Study ranks best neighbourhoods for nature lovers in Mississauga

By Karen Longwell

Published March 16, 2023 at 3:32 p.m

While Mississauga is known for its urban sprawl, the city still has plenty of places for nature lovers.

The development will likely change the face of the city for years to come, but hopefully the green spaces will remain intact. As Mayor Bonnie Crombie said recently, the city has run out of land for detached single-family homes and needs to build high-rise buildings to keep up with those in the province MOre houses built faster Law.

For now, those who love the outdoors and are looking for a place to live in Mississauga might want to consider a new degree.

Canadian digital real estate platform Wahi’s study ranks their picks for the best places to live in GTA based on your priorities. For those who long for more nature in an urban setting, Wahi has selected three Peel neighborhoods – all in Mississauga.

These communities were ranked high based on several attributes: the amount of nearby parking space; how quiet the neighborhood is; and how easy it is to get around on foot or by bike, notes Wahi.

Here are Wahi’s top three spots for nature lovers in Mississauga:

apple wood

Applewood makes the cut for its parks, including Westacres Park in the heart of the community. The neighborhood is easily walkable and offers access to shops and golf courses nearby.

Hiking trails along Etobicoke Creek are also nearby.

This neighborhood was named for the apple orchards that were once prevalent before a development boom in the 1950s. The area still has many large trees.

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And homes don’t come cheap — according to Wahi, they sell for around $1.2 million and go relatively quickly. The average number of days on the market is nine.


Due to the heavy traffic and aircraft noise from Pearson International Airport, Malton doesn’t immediately come to mind as a place for nature lovers. But Wahi put Malton in second place.

Wahi notes Malton’s proximity to Indian Line Campground and the Humber Arboretum. Malton also has its own two kilometer Greenway, a trail for hiking, horseback riding or snowshoeing.

Malton’s advantage is home prices — the median asking price is $785,000, according to Wahi.

lake view

As the name suggests, Lakeview offers beautiful views of Lake Ontario. And that area will soon include the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, which is expected to be completed in 2025.

There are currently trails along Etobicoke Creek, Lakefront Marie Curtis Park, and Lakefront Promenade Park.

Homes here come in at an average price of $950,000.

Lake View Nature Reserve

The full study can be found on Wahi’s Where to Live 2023 website.

Obviously, this isn’t the final word on Mississauga’s best areas for nature.

Conspicuously missing from this list are Clarkson, home of the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, and Erindale with The Riverwood Conservancy and Erindale Park.

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