capturing The stories of Aurora

 September 2019

- February 20, 2020

Swift & Bold:

The Queen’s York Rangers

Town Park: A Community Storybook has received funding from the

Virtual Museum of Canada' s Community Stories Investment Program.


On This Spot: Aurora

From the York Militia to the Queen’s York Rangers – 1st American Regiment, discover how deep Aurora’s military roots run by viewing the new short documentary and visiting the comprehensive exhibition.


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Sherman Tanks, c. 1950s.

Image Courtesy of the Queen’s York Rangers Regimental Museum.
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Major Wayling’s Tent, Fort Qu’Appelle, 1885.

Image Courtesy of the Queen’s York Rangers Regimental Museum.
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20th Battalion Training at the C.N.E Grounds, 1915.

Image Courtesy of the Queen’s York Rangers Regimental Museum.
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Queen’s York Rangers at Base Borden, 1976.

Image Courtesy of Mark C. Benfield.


Located on the second floor of 22 Church Street, this comprehensive exhibition features regimental artifacts and archival items that tell the story of the Queen’s York Rangers and their connection to Aurora.

This is a collaborative exhibition between the Aurora Museum & Archives and the Queen’s York Rangers Regimental Museum.




Produced by Mountain Goat Film Company, this film takes the audience on a journey from the Regiment’s 18th Century foundation to modern times.

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12th York Battalion

c. 1900
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Track and Field

c. 1930s
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Dominion Day Lacrosse Game

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Girl Cadets

c. 1940s

Town Park: A Community Storybook

Now online


As a casual meeting place, site of celebration, active sports field, and military establishment, Town Park has been a focal point in the Town of Aurora for over 150 years. Over the years and across generations, this tiny plot of land has played host to thousands of visitors seeking a sense of community.   Woven into the very fabric of Aurora, Town Park: A Community Storybook recalls the compelling history of a place that is much more than a neighbourhood park


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Download the app to view over 100 historical photos of Aurora and compare them to carefully restaged photos from the same perspective today. Using the in-app camera you can create your own then and now photos, and superimpose yourself into historic photos of Aurora. In addition, two walking tours give unparalleled access to our local history.

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Self-guided walking tours

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100 then & now images

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Watch the street change

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add your own photos

From The Collection




The Mission of the Aurora Museum & Archives is to serve as a repository for the collective stories and experiences of the Town of Aurora.  We are committed to preserving, promoting and presenting the vibrant and ever changing character of the Town by making our collection accessible and available.





The mandate of the Aurora Museum & Archives is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and share material that has a meaningful connection to the Town of Aurora and serves to document its evolving history.





The Aurora Museum & Archives has its origins in the Aurora Historical Society which was founded in 1963.  For 50 years the Society developed, preserved and interpreted a collection of over 16,000 objects.  Known as the Aurora Collection, it includes artifacts, photographs, textiles, books and documents spanning the period from 500 BC to present day.


In 2013, the Aurora Collection was transferred to the Town of Aurora and the Town’s first curator was hired in December 2014.  The Aurora Collection was re-branded in 2015 as the Aurora Museum & Archives and is part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department of the Town of Aurora.


Aurora Museum & Archives

22 Church Street

Aurora, ON L4G 1G4




Monday & Tuesday :  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday : 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday to Saturday : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed Sundays




Shawna White




905-727-3123 xt. 3710

Michelle Johnson


Collections & Exhibitions Coordinator


905-727-3123 xt. 3711


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