The 1974 hallways and centre court of Square One in Mississauga

Published November 6, 2022 at 8:00 am


Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga has gone through some massive changes over the decades since it first opened its doors in the early 1970s.

When Square One first opened there was an open air centre court that allowed for events over the summer and ice skating over the winter. While there are no images of the skating we have found we did manage to find incredibly rare photos of the centre court being used for a multi-cultural festival in 1974.

Check out the hallways, décor and the open-air court that Square One once had:

Here’s an event going on at the open-air court they had at Square One in 1974.

This is where food central would be now. If you look closely, you will see a gazebo with the sign that says Caravan 1974 which was the Toronto equivalent of Carassauga.

Another shot of an event going on at the open-air court. This court turned into an ice rink in the wintertime. Too bad they got rid of this court.

Aerial view of Square One and where the open-air centre court was.

Here are shots of people going about their day to day business at Square One in 1974.

There was no parking even back then in 1974 on opening day at Square One shopping centre in Mississauga

This is the hallway where you would see Jean Machine and Garage just outside Hudson’s Bay today.

Here is another shot of the northwest hallway. You have to love the orange tiles which they only got rid of in the last decade.

Opening day of Square One in 1974.

The 1974 Square One Mall Directory

In 1974 the biggest mall in Canada at the time Square One in Mississauga opened its doors to 160 retailers.
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Photos courtesy of Ron Duquette.


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