Paradise has a long history of building beautiful, liveable communities that become part of the fabric of the GTA – and that’s exactly what we’ve done with Aurora Trails. We’re making serious progress on getting the whole community set up – take a look at our construction updates for more on that – but in the meantime, we wanted to share a few attractions and hidden gems that make Aurora such a great place to live.
Aurora is a community that fiercely protects their history – a history that goes back farther than you may think. Founded in 1795, the town rose to prominence in the late 1800s as the railroad moved farther north. Notably, Aurora is the childhood home of former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, whose father was a Methodist minister there.
Aurora is growing quickly, because there’s lots of great reasons to call it home. With a number of high-quality schools serving the area, young would-be parents and families love it. As part of Ontario’s greenbelt, much of Aurora’s nature is protected from over-development. Residents of Aurora can enjoy a short jaunt to the city, by car or frequent GO Transit, while still reaping the benefits of fresh air and clean streets of more rural locales. Aurora is growing and diversifying quickly, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this burgeoning community – which, by the way, is twin cities with Leksand, Sweden.
In the meantime, though, check out our three favourite Aurora attractions – including the awesome Canadian moments mural above, which you’ll find in Aurora’s historic downtown!
This super-quaint restaurant is beloved by locals for running the breakfast, lunch and dinner gauntlet with a varied menu, made carefully and consistently. The fare is Canadian, with some dishes featuring an Indian twist, all of which pairs well with their impressive wine menu. They also serve classic high tea by reservation – so get a few friends together and enjoy the cozy atmosphere, finger sandwiches and a huge loose-leaf tea selection.
The Aurora Cultural Centre
Although the architecture might hint at a grander past, the Aurora Cultural Centre started it’s life as the Aurora Public School in 1886. Now, it’s Aurora’s home for music, art, and cultural education – which makes total sense, because a building with that much charm and character should be enjoyed. It’s not often you’ll find a bluesfest and an anime drawing class in the same place, but the Aurora Cultural Centre has both – and everything in between. With multiple classes and several on-site galleries, there’s always something going on here. Make sure to check it out!
David Dunlap Observatory
We might be cheating here – this amazing attraction is actually in Richmond Hill – but the short drive is totally convenient and definitely worth it. This observatory is the largest in Canada – the first black hole was discovered here! – and is an awesome departure from typical weekend activities. Take the kids for some amateur stargazing and take a look yourself – the view is breathtaking.
Are there any Aurora must-sees you’d add to our list?
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