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Aurora's population in 2010 which is estimated at 53,892 is a town in York Region, approximately 20 km north of Toronto. It is partially situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine, and is a part of the Greater Toronto Area and Golden Horseshoe of Southern Ontario.

Many Aurora residents commute to Toronto and surrounding communities.

In the Canada 2006 Census, the municipal population of Aurora was the 97th largest in Canada, compared to 113th for the 2001 Census.

Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe gave the order for Yonge Street to be extended to Holland Landing in 1793, the way was paved for the establishment of a community where Aurora now stands.

In 1804, Richard Machell became the first merchant at the cross roads of Yonge and Wellington and the hamlet soon became known as Machell's Corners.

Charles Doan was another early businessman at Machell's Corners and became the first postmaster and later the first reeve. As postmaster, he was influential in renaming the village Aurora.

With the coming of the railway in 1853, Aurora emerged as an important centre north of Toronto. The Fleury plow works was established soon after and Aurora was on its way to becoming a flourishing industrial town.

The population of Aurora in 1863 was 700, and by 1888 it had grown to become a town of 2,107 residents. With some ups and downs in growth over the years, Aurora is now a flourishing town with a strong commercial and industrial base.

Worthy of note is the fact that Aurora was the childhood home of Lester B. Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada from 1963–1968, when his father, Rev. Edwin Pearson, was the Methodist minister.

The Town is noted for preserving its historical built form and in 2008 was awarded The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership. In 2009 the Town received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership in heritage conservation and promotion.

 

Attractions:

Theatre Aurora, Westview Golf Club, St. Andrew's College, St. Andrew's Valley Golf Club, Zooz, plus many more!

 

Education:

Type Name Website Ranking
Elementary Aurora Grove P.S. Site Rank
Elementary Aurora Heights P.S. Site Rank
Elementary Aurora Senior P.S. Site Unranked
Elementary Devins Drive P.S. Site Rank
Elementary George Street P.S. Site Unranked
Elementary Hartman P.S. Site Rank
Elementary Highview P.S. Site Rank
Elementary Lester B. Pearson P.S.  
Site Unranked
Elementary Northern Lights P.S. Site Rank
Elementary Regency Acres P.S. Site Rank
Elementary Rick Hansen P.S. No Site
Unranked
Elementary Our Lady of Grace Site Rank
Elementary

St. Jerome C.E.S.

Site Rank
Elementary St. Joseph C.E.S.
Site Rank
Secondary Aurora H.S. Site Rank
Secondary Dr. G.W. Williams S.S. Site Rank
Secondary St. Maximilian Kolbe C.H.S. Site Rank

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