Come and visit the Aurora Museum & Archives located on the second floor.
The Aurora Collection, transferred from the Aurora Historical Society to the Town of Aurora in 2014, contains a wealth of important archival and artifact material. It is truly a portal into the story and development of the Town as well as a window into the changing character of Canadian identity through a regional lens. Community founders, their stories, artifacts, buildings, and monuments are essential to the character of a place. So too are the multitude of life stories of those who arrived through the generations to the present. The Aurora Museum & Archives provides a home and serves as a repository for these continuing and collective stories plus experiences of the Town of Aurora. They are committed to preserving, promoting and presenting the vibrant and ever changing character of the Town by making the collection accessible and available.
AURORA – CANADA’S BIRTHDAY TOWN
You may have heard that Aurora is Canada’s Birthday Town, but do you know how that came to be?
Officially, this title was established on June 9th 1969 when Town Council approved a proclamation declaring Aurora as Canada’s Birthday Town. What followed were many enduring traditions, including: parades, live music, races, competitions, balloon races, themed beer gardens and much more.
During the 1970s and 1980s Aurora was the place to be if you wanted to celebrate Canada’s birthday. It wasn’t until the early 1980s that other municipalities began to observe July 1st as a proper holiday – and that took financial incentives from the Federal Government.
Visit to learn more about the story of Aurora Canada’s Birthday Town and to purchase a limited edition commemorative mug!