Applewood is one of Mississauga’s oldest neighbourhoods – developed in the 1950s this neighbourhood has grown into a cultural mecca for the city, and because of this, the community can be very tight-knit. The pocket of Applewood Acres (one of three main pockets in Applewood: Applewood Acres, Applewood Heights and Applewood Hills) is known for the special events hosted by the Applewood Homeowners Association at the Westacres Park, with their most known event being the barbeque and free swim which is amazing for families – typically the association will bring out bouncy castles, face painters, and an obstacle course (to name a few) for the residents to enjoy.
For the nature enthusiasts, there are plenty of biking and walking trails to choose from down by the Etobicoke Creek that runs south through Applewood out to Lake Ontario. And for the shopping enthusiasts, you can find an industrial park with many shops and outlets along the stretch of Dundas from Dixie to Cawthra, with the Mississauga Chinese Centre (over 100,000 square feet of shopping) being a destination for travellers and locals alike.
Miway bus transportation is available throughout Applewood, but for the Toronto commuter the Dixie Go Train might be a more viable option (although it’s not one of the most serviced Go lines, it can still get you downtown without having to fight traffic on the Gardiner). Another option for commuters since Applewood is so close to the Toronto border might be using the Bloor subway line to get into the core, although the closest station stop would likely be Kipling Station.
Transit aside, schools are definitely a factor for many Applewood residents (which makes sense when we look at the demographics that show a higher number of children per household in this part of the city!). There are good scoring schools in each age range in the Applewood neighbourhood: Burnhamthorpe Public School, Silverthorne Public School and Applewood Heights Secondary School to name a few – and the scores in this area, in general, are showing an upward trend, which is always a great sign for the neighbourhood.