Mississauga is a city in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario in the Regional Municipality of Peel, bordering Toronto. With a population of 721,599 as of the 2016 census, Mississauga is the sixth-most populous municipality in Canada, third-most in Ontario, and second-most in the Greater Toronto Area. It is also one of the most populous suburbs in the world outside of Asia.
Some Interesting Facts about MISSISSAUGA:
While most people know that the land geographically known today as Mississauga was named after the original Indigenous inhabitants, those historical linkages cannot be exaggerated. Mississauga has been estimated to have around 2,000 excavated sites unearthing various Indigenous relics and artifacts. In a city of over 700,000 people, that is a pretty incredible factoid to throw out there as a conversation starter.
Before Mississauga was chosen as the official name of this city, we were once known as ‘Toronto Township.’ Wilkinson did also confirm that the current Toronto indeed stole that name and adopted it for themselves (Toronto was once known as ‘York’). The first head of Toronto Township (the reeve) was William Thompson (1851-1855), but strangely enough, he is buried in Oakville.
Mississauga was not always known as one of Canada’s big cities. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of not only Canada, but Ontario and Peel Region, it may be somewhat hard to define a distinctive Mississauga identity. Because in reality there are so many stories about Mississauga that predate 1867, which means the history of this place we call home stretches back more than just those 150 years.