The City of Mississauga is a relatively new city with The Town of Mississauga being created in 1968 and the City of Mississauga incorporated in 1974. The following are some chronological historical facts and milestones:
The area of Modern day Mississauga was inhabited by Native Indians. Iroquoian and Algonquian speaking people inhabited the Credit River Valley area before the arrival of Europeans in the 1600s. French traders encountered the Mississaugas (an Ojibwe band) who settled in the areas of Burlington Bay, Etobicoke Creek and Credit River. The origin of the name "Mississauga" is "River of the North of Many Mouths".
In 1805, a treaty known as the "Mississauga Purchase" was signed between the Native Mississaugas and the British Crown, with the Crown acquiring over 74,000 acres of land and became known as the Toronto Township. An additional 600,000 acres of land, which comprises the modern day Region of Peel, was acquired in 1818 (the "Second Purchase"). Much of the land was granted to United Empire and New Brunswick Loyalists (emigrating from the 13 Colonies).
Although much of the land was still agricultural, the area began to develop. In 1873 the Toronto Township Council was formed to oversee the villages that began to sprout, as well as the overall continuing growth. Settlements began to develop and villages such as Streetsville, Port Credit, Meadowvale Village, Clarkson, Dixie, Malton and Erinadale had formed. There was also railway construction at this time, which led to industrial growth. Road maintenance, police, mail delivery were some of the Council's responsibilities.
Additional growth and development continued in the 1900s. There was cottage construction in the 1920s along Lake Ontario for the city dwellers wanting a weekend getaway. In 1935 the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), one of the word's first controlled access highways opened from Highway 27 to Highway 10, Port Credit. In 1939 it expanded to Hamilton and Niagara. There was continued suburban development south of the Dixie and QEW intersections at around this time and it continued to move northwest. Toronto's Pearson International Airport (the busiest in Canada) first opened as the Malton Airport in 1937.
Meadowvale and Erin Mills began to sprout in the latter half of the century (in the 1960s and 1970s). In 1968 the Town of Mississauga was formed as an amalgamation of most of the township settlements of Malton, Meadowvale Village, Dixie, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Lakeview, Clarkson, Sheridan and Erindale. Square One Shopping Centre opened its doors in 1974 and it has gone through several expansions throughout the years, making it one of the largest shopping centres in the country. Hazel McCallion ("Hurricane Hazel") became the mayor of Mississauga in 1978 and has been so until this day, making her one of the longest serving elected leaders in history. She is currently 90 years of age.
As one of Canada's best managed and fastest growing cities, Mississauga continues to make history to this day.
The next time you are on the lookout for houses for sale in the GTA, consider Canada's 6th largest city, Mississauga, in districts such as Meadowvale, Lisgar, Millers Grove, Trelawny, Lake Aquitaine. Here are some reasons:
1. A variety of homes for sale for various demographics, including detached, semi-detached and executive homes, high-rise condos and townhouses 2. Competitive municipal tax and utility rates 3.Strong communities: community centres located throughout, arenas, swimming pools, fitness centres, golf courses, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and more, one of the largest public library systems in Canada with 16 libraries, shopping at Square One (Ontario's largest retail shopping centres) 4. One of Canada's safest cities 5. Mississauga is cultured with galleries, theatres, Living Arts Centre, concert halls and museums 6. Leisure spots and scenic recreational parkland (e.g. 480 parks, 23 trail systems, Credit River Valley, Marinas along Lake Ontario) 7. A strong commitment to healthcare and quality of life with fast access to hospitals and healthcare facilitites, including the reputable Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre 8. A strong commitment to education (10 universities and 11 technical colleges within commuting distance, two school boards, more than 30 private schools and alternative education)
As you can see, this city has a lot to offer a home buyer and if your house is for sale in Mississauga, do not forget to tell the home buyer these selling points!