Mississauga-Brampton Tourist and Visitor Tips
Mississauga is best known for being the home of Toronto's Pearson International Airport, and being in close proximity to Toronto to the east.
Here are some quick suggestions for visitors with limited time in the area: The schedule is only a suggestion -- you may have more fun, or wish to take more time than mentioned below.
Here are our picks for the must-see attractions in and around Mississauga:
- Port Credit offers a quint lakefront community, with a beautiful waterfront, a marina, and great dining & shopping.
Brampton & Peel Region
Here are our recommendations for attractions in and around Brampton, just north of the #407 Highway.
- Chinguacousy Park, used for many ocal festivals, with lots of recreational facilities, even a ski hill
- Peel Heritage Complex with the Region of Peel Museum, old Peel County Courthouse and the Art Gallery of Peel, the complex celebrates the rich heritage and artistic talent of Peel.
- Great War Flying Museum by the Brampton Airport, with a collection of full-sized flying replicas of WWI fighter planes and artifacts from WWI. Experience the thrill of seeing these fighter planes in action at their popular flying show in September. Talk to the volunteers who build, maintain and fly these "magnificent flying machines", and enjoy the museum's collection.
- Cheltenham Badlands, poking out of the Caledon hills with red and grey shale exposed by erosion following deforestation & overgrazing
- Humber Nurseries Butterfly Conservatory by Hwy 50 is home to 30 species of native butterflies, plus the migrating Monarch, with beautiful display gardens of floral baskets, potted annuals, perennials and herbs as a food source.
Atrractions Very Nearby
These attractions are wortha short detour if you are in the area. They are not far away, but expect to spend some time (half to a full day) at each.
- Burlington's Royal Botanical Gardens are a year-round treat of floral delights and hosts the world's largest spring lilac festival.
- Burlington has the Bruce Trail along the Niagara Escarpment and has a magnetic hill, just four kilometres from downtown on King Road, can 'pull' a car over its crest when set in neutral.
- The McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, is home to one of the largest selections of paintings by Canada's famous Group of Seven.
- Paramount Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan has over 60 rides, live entertainment and the world's greatest variety of roller coasters. There are public transit options from Missisauga and Brampton!
- Downsview is home to Black Creek Pioneer Village, a recreated settlement with 40 heritage buildings from the 1800s before Canada's Confederation, with interpreters and artisans in period dress.
- From downtown Toronto, take an old-fashioned ferry for the Toronto Islands or cruise the harbour on a tour boat.
- In downtown Toronto, visit the CN Tower and ride a glass-fronted elevator 341 metres (1,136-ft.) up the World's Tallest Free-standing Structur, recognized as one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World."