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Kariya Park: Secret zen garden in Mississauga

Think you can’t find a quiet spot in the hustling-bustling sprawl that is downtown Mississauga?

Drive by it and you may miss it. Located on Kariya Drive, the Kariya Park is a little hidden away zen garden right by the Sussex Centre.

Styled after a typical Japanese garden, Kariya Park was opened in 1992 to honour Mississauga’s twin-city relationship with Kariya, Japan.

The friendship bell, found at the covered pavilion, is made out of bronze and was donated by the city of Kariya.

What I love about this park:

  • A pond which is home to ducks as well as the occasional visiting heron;
  • A wooden bridge for romantic photos and just to stop and gaze over the pond;
  • Woodland area for quiet relaxation or reading;
  • A small cascade which creates a soothing sound;
  • Trails around the area for a leisurely stroll.

During our visit we noted a heron, standing so still you’d think he was a stuffed bird. Koi and carp would occasionally swim up close to the surface of the water flashing white or bright orange.

The park in the autumn is awash in colour – rusty reds are dominated by golden leaves, and the occasional greenery of hardier trees.

I included a visit at Kariya Park to my list of things to do in Misssissauga this summer. Having visited the park in the winter and now the fall, I think it’s a place to visit any time of the year.

Kariya Park is open to the public seven days a week, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, through the entrance on Kariya Drive, just off Burnhamthorpe Road east of the Mississauga Civic Centre. Paid parking is available on the street just outside of the park.

Kariya Park in Mississauga

The friendship bell – detail of the Dragon

Kariya Park in Mississauga

The pond at Kariya Park is living community of ducks, fish and a visiting heron (seen on the far right).

Kariya Park in Mississauga

Frank standing by the friendship bell

Kariya Park in Mississauga

A heron, standing so still in the pond, was doing a bit of fishing, right by the bridge.

Kariya Park in Mississauga

There are many small details hidden in the park such as this fine work on the wooden posts.

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