By: Next Apartment
Your community, Lifestyle, Aurora

10 Fun Facts About Aurora, Ontario

New to Aurora? Here are some awesome things you may or may not know about the town where "you're in good company!" 

  1. Aurora is home to a nearly 200 year old tree. The Bur Oak has been growing in the Aurora Arboretum for approximately 175 to 190 years. This 85 foot tall tree is part of the many species of trees, wildflowers, and wildlife you can see at the Aurora Aboretum

  2. Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, the 14th Prime Minister of Canada, was born in Aurora. His government introduced universal healthcare. The Canadian Moments Mural, at the corner of Yonge Street and Wellington Street East, celebrates many of Canada's milestones. 

  3. Stanley Cup winner Robert Thomas is from Aurora. St. Louis Blues Forward Robert Thomas got to bring the Stanley Cup to Aurora in July 2019. See all the great Aurora born sports stars at the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame

  4. Aurora hosts the Annual Hillary House Black and White Ball. For eight years this fundraising October event has supported the Hillary House National Historic Site. Hillary House is open May to September with private tours available in the off season. 

  5. Yonge Street is the longest street in Canada. From Aurora, you can travel north on Yonge Street all the way to Cook's Bay or south to the Toronto Harbourfront. Aurora hosts a free Street Festival each June with vendors, street performers, live music, and more.

  6. Theatre Aurora is over 60 years old. The first play was Tovarich and debuted on November 7, 1958. And now, they produce 5 performances a year.

  7. St. Andrews College appeared in the movie Cheaper by the Dozen 2 starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. See all the latest box office hits at Cineplex Oden Aurora

  8. Cross Country Skier Brian Stemmle, a six time medalist at the Canadian Championships, was born in Aurora. Now, Brian is a reporter for CBC and covers the Olympic Games. Aurora residents can cross country ski at Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area along 3km of trails. 

  9. Aurora is the site of Canada's first Pet Cemetery. Although the site is now abandoned, residents can still get spooked in town. Aurora's Haunted Forest is a fun annual event at Sheppard's Bush. 

  10. Aurora hosts an Arctic Adventure. Every February, Aurora hosts a series of family winter activities at the Aurora Town Park on Family Day.