A Day in Port Credit to Explore a Beautiful “Village on the Lake” in Mississauga, Ontario

A quick tour to explore a “Village on the Lake" in Mississauga.

Located at the Credit River’s mouth on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Port Credit is a neighborhood with beautiful scenery in the city of Mississauga.  

In Heritage Mississauga’s document, Old Port Credit Heritage Tour, this area is mentioned as the land of the Ojibwa, known as the Mississauga people, in the 1700s. This is where white European traders exchanged goods with the native band. After that, the area was quickly developed by the colonialists and became a bustling trading port.  

The Mississaugas called the river “Missinihe,” meaning “Trusting Water,” as most of the business activities there were based on trust and credit between parties.  

Today, Port Credit welcomes visitors with vibrant festivals, such as WinterIN the Port (2019), recreational boating activities for people who own boats and take charter tours. They can also fish for perch (yellow), crappie and rainbow trout (steelhead) in March. Although it will take time for it to get back to normal after the pandemic, the community makes for a pleasant afternoon visit. 

Come to Port Credit 

From Union Station in downtown Toronto, visitors can take the Lakeshore West train to Port Credit station. The cost is $7 one way and it takes about 25 minutes. The station is near the heart of the Old Port Credit Village. 

Discover Port Credit 

Besides Port Credit harbor, greenery and calm parks are options in the spring and summer. At St. Lawrence Park you can walk or run along the shore of Lake Ontario. There is a small gazebo on the east side of the park that couples often rent from the city of Mississauga for wedding photos.  

The Port Credit Lighthouse is also a popular place to visit. The current structure was built in 1991 to replace the old one destroyed by fire. The spot still reminds us of the marine trading heritage.  

Finally, you can take a breather in peaceful J.C Saddington Park. Before COVID-19, this park welcomed families to picnic and have barbecues while enjoying the scenery. From an overlook, you can see skyscrapers on the horizon in downtown Toronto, including the CN Tower. 

Due to public health restrictions, Port Credit is a little quiet these days, but it’s worth a visit if just for a change of scenery. 

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