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Mississauga: Kariya Park

Unknown to probably 99.9% of their residents, the City of Mississauga and the City of Kariya in Japan (a small city of 132,000, 15km southwest of Nagoya) have enjoyed a sister-city relationship since 1981. Kariya Park was opened in 1992 to celebrate the 11th anniversary of that pairing.

Not far from Mississauga city hall, the park seems a world away from the hustle and bustle just beyond its walls and on the other side of its pine, gingko, and sweetgum trees.

The symbols of the City of Kariya can be found throughout the park, most notably on the large friendship bell in the centerpiece structure of the park.

There’s a zen garden, fish pond, bridges, and gently rolling hills to take in at your leisure.

Unsurprisingly, the park is a popular location for photo-shoots and wedding photos for those who know of its existence.

Mississauga isn’t the first place I’d associate with torii and temple bells.

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Mississauga: Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens

I stumbled across this little gem of a park quite by accident.

On the shores of Lake Ontario in Port Credit (Mississauga), Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens (formerly Cranberry Cove Park) is where the Tecumseh Creek empties into Lake Ontario.

It’s a small park (only 7.19 hectares, or 18 acres), but it’s beautifully planted with numerous rhododendron and azalea. Go during late spring and all through summer to catch the flowers in bloom.

On a clear day you can see across the lake to St. Catherines.

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