Since its grand reopening in June 2011, this has become the go-to destination for big events, seeing its millionth visitor a little over a year later in October 2012.
it hosts the official New year’s Eve party, movies in the summer, Ribfest and lots of other stuff, but we’ll never forget seeing Carly Rae Jepsen there for Canada Day a few years ago with 130,000 of our fellow citizens. That’s over 1/6th of the population of Mississauga!
Kariya Park and Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Garden
Our strong ties with Japan are beautifully echoed here. Opened in 1992, this scene of serenity honours the relationship with our sister city, Kariya, Japan. You don‘t need to fight throngs of angry tourists at High Park in Toronto just to see cherry blossoms in bloom - you can enjoy their beauty right here in Mississauga.
If you're a nature fan, a real hidden gem is close by at 300 City Centre - The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Garden, originally named Civic Garden Park or the Rose Garden. Despite being attached to Celebration Square, many people aren't even aware of this garden's existence!
A part of the Civic Centre since it was originally dedicated on July 18, 1987 by The Duke and Duchess of York, October 2002 saw Buckingham Palace agree to have the garden formally named The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Garden in commemoration of Her Majesty The Queen's 50th Anniversary of Her Accession to The Throne.
Food & Drink
There are a helluva lot of food options here, including live music and bar powerhouses Failte and Bier Markt, &Company with its rooftop patio, the plethora of eating options in the Square One food court, big box options such as Earl’s, Boston Pizza, Jack Astor’s, etc, Ruth’s Chris and many other smaller joints.
And the best part is that they’re all within walking (stumbling if you’re doing a bar-hop) distance.
So if you want to start at Spring Rolls for an appetizer, move to The Host for dinner and shuffle over to Canyon Creek for dessert, park the car, spare yourself the roundabout and use your two feet and a heartbeat to get where you want.
There’s absolutely no reason to say “nah, there’s nothing here food-wise that I want.”
The second biggest in Canada and largest in Ontario, Square One and its nearly 2 million square feet of space and nearly 400 stores and services have nearly something for everyone.
Their massive new expansion is aimed at keeping folks from popping east on the 401 to Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale. Simons chose Square One for its first foray into Ontario, there’s a gorgeous new luxury wing, and Holt Renfew, Jamie’s Italian, Michael Hill and a few others are getting ready to add to an already extensive roster.
There's also a seasonal Farmer's Market which was held in Square One’s parking lot from 1975 to 2013 and is now held across the street on Robert Speck Parkway.
Absolute World (The Marilyn Towers)
In what’s become the distinguishing element of the Mississauga skyline, these twin towers have been photographed a plethora of times from what we imagine to be nearly every angle possible.
The two towers measure 589 ft and 529 ft, have a combined 106 floors, 12 elevators and their twisted hourglass shape is unmistakeable.
An engineering marvel, the architectural firm that was responsible for this, MAD Architects, neatly sums it up here:
“Fondly dubbed the Marylyn Monroe towers by local residents, the Absolute Towers parallel the twisting fluidity or natural lines found in life. This activation of flow forms an organic punctuation in the landscape and a desire for an urban acknowledgement of enthusiasm. Here, we thrive to challenge the sustenance of commonplace boxy skyscrapers. Our ambition was to provide each resident a unique experience of the city, a heterarchitical distribution. Continuous balconies widen individual viewing angles and promote community at the micro scale of a single floor. At the macro, the cadence of the floors rising into the sky echo the modular rhythms of the human experience, yet emphasizes the movement of an adoring figure. We hope this building can wake up metropolitans’ desires towards nature, such as sun and wind, and certainly, human bodies.”
Living Arts Centre
This 225,000 square foot multi-use facility is on the verge of turning 20 next year and still looks and feels beautiful. The premier venue in our city for entertainment and performances, it attracts international and local talent from musicians to artists to graduation ceremonies and plenty in between. We’ve seen everything from Italian opera to Matt Good to the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, and the acoustics never disappoint.