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.