Saturday, September 19, 2009

Doors Open Mississauga Behind Scenes St. Peters, Islamic Society North America Canada

Doors Open Mississauga 2011 is Saturday October 1 from 10 to 4.
Check out the Lighthouse in Port Credit!

Doors Open Mississauga 2010 Listed Here

September 2009 : Doors Open Mississauga is on today and I hope to get a behind the scenes look at at least two of the participating venues.

St Peter's Anglican Church Mississauga Ontario

One Doors Open I hope to visit is St Peter's Anglican Church at Dundas and Mississauga Road in Mississauga (googlemap).

The second one is Islamic Society of North America Canada (ISNAC) on South Sheridan Way west of Southdown Road (google map).

A few years ago, I took in some Doors Open in the Port Credit area of Mississauga, and really enjoyed the tours.

That day, as I remember, the weather was rainy, blustery and not at all nice for walking tours. Today, though chilly, it's nice and sunny and promises to be a great day for Doors Open.

Looking at the full list (link at bottom of page), none of the wonderful places that opened their doors a few years ago are on the list for this year.

I guess when it comes to events like Doors Open, you have to Carpe Diem - you have to go when the Doors are Open, as they may not open again for a very long time.

Clarke Memorial Hall Port Credit Mississauga

In Port Credit, we had tours of Clarke Memorial Hall, the Freedom Hall next to it, one of the churches and something else whose name escapes me just now.

Also on the list for this year's Doors Open is Fire and Emergency Training Institute; Jo-Anne in Meadowvale writes:

"I will be attending this following event Saturday September 19, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. I went to it last year and it was excellent!!!"
The GTAA (Greater Toronto Airport Authority) has partnered with the City of Mississauga’s Culture Division to participate in Doors Open Mississauga on Saturday September 19. The Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) at Toronto Pearson has been chosen as a feature site for the program.

And so if I am to take in the tour of St Peter's Church, I'd better get going!

Some years back, when I was doing a story on the Erindale area of Mississauga, where this church is located, I met with a few committee members at the church, and got a taste of what a wonderful building it is.

And I was there again, when doing a story on the Glenerin Inn, whose original owner is buried in the cemetary behind this church (photos this page).

I remember at that time saying to my guide, "Why is St Peter's not on a list of Mississauga Tours or Attractions? This is fabulous!"

Other interesting buildings that are open today include The Grange-Adamson House (seen it - it's great!), Mississauga Civic Centre (seen it, also great!), and Bradley Museum on Orr Road (ditto, ditto).

See Full list of Doors Open at Doors Open Mississauga


Monday, September 07, 2009

Lakefront Promenade Park Splash Pad Picnic Marina Perfect City Park to Spend Labour Day in Mississauga

Headed out this afternoon to Mississauga Lakefront Promenade Park for a Labour Day picnic. With its splash pad, picnic tables and boats in the marina, it was a perfect spot to spend a lovely Labour Day!

Bonus was from the top of a hill facing east, we had clear views to the CN Tower, and the CNE Air Show! Mind you, from this distance, it's a good thing the Blue Angels (US) and the Snowbirds (Canada) used smoke trails, or we'd not be able to spot them in the hazy skies.

But Lakefront Park was packed with cyclists, picnickers, kids splashing on the water pad, and many small dogs taking their masters out for a stroll. Here are a few random pictures of this lovely waterfront park on Lake Ontario (map link at bottom). Click on picture to enlarge, then click BACK button to return to this page.

Picnic Under Shade Trees - Lakefront Promenade

The hills in this city park give lovely views of the marina and Lake Ontario beyond. One of the best places to view the air show is from the deck of a boat out in the lake. The Mississauga Sailing Club is also located here, as is the Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC). The PCYC used to be on the Credit River in Port Credit village, but moved some years ago to this location in the Lakeview neighbourhood.

Lakefront Marina Mississauga Ontario

From one of the hills, looking southwest to the marina and the boardwalk. There's lots of parking (free) though on busy days like Labour Day and any hot summer day, you may have to circle a few times or walk from the overflow lot.

Boardwalk to Lakefront Marina Licenced Outdoor Patio

A slightly bouncy boardwalk leads from the splash pad west to this boardwalk to the marina. The building houses a number of services, including a licenced patio restaurant. These swans and a cormorant were busy preening, and enjoying the warm sun, too.

Sheltered Bay Lakefront Promenade

This protected little bay off Lake Ontario is popular for fishing, though this day, the only fishing being done was by a few black cormorants.

Lakefront Promenade Marina - Mississauga Ontario

Despite its location south of Lakeshore Road, at the end of a winding park road, the marina, with room for about 170 boats, is not isolated in case of emergency. The marina is policed by Region of Peel Marine Unit, and in case of fire, there's a portable fire pump.

Black Cormorant, Canada Geese, Swans Mississauga

On the south side of the boardwalk linking the splash pad with the marina, these birds were having a fine preen and totally ignoring passersby. Well, all except a few ducks who made a fast swim over to where children were tossing crumbs into the water.

Splash Pad - Lakefront Promenade Park

Lots of shaded benches, an adjacent change building, close to the parking lot and picnic area - this is a fine family recreation spot to spend a summer afternoon.

Splash Pad Fun for kids of all ages

A few larger folks were cooling off under the splash pad showers. Lakefront Promenade Park used to be known as the site of the Four Sisters - the coal fired chimneys visible for miles. (See rubble this post). Now this park is known for a great recreation area. Do see map for location, and the park details link for more info including some interesting environmentally friendly design surprises (asphalt that breathes!)

See GoogleMaps for Lakefront Promenade Park.
See City Mississauga for Lakefront Promenade details.