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Bradley Museum – Historic Mississauga

We recently spent part of a wonderful afternoon enjoying the natural beauty of the grounds surrounding the Bradley Museum in the Clarkson area of South Mississauga. This is a great place to take the kids, walk the dog, and just enjoy a bit of history surrounded by nature! My photo tour today focuses only on the grounds which surround the museum itself. The museum will be the subject of a future article.

Bradley Museum is located south of Lakeshore Road W., where Orr Road and Meadow Wood Road intersect. It’s only a block or so from the shores of Lake Ontario, and although it is in the heart of bustling Mississauga, this area is an oasis of peace and calm. The nature which surrounds you here, coupled with the historic buildings, hearken back to the rural Ontario of another age. Click on the photos for larger images..

Bradley Museum Mississauga

Bradley Museum Mississauga

This is an historic area of Mississauga that was first settled in the early 1800’s, originally known as ‘Clarkson’s Corners’. Today at the museum there are several structures, including barns and a log cabin, which gives the visitor a view to the past. The grounds are quite spectacular, and on the late spring weekend when we were there, the flowers were in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the birds were singing.

Bradley Museum Mississauga

Bradley Museum log cabin

Wandering the grounds of the Bradley Museum is a great way to reconnect with nature. We brought our fearless little shih tzu, who is a city dog for sure, and he loved it. There are wild deer in the refinery lands adjacent, and maybe it was the scent of these animals, because our little guy was intensely interested in what lay beyond in the forest, standing very still, sniffing the air carefully as long as we let him.

Fruit trees in bloom at the Bradley Museum

Fruit trees in bloom at the Bradley Museum

There are traditional flower, herb, and vegetable gardens to enjoy, and a forested trail which leads you direct to Lake Ontario. The weekend we were there in late May was a perfect time to enjoy the many flowering fruit trees located on the grounds. Museum staff are dressed in period costume, and parking is free. There are plenty of picnic tables.

Historic Mississauga

Historic Mississauga

The Bradley Museum is just one more reason why living in Mississauga is such a pleasure. Go there on a sunny Sunday afternoon, reconnect with nature, and enjoy a link with a past where life was not so hurried.

For more information on the Bradley Museum, and for an overview of Clarkson as it relates to real estate, see my main site here..

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