This is undoubtedly Mississauga's best kept secret. We discovered this Marsh at the mouth of the Credit River by a stroke of good luck in November 2006.
The Marsh is located in the southwest of Mississauga over Lake Ontario. The best way to reach there is to take QEW / 403 South at Hurontario and drive up to Lakeshore Boulevard. Turn towards west on the Boulevard. This Boulevard itself is worth window shopping. There are many Lakeside parks and cycling tracks. Turn left at Bexhill Road and drive till you reach the gates of the park.
As soon as we found out about the marsh in late fall, we decided to visit it to see what is it all about and if we would like to visit it in spring and summer.
Answer: Yes, this conservation area is awesome, right in our backyard, in the middle of densely populated region.
When we visited the Marsh, we found it to be drying, leaves had long fallen from the trees, no wildlife except squirrels busy searching for nuts, and visitors walking their dogs. However, the books on this conservation area suggest it attracts many birds, has many trees growing in it and is home to many types of flowers starting from spring and lasting till fall.
The boardwalks, many kms long, are well maintained and are raised enough to get beautiful views and pictures.
Fishing and cycling are not allowed in the area.
Driving or cycling along Credit River is quite picturesque. Credit River starts at Orangeville, flows all the way South through Caledon Hills, Brampton, and Mississauga before falling in Lake Ontario.
Although there are other parks all along the Credit River, we have focused on Meadowvale Conservation Park in Mississauga and more importantly on Churchville, a small residential community in Brampton just north of Mississauga.
A stroll or bicycling across this small community can be most rewarding. Specially one can have a good view upstream and downstream of the River standing on the bridge. We took the photograph of Canada Geese landing on the river from the bridge.
We traveled northwards on Winston Churchill Road and followed direction to Terra Cotta (population 250). The village was once known as Salmonville, because of the abundance of the fish crowding the Credit River at this place.
The surroundings of Terra Cotta are such that you would definitely like to visit it every now and then. Since our first visit in March 2006, we have been here many times. The country roads are used by bicyclists and motorcyclists. One has to be careful in driving.
A good thing to do is to take break from driving, have a cup of tea / coffee at Terra Cotta Restaurant (see the tip), and wander through the arts and crafts and antique galleries dotted throughout the valley.
From King Street in Terra Cotta, we headed east and reached Mississauga Road. Heading north we drove till Old Base Line Road and then turned east again to reach Cheltenham Badlands. This heritage site is very popular with the tourists.
The rolling hills of the red clay predominant in this area provide a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. Of particular interest is the outcrop of Queenston shale that has been badly eroded, creating a small but impressive "badland" like those of southern Alberta and Dakotas. The badland may have developed when the land was cleared. The overlying topsoil washed away, exposing the clay, which then succumbed to the forces of erosion.
It has to be noted that this land is privately owned and should be visited with utmost care and respect.
Come check out the future NHLers!
For a great night of hockey and beer, show your support to our local OHL team. The Icedogs play out of the Hershey centre, which is a fairly new arena located in Mississauga.
Tickets are very reasonable
Platinum Seating $19.95
Gold Seating $14.95
Red Seating $12.95
This beautiful is just a small piece of the recreation area that borders Lake Ontario through most of MIssissauga. It is well loved, well used, and well maintained. We wandered over with only a vague idea of it's location and facilities ... and were quite pleased!
The grounds are green and clean. There wasn't paved access from the lot, but once you make it over the grass, there are paved walkways that seem to follow the entire length of the park. A great thing for those who's mobility is on wheels. There were little creek like overflow areas, trees, and birdsong that followed us along our walk. Picnic tables were easy to find and not at all wobbly :)
I'm glad I harrassed my companions into this little journey down the road ... this was the highlight of my few days in town!
What is better then a few drinks, some great food and music?? Port Credit turns into a rockin' place for a weekend.. well we rock all the time but in September we are jazzin' it up!
Ok I'll stop with the jokes.
THE SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE
The bars in the area host great musicians from around the world. Last year after going to the Harp and seeing the Lincolns my friend and I realized that the bassist was from Led Zeppelin.. yes John Paul Jones was in Port Credit.
This year Jeff Healey will be preforming.
This is something to check out, the bars are all down the strip so everything is basically with in walking distance and it usually is still this time a year so there's no worry about freezing down by the lake.
Come visit the "Villiage by the Lake" and see where I live. Port Credit is a part of Mississauga and basically we are south of the QEW to Lakeshore Road and from Dixie Road to the otherside of Mississauga Road.
Every year we have a great festival, with rides, music, and a lot of stuff for the kids to do!
This usuallly runs the Canada day long weekend.