Earn big prizes while exploring Mississauga’s local gems

Published December 23, 2021 at 3:02 pm

For Mississauga visitors and residents who love finding those diamonds in the rough, visiting new places, and rediscovering old favourites – Tourism Mississauga’s new Local Gems Pass is for you.

The free mobile pass is your ticket to top-secret deals and discounts at some of Mississauga’s most famous restaurants, shops, and attractions (and even some hidden gems you may have yet to discover). Whether you’re here for the weekend or you’re a local resident, there are gems to be found around every corner of the city!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the pass for free here (it will instantly be sent to your phone and ready to use)
  2. Visit one of the many participating locations in Mississauga
  3. Check in to collect your Local Gems

You can win huge prizes depending on the number of unique Local Gems you collect.

Collect your first 10 Local Gems and you could win a $25 Prepaid Mastercard. If you manage to collect all of them, you could take home a $100 Prepaid Mastercard.

For the serious and speedy treasure hunters out there, be the FIRST to collect all the Local Gems and you could win $500 in gift cards to spend across Mississauga!

A ton of spots across the city are participating in the Local Gems Pass, including some big landmarks and shopping centres that you were probably already planning to visit. That means just by shopping normally, you can collect some easy Local Gems on your quest to win big prizes.

Some places also have special rewards to offer in addition to the Local Gems.

Here are just a few of the locations participating:

Hot Spots

  • Mississauga Celebration Square: Celebration Square is located in the heart of downtown Mississauga. This award-winning public square is one of the most unique in the GTA.
  • Square One Shopping Centre: With 330 stores and restaurants, Square One has everything you could want and anything you can imagine – the biggest trends, the hottest home style, the latest tech and the best finds, from Holt Renfrew to Whole Foods, Crate & Barrel to Hudson’s Bay, Apple to Rolex, and more. Special offer: Receive a $15 Square One gift card when you spend $200 or more.
  • Dixie Outlet Mall: As one of Canada’s largest enclosed outlet shopping centres, Dixie Outlet Mall delivers what any great shopping experience should: A large selection at fantastic prices with plenty of “Back away, I found it first moments.”

Top Attractions

  • Hub Climbing: Hub Climbing Mississauga is Canada’s largest rock climbing facility and geared towards all climbers, whether new or experienced. Special offer: 60 days of climbing for $99, including all gear and a lesson.
  • UFLY Simulator: An amazing, exclusive and unforgettable flying experience. Special offer: 20% off regular price (1 hour or 2 hours of 777 flight simulator in Mississauga).
  • Virtual Galaxies: Full body free-roaming multiplayer Virtual Reality experiences. The leading VR experience anywhere in the world, unlike anything you have ever seen or done before. Special offer: Get 10% off the cost of your session (minimum required two tickets for discount to be applied).

Must Eats

  • The Food District: There’s lots of options to choose from at the Food District – an elevated food experience offering local, handmade, high-quality foods in a setting that is inspired by both modern and vintage food emporiums.
  • Huevos Gourmet: One of the only Mexican brunch spots in the city, this restaurant offers delicious Mexican cuisine for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
  • Stonehooker Brewing Company: Local craft brewery with a taproom, patio and retail shop. Your one-stop place for all your beer needs. Special offer: Enjoy a plank of 5 different 4oz pours and receive 25% off the price.

Sweet Treats

  • Dairy Cream: One of Mississauga’s most iconic and beloved ice cream shops. Family-owned and operating since 1958.
  • Little Rose Cookie Co.: One of Streetsville’s most popular bakeries, offering a wide selection of deliciously sweet, hand crafted gourmet cookies.
  • Daddy O Doughnuts: Handmade gourmet doughnuts and British baked goods, made fresh daily. Special offer: One free regular doughnut with the purchase of 6 doughnuts.

Secret Parks

  • Paul Coffey (Malton): Kids can explore a magical world at Paul Coffey Secret Parks in Malton. A unique playground depicts a classic children’s fairytale, complete with castles and dragons, turrets to climb and slides to zip down.
  • Kariya Park: Enjoy a quiet escape in this Japanese garden located in downtown Mississauga, named after Mississauga’s sister city, Kariya in Japan. In the spring, the cherry blossom and magnolia trees bloom.
  • Rattray Marsh Conservation Area: This environmental gem along Mississauga’s Lake Ontario shoreline features a shale beach and pedestrian boardwalk overlooking a natural wetland. It’s a unique experience for nature lovers and is a must-see for avid birdwatchers.

To see the full list of participating locations, download the pass for free here. Downloading is fast and easy, and the pass is sent to your phone immediately to start using.

For more information, visit Tourism Mississauga’s website. Explore more in Mississauga and happy treasure hunting!

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