Streetsville (pop. 47,327) is a neighbourhood located in the northwestern corner of the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on the Credit River. Although Streetsville occupies the west and east banks of the river, the majority is located on the west bank of the river.
The beginnings of Streetsville are interwoven with the history of its founder, Timothy Street. Street was born in 1778 in the American colonies to a British Loyalist family. At the age of 23, he moved with his family from New York to St. David's, a settlement on the Niagara River in Upper Canada (now known as Ontario).
By 1951, the population of Streetsville was registered as 1,139 people. The village became a town on January 1, 1962. In 1974, the Town of Streetsville amalgamated with the Towns of Mississauga and Port Credit to form the City of Mississauga. For the next century, Streetsville largely existed as a long narrow village with all of its shops, three churches, the cenotaph and the library located on Queen Street, which ran between the Credit River and the railway track.
A town prior to the 1974 amalgamations that formed the City of Mississauga, it seeks to keep a "small town" charm by retaining a variety of historical buildings and streetscapes. As part of this attempt to maintain a separate identity from the larger city, the names of several main Mississauga roads, as they pass through Streetsville, remain as they were when Streetsville was an independent village. These include Mississauga Road and Bristol Road, which remain as Queen Street and Main Street respectively. Other main thoroughfares that cross Streetsville include Creditview Road, Eglinton Avenue, and Britannia Road.
Events & Activities
Bread and Honey Festival
In 1973 Streetsville held the first Bread and Honey Festival. This was an acknowledgement to the town's history and its involvement with milling as Kraft Canada and ADM Milling had well-established flourmills in the area. The festival become an annual event being held on the first weekend of June. The festival is held at Streetsville Memorial Park. Some of the events include live musical performances, a carnival run, a consumers market, a pancake breakfast, and parade.
Every July 1 at the Memorial Park dedicated to F.B. McFarren, the Village of Streetsville puts on a Canada Day celebration. There are various activities occurring throughout the afternoon, ranging from face-painting to dance performances. Local businesses sponsor and execute various performances throughout the evening and is then finished with a firework display occurring around 10pm.
Santa Claus Parade
The annual Mississauga Santa Claus Parade now takes place in Streetsville. The parade starts on Queen Street South at Britannia Road and travels south through the village to disperse at various locations after the Church Street junction.
For the first time in 2016, the City of Mississauga held its inaugural Enersource Christmas Market in the Streetsville Village square on the last weekend of November. After a two-year Renovation in 2014, the Streetsville Village Square now includes a covered stage, the town cenotaph and outdoor seating for residents. The Christmas Market includes food and gift vendors, live entertainment and the lighting of the towns Christmas Tree.
Vic Johnston Arena
The arena opened in 1961, and is used for hockey, skating and other community events. It is an independent, non-profit arena. In 2008, the arena received an $8-million-dollar renovation.