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Jutting up against the placid shores of Lake Ontario, Mississauga is technically a suburb of neighboring Toronto. Yet recent rapid growth makes it the largest such city by population in all of North America. The number of Mississauga residents now exceeds 730,000.

Rated Canada’s fourth most walkable city by Walk Score, Mississauga is home to a variety of industries and Toronto Pearson International Airport, the country’s largest air travel hub. Whether Mississauga’s visitors fly in or drive up from the south, they will find no lack of things to do, from outdoor recreation and spectator sports to art exhibits and festivals.

Many Mississauga attractions are inspired by the great outdoors. With nearly 500 parks and woodlands, the city has abundant opportunities for recreation in all seasons. Summer is perfect for hiking, cycling, roller skating and group sports like soccer and tennis, while winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating and tobogganing. Runners, walkers and hikers can find nearly endless recreation along the Waterfront Trail, 650 km of connected paths that link Niagara-on-the-Lake to the border of Quebec. The trail follows along the shores of the great St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Alongside the lake, the Jack Darling Memorial Park is a great spot for tennis, baseball, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking. The park’s waterfront is perfect for stretching out and soaking up rays on a sunny day.

Visitors who come to Mississauga to fish can head up the coast to the J.C. Saddington Park, located at the mouth of the Credit River. The waters here are well populated; each year some 25,000 Chinook salmon, 10,000 steelhead and smaller quantities of coho, pink and Atlantic salmon swim the river.

When visitors have gotten a healthy dose of nature, they can explore Mississauga’s cultural attractions. Since 1997, the centrally located Living Arts Centre has brought art, exhibits and concerts to an audience of more than 1.5 million people. Located southwest of Square One Shopping Centre, one of the Canada’s largest retail complexes, the Living Arts Centre has more than 225,000 square feet of space devoted to exhibitions, studios and performing arts. It is the venue of choice for premier musical groups, including the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and the Mississauga Choral Society. Meanwhile, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, within walking distance of the Living Arts Centre, features four exhibit spaces that showcase contemporary Canadian artists.

Besides outdoor recreation, sports lovers can play a round of golf on one of Mississauga’s beautiful courses. Hundred-year-old Lakeview Golf Course has twice hosted the Canadian Open. Another option is to catch a hockey game at the Hershey Centre, home to the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and the Mississauga Steelheads. The Hershey Centre also hosts concerts and other popular events year-round, including the Dodge Rodeo Tour Championships and the West 49 Canadian Open World Cup of Skateboard Championship.

A lakeside haven with tremendous outdoor and indoor tourist attractions, Mississauga, Ontario, is a city bustling with recreation and culture.