Tourist In Our Town: The Waterfront in Port Credit

A view of Lake Ontario

Welcome to our newest series called Tourist in Our Town! Justin and I are part time travelers, meaning that we mostly live at our apartment in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and otherwise travel as much as we possibly can. We both work freelance jobs, which allows us to take as much time off work as we like. However, we still do work full time hours most of the year, which allows us to save up for holidays! Since we live here most of the time, we decided to start a new series featuring areas at home that are worth checking out! We are fortunate enough to live in beautiful Port Credit, a quaint, small town in the middle of the city. Mississauga is quite sprawling; however, Port Credit definitely has that small town feel and it is situated right along the lake with many parks and trails. Our apartment is located right up the street from the lake and those trails. Let’s go on a tour of our town, Port Credit!

Waterfront Trail

This section of the Waterfront Trail is a paved path that runs alongside the lake. It is great for walking, biking, rollerblading, and more! As you walk along, you can enjoy beautiful views of the water.

J.C. Saddington Park

Port Credit can be a quiet reprieve for anyone visiting the Toronto area who would like to enjoy the lake front away from the skyscrapers. As you walk along the path, you could stop at J.C. Saddington Park, located right along the Waterfront Trail where the Credit River meets Lake Ontario. This park has plenty of picnic tables with spots to enjoy a picnic or BBQ. It is a great place to spend time with loved ones!

J.C. Saddington Park

On my walk on this Spring day, there were TONS of seagulls! I have never seen this many birds flying around ever in this are. The weather that day was quite funny – we were experiencing quick, Spring showers alternating with bright sunshine. Perhaps as the wind picked up and the clouds were on the verge of pouring down rain, the seagulls were in a frenzy. Many kept diving down for the fish in the water (and were successful in catching them!). The seagulls were not bothersome or flying near any of the visitors to the park; they stayed just above the water. It was quite the sight!

Port Credit Lighthouse

From J.C. Saddington Park, you can continue walking along the waterfront by crossing a bridge along Lakeshore Rd. From the bridge, you can see lovely views of the lake, as well as the iconic lighthouse here in Port Credit! The lighthouse in Port Credit is not a historical site; it is actually a replica of the original one from back in the 1800s. The original one, unfortunately, was shut down after separating from the mainland during a flood in 1908. Years after its closing, the lighthouse burned down. Fortunately, in 1991, a replica of the original lighthouse was built to serve as a reminder of Port Credit’s marine heritage.

Port Credit Lighthouse
The bridge leading up to the lighthouse

And here is a view of the Port Credit Lighthouse at dusk from our Instagram:

Port Credit Harbour Marina

I walked across the bridge and down by the harbour. There were some boats docked at the harbour, which gets busier as the weather gets warmer. There are several lookout points and you can walk way down the pier to the edge of the water. There is a restaurant called Snug Harbour that is nestled right beside the harbour – their patio is great for the view!

View of the Harbour from the bridge
Walking Down to the Pier

Path towards the Waterfront

View of J.C. Saddington Park from the Harbour Marina

Harbour Marina

Downtown Port Credit

The downtown village of Port Credit is parallel to the waterfront. This area has lots of independently-owned businesses, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and more! One of my favourite restaurants, Raw Aura, is located in Port Credit – they serve 100% raw, vegan food there. Port Credit is a popular place during the daytime and the nighttime. During the day, people can enjoy the food at local restaurants, grab a cup of coffee at a cafe, or go shopping. You can always enjoy the nightlife in Port Credit as there are many pubs, bars, and venues with music! Several venues have performances by bands playing live music on the weekends, including one with a rooftop patio.

Downtown Port Credit
The old Post Office (it’s election time right now in our province, hence the signs!)
The old Post Office (now closed down, but a wonderful building!)

Events in Port Credit

Port Credit has many festivals and events throughout the seasons! The most popular time for events is in the summertime when people enjoy spending time outdoors. For a full listing of events, you can check out the Port Credit Business Association website. For instance, there isΒ  the “Paint the Town Red” festival celebrating Canada Day on July 1st with live music, events for the kids, and fireworks at night. There is also a jazz and blues music festival with music at every venue in town, including several stages in one of the parks. Another event to check out is the art festival where local artisans display their art at the Harbour Marina for purchase. My favourite event in Port Credit happens every Saturday morning in the summer – the Farmer’s Market! I can’t wait until that starts back up again! I hope that you’ve enjoyed a little tour of our hometown! If you’re from our area, or you’re planning a visit to Toronto, think about spending some time in Port Credit!

What are some things you love about your home town?

 

Part of the #Sunday Traveler series! Read all about Pack Me To’s trip to the Postojna Caves in Slovenia and link up at the bottom of the post! There you can view all the other participating blogs!

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39 Responses

  1. Great write up! I think more bloggers should write about the areas they live in as they know them best!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Thank you so much!! I would love to read more about where people are from, I agree!

  2. Fantastic! I didn’t do a good enough job of really making the most of the “tourist” things in Chicago while I lived there. But I think since moving to NL, we’ve done a much better job of exploring the local – and taking the pictures of it. You’re pictures here are gorgeous!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      I’m sure you can always go back to Chicago and be a tourist in your town at some point – but I’m glad you are enjoying all of the sights in NL!! I’m sure there is plenty to see and do there!

  3. Mrs Chasing the Donkey
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    What a fab place, I never made it here while visiting – maybe next time. AWESOME photos, love that one of the flock of birds. Big thanks for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler again.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Next time you’re around here, be sure to stop by Port Credit for a great day by the lake! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by our blog again!

