This year, Doors Open Mississauga turns the spotlight onto the Malton community. The intersection of Derry Road and Airport Road, known as “Four Corners,” was once the centre of a thriving village consisting of a general store, a cobbler shop, a small hotel and a blacksmith. The area grew rapidly with the Grand Trunk Railroad, turning it into a major grain handling and export centre. In 1937, Malton was chosen as the site for the new international airport. The decision set the stage for a new era of technological breakthroughs in aviation, including the development of the CF-105, a supersonic, all-weather jet interceptor, also known as the AVRO Arrow.
Malton is now a bustling community of close to 40,000 people, with a good mix of residences and commercial businesses. You are invited to explore many of the buildings and facilities that tell the story of this unique and fascinating pocket of the city.
Some of the highlights include:
Paul Coffey Park: The Avro Canada CF-100 “Canuck” aircraft located here is a gem of Canadian aeronautical history. It symbolizes Malton’s rich industrial history, community vibrancy and future aspirations. This formidable asset was restored last year with financial support from local companies. During Doors Open, Scott Maclagan (former navigator and radar operator) will speak about the plane’s significance and his own flying experiences.
Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada: This museum was established to advance and promote the knowledge and understanding of the cultural and religious life of Sikh people. During Doors Open, visitors will explore three exhibits – a timeline of Sikhs and Canada dating back to 1890; Sikh suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh; and Sikh flying ace Hardit Singh Malik, who flew with Lester B. Pearson.
Danville Park includes a premiere cricket site and toboggan hill with accessible pathways to the top of the hill. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority has partnered with the City of Mississauga to create an airplane viewing platform at the park’s pinnacle. Soaring 25 metres (82 feet) above the surrounding area, the platform offers tremendous views of nearby Pearson International Airport.
Fire Station 105 has its doors always open. Watch demonstrations of equipment used during emergencies. Learn how to keep your family safe by understanding the proper use and placement of alarms. Hear about the types of emergencies that happen most often in Mississauga. Did you know that most fires are caused by unattended cooking? Stop by and learn more.
Malton Baptist Church – home to three different congregations: the West Indian, East Indian and Filipino communities – features an east wing (part of the original building) and a west wing, which houses the main sanctuary with its vaulted ceiling and oak pews. Photo panels depict the serenity of the surrounding natural environment. The church also boasts a garden with many plant varieties.
Malton Community Centre and Library was officially opened in 1977. In 2004, a gym and community space were added to the original library structure; the pool was added in 2011. The structure is clad in striking zinc panels, beautiful glass and two-toned brick. During Doors Open Mississauga, the centre will showcase a chill zone and provide tours of the facility and community gardens.
Visit doorsopenontario.on.ca/en/mississauga for more the full list of venues.
Photo: Danville Park is one of the many venues for this year’s Doors Open event.