The early roots of Mississauga's Dixie and Lakeshore road neighbourhood

Modern Mississauga and Heritage Mississauga have come together to present an ongoing series called “Way Back Wednesday.”
We’ll share information about the history of Mississauga here and answer your questions.

Today’s topic is the early roots of Mississauga's Dixie and Lakeshore road neighbourhood

Duck Family and Homestead, Lakeview, c1900

Duck Family and Homestead, Lakeview, c1900

Back in 1919 Henry Ardagh had a plan to develop a small residential community on the north side of Lakeshore Road and east of Dixie Road, near to the Etobicoke Creek.
Ardagh had purchased 15 acres from the Duck family of Lakeview. Ardagh laid out roads and lots as part of his “Ardmore Plan”. The streets in the subdivision received the names Orchard Hill Road, Cherriebell Road, and Deta Road – all of which connect to the Duck family who farmed here.

Deta Duck and her grandmother.

Deta Duck and her grandmother.

William Duck was amongst the earliest settlers in the Lakeview area, and several generations of the Duck family called Lakeview home, including John Duck, George Duck and Richard Francis Duck, and the family farm became recognized for their swine and extensive orchards.

The road names laid out in 1919 remember this agricultural connection to apple and cherry orchards, and Deta Road is named for John Duck’s daughter, Deta Duck.

Duck Carriage and Orchard, Lakeshore Road

Duck Carriage and Orchard, Lakeshore Road