Downtown Mississauga or Square One area as it is better known is probably the most popular of Mississauga neighbourhoods. The downtown skyline is dotted with condos buildings. It has captivating nature parks, art galleries, fancy restaurants, modern shopping and outdoor spaces.
Let’s see what we have here in the Square One area.
First, Square One Shopping Centre and Celebration Square.
Square One mall is the most iconic landmark in Mississauga. It is the largest shopping mall in all of Ontario. This shopping mall has more than 360 stores which offer a wide variety of top brand merchandise, such as H & M, Apple store, Microsoft store and a lot more. There are also more than 100 bars, restaurants and eateries here. There have been many additions made to this mall over the years which made it one of Canada’s leading shopping centres. Some of these additions include the addition of a food hall called The Food District and also eat and entertainment concept at The Rec Room.
Square One Bus Terminal is located right outside the mall. This terminal has MiWay and GO Transit services. This will also be one of the hubs of the future Hurontario LRT.
Next to Square One Mall is the Celebration Square where you can enjoy live events, such as Canada Day festivities and screening of major sporting events. During summer, eat fresh and shop locally-produced fruits and vegetables at the Farmers’ Markets. Lion’s Farmers’ Market runs here during the summer and is open every Wednesday from 9am to 5pm Lion’s Farmers’ Market also has a location just outside the city centre on the parking lot of the Robert Speck Parkway office building and they are open from 9am to 5pm during summer and fall months.
Just in front of the Celebration Square is the city hall, Mississauga Civic Centre. At the civic centre get updates of city projects and one can even get married here. There were recent renovations done to make this city hall modernized and to improve accessibility and customer service like the addition of visual cues in stairs for people with vision challenges.
Second, some of the popular attractions and things to do in Square One.
This neighbourhood has many nature parks, art galleries and recreation centres. Take a leisurely walk around the Japanese-inspired gardens, walkways and structures at the Kariya Park and enjoy the green scenery at the Community Common Park. John Bud Clear Park with swings and baseball diamond is just a short walk away. A little further down Confederation parkway is Martin Dobkin Park with baseball and softball grounds.
For some action-packed games Playdium is the place to go to. It is right beside GO Bus station. Playdium has go-carting in addition to indoor video and Virtual Reality games. At The Dr. Seuss Experience, dive into the imaginative and interactive world.
For movies buffs, Cineplex Cinemas is right around the corner at Rathburn and Confederation. This modern multiplex cinema also improves your movie watching experience with IMAX. Also, don’t miss out on going to Living Arts Centre where you can watch local, national and international artists play multiple performances and theatre, attend community events, and sign up for summer classes. Just across from Square One mall is the Art Gallery of Mississauga where you can view exhibitions and collections from new artists.
Mississauga’s massive 7-floor Central Library is a happy place for bookworms. It is located right beside Celebration Square. This library is set for major renovations such as the addition of the sound and video studios and virtual reality capabilities. There are just so many recreational choices in this neighbourhood!
Thirdly, Public transportation
Mississauga City Centre is on the western border of Toronto and only a 30-minute drive from downtown Toronto and a 10-minute drive from Toronto Pearson Airport.
There are many public transit options and routes available in this area. MiWay hub is located in Square One and also GO Bus while Milton GO Train line is just a few minutes away. Highway 403 that runs adjacent to Square One mall also connects to other major highways like 401, QEW, 410 and 407.
Fourth, School options
If finding a good school in Mississauga is your main priority then there are many public, separate and private schools in and around downtown Mississauga. Some of the elementary and secondary schools are Fairview Public School and Father Michael Goetz Secondary School. Other schools in downtown area are Bishop Scalabrini School, PLASP Early Learning and Child Care Centre, and Kids & Company on Robert Speck Parkway.
The biggest presence here is Sheridan College-Hazel McCallion Campus offering business programs. You can even make a quick trip to Starbucks before going to Sheridan College-Hazel McCallion Library which is just right next to the campus. The City Centre also has Adult Education Centre where a variety of adult programs are available during the day, at night and on the weekend. There are also other schools surrounding downtown area, these are ABC Montessori Private School, Northstar Montessori Private School and Fairview Public School serving Grade 1 to 5 students.
And finally, the condo development
When you are in downtown Mississauga, you just can’t miss noticing the many condo buildings that have gone up in the last few years. Just to name a few are the Onyx Luxury Condos, Ovation Condos and M City. These are great buildings with exceptional amenities and suites. But perhaps the biggest development Square One Area will be undergoing is Square One District project which is promoted as the “neighbourhood of the future”. Oxford Properties Group has planned building 37 residential towers including 18,000 residential units. New office towers will also be built which hasn’t happened in over 20 years. The first phase which is jointly promoted with Daniels Corporation has already gone on sale.
All those mentioned above are exciting things you should know to give you an idea what it’s like to live in downtown Mississauga. There’s a reason why it is the most popular neighbourhood in the city. It offers the convenience and amenities you could ask for in a modern neighbourhood.
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