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Overview of Aurora, Ontario, Canada

Approximately one half hour north of Toronto, Aurora boasts a work force with experience and variety. An excellent network of regional road, transit and rail systems connect both established and developing industrial parks, while the downtown core on Yonge St. offers a wide variety of retail outlets and office centers. Residential neighbourhoods include housing of all different styles and types to suit any preference. Residents of Aurora enjoy a first class recreational complex, top quality playing fields and an extensive system of walking trails. Rounding out the picture is an excellent library, a live performance theatre, provincially recognized museums and an annual equestrian show.

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  • Population: 48,000
  • Population Density: 1,727.7 km2
  • Area: 47 sq. km.
  • Latitude: 44° 65` N
  • Longitude: 79°4505` W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 259m above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Aurora, Ontario

The hamlet of Machells Corners, a community of primarily Loyalist and Quaker settlers, was christened as Aurora in 1854. The arrival of the railway in 1853 provided a convenient link to Toronto, encouraging the subsequent growth of industry and population. Aurora was incorporated as a village in 1863 and as a town in 1888. In 1971, the town of Aurora expanded to its current boundaries, coinciding with the replacement of the county system of York with a new, regional government.

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Aurora's Demographics

The age composition in Aurora does not differ significantly from the provincial and national trend of an ageing society, but it is not as pronounced as in Toronto. Aurora is a family oriented community in which the total number of families in private households in 1991 was 5,855. The average number of persons per family is 3.2. Aurora is a multicultural community; although the general population is predominantly English there is significant German, Italian, French and Chinese representation.

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Aurora's Climate

Aurora's winters are generally considered moderate because it is so close to Lake Ontario. Seventy-four cm. is the average snowfall in winter, and the winter season is considered to last from about mid December until late March. In summer, daytime temperatures in the mid twenties are not uncommon, with the occasional heat wave sending temperatures into the thirties.

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Education in Aurora, Ontario

There are public, separate, daycare, elementary and secondary education facilities in Aurora. Many schools offer instruction in French. Several universities and colleges, within the Greater Toronto Area, are easily accessible by public transportation or highway from Aurora. The head offices for the York Region Public Board of Education and the Roman Catholic Separate School Board are located within the municipal boundaries. The well known St. Andrew`s College is also located in Aurora.

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Transportation around Aurora, Ontario

Highway 404, the eastern border of Aurora, connects directly with the 401. Roughly fifteen minutes west is the 400, providing direct road links to northern Ontario and western Canada. Aurora is served by the three G.T.A. airports: Lester B. Pearson International, Toronto Buttonville Airport, and Toronto Island. In town, Aurora operates an extensive transit system, connecting with GO rail and bus services, as well as the Aurora Access Bus for people with accessibility needs.

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Tourism and Attractions of Aurora

The Aurora Factory Theatre is the town's local theatre venue, while the Skylight Gallery features artwork of local and regional artists. Special events, such as Maple Syrup demonstrations, take place in Sheppard`s Bush. Every year Aurora hosts the annual Horse Show featuring international competition. Seasonal events include the Aurora Home Show, Night-time Santa Claus Parade, and the World`s Longest Street Sale. Aurora, Canada`s Birthday Town, celebrates every Canada Day in grand style.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Aurora
  • Oak Ridges
  • Snowball
  • Kettleby
  • Vandorf
  • Preston Lake
  • Bethesda
  • Wilcox Lake
  • Eversley
  • Temperanceville
  • King City
  • Pottageville
  • Schomberg
  • Happy Valley
  • Almira
  • New Scotland
  • Tottenham

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Geography of Aurora, Ontario

Located in the center of York Region, Aurora sits directly on the watershed point between Lake Simcoe and Lake Ontario. Parts of the town lie within Oak Ridges Moraine which offers rich, fertile valleys, gently rolling hills, and large areas of unbroken forest.

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Aurora's Government

The Aurora Council, which consists of the mayor and eight councillors, is the governing body for the town of Aurora and surrounding municipality. Members are elected for a three year term and they generally meet twice a month. The current mayor of Aurora is Tim Jones. Aurora is one of nine municipalities that comprise the Regional Municipality of York. This administration provides public works and other services that the local bodies are not able to do individually.

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Aurora's Economy and Industry

Aurora has a well educated and highly skilled labour force. The majority of the labour force is employed in the fields of Commerce, Management and Business Administration, Engineering and Applied Sciences or in the Health Professions, Sciences and Technologies. Aurora`s work force is well represented by all occupations. About 80 per cent of the current labour force works in 'white collar' positions, while manufacturing and service industries comprise the main industrial classifications.

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Aurora's Culture and Significant Events

Within the town of Aurora, a strong sense of local and regional heritage thrives, with Library Square being the focal point of cultural and social activities. The Church St. School, a fully restored, eighteenth century building, is designated a Provincial Historic Site, and currently houses the Aurora museum. The Square is also part of the Historic Aurora Walking Tour, which leads to many heritage structures, including the former Grand Trunk Railway Station, built in 1900.

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Sports in Aurora, Ontario

Aurora is home to a large number of sports teams and clubs, including several hockey leagues, for both men and women. Visit the Leisure Services Page on the Aurora web site for a complete listing of the various teams and organizations. Within the Aurora Leisure Complex is an ice pad, squash facilities, fitness center and indoor pool. Golf courses of championship calibre abound, and ice fishing is a popular seasonal activity.

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Media of Aurora

With its location as part of the Greater Toronto Area, Aurora has full access to the vast communication system network that has developed in the region. Extensive newspaper, television, radio and electronic postal services are easily accessed by local residents, businesses and industries. Six Canadian television stations, including the two national networks, CBC and CTV, serve Aurora, and Aurora Cable provides local service.

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