Tourist In Our Town: Port Credit in the Winter

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

For those places that have four distinct seasons, the changing weather conditions from month to month can be quite drastic. Visiting a place during the summer months can have an entirely different feel from the winter months. And I’m not just talking about the change in temperature. The entire mood and atmosphere that comes with the changing seasons can unmask a new perspective on a destination. In Port Credit (a village in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) where Justin and I are happy to call home, I love going for walks and bike rides down by the lake. I look forward to the first signs of spring where it’s warm enough outside to wear only a light jacket or sweater, and I’ll go for a long walk to see the flowers blooming. Or maybe the sun is shining brightly and I’ll hop on my bicycle to take it for a spin around town. And of course, I take full advantage of those autumn days where the wind feels a little more brisk, but it’s well worth it to see those leaves changing colour from green to vibrant reds and yellows.

And then, there’s winter. It’s windy. It’s a bit dreary. And it’s cold. I don’t think that I left the apartment last winter to go for a pleasurable walk around town. Today, all of that changed and I truly gained a new view of the place that I call home. All I had to do was bundle up in my warm winter coat, hat, and boots.

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Come along with me as I take you on a tour of Port Credit during the winter!

The first thing that I noticed was the feeling of isolation. The Waterfront Trail is normally bustling with families, couples, and people walking their dogs. Even though it was a weekend afternoon, I barely saw a soul. I felt as though I had the entire place to myself.

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
One of the few people I encountered on my walk.

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

While people don’t typically consider visiting Canada during the winter (other than to participate in winter sports activities, such as skiing and snowboarding), I would highly recommend coming here if you’ve only visited during the summer months. The views of the icy lake, partially covered in snow are very beautiful. There was something very peaceful about walking around in this desolated, frozen world. I felt more separated from our fast-paced world and alone with nature. I could hear only the sounds of the crashing waves and a few quacking ducks.

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

The harbour is frozen with ice and the boats have left the marina for storage or perhaps, warmer waters. Only the ducks, geese, seagulls and pigeons remain and have reclaimed their territory. The tourism season and outdoor activities have mostly closed down until the spring.

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Some places remain the same. The lighthouse still sends a cascade of light across the harbour. We can still go for a stroll along the boardwalk and take a rest on the benches. The town is still open for business with many cafes and restaurants inviting you to come inside to relax and enjoy a warm beverage.

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Painted bicycles displayed around town that are decorated differently each season.

I urge you to consider booking a holiday to a destination during an off-season, or perhaps re-visit a spot that you have been to before during a different time of year. You might be surprised that it can be an entirely new experience, akin to traveling to a whole new place. It can even be a new viewpoint of your own hometown when you step outside your front door.

Here is our post about Port Credit from last spring so you can compare the difference!

Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Have you visited the same place during different seasons for different experiences?

12 Responses

  1. kami
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    This place looks so beautiful and serene! The snow definitely adds up to its charm! So pretty!
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  2. Meg Jerrard
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    Wow it really does have the isolated feel to it – stunningly beautiful though, and I much prefer a place during off season anyway. Starting to really tire of crowds. Beautiful photos!
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  3. Suzanne - Travelbunny
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    You’ve some fabulous photos here! I visited Iceland last year in February – I’d love to return in summer to see a different side of it.
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  4. Toccara
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    That place is deserted! That’s so cool that you braved the cold to experience your own backyard! Nice new perspective. Don’t know if I could actually live anywhere that cold. I’m loving San Diego living right now! 🙂
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  5. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
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    It looks so beautiful guys! There must be such a magic to it when it’s all snowy and iced over like this – I love reading blog posts that people do of their own towns and cities, particularly if they’re places that other people across the world might not have known about otherwise 🙂
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  6. Alli
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    Lovely photos! That lighthouse photo is beautiful. I also really like the new design of your blog 🙂 I also love how each season offers something unique, where we live we are lucky to have the four seasons, despite the cold! 🙂
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  7. Antonina
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    Wow, the first post that actually made miss a traditional winter. Thanks for the lovely photos!
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  8. antonette - we12travel
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    Great shots! I have a total love/hate relationship with winter. I love it when it’s snowing and when the sun is out, but over the past week we have had nothing but rain and storm, which totally depresses me… a one month winter would be ideal, rather than 3 🙂
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  9. Andrea
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    A fun idea to compare the same place in different seasons! It is amazing how a place can change with the weather. Your photos are great!
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  10. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
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    Port Credit has a stark beauty to it in the winter. What a difference a few seasons make! I’m a Texas gal, so I’m not sure if I could handle a Canadian winter. It would definitely be a different experience for me.
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  11. Holly
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    What a great post! Being from Chicago, I can totally understand not wanting to leave the warmth of your apartment or house in the winter. I do this to myself a lot too! Your post has inspired me to look at my city a bit differently in the winter. I am normally a good Chicago “tourist” in the summer, but haven’t spent much time exploring during the colder months!
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  12. Gemma
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    Love that yellow bike! Being a tourist in your own town is an awesome thing to do; not enough people do it I find, especially in the winter. Thanks for the out of season look at Port Credit!
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