Recreation

The City of Mississauga offers a wide range of recreational activities to suit your needs. Come for a workout or swim at one of our Community Centres or take a walk through one of our many beautiful parks.


Swimming
There are 18 City-run swimming pools of which 11 are indoor facilities. The newest facility at Erin Meadows Community Centre features the first aquatics climbing wall. The variety of aquatic facilities ensures plenty of opportunities for fitness and fun.

Fitness Centres
The City has seven fitness centres with complete weight-training facilities equipped with treadmills, life cycles, stair climbers, elliptical trainers and rowing machines. At each of the facilities we offer a wide variety of aerobic classes, approximately 30 classes/week depending on location. We offer other services like squash and racquetball courts with leagues and lessons. Our qualified Personal Training and Aerobics instructors are there to assist individuals in the training areas. The City has been offering fitness services for over 35 years at reasonable prices for the individual and families. We would like to encourage corporate groups to contact us about our discount rates which are available to encourage health and fitness among company employees.

While the City offers an attractive array of fitness facilities, the private sector provides similar services for those who are seeking the full club atmosphere. These clubs range from small specialized personal training studios to full fitness club services with a wide variety of training equipment with pools, squash and indoor/outdoor tennis courts with full serviced lounges.


Skating & Hockey
Mississauga has 21 indoor ice-rink surfaces for public skating and hockey, including Iceland Mississauga. This state-of-the-art recreational facility features a 1,000-seat arena with Olympic-size ice surface, three 300 seat arenas with professional-size ice surfaces, pro shop, skills arcade and restaurant. Little league hockey is a major winter activity in the City.

Mississauga has its own Ontario Junior Hockey League team - St. Michael's Majors. The team plays in the 5,400-seat Hershey Centre arena, opposite Iceland Mississauga. The Hershey Centre will also include another community rink, food and beverage concessions, meeting rooms and viewing galleries.

Fishing in Mississauga
Many people are surprised and delighted to learn that a major urban city can provide interesting sports fishing opportunities. In fact, knowledgeable anglers who have fished in various parts of the world claim that the salmon fishery off Port Credit is among the world's best. As a result, Mississauga has one of Lake Ontario's largest fleet of charter boats. The Lake Ontario sports fishery produces large catches of coho and chinook salmon and growing numbers of Atlantic salmon. Rainbow, lake and brown trout are also found in abundance.

Mississauga is fortunate to have the beautiful Credit River flowing through the City. This river and its tributaries contain speckled, rainbow and brown trout, smallmouth bass and in the mouth of the river, carp, pickerel and pike. This sports fishery now attracts anglers from all over Ontario, the border states and even from countries as far away as Japan, Germany and Great Britain.

Parks
Mississauga has over 350 parks of various sizes. Many small parkettes with trees and park benches form a welcome green space in busy neighbourhoods. Other large sports parks feature baseball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer and football fields. Not only are these located in residential areas but many are in industrial areas to serve the industrial leagues that flourish throughout the city. There is also an authentic Japanese park right in the City Centre as well as 9 picnic parks, many of them offering barbeque facilities.

Mississauga's parks are well used by people of all ages. The miles of trails along stream valleys and through woodlots within the City promote walking, hiking and cycling. The newest trail, the recently completed Waterfront Trail, provides 15 km of continuous pedestrian, cycling and in-line skating routes that meander through parks, scenic streets and green spaces along Lake Ontario from the Oakville to the Etobicoke borders.

Recreation Programs
Mississauga's Community Services Department offers an extensive variety of recreational programs for people of all ages. Fitness programs range from those tailored to adults' and seniors' needs to programs that use swimming pools or gymnasia. As well, there are such diverse group programs as instruction in golf, racquet sports, line dancing, martial arts, downhill skiing and gymnastics. There are even special programs for pre-schoolers involving art, music, swimming and basic gymnastics.

Augmenting this are the various sports leagues for hockey, soccer, football and racquet sports. The City of Mississauga plays a major role in providing facilities for a fulfilling lifestyle. This challenge has been taken seriously; our excellent facilities and beautiful parks reflect this dedication.

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