An engaged community on Mississauga’s waterfront with lots of family friendly events, a popular destination for shopping and restaurants, an iconic lighthouse, park benches along the pier for watching the sailboats, access to the Waterfront Trail, a busy farmers market, and annual jazz festival.
Reasons To Love Port Credit
- The waterfront is actually accessible for boating, rowing, and paddle boarding. We love the Port Credit waterfront because there is so much activity on the water with boats coming and going from the marina, kayakers, dragon boat races, and stand up paddle boarders. You can frequently see the athletes from Mississauga Canoe Club and The Don Rowing Club honing their skills on the water.
- The pier overlooking the Credit River is one of the most popular waterfront hang outs. Park benches line the pier and make a great rest stop on your bike ride, after dinner at Snug Harbour, or just a spot for some good people watching. Small cruise boats and chartered fishing boats can be reserved here too.
- A growing and thriving restaurant scene. Port Credit has become a destination for people looking to enjoy a nice meal out or drinks after work. There is something for everyone, and lots of patio options offering views of all the comings and goings. Just to name a few, you should check out Pump House Grille, Papa Giuseppe’s, Posta Italbar Cucina, Nomads Restobar, Snug Harbour, Fired Up, and Colossus Greek Taverna.
- An abundance of community events to attend. Between the walking tours, organized live music, movie nights in the park, the summer concert series, weekly farmers market, the Canada Day parade and fireworks, Ribfest, Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival, and Mississauga’s Waterfront Festival there is always something going on in Port Credit.
- The iconic Port Credit Lighthouse is one of Mississauga’s most picturesque landmarks. Not only does it make for a great photo backdrop, it is also a working lighthouse visible for 15 miles out on the water. It lights up different colours depending on the holiday, or when one of our pro sports teams win.
- The Waterfront Trail stretches through Port Credit. A smooth and scenic way to see the neighbourhood, we like spending the day riding along the trail between Humber Bay Shores and Port Credit. Thankfully there are great rest stops along the way, and ice cream shops on both ends!
- A bustling main street with independent shops, restaurants, and farmers market. Port Credit has a great energy and very engaged residents. You can spend a whole afternoon walking along Lakeshore Rd checking out the businesses Port Credit has to offer, and we bet you will find it hard not to fall in love with the vibe of this sweet community on the water.
- Beautiful and diverse housing options can be found in Port Credit. Whether you prefer a cozy 1950s bungalow near the lake, an uber modern custom built 3,000+ sqft home, an executive townhome, or a high rise condo with a clear view of Lake Ontario, Port Credit is home to them all and many more. Some homeowners are lucky enough to back directly onto Lake Ontario and have riparian rights too. Port Credit remains a desirable community, and real estate values have continued to reflect this.
- Port Credit loves live music! Music lovers will feel right at home in Port Credit between the Blues & Jazz Festival, the Summer Concert Series, and several restaurants featuring live music (Roc’n Docs, Shore Grill and Grotto, and Door Fifty Five). Also check out The Guitar Shop and L.A. Music for all your music needs, and Ric’s Recollections to browse their vinyl collection.
- There is a GO Train station right in your neighbourhood. With trains running every 30 minutes to Toronto’s Union Station, you can be in the heart of downtown Toronto for work, a concert, Jays game, or day of shopping with only a 25 minute train ride.
- An exciting upcoming large scale development in the heart of Port Credit. A 72 acre piece of vacant land is set to be re-developed as “Brightwater” at Lakeshore Rd and Mississauga Rd, which would see new condo and townhome development bring 3,000 new homes to this vibrant community, and over 300,000 sqft of new showing, restaurants, offices and services.
Things To Do, Eat, and See in Port Credit
- Spend some time relaxing on the park benches lining the pier in JJ Plaus Park. Overlooking the Credit River, this park offers a prime spot to watch the boats, ducks, and stand up paddle boarders. You also have a great view of the lighthouse from here too.
- Visit the Farmers Market for live music, local produce, and treats. Every Saturday from 8am-1pm between June and October, people flock to the LCBO parking lot off Lakeshore to chat with the vendors, enjoy a snack at the bistro style tables set up in the market, and stock their fridge with local goodies. There are organized kids activities and live music too.
- Check out one of Port Credit’s many festivals. Port Credit is home to the Mississauga Waterfront Festival (June), Mississauga Ribfest (July), Busker Fest (August), and the Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival (September).
- Grocery shop while supporting your local independent businesses. If you’re looking for quality and local products, you will love Cousin’s Market and Planet Organic. The hot table and Supper Club at Cousin’s Market is super yummy! Elmwood Meat Market and Dry Aged are great options for all your butcher needs.
- Cycle the Waterfront Trail along the shores of Lake Ontario. The Waterfront Trail route through Port Credit have a couple small detours past some of Port Credit’s dreamy houses and through two of the neighbourhood’s most scenic parks – JC Saddington Park and Adamson Estate. You can cycle west through Oakville, or east through Lakeview and South Etobicoke. If your bike needs a tuneup, stop off at Gears Bike Shop at Lakeshore and Mississauga Rd.
- Feast at one of the many awesome restaurants. Just a sample of some of the popular spots – Nomads Restobar, Spice Lounge and Tapas, The Port House, Indian Cuisine By The Lake, Pump House Grille, Papa Giuseppe’s, Posta Italbar Cucina, Fired Up, Colossus Greek Taverna, Raw Aura Organic, Door FiftyFive, El Jefe, and The Crooked Cue.
- Stop by Port Credit Memorial Park. Let the little ones run off some of their energy at the large playground, enjoy a stroll on the park’s walking trail along the edge of the Credit River, or make use of one of the picnic areas. The park is also home to the Summer Concert Series, Movie Nights In The Park, and Ribfest.
- Take in the historical charm of homes in Old Port Credit Village. Designated a Heritage Conservation District in 2005, many of the homes and buildings located south of Lakeshore between Mississauga Rd and Front St date back to the mid 1800s.
- Browse the Port Credit Library. This dreamy mid-century building siding onto the Credit River, and has gone through a major renovation and received a Governor-General’s Medal for architecture in 2012.
- Enjoy dinner on the water at Snug Harbour’s wrap around patio. This popular seafood restaurant is located right on the water and next to the marina, so if you get a seat on the patio you are guaranteed an awesome view! Seafood lovers will enjoy it here, and there are lots of options for non-seafood lovers too. Then stop by Havana Castle for an after dinner cigar. Nic says you can’t go wrong with their house blend.
- Treat your sweet tooth. Check out La Villa Bakery & Cafe for a selection of yummy cannolis and pastries. Scoops on Lakeshore is a great choice for ice cream, and Port 1 Cafe at 1 Hurontario has yummy gelato and sorbettos.
- Visit the Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens for a relaxing setting among the beautiful foliage. Definitely try to visit between early May and late June to see the gardens in full bloom, and catch the annual gardens tour. The Gardens are known for the hybrid rhododendron and azaleas contributed by Dr. Brueckner, and also has a rose garden and peony garden too.
- Lace up your skates. Enjoy an afternoon on the ice at Port Credit Memorial Arena, the city’s first and oldest public arena.