Five Perfect Picnic Parks in Mississauga
Although you're certainly aware that it's summer (even though it might be hard to tell on some of these cool, overcast days), you might not have known that it's National Picnic Month.
Well, it is!
That means that, when the weather is perfect, it'll be time to pack up some creamy artisanal cheese (maybe a subtle Camembert or a buttery Saint Andre?), fresh fruit, cured meats (perhaps a little prosciutto if you're feeling a little fancy), crostinis and beverages and head over to one of Mississauga's many ideal picnic spots.
Although you won't have to make too many arrangements if you're picnicking with your partner or a small group of friends or family members, you might have to get permits for larger gatherings.
According to the City of Mississauga, groups in excess of 25 people are required to obtain a park permit. A park permit allows for reserved use of a specific park area and any amenities associated with that space. Keep in mind that permits are only issued to City of Mississauga residents or businesses.
Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, here's a look at some parks you definitely want to enjoy a picnic at (in no particular order):
Jack Darling Park (1180 Lakeshore Road West) is an ideal picnic park that sits on Lake Ontario and boasts two picnic areas, both of which can seat up to 75 people. If you don't want a cold lunch, you can use one of the site's many barbecues (is there anything better than a hotdog on a big outdoor day?). The park also offers public washrooms, so you don't have to refrain from enjoying a beverage with your burger or charcuterie.
This is probably one of the city's best known parks, and for good reason—it boasts five picnic areas (labelled Picnic Area A through to Picnic Area E), one of which holds up to 500 people. Located at 1695 Dundas Street West, Erindale Park is the largest in the city and offers five barbecues, six comfort stations, one playground area, walking trails, fishing areas and great views of the Credit River.
If you want to enjoy nature, this gem might be worth checking out. This conservation area (1081 Old Derry Road) offers three picnic areas barbecues and a nature trail. If you plan on driving to the park, you'll be happy to hear that the its lot can hold 100 vehicles. If you want to make a day out of your visit, you can go birdwatching before or after you meal. You can also just stroll through the park to enjoy its natural and cultural heritage aspects.
4) Paul Coffey Park
Formerly known as Wildwood Park (it was renamed this year, along with the Malton Arena, to honor the hockey great), the Malton-area park boasts both the aforementioned arena and a picnic area, a shelter area, barbecues and water sources. It’s located on Derry Road at the corners of Derry and Goreway. The spacious park (Picnic Area A seats up to 400 people and Picnic Area B seats about 250) also features walking trails, basketball courts, bocce courts, a major and minor soccer field, two softball diamonds and a cricket pitch. The park also boasts a CF-100 aeroplane (which is fitting, considering its proximity to the airport), legion gardens, a children’s play area and views of Mimico Creek.
Richard Memorial Park, located in Port Credit at 804 Lakeshore Rd. W., is a spacious waterfront park that boasts a small beach area, a trail, forested landscape and picnic areas. It’s ideal for taking outdoorsy shots and to take a stroll, as you can pose in the forested areas or on the quaint sandy beach. There are the picnic tables there so you can eat with your friends and family. If you are lucky, you might capture some disgruntled but beautiful wild swans in the background. Be sure to feed them small bits of bread for their trouble.