Clarkson is south of the QEW, nestled between Port Credit and the neighbouring City of Oakville, most noticeably the large Ford plant west of Winston Churchill. There are significant industrial lands along the waterfront, providing much employment for community members. The area's commuters are also served by the Clarkson GO Station.
Clarkson was named after Warren Clarkson, a United Empire Loyalist who arrived in the area in 1808 from New Brunswick. The area where he and fellow settlers Thomas Merigold and Lewis Bradley resided became known as "Merigold's Point". The Clarkson family operated the general store & post office for many years and their 1819 homestead still stands on Clarkson Road. The community's older homes including the 1830 Bradley House, the 1839 Anchorage, and the 1857 Benares which are all open to the public.
There are 12 elementary schools, 2 secondary schools in this community, as well as two libraries. It is a short commute from Humber College to the east or University of Toronto in Mississauga to the north.
The community has a small shopping district along Lakeshore Rd. But to the north are the Sheridan Place Mall and the Oakville Entertainment Centrum.
The community is situated along the Waterfront Trail system, which runs for 325 kilometres along the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario, and provides recreation for walkers, runners, cyclists and in-line skaters. Rattray Marsh Conservation Area and Jack Darling Park are key recreation areas in the community. There is a 24 screen multiplex theater in the Oakville Entertainment Centrum, just across the QEW. Clackson is also home to Cawthra Park, which has swimming, skating and a running track. There are also two golf courses in the community.