Clarkson Village is a community in the city of Mississauga. It is located in the southwest corner of Mississauga, along the banks of Lake Ontario.
The borders of Clarkson Village is Lake Ontario to the south, Oakville to the west, Erindale and Erin Mills to the north and Lorne Park to the east.
Clarkson Village was established in 1808 when Warren Clarkson and his brother Joshua left their home to seek fortune in Canada.
Warren found an area he liked and decided to work until he was able to afford it. It took him 11 years, but he finally did it, at the age of 26 he was able to purchase the land and build his home.
As years passed, Warren then bought more land and built the community's first store along the stagecoach trail. Fifteen years later, the town council name this trail Clarkson Road.
Once a post office was opened in the family store, William Clarkson - Warren's son became the postmaster. Over the next 45 years a member of the Clarkson family would run the post office. Clarkson community never grew large, however it did have houses and shops along Clarkson Road. There was a railway station, a school and a church. There were less than 100 people living in this quiet community.
Today we find Clarkson Village to be a community surrounded by a mix of upper and middle class homes, and some of the last major industrial sites in Mississauga.
The industrial sites include a Petro-Canada Oil refinery, which produces lubricants and a St. Lawrence Cement Terminal which distributes cements throughout Toronto.
The high school for Clarkson Village is Clarkson Secondary School, which holds grades 9 - 12.
Within Clarkson Village you will find the CFRB 101 AM Radio Transmitter, which stands at approximately 550 - 600 ft tall, making it the tallest structure in Mississauga. It is used for navigation by small aircraft and watercraft; you can find it located at the intersection of Southdown Rd. and Lakeshore Rd.
Clarkson is home to both of the City of Mississauga's historic museums, the Bradley Museum and Benares House.
The Bradley museum provides people with a window into the everyday life of early settlers in Ontario. It hosts Sunday Teas, rotating exhibits and special events.
The museum grounds include the original farmhouse that was built in 1830 by Lewis and Elizabeth Bradley.
The Benares House is located on the border between Clarkson and the neighbouring community of Lorne Park. It was inhabited by 4 generations of the Harris and Sayer families. The site was fully restored and opened to the public in 1995; it now houses an interpretive gallery and hosts special events.
Clarkson Village is truly a neighbourhood that shows the life of a small community, today you will find its streets filled with people walking from store to store. It is a neighbourhood that one can be proud to live in.