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Port Credit Mississauga
Port Credit, Ontario, Canada
Port Credit, also known as "Village on the Lake", is a small town in the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Located along Lakeshore on Lake Ontario, Port Credit was once a fishing port and trading post. The lighthouse that you see in the pictures displayed on this web page is a replica of the lighthouse that was in use between 1882 and 1918.
There are several parks in Port Credit which are maintained by Mississauga Parks like the Memorial Park, JJ Plaus Park, JC Saddington Park, and others. During the summer, there are many events that take place at Port Credit. Some of these events include Movie Nights in the Park, Sunset Concert Series, Buskerfest, In-Water Boat Show, and Tim Horton's Blues & Jazz Festival.
I have visited Port Credit several times and during summer 2012, I took some pictures at the Memorial Park and the Harbour Marina. I used my Canon PowerShot SX240 camera to take the pictures featured on this web page.
Port Credit Harbour Marina
The Port Credit Harbour Marina located on Lake Ontario and at the mouth of Credit River is a popular place during the summer, especially for boating and sailing enthusiasts. Towards the end of August, Ontario's largest In-Water Boat Show is held at the Harbour Marina.
Before it was redeveloped into a marina, the Harbour was used by French and British traders. In the mid-1800s and early 1900s, it was used for stone-hooking which was one of the main building materials for construction.
Port Credit Memorial Park
The Port Credit Memorial Park is one of the many parks, maintained by Mississauga Parks, in Port Credit. It's a great place to spend time outdoors whether it's enjoying leisurely walks, taking your dog out, or just sitting on the pier enjoying nature's beauty.
The Memorial Park has a children's park, as you can see in the picture below, where children can have fun playing outdoors. Also, there is a skateboard section in the park which is great for skateboard enthusiasts. Given that the Memorial Park is located along the Credit River, it's great for water sports too.
Children's Park Memorial Park in Port Credit
The children's park at the Port Credit Memorial Park is a great place to get your kids to have outdoor fun.
There is a cool playground with a variety of activities like slides, ramps, swings, climbing structures, sandbox, creative play walls, spring horses (actually fish), etc.
There is a section for skateboarding too for older kids. There is also a public library and the Port Credit Arena in the area. Lots of fun outdoor activities.
Port Credit Lighthouse
As indicated earlier, Port Credit was used as a harbour in the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s.
As is associated with harbours around the world, lighthouses are a familiar sight and Port Credit was no different in this respect. The first lighthouse in is believed to have been built, by Frederick Chase Capreol, in 1863.
The lighthouse remained in use until 1918, but was destroyed by fire in 1936. The lighthouse that you see in the picture above is a replica maintained for its heritage.
Snug Harbour Seafood Bar & Grill, Port Credit, Mississauga
If you love waterfront dining, grilled and seafood, then you'll enjoy the Snug Harbour Seafood Bar & Grill located on the Port Credit's waterfront. This bar and grill restaurant has a patio where you can enjoy the scenic beauty and great food. Snug Harbour also features live Blues & Jazz music on Saturday nights. The restaurant is located at 14 Stavebank Road South at Port Credit.
Mississauga Parks Naturalization
The Parks and Forestry unit of the City of Mississauga has been devoted to Naturalization which is the process to preserve the natural beauty of green spaces and parks in the city.
Naturalization helps the land regenerate on its own in order to preserve the environment. This helps protect species of plants and animals, improve air and water quality, and enhance the natural beauty of the city.
The city's naturalization initiative is volunteer based and incorporated various programs like tree planting, community gardens, park murals, tree sculptors, parks watch, and others.
Port Credit Park(ing) Day
Park(ing) Day is a worldwide event, which takes place every year, during the summer. This annual event is focused towards raising awareness of the important of more open spaces in urban areas.
During the Park(ing) Day event, artists temporarily transform public parking spots into little works of art with meaning. Park(ing) Day in Port Credit was held between September 20th and 30th. Showcased above are some of the exhibits which were on display during the Park(ing) Day event in 2012 on Lakeshore Road.
The exhibit titled "Pop-up Garden Oasis" by artist Susan Campbell focuses on urban safety and planning. It is an urban green space created using safety pylons.
The exhibit titled "Lakeshore Lounger" by artist Karl Van Es captures the Port Credit community's relationship with the lake. The Lakeshore Lounger is made from cedar and has an empty space cut out to represent the water.
The exhibit titled "Urban Playground Pod" by artist Nathalie Quagliotto also focuses on public safety. This art exhibit is made from polypropylene which is used in children's playgrounds and includes a redesigned tic-tac-toe game.
The exhibit titled "Gear_Shift" by artists Virginia Fernandez and Samantha Oswald is a scarp vehicle converted into a lounge, redefining the vehicle and parking space.
Photo Gallery - Port Credit Nature Pictures in the SummerClick thumbnail to view full-size
Video: Port Credit Pictures Montage
Port Credit Mississauga Events 2014
You can check the Port Credit Events Calendar to find the latest events and festivals happening in Port Credit. Some events include Paint the Town Red, Canada Day celebrations, Port Credit Busker Fest, Blues & Jazz festivals, boat shows, Port Credit Farmer's Market, and so much more.
Video of Port Credit's 175 Years of Proud History
Port Credit Google Map
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