Toronto Day-Trip: Exploring the Aurora Arboretum
When people visit Toronto, they'll often stay in the heart of the city, which is full of some great spots to see and experience ... but just a short drive away you'll find even more!
The regional municipalities immediately surrounding Toronto are home to nearly 3 million residents living in the midst of some amazing nature sites. One of them is just a short, 20 minutes drive north in the Town of Aurora, ON - home of the Aurora Arboretum: it is definitely beautiful and worth strolling through on a Saturday (or any other day of the week, for that matter).
I went there on a really warm afternoon and stayed close to the small river the park is based around. There were plenty of places to take instagram-worthy photos, namely the flower bed and the many bridges. I recommend parking near the Town Hall and also checking out the near-by Sheppard’s Bush - a wooded area filled with trails.
The arboretum began in 2001 when a committee was formed to create an “urban oasis” in the middle of town, as they were predicting tremendous growth in the York Region area. It took until 2007 to begin work on executing their plan to bring a 40 hectare (100-acre) natural common space featuring hundreds of plant species to a space along the East Holland River.
Now, this park because may not be as vast as other large forested or mountainous parks in Canada, it is a fantastic example of how green spaces matter in the midst of urban sprawl.
So, next time you’re in the Toronto area, maybe head out to the Aurora Arboretum and remind yourself how much humans need natural, green spaces ... even if they are man-made!
More info about the Aurora Arboretum: http://www.auroraarboretum.ca