This is one of Southern Ontario’s towns that have been able to establish a thriving urban centre yet continue its small-town charm. And small town it is but it has a lot of potential mainly because of the Government of Ontario’s Places to Grow Act. Aurora has a growing community of approximately 58,000 residents set to increase to a population of 70,000 by 2031.
Here, leafy established neighbourhoods with bungalows, larger homes and newly built condominiums share space with big box stores and employment lands as Aurora continues to attract businesses. Which is ideal for those who want to live near work.
Some of the town’s newer neighbourhood are a mix of townhomes, semis, single-detached and condominiums that are minutes from big city-like amenities like shops, restaurants and services. Aurora has housing to cater to people in all stages of life and will account for most of Aurora’s residential growth.
Aurora made Canada’s “Top Places to Live” List mostly due to its abundance of things to do. No one in the family is left out and this is a sure plus for those who like to stay active. There is an abundance of green space across 46 parks encompassing 780 acres which include tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts and splash pads. The Nokiidaa Trail system follows the Holland River, winding through the neighbourhoods and connecting residents to ball diamonds, recreation facilities, parks, and playgrounds.
Other well-known trails are Lakeview, Wimpey and Willow Farm. In total, there are 57 km of trails maintained by the town so joggers, dog walkers, cyclists and cross country skiers have a great way to experience the city. Skating is a popular town pastime as the town offers year-round public options at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex. Four additional skating rinks are at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex, Ada Johnson Park, Confederation Park, Machell Park and Town Park.
Adults 55 years and older will find a plethora of opportunities to stay active and social by visiting Aurora’s Seniors’ Centre. This centre houses a billiards room, computer and reading room, outdoor bocce court, woodshop, and terrace overlooking the Aurora Arboretum.
Community building is a continued initiative here that has shown no signs of slowing down. The people-focused district developing here envisions a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly destination that includes speciality shops, dining, creative businesses and arts centred around Yonge and Wellington Streets. Currently, the Aurora Cultural Centre is the first step in creating this forthcoming district which houses the museum, art galleries, performance space and more.
Although this district continues to develop family-friendly spaces, this town has a long tradition of celebrating together. The many community events here have a history of bringing residents and visitors together. From the Arctic Adventure, Easter Egg Hunt, Home Show and
Street Festival which showcases 500 vendors and live music, There’s an exciting event for all tastes and interests. Additional events like the outdoor Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair, Ribfest, and Magna Hoedown offer delicious eats and fresh locally farmed goods. Not to mention, the Haunted Forest during Halloween, The Santa Under the Stars Parade and Family First Night are popular ones with the kids. And Speaking of families with school-aged children, there are a number of schools in the region. Parents have their choice of public, Catholic and private schools to choose from.
The city has a strong economy as well. It has a diverse collection of industries that include auto parts, printing, manufacturing and retail. In addition to its own industries, the town is also close to some of Southern Ontario’s most thriving regional economies. It is less than a 30-minute drive to Richmond Hill and the City of Markham which is widely known to be one of the most important tech hubs in the area. Even the Financial District is within reach, being a 40-m