The Neighbourhood of Clarkson:Clarkson is located in southwest Mississauga west of Lorne Park, south of Erin Mills, and its eastern border is shared with the city of Oakville. Clarkson has easy access to the QEW and Lakeshore Road and is home to a major GO station stop.Clarkson shares its border with its affluent brother, Lorne Park. However, the two are very different. While Lorne Park has blossomed into Mississauga’s most luxurious neighbourhood, Clarkson real estate has retained its older, more affordable roots. In fact, it’s very similar to Lakeview in that housing development never quite took off as Clarkson definitely has a more industrial backdrop. Clarkson and Lorne Park do bleed into each other, but you can certainly tell when you’ve entered or exited both.
The lifestyle in Clarkson is very similar to the rest of its neighbours in the south of Mississauga. It enjoys easy access to the Lakeshore and public transportation along with a plethora of fantastic parks and facilities for families.
Unfortunately, Clarkson can’t compare with its brother (Lorne Park) in terms of school quality. Out of 15 school zones, Clarkson ranked second to last to only the City Centre. However, what school your children attend can be determined by just one street. If west of Southdown Road, you end up in the Clarkson district, but if East of Southdown your children actually get access to the Lorne Park schools. One street can make the difference!
Public Elementary Schools include: Owenwood PS, Clarkson PS
Best Spots to Eat in Clarkson:
The Original Pump:
Yes, the Pump and Patio all started in Clarkson Village, and it’s a staple of the community. I worked here when I was 16 years old, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone in Mississauga who hasn’t been here. It’s a great place to grab food and the patio has evolved to a really amazing area…of course, remember to get your wings grilled!
Michaels Back Door:
This is a great Italian restaurant, and it’s been around since 1981. Serving many of the traditional Italian dishes like Veal Scaloppine and Spaghetti Bolognese (done better than most places might I add) they also push boundaries and put a twist on the Italian cooking with items like Sella D‘agnello Arosto (roasted lamb). Honestly, you cannot go wrong with any menu item here.
Featured on the Food Networks “You Gotta Eat Here” Mickeys is a great place and serves a wicked Chicago Style Pizza (I’ve got lots of family in Chicago and this is legit Chicago Style). You get to build your own pizza, which is also really cool, and it is just a straight up down to earth place.
Clarkson Fish and Chips:
It’s greasy and delicious! If you like your fish and chips you need to try this place out.
Clarkson is small so the amount of restaurants it actually has is amazing. It also has many of the chain restaurants you are used to including Turtle Jacks and Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub.
Commuting & Retail in Clarkson:
Clarkson does hold one thing over its more affluent brother – better transportation options and access. With a GO station right next door and easy access to Lakeshore and the QEW, Clarkson is a much better option for those who rely mainly on transportation.