Mississauga is the largest city west of Toronto. It is in the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa peoples and home to the Métis. Mississauga lies on Lake Ontario, and its name was derived from the Mississauga band of Ojibwa. It was incorporated as a city in 1974, but was previously known as “Toronto Township” until 1968. Historically, the area was mostly rural until World War II. After the war, much of the landscape was transformed with the invention of the automobile. Paved roads transformed the rural landscape, and Mississauga soon became one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities. But don’t be discouraged! While much of the region’s rural landscape may have been lost, there are still many parks and conservation areas in Mississauga, including Port Credit, Rattray Marsh Conservation area, Jack Darling Memorial Park, and Erindale Park.