Port Credit

Moving to Port Credit, Mississauga

port credit harbour lighthouse
Port Credit Harbour Lighthouse

Port Credit is a picturesque waterfront neighbourhood in south central Mississauga, located at the mouth of the Credit River on the north side of Lake Ontario. A popular tourist destination, the neighbourhood has seen significant development in the last few years that has made it one of the most desirable areas in Mississauga.

The types of homes in Port Credit

Real estate in the Port Credit area is some of the most sought after in all of Mississauga. Port Credit is primarily a residential area comprised largely of detached homes, with a few midrise apartment buildings scattered around the neighbourhood. According to Storwell’s guide for moving to Mississauga, the average rent of a one-bedroom apartment in the Port Credit area is around $1805 per month. The houses here are a mix of bungalows built in the 1950s, some larger modern custom homes, and mid-sized townhouses. In recent years, many of the older houses in the area have been redeveloped and extensively renovated, often embracing a more modern minimalist design aesthetic.

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New condo development

Right now, Port Credit’s residential housing stock is primarily single family homes, but the growth in condos is accelerating. There are new projects being built and completed on a regular basis, but all that will pale in comparison to what is coming soon. There is a major mixed use development currently under construction at Lakeshore Road West and Mississauga Road. This waterfront condominium complex will be called Brightwater and will comprise of multiple buildings on 72 acres of land right next to Lake Ontario. The development will have many amenities including extensive waterfront green areas, a beach, plus significant retail and office space. Once complete, Brightwater will be home to over 5000 new residents. Residents will get a full array of luxury features including a community shuttle bus to the Port Credit GO Station.

Where is Port Credit?

Port Credit is located on the west end of Lake Ontario. The neighbourhood sits between Seneca Avenue and Richards Memorial Park, with Lake Ontario serving as its southern boundary and the Canadian National Railway tracks serving as its northern border. The Credit River runs right through the heart of the neighbourhood with the Port Credit Harbour acting as a focal point for the entire south Mississauga region. 

Getting around

In the last two decades, Port Credit has seen massive developments to its transportation system. With the excellent selection of transportation options and only more to come, Port Credit has become a popular destination for commuters who work in the city but want to live in a more relaxed and scenic environment. Lakeshore Road West runs right through the heart of town, and it, along with the nearby QEW Highway, can take motorists into Downtown Toronto in around 30 minutes. Many Port Credit residents are within walking distance of the Port Credit GO Station, just north of the intersection of Lakeshore and Hurontario Street. This is a transportation hub of South Mississauga, linking both the city’s public transit system: MiWay, and GO Transit.

Port Credit is expected to get even greater access to transportation options in the next few years with the construction of the Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) project, which will eventually be called the Hazel McCallion Line, to commemorate the former Mississauga mayor. The Hurontario LRT will have 19 stops from the Port Credit GO station north to the Brampton Gateway Terminal. This new environmentally friendly transportation hub will give Port Credit residents easy access to the other rapidly growing regions across the Mississauga and Brampton regions. The new line is set to open in 2024. 

local BIA located in the lighthouse
Port Credit Business Association

History of the area

Port Credit has a rich history dating back to the early 1700s when the region was initially settled by the Mississauga Ojibwe First Nations. A trading post was built in 1720 for fur trading between the Mississauga and the European Settlers. After the war of 1812, the Mississauga would give up much of the surrounding land, keeping only the area at the mouth of the Credit River. This area would become a thriving harbour community used jointly by the First Nations and the European Settlers. The Mississauga would leave the area in 1847 to relocate to the Six Nations Reserve, near Brantford.

By the early 1900s, with the development of the railway and Lakeshore Highway, Port Credit became a popular summer destination for people looking to find an escape from the busy city. The town would remain independent until it was incorporated with the rest of Mississauga in 1974. The picturesque harbour was redeveloped into a marina and is now the largest marina in the region. In recent years, there has been a lot of development in the area renovating older houses and constructing new high-rise condos.

Moving to Port Credit

port credit marina boats
Harbour Boats on a Summer Day

Port Credit is an enticing destination for a wide variety of different people. If you are a just starting your family and want to get some distance from the hustle and bustle of Toronto, this area is a great choice. With its proximity to the highway and GO train, you can still get into the city with relative ease, but you get the benefits of being in a less densely packed area area by the water. Port Credit is also perfect for homeowners who are looking to downsize and move out of Toronto, especially with the new condos being built by the water.

Whether you are downsizing to a smaller space or just looking to declutter the space you already have, self-storage can be a great solution. Right now, Storwell Self Storage is providing an exclusive offer to my clients for 4 weeks or free storage. Storwell has 3 locations in Scarborough, Etobicoke, and one location in Mississauga, which is just a 10-minute drive west from Port Credit on Royal Windsor drive. You can call or visit the facility in person to demo a unit.

