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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.