Parks,Trails and Recreation in Aurora
Aurora has more than 48 kilometres of pathways and trails, including the Nokiidaa and Oak Ridges Moraine Trails. The majority of our trails are multi-use, suitable for walking, hiking, jogging, cycling and cross-country skiing. Our trails offer a great way to see the Town of Aurora’s most scenic and natural areas. The Town also operates more than 50 parks which feature a variety of sports facilities including tennis courts, soccer fields, lawn bowling pitches, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, skateboard and BMX facilities, splash pads and children’s playgrounds.
All trails in The Town of Aurora are considered multi-use. The majority of the Town’s trails are compact gravel surfaces with some asphalt sections through neighbourhood and community parks. In Aurora, you can enjoy a leisurely hike through the mixed forests, meadows and wetland habitats of the Holland River Valley Trail, designated in 2000 as part of the regional Nokiidaa Trail. The Nokiidaa Trail is Aurora’s longest trail corridor stretching from Vandorf Woodlot in the south (Vandorf Sideroad just west of Bayview Avenue) to the St. John’s boardwalk at the McKenzie Marsh. It links Aurora Town Hall, the Aurora Seniors’ Centre, the Aurora Family Leisure Complex, as well as the Aurora Community Arboretum, Sheppard’s Bush and Lambert Willson Park. A proposed future trail northward just west of McKenzie Marsh will link this trail to those in The Town of Newmarket and complete Aurora’s section of the Nokiidaa Trail. Another significant trail corridor is the Willow Farm, Lakeview and Wimpey Trail System, linking parks and open corridors within the forested hills of St. Andrew’s in northwest Aurora. The topography is very undulating as the trail rises up to one of the highest points of elevation within Aurora. Mature forest trails can be experienced in Case Woodlot and Sheppard’s Bush as well as the rural sections of the Oak Ridges Trail. For more information regarding the trails in Aurora, visit this website.
The Town of Aurora provides 35 playground areas throughout the Town. These play areas are open year round. Our playgrounds are designed to provide recreational opportunities for children of all ages.
Other recreational facilities also include:
- Basketball Courts
- Sports Fields
- Splash Pads
- Skateboard and BMX Facilities
- Tennis Courts
- Outdoor Skating