One of the fastest growing communities in the Greater Toronto Area, Aurora has a population of approximately 42,000 people. It also hosts one of the highest income levels per household in Canada. Aurora is home to over 100 major industries and head offices including: Quebecor Printing, Reebok Canada, Magna International, and Hallmark cards. The prestigious St. Andrew’s College private school is also located in Magna International Aurora.
Aurora’s history dates back to 1796, when it was a small crossroads community known as Machell’s Corners situated at the intersection of Yonge and Wellington Streets. This hamlet was named after merchant Richard Machell, who was one of Aurora’s first settlers. The town’s name was officially changed to Aurora in 1853, when the railway began service to this area ushering in the “dawn of a new age”. The railway brought great commerce and prosperity to Aurora which had earned village status by 1863, and then graduated to town status in 1888.
Downtown Aurora, centred at Yonge and Wellington Streets, features an outstanding selection of heritage homes enc
Aurora boasts a wide variety of architectural styles including: Victorian, Edwardian, Regency Style, Itallianate, Greek Revival, Georgian, Colonial, and Tudor architecture. On the edges of the downtown you will find ranch-style bungalows, split-level homes, and two-storey detached homes built mostly in the 1950s and 1960s.
Aurora is well known for its new home subdivisions. The new housing in the downtown core has a higher density, and features a large selection of semi-detached houses and townhomes. On the outskirts of town, set amidst a pastoral landscape dotted with golf courses, you will find numerous executive style subdivisions with larger detached homes, on generous size lots.
Downtown Aurora centred at Wellington and Yonge Streets is lined with charming 19th century buildings. This pedestrian friendly shopping district includes a good mix of retail shops, services and restaurants. Many professional offices are also situated here.
York Region Transit provides excellent coverage throughout Aurora, including direct links to major shopping centres and community facilities. Go Transit bus service along Yonge Street connects passengers to the Finch subway station on the Toronto Transit line. The historic Aurora Go Train station located at Yonge and Wellington Streets offers three daily commuter trains to downtown Toronto’s Union Station. This train ride takes approximately one hour.
Highway 404, which runs along Aurora’s eastern border, merges into the Don Valley Parkway that feeds right into downtown Toronto. Total travel time is approximately one hour. Yonge Street and Bathurst Street, provide alternative scenic routes into the City of Toronto.
Area residents enjoy dining out at restaurants like Mi-Ne Sushi, East Side Marios, The Keg Steak-House, Swiss Chalet and Crabby Joes.
For those with children, there are many schools in the area including; Aurora Heights Public School,,Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School, Lester B. Pearson Public School, Holy Spirit Elementary Schools, Light of Christ Elementary School, St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School and Cardinal Carter Catholic High School.
Other Aurora Neighbourhoods:
ocal Aurora Neighbourhoods:
| Aurora Grove
| Aurora Heights
|Aurora Highlands||Aurora Village||Aurora Estates|
|Bayview Northeast||Bayview Southeast||Bayview Wellington||Hills of St. Andrew||Rural Aurora|
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