Located in the heart of York Region, the town of Aurora is a bustling community surrounded by rolling hills and river valleys better known as Oak Ridges Moraine. The hospitable little town is big on charm and amenities and offers the perfect escape from the daily grind.
Get back to nature by exploring the many parks and trails within Aurora. There are more than 700 acres in more than 46 parks found in the area, and a year-round trail system connecting many of these parks provides hours of recreational enjoyment for hikers, joggers and skiers alike. A combination of lush green spaces and recreational sporting activity can also be found at the five golf courses around town. Golfers of all skill levels will find hours of entertainment and a scenic place for a bite to eat or beverage after the game.
If you’re looking for the freshest of fresh produce, the Aurora Farmers’ Market should be on your to-do list. The market is open from May through to October and is the quintessential place to pick up produce, homemade baking, preserves and even local crafts and artwork.
Aurora is well known for its heritage style architecture and meticulous restoration of storefronts and buildings. The town takes pride in the upkeep of its older neighbourhoods, and visitors can take a self-guided historical walking tour to see attractions including Hillary House, the Church Street School (or Aurora Cultural Centre) and Grand Trunk Railway, a beautifully restored station that dates back to the days of steam engine trains and the mid 1800s. Take your time on your tour of the town, as you’ll want to stop into the many shops along your way to browse the antiques, art galleries, and boutiques.
One particular heritage building worth more than an outside view is the Aurora Cultural Centre. Inside, you’ll find an attractive art gallery on the second floor. For an additional arts-infused experience, visit Skylight Gallery, located in the Town Hall on the third floor. Both galleries showcase work by Canadian artists, many of which are local talent from the York region.
For some evening entertainment, why not see a play at Theatre Aurora. The theatre production company, already past its 55th season, produces five shows and two youth group shows each year. If you’re in town at the right time, you may also be able to join in the fun at one of Aurora’s many festivals and events. June brings the annual Aurora Chamber Street Festival, when Yonge Street fills with festival goers, street performers, musical entertainment, vendors and more. Later on in the summer you can always come back for the Aurora Jazz Festival, a 3-day celebration of local entertainers, musicians, artists that cater to all your senses. Recognized as a Top 100 Ontario Festival, you can jive to the music of calypso, jazz, big band, rock, folk, soul, Motown and pop at one of the most musically diverse August long weekend celebrations around.