Lake Ontario Ports of Call
The northern shore of Lake Ontario
where watersports, beaches and fishing abound
The Lake Ontario Ports of Call region of central Ontario skirts along the northern shore of this Great Lake from the City of Mississauga, east to the Town of Brighton. It includes the City of Toronto but for the purposes of this site I have dedicated numerous pages to the city itself and thus it will be excluded from this region.
For the most part all these communities are part of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and are in fact suburbs of Canada’s greatest metropolitan area. This is one of the fastest growing areas of the country as many people are leaving the congestion of the city to seek the quiet, relatively open spaces of suburbia.
Most of these communities have long existed but it is only in the last 20 years or so that they have seen significant growth. This has resulted in most looking relatively the same and not really offering much to the prospective visitor in terms of attractions.
Once Toronto is excluded the largest communities in the region are:
- City Of Mississauga, population 715,000
- City of Oshawa, population 150,000
- Town of Whitby, population 122,000
- Town of Ajax, population 110,000
- City of Pickering, population 89,000
- Town of Clarington, population 85,000
Other than highlights such as Port Hope and Presqu’ile Provincial Park at the extreme eastern end of the region most of the region’s attraction revolve around water activities on lake Ontario such as:
Map of the Lake Ontario Ports of Call region
Getting to the Lake Ontario Ports of Call region:
The rapidly expanding City of Mississauga lies in the west of the region and is traversed by many of the nations busiest highways. Highways 401, 403 and the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) all pass through the city.
The communities to the eat of Toronto can all be reached by taking Highway 401, the main east-west transportation corridor from Toronto to Montreal.
All of the region’s communities are serviced by Toronto’s Pearson International Airport which is actually located in the City of Mississauga. All international and domestic flights can be connected so as to fly into the airport. Once you land, you can either connect to your ultimate destination or drive the short distance of 27 kilometres (16 miles) to downtown Toronto along Highway 427 to the Gardiner Expressway.
Please note that this is a heavily trafficked route and can sometimes take an extremely long time to travel. There is also no rail link to the downtown core so all public transportation is overland.
By Public Transport:
As this region lies astride the major east west transportation corridor in the country there are quite a few alternatives with regards to public transportation.
Via Rail stops in quite a few communities in the region, visit www.viarail.ca
for more information as to schedules and fares.
The provincial commuter train system Go Transit’s main east west Lakeshore line runs from beyond Mississauga to Oshawa. The trains run frequently and are relatively inexpensive so traveling aboard one is a really viable alternative if your ultimate destination falls within its boundaries. For more information visit www.gotransit.com
The region is also well serviced by bus. In addition to local community bus services you can reach population centres of any significance by public bus transportation. Visit either www.coachcanada.com
for more information.
While not the most heavily visited areas of the Province there is still much to see and do in the various communities of the Lake Ontario Ports of Call region. From trendy Port Credit in Mississauga to watching migrating Monarch butterflies at Presqu’ile Provincial Park the area offers something a little bit different from most other regions.
The region is the centre of the deepwater charter fishing industry
and many of the small ports and marinas that dot the coast provide services for downrigger salmon and trout fishing in the deep cold waters of Lake Ontario. This is some of the best freshwater fishing in the world and annually during the season participants from across the globe flock to the region.
Lake Ontario Ports of Call Attractions
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