Day Out in Brampton

Today, I ventured out after  a few days of resting my injured leg.  Owen and I decided to go to the relatively new Mount Pleasant library branch and to run some errands.

We drove to the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood in northwest Brampton which is a planned neighbourhood which  includes: a transit hub for GO Transit and Brampton Transit, a library, community rooms and elementary school sharing a building, a public square between the transit hub and library containing a large fountain/skating rink, playground and public art, live-work buildings (retail on the main floor with living area above) facing the square, streets with on-street parking around the square, but no large parking lots within the community, some bike lanes and a mix of low-rise apartments, townhomes and single family homes.  It is quite well thought-out and pleasant.

Our first errand was to tap Megan’s Presto card to activate the contract we have set up on it.  Unfortunately, the first post we came to and tapped was for fares, not activation, so we purchased a GO Train ticket inadvertently.  This evening I called GO Train to have it reversed and was told we could have just pressed the cancel button.  Oh well, live and learn.  Michael, Megan and Alun have Presto cards and it has proved frustrating getting them set up and working properly due to the way the system has been designed.  Updates take 24 hours.  One has to go to the terminal to buy a card, go home to register it, go back to the terminal to have it set up as a student card, go home to load money onto it, go back to the terminal to activate it.  Each time a change it made it takes 24 hours to take effect.

We took pictures of ourselves using the Presto card to submit to this months Let Your Green Show contest.  We could win a $100 Presto card.



After that we explored the square and then headed to the library.  It turns out it doesn’t open until 2pm so we ran a couple other errands nearby.  We had lunch at Pizza Pizza, got some groceries at Fortinos then returned to Mount Pleasant where we had a coffee and cheesecake at the R&R Cafe.  I think we will go back in the winter to skate followed by a hot chocolate at the cafe.


By then the library had opened and we were able to explore the bright, airy, two level space.  At the front of the library is a reconstructed Brampton train station (the former downtown CPR station) which has been beautifully incorporated into the building.  Owen picked and read a book, I read the paper.  It was enjoyable.


On the way home we signed Owen up for golf camp the last week of the summer at Turnberry Golf Club where Alun enjoyed a week last year.

This evening I decided to give my road bike another try but after getting my shoes on discovered that I had a flat front tire.  I was unable to pump it up so rode my old bike.  When I got home I did a little research and found out the tires have a Presta valve which needs to be unscrewed to allow the air to enter.  I’ve now pumped the tire, which was challenging.  The range is 87 to 116 PSI.  I couldn’t get it past about 90 pounds with my hand pump.  Hopefully it will still be full in the morning and I can try out the shoes again and NOT fall over.


About Lisa Stokes

I am a stay-at-home mother of four whose hobbies include photography, quilting and cycling. I have recently started to advocate for better cycling infrastructure in my community. I am the photographer at the Brampton Quilters' Guild.
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