Port Credit Ontario is more than just a pretty harbour. Lively festivals, a famous literary landmark, and cute boutiques make the town a perfect daytrip from Toronto.
Port Credit Ontario lies on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, about a 30 minute drive west from downtown Toronto. It’s part of the city of Mississauga, but it’s a former village and town and it still retains a unique character of its own. Since it’s on the GO train line, it’s easy to reach even without a car.
The centrepiece of the historic town is the harbour or port. Here on a summer day you’ll find a floating village of boats, a cheery red and white lighthouse, and a sprawling restaurant called Snug Harbour with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating with great views of the water.
A walk around the harbour will take you past some interesting murals under the bridge:
On certain weekends you’ll encounter a huge outdoor art show, a live jazz festival, a busker festival or a Canada Day party in the local park.
The downtown shopping street boasts numerous boutiques, bars and restaurants and cafes.
A stroll along the shore will take you past new condo towers, some attractive but very pricey town homes, and, depending which way you walk, farther out you'll come upon more urban shoreline parks including the Rhododendron Gardens.
If you love history, be sure to visit Benares House, a short drive away from the port.
During the summer, concerts are held in the park in front of this historic home.
The house was built in 1837. It is now a museum devoted to the Harris family and decorated with period furnishings and personal belongings.
Benares House is a literary landmark. Mazo de la Roche was a best-selling author in the first half of the 20th century. She wrote the extremely popular Jalna series of novels about the Whiteoak family. The fictional house featured in these novels (which is as much a character as any of the humans) was supposedly based on Benares House. De la Roche never lived in the house but she stayed in a cottage nearby on the edge of the property and admired the old mansion. You can tour the museum and the visitor centre. The centre has an exhibit area devoted to the Jalna novels and the author’s life.
The Bradley Museum Complex is another local Mississauga Museum. It features Bradley House (a heritage home), a cottage and outbuildings.
See the Port Credit Business Association for lists of attractions and restaurants.
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