Here is a little blast from the past on my search for a great family staycation location within a 3 hour drive of the Greater Toronto Area — turns out it’s practically in my own backyard! Port Credit is a quaint port-side village within the City of Mississauga, along the Credit River.
Port Credit, Ontario - A Family Staycation
Fondly known as Mississauga’s Village By The Lake, Port Credit is a hidden treasure within Canada’s 6th largest city. So why travel far when you have a great place to staycation steps away from home?
Disclaimer — I grew up a hop, skip and a jump from there, so I am a little partial to it!
However, with rich history and successful revitalization efforts, Port Credit is a lovely place to visit year round. The best way to tour is really by foot, even with kids. I did a segment for a show called Curious – The Tourist Guide a few years ago which details all the fun things to see, do, and discover in Port Credit, along with some pretty cool history that even I wasn’t aware of. There are festivals and events year round to take the family to, and a lot of cool places to check out up and down Lakeshore Rd.
Plenty of Family Activities and Restaurants
While the kids may not appreciate all the different shops and galleries, they’ll love the dock-side restaurant, Snug Harbour, and climbing the steps surrounding the lighthouse. Boat watching is mandatory, as is a visit to the many chocolate and ice cream stores throughout.
Plus, how often can you bring the whole family with you? Not to be left out, Port Credit is a very dog-friendly community, even supplying poop n’ scoop bags along their walking trails.
Our Port Credit Favorites:
- The Lighthouse – Great place to take pictures in front of and have the kids run, er, walk around!
- Fishing Charters – Lots to choose from.
- Aielli Ristorante – Delectable Italian restaurant.
- The Crooked Cue – Great pool hall and pub.
- Snug Harbour – Seafood restaurant on the dock with live music year round.
- The Waterfront Trail – Beautiful walking and bike trails all year round.
- The Waterside Inn – A great option should you choose to make a night of it – splurge on the brunch!
- Art Galleries and Antique Shops Galore – Make a hunt of it with the kids. There are lots of window displays and, if you’re like me, it could be an expensive liability to bring them in.
To see a sampling of my favorite things, plus a lot of other great places to check out, you can watch my feature:
There’s lots to do all year round, especially if you do like festivals and music. During the winter months, you can just take the kids along the waterfront trail on a discovery mission. For more information on what you can do with the family in Port Credit you can go to: http://www.portcredit.com/
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