Long weekend is coming up and what better time to find something fun to do. Whether you’re hanging out with your friends or taking a stroll with your family, there’s something for everyone in Mississauga.
This public holiday is celebrated in most of Canada (with the exception of PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec) on the first Monday in August. This year, Civic Holiday falls on August 1, 2016. Let’s start off by learning about why we’re off in Ontario for Civic Holiday before we get into all there is to do! The meaning behind Civic Holiday is to honour John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. He was the founder of Historic Fort York, the birthplace of Toronto. He is also well-known in Canada as being against slavery.
Now that we’ve got your history lesson out of the way, let’s talk about what there is to do in Mississauga this long weekend, while we honour this Holiday.
Top 5 Things to do in Mississauga
Shop, eat and play. The main ingredients to a fun-filled day. Where should you shop, eat a play you ask? Well let us help you.
1. Take a stroll through Port Credit
If you’re looking for a hot spot to dine or have a drink, there are many new restaurants and bars along with the veteran places. Check out Fired Up! located where Gino’s pizza formally was (89 Lakeshore Rd. E). You can dine inside or on their lovely patio. Another great spot to hang out is at Door FiftyFive (located at 55 Lakeshore Rd. E). The vibe is amazing and it’s always happening – just make sure you arrive early to avoid any line-ups. For the sweet and savoury dessert lovers, be sure to try Dunk’n Dip (241 Lakeshore Rd. E). Their desserts will satisfy all of your chocolatey cravings.
Looking to stay on a budget? No problem, there are plenty of other options. Grab a nice iced coffee at Timothy’s (at the corner of Lakeshore and Hurontario) and go for a stroll down the pier and walk the lakefront. Beautiful scenery and you can take amazing photos (and more importantly, selfies). Port Credit is one Mississauga’s best-kept treasures.
2. Shop, shop, shop
There is no shortage of great malls in Mississauga. Let’s start with Square One. Square One has over 360 top-brand stores and continues to amaze us. July 28 – grand opening of Holt Renfrew! Square One has built an entirely new section with amazing stores and restaurants, including the recently-opened Jamie Oliver restaurant. With so many stores and places to eat, Square One is sure to fill your day with fun (and shopping bags)!
If you’re more of an outdoor ‘stroller’, Toronto Premium Outlets and Heartland Town Centre are perfect for you. Enjoy the sunshine while shopping. Great brand names at prices we can all afford.
Other malls in Mississauga (and surrounding) include:
3. Check out Celebration Square
There is always an exciting event happening at Celebration Square, almost everyday. Summer on the Square is a mix of free events and festivals (including weekly movie nights, concerts, food truck rallies and more).
Here is what’s coming up:
Bollywood Monster Mashup
- Friday, July 22, 6:45 pm – 10:30 pm
- Saturday, July 23, 2 pm – 11 pm
Fiesta ng Kalayaan
- Saturday, July 30, Noon – 10 pm
- Sunday, July 31, Noon – 7 pm
Mississauga Latin Festival
- Saturday, August 6, 1 pm – 11 pm
- Sunday, August 7, 1 pm – 7 pm
4. Jack Darling Memorial Park
Rated #3 on TripAdvisor.ca, Jack Darling Memorial Park is a great way to spend the day. Bring a picnic basket, blanket and beach chairs and you’re all set for an inexpensive, fun day! There are many walking and biking trails, splash parks, playgrounds, leash-free dog park, free BBQs and picnic tables. Sit back and enjoy the view of the Lake and appreciate the outdoors. After all, we only get a few months of Summer. There is a lot of parking, so grab your family and friends and head out to Jack Darling.
And last but certainly not least, head down to Streetsville. Our little town within the big city of Mississauga. With so many little shops, restaurants and coffee shops, you are sure to find everything you need to have a memorable day and night. Small town atmosphere, perfect to get that small town charm feeling.
Whichever option you choose, we hope you have a great, fun-filled long weekend!