  4. The Crowded Planet
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    Looks like you live in a wonderful place. We’re often so busy exploring the world we forget what’s in our own backyard!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      It is so true! There’s so much to explore everywhere we look. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. BavarianSojourn
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    Love the architecture, the lighthouse and post office are really beautiful! Looks like a nice place to live! (:

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Thank you! It is really lovely here. I’m glad that you enjoyed this post!

  6. Taylor
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    This looks like such a nice areato be in! I especially love the lighthouses. My grandmother loved lighthouses and has passed that love onto me. Where ever I go now, I always look for one! Love the look of it at dusk πŸ™‚

    • Justin and Lauren
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      I always look for lighthouses, too! I’m glad you like them as well!

  7. Port Credit BIA
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    Thank you for doing this great article! We love Port Credit and glad you do too. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter – PortCreditBia where we keep everyone posted on the latest goings on.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Hey there! Thanks so much for checking the blog post out and sharing it! I’m definitely following along on Facebook and Twitter so I can stay in touch with town events!

  8. Port Credit looks like a great town to live in. It sounds like you can have the benefits of small town life while still being able to enjoy the bigger city around it. That photo of the lighthouse at dusk is wonderful, and I think I’d definitely enjoy strolling along the waterfront trail.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Yes, exactly! I am from a small town so I always wanted to live in a small town…which isn’t completely possible since I work in the city. But I think I have the best of both worlds here!

  9. Adelina | Pack Me To
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    Being tourists in your own town is always fun. It can be so easy to forget what adventures we have available close to home.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Very true! I think it would be very easy to be a “tourist in your own town” out in BC where you’re from – so many beautiful places to see!

  10. FrankAboutCroatia
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    Port Credit looks like a great place to live. Location by the lake is wonderful. Mississauga is supposed to have large Croatian community. True or not?

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Mississauga is really multicultural, so I’m not surprised to hear there is a large Croatian community! I am always hearing other languages being spoken when I’m out and about! It is great to live in such a multicultural area since I love sampling different kinds of cuisine, and I really think that it makes a community way more vibrant!

  11. Calli D
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    I really love this idea of being a tourist in your hometown – since returning home from our last “big’ trip we’ve started to do the same. It’s always wonderful to learn about these lesser known areas that deserve so much more attention than they currently receive πŸ™‚

    • Justin and Lauren
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      I’m glad you’re doing this type of thing, too – and I am looking forward to following along your blog, too! Once you start traveling and if you can’t do it all the time, it is great to make day trips in your own area to discover new things!

  12. East Meets West Veg
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    I love the idea for your new series. Your town looks like a very cute place to visit and there’s no one better than you to share it with everyone!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Thank you for reading along! We hope to post a lot more great stuff out of our little town πŸ™‚

  13. Reasons to Dress
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    I love the fact that you are a tourist in Port Credit. Your photos are beautiful (especially some of those seagull shots….incredible). I’ve never been, and didn’t realize there was a lighthouse there, my son would LOVE that. Just added this to the list of places to go when I’m home again. My sister lives in the ‘saug, and I don’t know if she’s ever been with her family. I will definitely be sending her the link to this post!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      You should definitely spend a day down here when you come to visit back home! It is a hidden gem in Mississauga for sure, a great little community. I love just being able to go for walks around here – great views, very relaxing, and it’s great when there is a lovely breeze off the water!

  14. Dave
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    Looks like an ideal place to live for a couple who enjoys the outdoors and the water. You have the sophistication of the city and the closeness of a smaller town – a great spot for a break πŸ™‚ Also, I love the Instagram shot of the lighthouse, nicely done!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Thank you, Dave! It is great to be close to everything here – we’re close to the city and our jobs, we get to live in a place with a small town vibe, and we’re still within driving distance of family, friends, and even close enough to Niagara Falls and the USA border for road trips!

  15. Illia
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    Wonderful photos, this is a peaceful and quiet place. Thanks for a post!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      It can be a bit busier on the weekends, especially with events in town – I like seeing the town all bustling with people, too! But, on a weekday, it can be very quiet and peaceful, and in the off-seasons, too!

  16. esther julee
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    Love playing tourist in my own hometown. πŸ™‚ Also I love hunting for new lighthouses. Too bad we’re landlocked at the moment! Love all the photos.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Lighthouses are so awesome, I love them too. Hope you get to see some soon!

  17. Aja Donald Russell
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    This is a great article. Please add more. I am going to ‘LIKE’ & ‘SHARE’ to my friends elsewhere…

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Thank you so much for liking and sharing with your friends! We really appreciate it. More to come πŸ™‚

  18. Mar
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    Found your blog through Treat Yo Self Thursday! I love Port Credit.. my husband and I were living in Mississauga but have now moved into the big city. Port Credit was a nice escape from the tall buildings.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Port Credit is such a great place, I love living here! There are times that I’m tempted to move to the big city to cut down on our commute times a bit, but we like living here too much to make the move. We’ll deal with the traffic for a while longer πŸ™‚

  19. Ashley Hubbard
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    Love playing tourist in my hometown as well and what a great idea for a series especially since you spend most of your time at home. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler! πŸ™‚

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Our town has so much to offer and I’m always discovering new things! If we can’t be traveling around all the time, may as well explore where we are and share! Especially for anyone who is traveling to our area!

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