Things to do in Port Credit

Port Credit is a lively neighbourhood that is jam packed with interesting events and locations to visit. The most recognizable structure in Port Credit must be the iconic lighthouse on the corner of Front Street and Lakeshore Road. The iconic red and white lighthouse is still operational and is the home of the local BIA and Tourist Bureau and serves as the logo for many local organizations. Just east of the lighthouse you have the Port Credit harbor marina, which is beautiful place to enjoy the view of the lake and launch your own boat. The Port Credit Yacht Club provides many activities for boat owners and non boat owners alike. The Yacht Club runs many races throughout the summer months. If you prefer to stay on dry land, the Port Credit harbourfront has over 225 kilometers of scenic walkways and trails that accentuate the beauty of the surrounding area.

boats in port credit marina
Boats at Port Credit Marina with Toronto in the Distance

While many activities in Port Credit are centered on the water, there are plenty of other things to do in the area. Every Saturday morning from June to October you can visit the Port Credit Farmers Market for fresh fruit and produce. For the last 23 years, Memorial Park has been home to the Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival. In 2018, the 3-day music festival was recognized at the Mississauga Arts Council’s Awards Gala held each May, receiving the MARTY award for “Mississauga’s Best Festival”. Over the years, the festival has grown to encompass two ticketed main stages, and two free stages featuring continuous entertainment throughout the weekend.

The Mississauga Waterfront Festival is another annual music festival held in Port Credit. It started off with only 7,000 visitors in 1998 but has quickly expanded to an average of 50,000 visitors per year in 2013 and only continues to get bigger. Aside from the wide variety of musical acts, the festival also hosts several educational programs focused on the topics of endangered species, health and wellness, and conservation. 

If you are looking for a fun and creative way to spend the evening with friends, consider dropping by Studio Paint Bar at Port Street East and Helene Street South. You and your friends can spend the night sipping delicious cocktails and following along to a painting lesson.

Port Credit Restaurants

Port Credit has a growing food scene with options for many different types of cuisine. There are several excellent Italian restaurants to choose from. Maranello Café is a family run restaurant serving Italian comfort food using recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Other favorite places serving Italian cuisine include Papa Guiseppe’s, Aielli, and Posta Italbar, which has outdoor seating facing the marina.

Bobby’s Hideaway is a fixture of the community serving up traditional diner classics. Diners can find delicious vegan options with Raw Aura Organic Cuisine, a restaurant that specializes in plant-based gluten free organic cuisine. Here you can also find The Back Road Motor Coffee Company, a unique venture that melds motorcycle culture with high quality coffee roasting. The Snug Harbour Seafood Bar and Grill is an iconic local restaurant located right on the water serving up seafood specialties with a relaxed, modern interior and outdoor patio seating.

In the mood for pub dining? The Pump House Grille is a neighbourhood icon, and the Brogue Irish Pub has legions of followers. There is a long list of best restaurants in Port Credit, featuring most of the world’s cuisines.

Parks and recreation

port credit parks

Port Credit not only has a wonderful view of Lake Ontario and the Credit River, but it also has several great parks to explore allowing you to reconnect with nature. JC Saddington Park has a children’s playground and access to the Waterfront Trail that goes along the edge of Lake Ontario and is a perfect place to take walks in the evenings. To the north, you will find Memorial Park on Stavebank Road. Memorial Park has several fields, a children’s playground, and a skatepark with obstacles built to accommodate a variety of different skill levels. Right next to the park there is the Port Credit Memorial Arena, which has a well-maintained ice rink and amenities.

Nature lovers and gardeners can also find one of Canada’s largest public rhododendron gardens nearby. The Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens are located on the western edge of the town and has a dazzling array of azaleas and rhododendrons surrounded by white pines, perennials, and shrubs. While the garden is open year-round, the best floral displays happen between May and June.

port credit harbor promenade

Schools in Port Credit

The strong school system is one of the main factors that draws families to the Port Credit area. The Peel District School board operates several schools in the neighbourhood and its surrounding areas. Port Credit Secondary School located on Mineola Road is the only option for public high schools in the area but it is a particularly good option. The school received stellar grades from the Annual Fraser Institute Report Card for 2020, ranking as one of the top 70 high schools in all of Ontario out of nearly 800 different schools. Check out our detailed information on Mississauga school rankings.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board serves Port Credit with two Catholic high schools that also have excellent ratings. Iona Secondary School has a catchment area west of the Credit River, and St. Paul Secondary School serves everywhere east of the river.

The public elementary schools in the area that received high marks from the Fraser Institute include:

  • Kenollie Public School
  • Forest Avenue Public School
  • Riverside Public School

The private school, Blyth Academy has a campus on Enola Avenue, which is another excellent option for your child’s education. 

