Mississauga is a city of many unique cultures, traditions and neighbourhoods, earning it the nickname the “City of Villages.”
One of the most beloved of those villages is the picturesque Port Credit – a true hidden gem that proves you don’t need to travel far to feel a world away. From its iconic lighthouse to scenic parks and dozens of unique boutiques, the Port holds a special place in our hearts and we’re sure you’ll feel the same after just one visit.
Learn about all the amazing amenities and how to make the most of your trip with our guide to the best of the Port.
Discover the Sights
The Port is renowned for its scenic parks, many of which span the shore of Lake Ontario. During your visit, stop by Tall Oaks Park (named for – you guessed it – it’s beautiful Oak trees) and take the walking path to the waterfront.
The Waterfront Trail will lead you to Port Credit Memorial Park, with stunning vistas for basking in the area’s natural beauty, trails for hiking or cycling and a playground to keep the kids busy. Throughout the year, it’s one of the most popular spots for festivals and other special events so you just might be treated to a show when you go.
Finally, walk across the pedestrian bridge to visit the heart of the Port, the Lighthouse – a nod to the village’s marine heritage. Head to its deck to enjoy views of the harbour and Credit River.
If you prefer some greenery with your seascapes, the Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens, also located on the shore of Lake Ontario, is one of the many local gems. While the best blooms are visible from May to June, it makes for a lovely walk
Enjoy the Eats
Port Credit’s Lakeshore Road and the nearby area is home to a wealth of trendy, classic and delicious restaurants.
For a tasty brunch, look no further than Huevos Gourmet, which serves up Mexican and French fusion dishes like taco and nacho benedicts. They’re not the only fusion option on the block, though! For something on the sweeter side, you’ll love the egg waffles, durian pancakes and black sesame parfaits at Sugar Marmalade. Or, for a casual coffee break with a cool atmosphere, check out the Archtop Café.
For smash burger fans, head to Rosie’s Burgers for lunch. Their crispy, juicy, melty cheeseburgers will satisfy any craving – washed down with a fresh milkshake for the ultimate indulgence.
For a special evening out, Snug Harbour is one of the most popular restaurants in all of the Greater Toronto Area, owing to its prime spot on the waterfront looking out to Lake Ontario – not to mention the impeccable seafood menu. During the warm weather from April to June, Shore Grill and Grotto opens its boardwalk patio. The rest of the year, you can relax in their lounge-like setting while you try their spin on traditional favourites like stone-fired pizza.
Of course, there are dozens of other delicious dining options available. Check out all the eateries with the Port Credit BIA’s directory.
Explore the Shops, Support Small Business
For an outing that’s chock-full of charm, plan to spend some time visiting the local stores. The storefront facades, which look like they were designed for TV movies, are matched by the unique offerings inside.
For a curated selection of gifts, including nautical and Canadiana collections, pop into Zest for Living. You can also explore a wide range of décor, clothing and unique accents at Impressionable Gifts.
Are you a lover of vintage goods? In the Port, you’ll also find multiple stores featuring consignment and thrift items. At Inner Beach Co., discover a dazzling array of vintage and found objects, along with new, trendy apparel inspired by beach living. Visit Recalled to browse an amazing, curated selection of thrifted fashion and sneakers, or hit It’s Our Little Secret Consignment to grab some designer apparel at a fraction of the retail price.
Find even more shops to add to your to-visit list in the Port Credit business directory.