inTop 5 Parks/Conservation Areas to Enjoy the Day!

Mississauga is an awesome place to work and play; but, sometimes the hustle and bustle of the city can get a bit much and you just want to escape, relax your mind, and unwind from the chaos of living in a suburban city. Whether you are a student that just wants to get away from the studying or a professional that wants a break from the office or just a mom that needs some quiet time from the kids, there are public places of relaxation where you can breathe in some fresh air and chillax. I would like to call this little list the 'nooks and crannies' of Mississauga, which offer an oasis of solitude away from the stress, noise, and beeps and rings of the digital age. The following are hidden corners of Mississauga that only few have visited, so SHHHHH!!! Keep it quiet! I would like to keep them a secret!

5. Marie Curtis Park is on the east side in Etobicoke, situated at the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek. These parks not only offer walking trails, a small beach, and boardwalks along the creek, but they also are abundant with geese and ducks and offer magnificent views of the city. If you just want a quiet stroll or an invigorating jog at dusk or dawn this is the place for you.

4. Erindale Park, situated beside University of Toronto Mississauga. This park is enormous with access to numerous hiking trails, sports fields, barbeque and picnic areas, and playgrounds. This too is an excellent spot if you just want to take a stroll and observe nature in its purity along the Credit River. If you are lucky, you will probably spot a family of deer taking a sip from the river, but please, no hunting.

3. Streetsville Memorial Park, the heart of the quaint village of Streetsville, is located at the widest part of the Credit River. Here, you can often see people fly fishing, canoeing, or kayaking. It also hosts the Bread and Honey Festival every June. This park has a number of walking trails where you can stroll or bike along the Credit River, or just pick a spot to listen to babbling water.

2. Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, located at the Southwest side of Mississauga bordering Oakville, is a discreetly hidden gem that’s not a Mississauga park, but a conservation area. Interestingly, it's home to a number of native species. You can spot some of the most beautiful birds and animals as you walk along the maze of wooden trails elevated above the marshes. Even better still, tucked away on the south side is a pebbled beach with a spectacular private view of Toronto, where you may often see people lighting bonfires at dusk.

1. Kariya Park is located in the core of the city by the Southside of Square One on Kariya Dr. This park is truly an oasis away from everything. Just stroll into the Japanese gates and you'll be transported to a serene Japanese garden encapsulated in a tranquil, harmonious atmosphere. The garden was built in honour of Mississauga's sister city, Kariya, Japan and specifically designed with aesthetic rhythm and balance in mind. If you work nearby, this peaceful space is a great place to bring your lunch where you will definitely ease the stresses of daily grind.

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