. Late in the 1880’s Port Credit became home to the St. Lawrence Starch Company and the Port Credit brickyard. Village status soon followed.
Today Port Credit is home to many stores and casual dining establishments. That along with a number of festivals (Waterfront Festival, Southside Shuffle Jazz and Blues, Buskerfest, Canada Day Festival and more) and a Farmers Market make Port Credit a destination for visitors. The Mississauga Waterfront Trail passes through Port Credit and there are a number of waterfront parks from Hiawatha Park on the East end to St Lawrence, J.J. Plaus, Saddington, Port Credit Memorial to Ben Macree Park on the West end. On a sunny summer day, the Trail is usually packed with people walking, running and biking.
For residents of Port Credit, the draw is also due to the easy commute by Go Train into Toronto, the great schools and the proximity to parks and recreation facilities.
Port Credit Secondary School ranks in the top 15% of schools in Ontario as does Mineola Public School. Other elementary schools in the area include: Queen Elizabeth Senior Public School (School of the Arts), Kenollie Public School, Riverside Public School and Forest Avenue Public School.
Port Credit is undergoing rejuvenation in its housing. The waterfront industrial sites are giving way to luxury condominiums. Century and pre-war style homes mixed in with custom build infill houses are typical in Port Credit Village (east of the Credit River), Olde Port Credit Village (west of the Credit River) while post-war homes and new builds are common in the Cranberry Cove area (just east of the Rhododendron Gardens). West Mineola, east of the Credit River is an exclusive, treed neighbourhood with a mix of houses (pre-war, cottages, post-war and, now, large custom houses.