House Prices in Port Credit

For its relatively small size, Port Credit offers a good variety of housing types within its borders. Throughout 2021, there was an active market for detached homes, semi-detached, and freehold townhouses. During 2021, there were 52 detached homes sold through the MLS system, plus 25 semi-detached, 2 freehold townhouses, 4 duplex properties, 3 triplexes, and 1 vacant land sale. We can look at sales for detached homes:

Average Asking PriceAverage Selling PricePercentage
$2,114,349$2,121,608101

And here’s a complete list of detached homes which sold in Port Credit Mississauga in 2021.

AddressAsking PriceDate Sold
50 Park$1,100,00006/25/2021
48 Park$1,100,00006/25/2021
23 John $1,199,00003/29/2021
15 Benson$1,199,00008/23/2021
27 Mississauga$1,199,90003/14/2021
42 Front$1,200,00006/25/2021
63 Port$1,250,00002/25/2021
48 Maple$1,299,00008/23/2021
8 Harrison$1,299,70007/24/2021
24 Pine$1,299,99911/18/2021
14 Benson$1,300,00001/12/2021
24 Maple$1,350,00003/16/2021
67 Forest$1,399,00003/10/2021
8 Wesley$1,400,00007/06/2021
17 Wesley$1,449,00010/04/2021
35 Woodlawn$1,499,00002/21/2021
5 Oakwood$1,499,00010/28/2021
47 John$1,499,90007/05/2021
29 Harrison$1,499,99904/01/2021
34 Peter$1,500,00005/17/2021
36 Peter$1,500,00005/17/2021
12 Wesley$1,529,00007/08/2021
44 Minnewawa$1,549,90004/05/2021
50 Benson$1,588,00004/09/2021
45 Benson$1,599,00010/26/2021
58 Ben Machree $1,690,00011/30/2021
13 Wenonah$1,699,00004/29/2021
65 Minnewawa$1,699,00012/09/2021
22 Elmwood$1,800,00012/13/2021
68 Maple$1,899,00009/22/2021
19 Brant$1,985,00003/27/2021
28 Forest$1,988,80011/26/2021
97 Wanita $2,199,88811/20/2021
92 Wanita$2,280,00006/27/2021
37 Wenonah $2,288,00009/27/2021
32 Benson$2,298,00004/26/2021
38 Hiawatha$2,395,00004/05/2021
40 Oakwood$2,399,00004/02/2021
52 Oakwood$2,449,90004/06/2021
53 Woodlawn$2,499,00012/02/2021
26 Cumberland$2,499,90006/30/2021
89 Cumberland$2,649,90011/26/2021
40 Lake$2,975,00005/11/2021
8 Cumberland$3,299,00004/23/2021
36 Onaway$3,449,00003/22/2021
34 Onaway$3,499,00007/09/2021
10 Pine$3,499,00008/05/2021
15 Wenonah$3,599,90004/09/2021
54 Cumberland$3,789,00001/11/2021
45 Wanita$3,850,00003/24/2021
76 Ben Machree$4,249,00006/03/2021
82 Cumberland$6,699,85012/15/2021

In addition to these “freehold” properties sold in 2021, there were also 114 condominium properties sold, of which 48 were townhouses, 64 were condo apartments, 1 was a co-op apartment, and 1 was a semi-detached condo.

In Conclusion: Port Credit, Mississauga

Port Credit is a neighbourhood on the rise. With its proximity to the waterfront, excellent selection of houses and condos, and strong school system, this beautiful area of Mississauga has become a popular landing spot for both home owners and renters alike. If you are planning on moving to Port Credit, you should act fast as the demand for housing in the area is rising by the day.

Buyers

The first step in your journey as a Buyer is to contact us by clicking on the red button below. You can schedule a short, complimentary call, that is friendly, no-pressure and no-obligation. Having this chat helps us to understand what is important to you about your next home and neighbourhood. Many of our buyers are looking for a future home with character. It could be located near a park, a walking trail, or Lake Ontario. We know that many people will picture themselves being able to do their weekly shopping at the local farmers market, vegetable market, or fruit stand.

Everyone these days is looking for a good school for their children, and local community programs are important too. If you are a pet lover, having an off-leash dog park close by is always a great option.

The type of person who moves to Port Credit appreciates local independent businesses and restaurants. They want close access to transit (Mississauga Transit & LRT, GO Train), but also love the freedom of a nearby cycling trail to enjoy on the weekends. They like getting to know their neighbours, and value a neighbourhood with a sense of community.

Sellers

If you are already a Port Credit resident, we offer you our intimate knowledge of the area, and our ability to communicate the benefits of your home and community so that buyers will listen. Many buyers today are just as concerned with the quality of the neighbourhood as they are with the actual property. When we help someone sell their home, we focus on getting potential buyers to understand what it would be like living there. In addition to highlighting the features and upgrades of your property, we also show it in context of the local festivals, best restaurants and coffee shops, transit, schools, and parks.

By knowing this area so well, and through long years of experience, we also know the local real estate market. We guide you to make the right decisions. You get our knowledge of the neighbourhood, mixed with our deep understanding of your needs.

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