The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in Mississauga, Lake Ontario

Mississauga stretches out west of Toronto
Mississauga stretches out west of Toronto | © Error404 / Alamy Stock Photo
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Contributor4 November 2021

Sprawled west of Toronto, Mississauga is – just like Ontario’s capital – a mega city on the banks of Lake Ontario. And, funnily enough, it’s a place most travelers to Toronto will visit, even if they don’t realize it – because it’s the home of the region’s gateway airport, Toronto Pearson. There is more to see in Mississauga than departure lounges, though. Cute lakefront towns, vast shopping malls and some of Ontario’s tastiest restaurants are all ready for enjoying. And when you book a vacation rental, you can experience them all at your own pace. Here are the best, to book with Culture Trip.

Goodwood Suites, for fine city views

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Snug bedroom with large bed, yellow accents, bedside lamps and tan carpeting
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Whatever brings you to Mississauga, if you’re planning an extended stay, Goodwood Suites is a great option – its apartments are designed exactly for that. The one- and two-bedroom pads are fitted out with kitchens, open-plan seating areas and laundry facilities, so you can make yourself at home while enjoying the sweeping views out to the city below. The building is just a short walk away from the excellent Square One Shopping Centre, so save room in your suitcase for clothes, shoes, electronics and homewares.

Shopaholic heaven at Maplewood Suites

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Snug bedroom with large bed, avocado green walls and hardwood floors
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Love to shop? Maplewood Suites is right next to Mississauga’s brilliant Square One mall, which means you can pop over to buy a new outfit, see a movie or grab a bite to eat – on a daily basis. When you aren’t out spending, take advantage of Maplewood’s free on-site amenities: swimming pool, fitness center and private balconies looking out to the sparkling expanse of Lake Ontario. Floor-to-ceiling windows give the one- and two-bedroom suites an airy feel, which are equally pleasant for working and hanging out.

Galaxy Suites – Grand Ovation, for traveling parents and young ones

Living and dining area with burgundy leather couch, black four-person dining table and sliding doors with separate bedroom
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For small families, this suite – with one bedroom and a sofa bed-equipped living room – makes a great crash pad while exploring Mississauga and Toronto. Kids will love the pool – indoor, so everyone can linger awhile, even on chilly Canadian winter days – while adults will appreciate the modern kitchen, perfect for whipping up maple syrup-smothered breakfasts. The Mississauga Living Arts Centre is only a five-minute walk from here; reserve in advance to attend at least one first-rate concert or theater performance.

Rustic immersion at Newton Villa

Large room with two king beds, wall art and beige carpeting
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Just north of Mississauga, Brampton merits a trip, with its great outdoors – the rushing Humber River and photogenic Heart Lake – as well as the treasure-packed Peel Art Gallery. Close by, this upmarket bed and breakfast is one of the handiest places to lay your hat. Luxurious rooms with regal fireplaces, decadent fabrics and framed paintings add an old-world air; a lounge chair-lined outdoor pool spells fun in the summer months. And breakfasts laden with fresh fruits, cereals and toasted bagels will give you the energy you need to explore.

White House Canada, for interior grandeur

You can see where they got the name: with its portico of four columns, this rambling Brampton property was clearly inspired by the Washington DC residence of the American President and First Family. There are 16 bedrooms, so it’s just the place if you’re looking to host a wedding or birthday party, or are simply traveling with a crowd. Each of the accommodations emanates its own different vibe – Eastern-exotic, swagged and Napoleonic – so have your crew choose their favorites before meeting back downstairs for drinks on the lawn, followed by a boogie on the indoor dance floor.

Cozy slumbers at Amber Suite Toronto

Outdoor rooftop jacuzzi area at Amber Suite Toronto
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Strictly speaking, this two-bedroom stay (sleeping six) is in Toronto – but given it’s on the western side of the city, near Fort York, Mississauga is a breeze to get to. And, meanwhile, you’ve got all of the Big T’s delights to enjoy, from ascending the landmark CN Tower (just over a 0.6mi/1km away) to a galaxy of restaurants (a pizzeria and café are five minutes’ walk away). Floor-to-ceiling windows let the daylight pour in and big-up those city views, whether you’re working out in the on-site gym or making a morning coffee to sip on the balcony.

Livingsuites Toronto – 20 Blue Jays Way, for group weekend getaways

Living room with black and white leather sofas, coffee table, hardwood floors and large windows
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If you want to combine your time in Mississauga with the urban exhilaration of Ontario’s capital, Livingsuites nails it – the apartment is based in the western end of Toronto, so it gives you easy access to both cities. Sleeping up to six guests in three bedrooms, it’s great for a family or group of friends, who can take advantage of the free on-site parking, a full kitchen for thrifty self-catering and a balcony with city views. Best of all, its simple whitewashed spaces are very cozy and comfortable.

Your own private hideaway at Queen West Vibes Apartment Toronto

View of surrounding buildings from modern balcony
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Some of Toronto’s coolest corners are mere steps away from this property, whether you want to rock up to hip Ossington Avenue (peppered with trendy restaurants and bars) or slick Queen Street West (packed with boutiques and cafes). The international airport – Toronto Pearson – is a quick drive away, while the regional Billy Bishop airport is 10 minutes in a taxi. What’s more, this place packs some personality: slick and contemporary, it comes with houseplants, a polka-dot duvet and a lipstick-red TV unit – you’ll feel like you’ve relocated to Toronto permanently.

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