“Mississauga City Centre”, also often referred to as “Square One"
Living Arts Centre
If your heart is set on entertainment and cultural attractions, the Mississauga City Centre has this covered with many great restaurants, along with the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, the Mississauga Central Library and the Mississauga Civic Centre; as well, is home to a 13 screen Cineplex Entertainment Theatre, an Art Gallery and a Sports Hall of Fame. Also within the vibrant district are numerous dinning opportunities of every level.
This bustling region of Mississauga surrounds the nearly 1.6 million square foot, 360 plus store, Square One is considered by many to be the heart and soul of Mississauga. Due to the areas massive size, numerous attractions and large array of condos, it is often thought of as its own entity; however, it is in-fact part of the Cooksville district of Mississauga. The area presently boasts about 7, 800 finished condo units, approximately 8,000 in the application process and another 15,700 in the construction phase, making the area more populated than many small towns and cities.
History of Mississauga
Mississauga can trace its roots back to over 200 years ago. In the early 1600s, French traders encountered Native peoples around the North Shore of Lake Huron called the Mississaugas. The Mississaugas were an Ojibwa band, and by the early 1700s had migrated south and settled in the area around the Etobicoke Creek, Credit River and Burlington Bay. “Mississauga” translates as meaning “River of the North of Many Mouths”.
On August 2nd, 1805, near the mouth of the Credit River, representatives for the British Crown and the Native Mississaugas signed a treaty, called “Treaty 13A”, which saw the surrender of a vast tract of land to the British Crown. Referred to as the “Mississauga Purchase” or the “First Purchase”, the Crown acquired over 74,000 acres of land excluding a 1 mile strip on each side of the Credit River from the waterfront to the base line (modern Eglinton Avenue), and this became known as the Credit Indian Reserve. This tract of land was surveyed in 1806, named Toronto Township, and opened for settlement. It is known as the “Old Survey”.
Gradually settlers began to take up lots in throughout the new and old surveys, and over time small settlements became established. The settlements developed into the villages of Clarkson, Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale, Malton, Meadowvale Village, Port Credit and Streetsville. Over time, other communities blossomed, such as Lakeview and Lorne Park, while other disappeared entirely – the “lost villages”. These “lost” hamlets and villages include Barberton, Britannia, Burnhamthorpe, Derry West, Elmbank, Frogmore, Hanlan, Harris’ Corners, Hawkins’ Corners, Lisgar, McCurdy’s Corners, Mount Charles, Nunan’s Corners (Catholic Swamp), Palestine, Pucky’s Huddle, Richview, Sheridan, Snider’s Corners, Summerville and Whaley’s Corners.
The Town of Mississauga was created in 1968, and the City of Mississauga was incorporated in 1974 through the amalgamation of the Town of Mississauga and the villages of Port Credit and Streetsville, and portions of the townships of Toronto Gore and Trafalgar. Mississauga has grown to be Canada’s sixth largest city.
Why Choose Mississauga
Formed in 1974, Mississauga is now recognized as Canada's 6th largest and fastest growing major city with a population of 729,000 residents representing cultures from around the world. It currently has the third largest municipal transit system in Ontario with 81 routes throughout the city that connect with the Toronto Transit Commission, Brampton Transit, Oakville Transit and all GO Transit stations.
Recognized as the safest city in Canada 8 years in a row. Mississauga offers family-oriented sports, leisure & arts facilities with 11 community centres, 270 designated heritage sites to explore. Additonally, Mississauga has more than 480 parks & 23 major trail systems including part of a 485 mile (780 km) waterfront trail running from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border
Mississauga is home to Square One Mall, which is Ontario’s largest shopping mall; in addition, it is home to three other major malls: Erin Mills Town Centre, Heartland Town Centre and Dixie Outlet Mall; not to mention trendy boutiques in Port Credit Village and Clarkson Village.
If “the arts” are your passion, Mississauga is home to several visual and performing arts venues; such as The Living Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Hershey Centre and the Stage West Theatre.
Business anyone? Mississauga has close to 55,000 registered businesses employing more than 425,000 people and is home to 61 Fortune 500 Canadian, or major divisional head offices, as well, 50 Fortune Global 500 Canadian headquarters and is home to Toronto Pearson International, Canada's largest airport servicing 32 million passengers on more than 70 airlines, with non-stop service to 180 destinations in 60 countries around the globe. Mississauga is also within a day's drive of North America's richest markets with access to 164 million consumers.
Why not Mississauga?