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It’s a Shore Thing: Port Credit Profile

GET OUTSIDE! Mississauga’s prime lakeshore district, Port Credit is a hub of outdoor activity.

Within Port Credit, J.C. Saddington Park (53 Lake St.) offers ample opportunity for family frolicking, and Port Credit Memorial Park (22 Stavebank Rd.) has a skateboard park and children’s play area.

For a rejuvenating stroll, take to the Waterfront Trail. Along the more than 20-kilometre route there’s Lakefront Promenade Park (800 Lakefront Promenade) with its popular splash pad just east of Port Credit, and to the west, the picnic-friendly Jack Darling Park (1180 Lakeshore Rd. W.).

When simply being near the water isn’t enough, charter a boat for a Lake Ontario fishing expedition or pleasure cruise from Andrews Charter (416-347-2143) or Salmon Express (416-931-7693), both at the Credit Village Marina.

FEAST ON THE LAKESHORE
A cornucopia of dining options spread over just a few short blocks please foodies of all stripes.

WINE AND DINE The award-winning Breakwater Restaurant offers lovely lakeside ambience where the well-heeled indulge in seasonal fare and hundreds of available vintages. If the authentic Italian cuisine and cozy dining room with hand-painted frescoes don’t convince you to try Aielli Ristorante, the celebrated 10,000-bottle wine cellar might do the trick. The supper club–style interior and entrees to match have made the two-level Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar a popular stop for locals and visitors alike.

EAT CHIC Hip young martini-sippers are well-served by a cache of stylishly appointed spots. The modern Italian menu at urban-casual LagoShore features tasty choices of dry-aged organic rib-eye, king crab legs and wood-fired pizzas. The adjoining cool-hued boîte Shore 71 is ideal for a night cap. Mosquito Grill dishes out numerous buzz-worthy portions of fresh-grilled meat and fish—everything from rack of lamb to Chilean sea bass. And Jam (229 Lakeshore Rd. E., 905-271-4667) is both lounge and resto, with dozens of premium martinis and a menu of Asian-inspired small plates and mains.

GO CASUAL Port Credit’s welcoming neighbourhood vibe is exemplified by longstanding pub The Harp, where the traditional fare—shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash—is as comforting as the hospitality. Newer to the local scene is Ridgetown, which boasts a large patio for enjoying a drink and eclectic pub-style entrees. Snug Harbour also keeps it casual, but there’s nothing downscale about its lakefront view and myriad seafood selections, while nearby Pump House Grille is both date- and family-friendly. Feeling peckish at midday? Sit down for a delectable slice of pie or bowl of house-made soup at Marish’s Boulangerie (104 Lakeshore Rd. E., 905-274-2224).

TASTE FOREIGN Revelers pack the white-washed street-corner space inhabited by Colossus Greek Taverna to down a shot of ouzo and nosh on traditional dishes like mousaka, lamb souvlaki and calamari. Authenticity is key, too, at high-end Italian spot Il Pescatore (231 Lakeshore Rd. E., 905-278-8009), where the pasta and gnocchi are hand-cut in house. And don’t forget to try Asian—Thai Signature and Thai By The Lake each offer excellent spicy-sweet options with noodles, curry dishes and more.

SWEET BOUTIQUES & BLISSFUL SPAS
Overwhelmed by those massive malls? The antidote is here.

Along Port Credit’s quaint retail strip on Lakeshore Road East, you’ll find a clutch of boutiques offering everything from fine art to fur coats. For the former, visit the Village Gallery and River Coyote Gallery; for the latter, choose from many pelts in beaver, mink, sable and more at Bazinas Furs.

Women’s wardrobes are well served by trendy Assunta (80 Port St., 905-486-9871), while Long Legs (299 Lakeshore Rd. E., 905-274-8255) has fashionable pieces for taller ladies. To complete your chic look, HannahB (129E Lakeshore Rd. E., 905-891-8108) offers footwear from Blundstone, El Naturalista and others, plus handbags, jackets and accessories.

Next door at Bark & Fitz, there are fresh-baked treats and whimsical chew toys for your favourite canine. Admirers of old-world style scope out the modern-vintage jewellery and accessories at Antique Chic (3 Brant Ave., 905-271-8441), and bibliophiles beat a path to Turtle Creek Books and NostalgiaBooks for rare and out-of-print tomes. Satisfy a sweet tooth with truffles from Richard’s Fine Chocolates (25 Helene St. N., 905-271-0544) and old-time five-cent bonbons from Sassyfras Sweets (295 Lakeshore Rd. E., 905-271-8578).

To wind down after a long day enjoying all the village has to offer, enjoy a range of relaxing and revitalizing treatments at Salon Dolce Vita (125 Lakeshore Rd. E., 905-278-5550) and Serenity Spa, which exclusively features Aveda products.

TOP 3 EVENTS
Celebrate the arrival of warmer weather by attending these outdoor events.

MISSISSAUGA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL JUNE 13 TO 15 Summer kicks off with the three-day Mississauga Waterfront Festival at Port Credit Memorial Park. One of Ontario’s most popular local events, the festival has carnival rides, local food vendors, live entertainment and much more.

MISSISSAUGA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL JUNE 15 On the same weekend as the Waterfront Festival, lend your support to the paddlers as they compete in the fifth annual Mississauga Dragon Boat Festival at the mouth of the Credit River. Call 905-279-2855 for more information.

PORT CREDIT OUTDOOR ART SHOW JULY 18 TO 20 For all those who favour less vigorous pursuits, the Port Credit Outdoor Art Show returns. The juried show features more than 40 artists exhibiting their work at the Credit Village Marina.

—Craig Moy

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