City of Mississauga Toronto’s “second downtown” on the lake
A younger population than many GTA communities, partly due to opportunities at Mississauga’s many big employers, as well as convenient connections to Toronto on public transit. Families with children are in no short supply, either. In general, though, the population of Mississauga is rather average of the GTA norm in terms of its income and ethnic diversity.
Singles and young couples who work in Toronto or in Mississauga itself, as well as students attending the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. For those who love the convenience of condo living, this city is your best bet, with several units available now and about 30,000 more planned in the next decade and a half.
Seniors and small-towners. A quiet life is very difficult to come by in Mississauga, what with its towering condo towers, skyscraper office buildings and always-on downtown. Large areas of undisturbed natural space are virtually non-existent, leaving residents with city-managed parks for outdoor recreation. That said, pockets of the city still deliver that quaint lifestyle, like Port Credit and Streetsville Village.
A burgeoning arts scene is taking shape in Mississauga, driven by the city’s art gallery’s recent initiatives to branch out into locations in the city’s many neighbourhoods – all this, fuelled by demand for the population which is developing a growing taste to see its multicultural aspects blossom. On the other hand, Mississaugs has its fast-paced, after-dark elements too, which includes packed nighclubs, posh lounges, street racing and the odd all-night rave. The city’s partygoers are well-dressed, young and energetic, like the city itself. But during the day, the city’s waterfront areas act as gathering spots for those who like to stroll past charming shops and look out over the lake, take out the bikes or walk the dog. Golfers can tee off at four courses in the city, or head to nearby Oakville which has plenty more. The biggest public festivals of the year, such as Canada Day, Ribfest and the New Year’s Eve party, plus Muslimfest, Viet Summerfest and Fiesta Ng Kalayaan happen at Celebration Square, out front of City Hall. But everyone’s favourite festival is Carassauga, which celebrates Mississauga’s cultural diversity. There’s also the Bread and Honey Festival in Streetsville and Buskerfest in Port Credit.