Port Credit – The alternate downtown core of Mississauga
Port Credit is one of Mississauga’s older Lakeshore communities with distinct and charming mix of a village main street, a port and a harbour. This south Mississauga community is located east of Lorne Park, west of Lakeview and south of Mineola. The premier waterfront community can be divided into three areas – Port Credit Village covering Tall Oaks, Hiawatha Park & Memorial Park, Olde Port Credit Village covering west of the Credit River and Cranberry Cove covering area along the lakeshore next to Rhododendron Gardens.
Port Credit is a highly desirable neighbourhood and boasts of a history of over 300 years. It is the oldest village in Mississauga and hence comes with a vibrant mixed use of land. It has maintained its unique characteristic of a small urban village over the years. It is quite different from other suburban neighbourhoods of Mississauga. It attracts both families and individual professionals, who either want to live closer to Toronto, or to enjoy the views it offers.
Port Credit is definitely a neighbourhood with a view, and what amazing sights at that. From endearing lake views to enchanting trails and parks, Port Credit is a paradise for nature lovers. After Celebration Square at City Centre (Square One), Port Credit is perhaps the other most vibrant core of Mississauga, with the added advantage of a waterfront and the iconic Port Credit lighthouse. What really sets this neighbourhood apart from other Mississauga neighbourhoods is the array of dining and entertainment options that it offers, against a backdrop of scenic beauty.
Port Credit Demography
Port Credit has a population of approx. 12,000 and the 5 leading ethnicities include: Canadian, English, Polish, Scottish, and Italian. Downtown Port Credit attracts young families, singles and working professionals. And then in the more expensive and isolated areas, one can find older and mature families. Port Credit offers unique and luxurious residential options, to suit the different needs of families looking to call this place home.
Port Credit – A community under revitalization
“Our Future Mississauga Action Plan” lists “Recognize and revitalize our historical villages” as one of the action points, which includes: historical villages of Clarkson, Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale, Lakeview, Lorne Park, Malton, Meadowvale, Port Credit and Streetsville.
It further states that it is important to recognize these origins by conserving heritage building stock and enlivening the village areas. In the villages, we will enhance streetscapes, develop entrances and other public features that increase their identity, and other public investments that will differentiate them from the rest of the city. Other priorities include: promoting and protecting the pedestrian, cyclist and transit environments, ensuring that parks and open spaces are well connected and integrating the design of new construction with the community’s existing feel.
Five things to look for in a neighbourhood and how Port Credit compares
Port Credit Transit:
You are just minutes away from QEW and with the revitalization of Lakeshore it makes for any easier drive to Toronto. As a public transit commuter, you can take the GO at Port Credit Station and arrive downtown Toronto in 30 minutes. The Lakeshore GO line runs all day giving you easy access to Oakville and Toronto.
Schools in Port Credit:
The Port Credit Family of Schools offers some of the best schools in Mississauga. Elementary schools in the area include Riverside, Kenollie, Mineola, Forest Avenue and St. Dominic. The sole middle school in the area is Queen Elizabeth, and Port Credit is the secondary school serving this area.
Port Credit Walkability/ Accessibility:
Port Credit is one of the neighbourhoods in Mississauga where you can truly walk. As a popular entertainment and commercial hub, parking had been a concern for residents and visitors. To address this, the City of Mississauga has expanded on-street metered parking within the commercial district of Port Credit beginning September 1, 2016.
“Expanding on-street metered parking will enable the City to manage the increasing demand for parking in the Port Credit area. It will also encourage parking space turnover which is beneficial for everyone – local businesses, residents and visitors,” explains Jamie Brown, Manager Municipal Parking.
The expanded parking is part of the implementation of the City’s Parking Strategy for Port Credit and Lakeview.
Parks & Nature in Port Credit:
The waterfront has two marinas – Credit Village and Port Credit Harbour with breathtaking views of Lake Ontario and the Credit River. There are several parks in the neighbourhood, including Tall Oak Park, Hiawatha Park and McMillan Park. The Port Credit waterfront trail passes 22 parks, Bradley Museum and Rattray Marsh which is one of the few wetlands along Lake Ontario. There are many restaurants along Lakeshore Rd. in the Port Credit area. St. Lawrence Park even displays some historic artifacts from the area’s industrial past.
Port Credit Area Features & Facilities:
The stretch of Lakeshore that runs through Port Credit is packed every weekend in Spring, Summer and Fall, with people thronging to indulge in shopping, dining, spas and events.
The area has over 60 restaurants, including cafes and patios offering gourmet pizza, burritos, wings, desserts and so much more. You can find the Toronto food scene that is hard to find elsewhere in Mississauga. Some pubs and lounges offer live music 7 days a week.
Throughout the year, Port Credit hosts various events like: live concerts, waterfront festival, jazz festival, busker fest, boat show and summer fairs. Angling, paddling, rowing and sailing are some of the popular activities in the Village on the Lake
Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm from June to October. The Port Credit Library offers programs like the Adult Book Club, Movie Discussion Club, Writers Group, Free Computer Assistance Program and Youth Programs.