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Showcasing Natural Areas in Mississauga

The Creditview Wetland

The Creditview Wetland is a natural gem in the heart of Mississauga. To ensure its protection, the City of Mississauga purchased the wetland in 1998. It is a protected ecosystem designated as a Significant Natural Site within the City of Mississauga. It is a unique remnant of the last ice age about 11,000 years ago. The wetland covers an area of 4 hectares and includes elements of open water, swamp, bog hummocks (decaying plant material around tree roots) and woodland areas.

207 plant species have been documented in the wetland. The bog plants found here are of particular interest since they are becoming increasingly rare in southern Ontario. Since 1988, 109 species of wildlife have been observed in the wetland including birds, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, amphibians and mammals. Since development, significant decline in this diversity has been noted.

In 2008, the Creditview Wetland Stewardship Committee was formed. The purpose of this group is to raise community awareness and encourage community participation to support the health of the wetland. You can get involved in the hands-on and educational activities organized by this group. Go to the Creditview Wetland website to learn more.

The Malton Greenway

The Malton Greenway, running along Mimico Creek, is found in the northeast corner of Mississauga. For the past two decades the City has conducted multiple phases of restoration through native tree planting and stewardship throughout this greenbelt. Toronto and Region Conservation has been a key partner in achieving these restoration goals. Areas once mowed to the creek edges are now diverse buffers providing benefits to both wildlife and humans. Mimico Creek flows into Lake Ontario, a main source of drinking water. These plantings help protect and improve the quality of water flowing in Mimico Creek. These native trees and shrubs also provide valuable food and shelter for fish, birds, and mammals.

This important work is only possible with the support of volunteers in the community. Volunteers continue to be engaged in events to help enhance and protect the Malton Greenway. Hands-on environmental stewardship activities are held annually. For more information on this and other volunteer opportunities, please call 3-1-1.

Jack Darling Park

Jack Darling Park is situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in the south west of the City of Mississauga. During the redevelopment of Jack Darling Park in 1996, prairie plants were discovered in two locations. As part of the Park Master Plan, the park's natural features of marsh, Carolinian forest and prairie grassland are to be maintained in a natural state.

A prairie landscape is dominated by grasses and made up of a unique collection of plants adapted to drought and frequent wildfires. These plant communities are often found growing on severely drained sandy soils with a southern exposure and experiencing fires regularly. These conditions were most commonly found on the sand plains along the shorelines of the Great Lakes. Jack Darling Park is one such site.

A large area of the park, north of the recreational areas has been designated as a natural area managed as a tall grass prairie. The site requires management to prevent the growth of invasive and woody plants. Since wildfires are not encouraged in urban areas, controlled, prescribed burns are conducted to eliminate the growth of invasive and woody plants that would eventually take over the site. Mowing is another management technique used to control woody and invasive growth in a prairie. Community groups have been involved in the restoration of this prairie site. They have planted plants typical of a tall grass prairie such as big bluestem and Indian grass. Restoration and management of the prairie grassland at Jack Darling will enhance the region's natural significance and help to provide a refuge for species now absent or in decline in the southern Peel region.