Photos of historic winters in Mississauga

Published December 24, 2022 at 11:12 am

Streetsville snowfall

With Mississauga and southern Ontario getting a snowstorm just before Christmas, now’s a very fitting time to think back on what past winters looked like throughout Mississauga’s history.

For those winter lovers/history buffs out there, you might be happy to hear that Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives (PAMA) has put together some pictures of past winters in Mississauga.

Here’s a look at winters over the years.

Looking south on the Credit River, at Port Credit in 1957. In the centre of the photo, peeking out above the trees is a water tower, likely at the St. Lawrence Starch factory.

This man, likely Wen Leary, hauled pails of water during the winter, around 1920. The family had farms on both side of Hurontario Street, roughly where Matheson Boulevard now crosses.

This postcard, from the 1910s, shows Streetsville during an early snowfall. The roads appear to still be unpaved, meaning a muddy mess will come during the spring melt.

These frosty frolickers posed outside around 1915. The family lived in Meadowvale.

Mississauga had a local photographer snap images of City Hall throughout its construction, including during the winter of 1985. The area around the City Centre was still largely farmer’s fields.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. Visit to learn more.

All photos and text courtesy of Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives

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