“Make your heart like a lake, with calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness.”-Anonymous
As humans we are blessed with our great five senses: Seeing, touching, hearing, tasting and smelling. They contribute to our memories by triggering certain familiar senses. In my opinion, the greatest attraction to visit in Mississauga is Port Credit; a relaxing neighbourhood seen as a “vacation-type” location while only being five minutes away from my home. All five senses are triggered when I hear, see, touch, smell and taste something that reminds me of and brings me back to those special moments that I shared with my family at Port Credit.
Every Sunday to this day, my parents and I go to Port Credit to relax and take a break from our busy lives to just enjoy with each other. We have a little secret spot behind the trees, on the rocks, alongside Lake Ontario, where us three set up our picnic blanket while enjoying the food that we all contributed cooking together. Every time I eat ice-cream, it takes me back to those moments where I would persuade my dad to buy my mom and I an ice-cream from “Dairy-Cream” located in Port-Credit. Whenever I hear geese, I remember the geese in Port-Credit fighting over the tiny bread crumbs I would feed them. Going to Port-Credit was like a home away from home. It was such a simple, nearby get-away that we all enjoyed and made into a tradition. Walking around in Port-Credit is like being in a movie. Everything in site is so beautiful that it seems too perfect to be real. While my parents and I sit on the rocks, I cannot help but think about how calm the waves of the lake are. Hearing the water clash onto the rocks brings me to a peaceful, and restful state of being. Sitting and listening to God’s natural creation is therapy for me which is why visiting Port-Credit once a week is necessary. Mississauga is a fast developing city, which is great. However, although it is becoming a city filled with malls and tall buildings, visiting places like Port Credit that “takes you away” from the city while still being in it allows people to take a break from their busy schedules for a moment and reflect on themselves.
Port Credit is the go to place on Canada Day, as it is where mostly all of the people residing in Mississauga attend on July 1st to enjoy the beautiful day. It is where the people of the big city gather together and act as one united community while listening to live music and participating in games. Port Credit has a special place in my heart and I plan to carry on my families’ tradition by sharing it with my future husband and children later on down the road.