Lakeview, Mississauga

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Lakeview
Neighbourhood
View from the Waterfront Trail
View from the Waterfront Trail
Coordinates: 43°34′3″N 79°34′56″W / 43.56750°N 79.58222°W / 43.56750; -79.58222
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional municipality Peel
City Mississauga
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area L4X, L4Y, L5E and L5G
Area code(s) 905 and 289
NTS Map 030M12
GNBC Code FBVYM

Lakeview, is one of the communities in Mississauga (formerly Toronto Township), in the Region of Peel, just east of Port Credit, which amalgamated into the Town of Mississauga in 1968. It is located in the extreme southeastern corner of the city. Lakeview is found along the northern shores of Lake Ontario, with an eastern boundary of Etobicoke Creek north of Lake Shore Road and the property line of the former Small Arms Division of Canadian Arsenals Ltd./Marie Curtis Park south of Lake Shore Road, and a western boundary of Cooksville Creek.

Lakefront Promenade Park
MSSC office at Enola Ave in southern portion of the Lakeview

Lakeview was known for the 4 Sisters, the four smokestacks of the former Lakeview Generating Station of Ontario Power Generation. They were called the 4 Sisters because the generating plant actually had eight boilers and two boilers were 'sistered' to a common stack. The generating station was demolished in 2007, about a year after the 4 Sisters stacks were demolished, which occurred on the morning of June 12, 2006. At 493 ft each they were easily the tallest structures in the area. Currently the tallest structure is a 25 story condominium building, Applewood Place, located on the northwest corner of Bloor Street and Dixie Road.

Along the shore of Lake Ontario, Lakeview is the home of the Port Credit Yacht Club, Lakeview Water Treatment Plant and G. E. Booth (Lakeview) Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The area is also home to a Metro grocery store, a beer store (both on Lakeshore Rd.), the Lakeview Branch Library, and 3 high schools: Cawthra Park Secondary School, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, and St. Paul Secondary School. Many parks run along Lake Ontario, including well-lit baseball diamonds used by many junior leagues.

Historical sites[edit]

Lakeview was the site of Long Branch Aerodrome, the first commercial air training airport in Canada. The airport was run by the Curtis Aviation School and located west of the recognized centre of Long Branch part of the current city of Toronto. The Lakeview location is documented by the presence of Aviation Road running south off Lakeshore Road just west of Cawthra Road. The site is further acknowledged by National Historic Plaque #1166

Lakeview was the home for many war time munitions plants during World War II. One large munitions factory in Lakeview was staffed almost exclusively by women during World War II.[1]

Long Branch Aerodrome[edit]

The Long Branch Aerodrome was located west of Long Branch on the Federal Government lands in Toronto Township (today's Mississauga). The aerodrome was situated on a 100-acre property on Lakeshore Road just west of Dixie Road. The Long Branch Aerodrome has the distinction of being the first Aerodrome in Canada and home to Canada's first aviator training school. It opened on May 20, 1915, by Curtiss Aeroplanes and Motors Company for the Royal Flying Corps. Aircraft such as the Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" soon became a common sight at the airfield, which included three aircraft hangars.

In January 1917, the newly designated Royal Flying Corps, Canada, the forerunner to the Royal Canadian Air Force, opened the RFC Training Centre at Long Branch. The Long Branch training centre also provided instruction on flying boats at nearby Hanlon's Point in Toronto Harbour, the first seaplane base in Canada. By July 1917, the flight school re-located to the Armour Heights Aerodrome. Long Branch became the Cadet Ground Training School for the Royal Flying Corps. Both the school and the aerodrome closed in 1919. During World War II, the former aerodrome served initially as 21 Non-permanent Active Militia Training centre and then as an army small arms training centre. After the war, the Lakeview Armoury was established on the site, but was demolished in he 1950s.

Not the slightest trace remains of the airfield today. From 1962 - 2005, the waterfront portion of the property was the location of Ontario Power Generation's Lakeview Generating Station. In September 1969, a plaque was erected at the site to commemorate Canada's first Aerodrome.

Source Material: http://www.waynecook.com/apeel.html - Historic Plaques of Peel, information provided by Eric Gibson, The Mississauga Heritage Foundation (2004), the personal recollections of Tim Baetz, resident of Midland area (2004), "History of Canadian Airports" by T. M. McGrath, Ontario Power Generation web site - www.opg.com/ops/lakeviewfinal.pdf & the personal recollections of the author (2004).

Small Arms Limited, Long Branch Arsenal[edit]

Adjacent to the west side of Marie Curtis Park (now Marie Curtis Park West) in Toronto Township is the former site of the Small Arms Limited Long Branch Arsenal. The Federal Government had owned the lands south of Lake Shore Road, between the Etobicoke River to just west of Cawthra Road, from the late 1800s into the early 20th-Century.

The Ordnance Branch of the Department of National Defence authorized the construction of the factory in 1940. After transfer to the Department of Munitions and Supply, a Crown Corporation, Small Arms Ltd. was formed to operate the facility. By June 1941, the first five rifles had been produced. Huge quantities of British-pattern military small arms were manufactured there during the Second World War, including the No.4 MkI* Lee-Enfield bolt-action rifle, and the Sten submachine-gun (or machine-carbine). Small Arms Ltd. ceased operations at the end of December 1945. Beginning January 1, 1946, operations continued as the Small Arms Division, Canadian Arsenals Limited. The factory was closed June 30, 1976. The property was later used by Canada Post as a distribution centre.

The factory complex was demolished and the "Arsenal Lands" are now being used for the stockpiling of landfill for use in future aquatic park development. The lands are slated to be eventually become part of Marie Curtis Park West. The buildings of the office complex at the foot of Dixie Road were saved for public use, while only the water tower remains from the factory complex.

Transportation[edit]

Notable People from Lakeview[edit]

  • Colonel Sanders (Harland Sanders), founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, lived in the area (1337 Melton Drive near Dixie Road and Dundas Street) part-time from 1965 to 1980 during the time he was overlooking the Canadian unit.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benzie, Robert (12 March 2010). "Ontario honours women who won the war". The Star. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°34′03″N 79°34′56″W / 43.56750°N 79.58222°W / 43.56750; -79.58222