Living in Aurora Grove
Aurora Grove is situated just east of downtown Aurora Village. This is a family oriented neighbourhood that revolves around excellent schools, as well as recreational trails and a bike path. The neighbourhood streets are winding and the terrain is hilly. The southeast pocket of the neighbourhood has only recently been developed. The neighbourhood is extremely quiet as shopping and community centres are located on the periphery of the neighbourhood. Sheppard’s Bush is a large green corridor that spans the length of the neighbourhood providing recreational opportunities for residents. A plethora of light manufacturing businesses that serve the community are located along Industrial Parkway South which forms the western boundary of this neighbourhood. The Aurora Chamber of Commerce is located along this route on Yonge Street. Aurora Grove Public School, Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School and James Lloyd Park are all situated next to each other off Stone Road.
History of Aurora Grove
The south portion of Aurora Grove was first settled in 1798 by Captain William Graham a United Empire Loyalist who was granted 400 acres of land for his service to the Crown during the American Revolution. Graham’s lots were known as lots 76 and 77. To the north of Graham on lot 78 was Frederick Smith who settled here in 1797. Lot 79 was settled by Charles Fathers in 1797 and Lot 80 was settled by Ebenezer Britton in 1805. The north half of what is now Aurora Grove was part of Whitchurch Township up until 1970 when it became part of the Town of Aurora.
Recreation in Aurora Grove
Sheppard’s Bush Conservation area covers 65 acres in the middle of this neighbourhood providing a beautiful green corridor for all to enjoy. Activities enjoyed at Sheppard’s Bush include over three kilometres of hiking trails, eleven soccer fields, two picnic pavilions and several historic buildings including a maple syrup evaporator hut and the Sheppard family house.
Transportation in Aurora Grove
The Aurora Go Station located at 121 Wellington Street East is a both a railway and bus station providing connections to York Region Transit and the GO Express Bus, as well as train service to Toronto’s Union Station.