About Mississauga & Brampton
Mississauga & Brampton, are in Peel Region, which is strategically located in the centre of Canada’s major consumer and industrial market, the “Golden Horseshoe” of Ontario, which connections Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Toronto and Oshawa.
It sits on the western edge of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Formed in 1974, Mississauga is now recognized as Canada’s 6th largest and fastest growing major city with a population of 828,000 (2018) residents representing cultures from around the world.
Most people see Mississauga as four main areas: the Lakeshore (Port Credit), the Core (Square One and Centennial Park), the Airport (Pearson Airport, and surrounding business districts) and all the Communities (the various residential and shopping ares) that form the suburbs of the Greater Toronto Area.
Archaeological evidence shows that native peoples had hunting camps and small villages along the Credit and Humber river valleys since 8000 B.C.
The first European to visit the area was the French explorer and fur trader Cavelier de la Salle and Louis Joliet, who arrived at nearby Burlington Bay in 1669 via the Grand River from Lake Erie on their return from Lake Superior.
In the 1720s, the French established trading posts around Lake Ontario, including one near the mouth of the Credit River, named for the custom of trading with the Mississaugas on credit. By the 1860s, Brampton became known as the “Flowertown of Canada,” Clarkson was known as the “Strawberry Capital of Canada”, and there were apple orchards around Cooksville and Dixie.