Port Credit ~ a lovely historic waterfront district

Photo by Annie Seip

Photo by: Annette Seip – Senses Photography

Port Credit is one of Mississauga's top cultural, entertainment, and culinary districts - boasting world class restaurants and award-winning festivals and events. With unique shops and services, Port Credit is also an ideal destination for shopping and exploring.

Artfest Port Credit is the newest prestigious event addition to the city and will feature over 100 of Canada's top artists and artisans. This event is free and includes live music and arts programming for the whole family.

One of the oldest settlements in Ontario, the quaint and nautically themed Port Credit village is  anchored by a harbour on Lake Ontario and distinctive red  and white working lighthouse with a beckoning light that can be seen from miles around, welcoming everyone who approaches. (The Lighthouse also houses the offices of the Port Credit Business Improvement Area).  Port Credit is an international border entry point into Canada by water.

The nautical character of Port Credit is in large part due to the number of preserved residential and commercial buildings dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries built by and for those who made a living on the water — mariners, sailors, stone-hookers, fishermen, wharfingers, tradesmen and labourers.  A portion of this area, known as “Old Port Credit Village”, has been designated as an Ontario Heritage conservation district.

While all the historical charm remains, a lot has happened in the ensuing 178 years since the village was founded. Port Credit was dubbed “the most happening area in the 905” (the Greater Toronto area) by National Post reporter Peter Kuitenbrouer for its artful combination of small town charm with cosmopolitan flair and savvy. As you stroll along Port Credit’s charming streets, you will discover a wonderful array of retail shops, boutiques, and services, restaurants, as well as an amazing selection of places to go after dark with live entertainment.

The expansive Waterfront Trail, numerous parks, the Credit Village Marina (a marina for visiting boaters to the city for vessels up to 45’ in length) and the Lakefront Promenade Marina (with first class docking and boating facilities, a licensed outdoor eatery, a full-service public fuel dock, dry-land winter storage, park trails and many other amenities), are all sites for numerous Mississauga community activities and events. For dinner with a view, be sure to visit one of Port Credit’s many fine waterfront restaurants.

For avid fishermen and those who enjoy being on the water, boat charters are available from the Port Credit Harbour Marina, the largest freshwater marina in Canada. The waters of Lake Ontario around Port Credit are rich in Chinook salmon and Rainbow trout with smaller catches of Coho salmon, Atlantic salmon and brown trout.

For sports fishing enthusiasts, Port Credit is the “Salmon Capital” of Ontario, featuring the largest charter boat fleet on Lake Ontario.

Posted on April 2, 2015 .