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    Posted: Dec/02/2009 at 12:25pm
Check out this list of cool places to explore in Mississauga, from VirtualTourist. Stroll through Belfountain, a historic hamlet Address: Extreme north of Mississauga Road Directions: Take Mississauga Road north from Steeles Avenue and continue driving till you see the Welcome Board to the hamlet. From the Terra Cotta Restaurant, we drove east to take Mississauga Road. Driving North, we entered Belfountain, a historic hamlet (population about 400) in the Caledon Hills. The homes on Mississauga Road itself look beautiful in mid and late spring with all kinds of Daffodils and Tulips in blossom. At the main intersection, we found antique shops on our left, which offered good items to buy, and a small restaurant on the northwest corner, which is a Mecca for motorcyclists during late spring, summer and early fall. We hiked on the extensive hiking trails snaking around the village, which is also a popular spot of fishing. Of the latter activity, we heard from a resident, but never went for it ourselves. In 1910, the White Mountain Spring Water Company, which was later known as Canada Dry, used to bottle spring water here. This water was eventually used for making ginger ale. There is a general store, which is operating for over 100 years now, a small icecream parlor (see picture # 1) and a small pub. Admire Cheltenham Badlands Directions: From Highway 401, take Mississauga Road north to Old Base Line Road. Turn right to reach the site. From King Street in Terra Cotta, we headed east and reached Mississauga Road. Heading north we drove till Old Base Line Road and then turned east again to reach Cheltenham Badlands. This heritage site is very popular with the tourists. The rolling hills of the red clay predominant in this area provide a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. Of particular interest is the outcrop of Queenston shale that has been badly eroded, creating a small but impressive "badland" like those of southern Alberta and Dakotas. The badland may have developed when the land was cleared. The overlying topsoil washed away, exposing the clay, which then succumbed to the forces of erosion. It has to be noted that this land is privately owned and should be visited with utmost care and respect. Through Churchville and along Credit River Driving or cycling along Credit River is quite picturesque. Credit River starts at Orangeville, flows all the way South through Caledon Hills, Brampton, and Mississauga before falling in Lake Ontario. Although there are other parks all along the Credit River, we have focused on Meadowvale Conservation Park in Mississauga and more importantly on Churchville, a small residential community in Brampton just north of Mississauga. A stroll or bicycling across this small community can be most rewarding. Specially one can have a good view upstream and downstream of the River standing on the bridge. We took the photograph of Canada Geese landing on the river from the bridge. Explore Rattray Marsh Conservation Area Address: 50 Bexhill Road Phone: 905-823-1572 Directions: Lakeshore Boulevard west just before Clarkson Road. Website: www.creditvalleycons.com/recandleisure/rattray.htm This is undoubtedly Mississauga's best kept secret. We discovered this Marsh at the mouth of the Credit River by a stroke of good luck in November 2006. The Marsh is located in the southwest of Mississauga over Lake Ontario. The best way to reach there is to take QEW / 403 South at Hurontario and drive up to Lakeshore Boulevard. Turn towards west on the Boulevard. This Boulevard itself is worth window shopping. There are many Lakeside parks and cycling tracks. Turn left at Bexhill Road and drive till you reach the gates of the park. As soon as we found out about the marsh in late fall, we decided to visit it to see what is it all about and if we would like to visit it in spring and summer. Answer: Yes, this conservation area is awesome, right in our backyard, in the middle of densely populated region. When we visited the Marsh, we found it to be drying, leaves had long fallen from the trees, no wildlife except squirrels busy searching for nuts, and visitors walking their dogs. However, the books on this conservation area suggest it attracts many birds, has many trees growing in it and is home to many types of flowers starting from spring and lasting till fall. The boardwalks, many kms long, are well maintained and are raised enough to get beautiful views and pictures. Fishing and cycling are not allowed in the area. Indulge in activities at Lakefront Promenade Park Address: Off Lakeshore Road, east of Highway 10 Phone: 905-615-4870 Directions: Directions: From Highway 401, take an exit to Hurontario South. Continue on it crossing Burnhamthorpe and Dundas to finally reach Lakeshore Road. Head East to the signpost for the park pass Cawthra Road. Lakefront Promenade Park is one of the largest waterfront developments in Ontario with more than 40 hectares (104 acres) of public parkland for outdoor recreation. It is a place to head for to get away from the busy life of the city. There are regular concerts in the park during summers. The park has protected harbor for two marina facilities and colorful sail boats also head out for the lake. There is a playgound area that features a water splash pad and play apparatus shaped like a 60 foot ship. There are boardwalks, picnic areas, and walking and cycling paths. Besides, you will be rewarded with beautiful distant views of Toronto highrises. The park is very busy in summers, but not annoyingly so. The creek gets many feathered friends all the year round looking for you to feed them. See the picture. There is no entrance and parking fee. * * * To see the full list, click here: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/Canada/Province_of_Ontario/Mississauga-906482/Things_To_Do-Mississauga-BR-1.html
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2009 at 8:14am
where.ca also has a listing of what you can check out in Mississauga: http://www.where.ca/toronto/category_guide.cfm?category_id=39
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