1 million sunflowers in full bloom on waterfront in Mississauga

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Published July 27, 2023 at 1:39 pm

In what is fast becoming a mid-summer tradition in Mississauga, one million sunflowers are once again in full bloom on the east end of the city’s waterfront.

As usual, the brilliant yellow flowers are located on the site of a huge new community starting to take shape in that part of the city.

Lakeview Village, a 177-acre live/work development that’s expected to dramatically transform the city’s waterfront, is hosting its fifth annual sunflower bloom event, which is in full swing along with weekly music concerts.

The sunflowers are located along the Art Trail and near the recreation field, Lakeview Village officials say, adding the colourful display is free for anyone to visit and enjoy.

The sunflowers will be in bloom for the next few weeks at the site (985 Hydro Rd.).

“Beginning in 2019, we’ve planted one million sunflowers near our award-winning Discovery Centre. What started as an opportunity to connect people from across Mississauga and the GTA with butterflies and bees through a highly immersive and natural experience has expanded to include recreational opportunities that showcase the beauty of life by the lake,” officials say, adding they’ve created a “beautiful” Art Trail in the immediate area as well as a recreation field that’s open for community use such as pick-up soccer games and picnics.

The developer of the site, Lakeview Community Partners Limited (LCPL), says people are invited to experience the sunflowers, which “cast the waterfront area in a golden hue.”

“In addition to their visual appeal, the field of sunflowers serve another crucial purpose: to encourage the restoration of the site’s native habitat and nature conservancy,” LCPL officials said earlier.

When completed some years down the road, the Lakeview Village community will feature transit-connected housing, office space, retail, restaurants, trails, parks, greenspace and cultural and recreational amenities.

The community will also be connected to the nearby 64-acre Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, named for the late city councillor who worked to bring the project to fruition.

The conservation area is on track to open to the public in July 2025.

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