Have you ever thought about where did Credit River get its name? The name comes from the time when the Mississauga First Nations people that lived in this area traded fur with the French traders. The traders would supply goods for the native people in advance (on credit) against furs that would be supplied next spring.
The Credit river was called the Rivière au Crédit and the main trading post was (who would guess?) in Port Credit.
In case you wonder, the original name of the river was as Missinnihe, the “trusting creek”.
Interesting facts about Credit River
The Credit River rises around Orangeville and Alton and flows south to Lake Ontario at Port Credit.
The river and its streams are over 1500km long.
The watershed covers 1,000 square kilometres, where about 750,000 people live.
This is a large and important ecosystem west of Toronto where the perceptive nature lover will find:
1330 species of plants, 64 fish species, 41 species of mammals, 5 species of turtles, 8 snake species, 17 amphibian species, and 244 species of birds.
Photos: The Credit River around Georgetown.