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!
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.
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!
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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 is 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!
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