Like a tranquil lake of serenity at the heart of busy Mississauga, Kariya Park lies calmly
in the city core, with the famous Civic Centre clock-tower easily glimpsed through the
The park was officially opened in July 1992, honouring the eleventh anniversary of our
twin-city relationship with Kariya,
It is a legacy to future generations, and will mature with age like its array of
rhododendrons, pine, gingko and sweetgum trees, remaining a peaceful haven from the bustle of
city life as Mississauga grows around it.
In Honour of Our Sister City
Kariya, Japan is a busy city of 132,000 people, located fifteen kilometres southwest of Nagoya,
between Kyoto and Tokyo. Since 1981 Mississauga and Kariya have enjoyed a sister-city
relationship, exchanging friendship and cultural delegations.
The park design was truly an international affair! Designed in 1989 by Mississauga city
staff landscape architects, the master plan was reviewed in consultation with their
counterparts in Japan before construction began in order to ensure the flavour of Japan was
The City of Kariya symbol can be viewed in various areas of the park. It includes a wild
goose (kari) about to take flight and a figure eight (ya), both symbolic of future development.
The open area above the figure eight indicates vibrant activity. The combination of the two
symbols produces the city's name of Kariya.
The park's various features are being phased in as funding becomes available. When the
project is complete it will encompass several different forms of Japanese garden. Initially,
meandering walkways lead visitors in and around a quiet pond and hill garden and through a
stroll garden with shrubbery, rocks and low flowerbeds. A pavillion at the north end of the
park and a dry courtyard garden round out the development to 2001.
At the heart of one of Canada's most proudly multicultural cities, Kariya Park is a
permanent testimony to Mississauga's relationship with our sister city in Japan.
A colony of Kariya's official city flower, the beautiful lavender-hued Iris laevigata or
rabbit-ear iris, is one of the first sights greeting visitors as they enter via the gatehouse
on Kariya Drive. Behind its low walls, Kariya Park will offer future generations a gentle
refuge from the outside in the age-old Japanese garden style.
Kariya Park is open to the public seven days a week, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, through the
entrance on Kariya Drive, just off Burnhamthorpe Road east of the Mississauga Civic Centre.
Currently, garden pathways are not cleared of ice and snow, so winter access may be
For more information on Kariya Park contact Parks Operations at 905-615-4100