Living in Erindale
Erindale Village is a very pretty neighbourhood with lots of natural landmarks including the Credit River that winds its way through this neighbourhood. Buffering this neighbourhood from the Queen Elizabeth Way to the south are the Credit Valley Golf and Country Club and the Mississauga Golf and Country Club. There are also a plethora of parks offering a myriad of recreational services from picnic areas to sports. One of these parks is Erindale Park off Dundas Street.
The historic Erindale Village is located on a high perch of winding roadway off Dundas Street, east of the Credit River. If you blink you might miss it. The village has retained some of its original heritage structures including a church, community hall and a handful of early houses. The ruins of an old hydro dam can be explored on foot in Erindale Park off Dundas Street across from the village.
History of Erindale
In 1822 Thomas Racey purchased a large tract of land on the banks of the Credit River. Racey ran into financial problems and in 1825 his land was auctioned off into smaller parcels to eager settlers who would go on to establish a small village originally named Toronto. This village would undergo many name changes until 1890 when the first rector in the village, Reverend James McGrath, imposed his will and got the name changed to Erindale after his birthplace in Ireland. Industry thrived for a time with saw and grist mills operating on the Credit River. However;in 1919 a devastating fire left the village near ruin. Erindale never bounced back from the fire. When the the Hydro electric dam closed in 1923 Erindale became nothing more than a sleepy hollow. Erindale was given new life when it amalgamated with the Township of Mississauga in 1968, later becoming part of the newly created City of Mississauga in 1974.
Homes in Erindale
The old village of Erindale consists of just a few streets. The lack of sidewalks and the ravine setting make this village feel like it is located in the rural countryside rather than a big city. This exclusive pocket features just a few dozen houses consisting of heritage homes, ranch-style bungalows, split-level homes and some custom infill housing. If you want a big lot but not so big a house there are affordable bungalows and split level homes north of Dundas in the Credit Woodlands enclave. The area around Huron Park has larger detached suburban style homes with double car garages. The most expensive homes in the neighbourhood are the custom designed infill homes that are randomly found throughout the neighbourhood.
Lifestyle in Erindale
Erindale is big on parkland but not so much on shopping. The closest malls are located just outside the neighbourhood in Cooksville and Erin Mills. Mississauga City Centre, Port Credit and the City of Toronto are all within reasonable driving distance for Erindale residents who are looking for restaurants and entertainment.
Recreation in Erindale
Erindale Park is a neighbourhood landmark located off Dundas Street West. Fishing enthusiasts circle this park on their calendar as this stretch of the Credit River supports runs of Rainbow and Brown Trout, Chinook, Coho and Atlantic Salmon. Erindale Park encompasses 222 acres making it the largest park in Mississauga. Park features include fully equipped picnic areas, and for the more active there are walking trails, fishing, and canoeing. This greenbelt setting is perfect for bird watching, photographers and nature enthusiasts. The David J. Fulham Trail pathway within Erindale Park is densely treed trail that provides spectacular views of the Credit River and trail ravines. The fall colour here are spectacular. This mixed use trail is popular with hikers, joggers, cyclists and cross-country skiers.
Arts in Erindale
The historic Robinson-Adamson House also known as “The Grange”, is located at 1921 Dundas Street West, and is the home of Heritage Mississauga. The Centre offers a number of services to the community including:heritage and art exhibits, guided and self-guided heritage tours, and community presentations and events.
Transportation in Erindale
Erindale has its own Go Station which makes commuting easy. Motorists enjoy convenient access to highway 403 which connects to the 400 series highways leading into and out of Mississauga and to all points of the GTA.