A Day in Brookfield Residential Central Communities

Brookfield Residential builds new home communities all across Southern Ontario, from central (Woodhaven and Timberlane in Aurora) to west (Pathways in Caledon East, 50 Ann in Bolton, and Pinehurst in Paris) to east (New Seaton in Pickering and Newbrook in Newcastle) to north (Treetops in Alliston and Willow Glen in Tottenham).

Today, we’re exploring our communities in the central portion of Southern Ontario.

For previous blog posts in this series, check out A Day in Brookfield Residential North Communities.

Brookfield Residential’s central communities, found in the more central part of Southern Ontario, include Woodhaven and Timberlane in Aurora. The Town of Aurora is located just north of Richmond Hill and, despite being one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the GTA, it has retained a small town feel and charm. Partially situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Aurora is known in large part for its stunning natural beauty. It’s also a repeat contender for Canada’s Top Place to Live and regularly shows up on the top 25 list.

Spend a day in Brookfield’s central communities by choosing your favourite attractions and hot spots from these fun options:

Nature and recreation

Aurora is renowned for its picturesque landscape of rolling hills and green space. Magnificent scenery is paired with the opportunity to enjoy countless outdoor recreational activities thanks to Aurora’s unique setting.

The town boasts 62 parks that encompass over 800 acres. Many of these parks are interconnected by a 57-kilometre trail system so that hikers, bikers, joggers and skiiers can easily make their way from park to park. The largest of these parks is Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area, a 65-acre nature preserve. It has several kilometres of hiking trails, 11 soccer fields, two picnic pavilions, a shared community garden, and a variety of historical buildings, including a maple syrup shack and the original Sheppard family homestead. Other popular parks in the area include Aurora Town Park (where Concerts in the Park and other community events take place each summer), the Ada Johnson Park (complete with a splash pad, playground, basketball courts and more), and Optimist Park (with its softball and soccer fields).

Merlin’s Hollow offers another opportunity to enjoy Aurora’s beautiful natural scenery. This site consists of a series of unique and breathtaking gardens, with over 1,500 species of plants and flowers. It is said to be a horticulturalist and photographer’s oasis.

The Aurora Community Arboretum applies this same principle to trees. Extending through 100 acres of parkland between Wellington Street East and St John’s Sideroad, the arboretum is dedicated to the growth and maintenance of trees and shrubs through its devoted volunteer community. (Learn how to get involved and become a volunteer here!)

For other recreational opportunities, the Aurora Community Centre has a 1,600-seat arena where the provincial Junior A hockey team, the Aurora Tigers, play regularly. The Aurora Family Leisure Complex is another great facility, complete with an ice arena, fitness equipment, squash courts, an indoor leisure pool and more.

There are also many excellent golf courses in Aurora. St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Club, Magna Golf Club, Beacon Hall Golf Club, Bloomington Downs Golf Course, DiamondBack Golf Club, King Valley Golf Club and King’s Riding Golf Club are all great options.

Arts and culture

The Town of Aurora has a rich cultural and historical background. Downtown Aurora, centered at the intersection of Wellington and Yonge Streets, is lined with quaint 19th century buildings, including a mix of retail shops, services, and restaurants. Aurora’s downtown core exudes character and charm at every turn. Learn more about the area’s historical background at the Aurora Historical Society or the Aurora Museum & Archives.

Library Square (soon to be renovated and referred to as the New Town Square) is known as the hub of cultural and social activities in Aurora. This old-fashioned town square is right next to the beautiful Aurora Public Library, a 44,000 square-foot facility with a collection of over 150,000 items. The square is a wonderful gathering place and is where many local markets, movie nights and other events take place.

For local theatre and entertainment, check out Theatre Aurora for a great line-up of plays and musicals.

Aurora is also known for its annual festivals and events, including The New Beginnings Pow-Wow, Aurora’s Multicultural Festival, the Christmas Market and more.

Points of interest

Aurora’s Town Hall is a sleek, ultra-modern building that’s worth touring. It hosts Council meetings as well as other special meetings, events and public information sessions.

The Aurora War Memorial Peace Park honours those who fought in both World Wars, and includes a monumental statue commemorating local soldiers who were killed at war.

Stay tuned for our next post in this series to discover a day in one of Brookfield’s communities. Make sure to LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Instagram for the latest news and updates!