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A friendly Community created by helpful neighbors and willing volunteers. A community that shares in

A strong community tied together by efficient and responsive
Town Government and civic and community groups.

For Boards, Departments & Town Information, visit our Town Government Page or the Town Offices Tab.

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A place of Opportunity that provides the perfect setting for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs & Craftsmen in the natural beauty that draws visitors to our lakes, trails and mountains. We come from a variety of backgrounds, have diverse talents, hold independent views, and express ourselves in many different ways.

For a closer look at how you might find your perfect niche here, visit our Opportunity Page.

The Heritage of New England still plays a strong role in Canaan. We value our history, meeting places, old ways, and lessons from the past. Our heritage helps us to embrace the future.

For images from our past, understanding of our history and our efforts to retain our traditions, visit our Heritage page.

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To View regular Town Office Hours & Contacts, please view the Town Offices Tab.

 Upcoming Closings:

Town Clerk & Tax Collector: Friday, July 3 & Saturday, July 4

Canaan Town Library & Transfer Station: Saturday, July 4

Official Notices:

To request Town Notices by email, Click Here.

valid sticker imageNew Transfer Station Stickers Issued

After July 1, 2014 Green Transfer Station stickers will only be valid with the addition of the yellow update decal. Please obtain this decal at the Town Office.

The yellow sticker MUST be added to a green sticker to be valid, and the green sticker number must be linked with the registered vehicle plate. Failure to do so will result in your sticker being invalid, and you will not be able to use the transfer station until you have a valid sticker.


Thank YOU for a successful "Swimming through Spaghetti" Dinner for the Recreation Department!

a great crowdThanks to everyone for attending the Swim into Spaghetti Dinner on May 6th. More than 100 people joined the meal, donated to support the Canaan Beach program and swim lessons and listened to Bryan Conway's entertainment.

ready for icecreamSome of the comments – "Wonderful meatballs", "Really great singer", "The sausage sauce was excellent", "I went back three times"

kitchen helpSpecial thanks to the donors who added their contributions and to John Coffey, Marcia Littlefield, Bev Chapman, Carole Cushman, Chappy Kilgore and Suzan Ignacio for providing the work needed to prepare the food & decorations and to sell the tickets.

first hole2015 David O. Cushman Memorial Winter Golf Tournament Photos Are Up!

Be sure to check out the latest winter fun on the Friends of Canaan Village Page. Find the link at the bottom of the page under "Photo Galleries."

Canaan Fire Department is celebrating their 125th Anniversary in 2015!

This year the Canaan Fire Department is celebrating 125 outstanding years of service to its fire protection district! This is a big accomplishment for them and they can be recognized as one of the oldest departments in our area.

Canaan Fire Precinct 1898
Canaan Fire Precinct 1898

The Fire Department is currently gathering information for the history of the fire department and would love to gather more, let them know if you have any pictures or newspaper articles to contribute!

A few of the articles already gathered reveal their early history:

1876 – Town of Canaan voted NOT to establish a fire precinct. Thirteen years later (1889) November 4th, the Selectmen were petitioned to lay out a fire precinct – done on the 7th.

hose cart"There was a good attendance at the adjourned precinct meeting Saturday afternoon. It was voted to buy 750 feet of hose, a hose carriage and such other articles as may be thought necessary, and $600 was appropriated for that purpose. A committee, consisting of A.E. Barney, Hon. F.D. Currier, and A.M. Shackford, was chosen to expend the appropriation." – Canaan Reporter Newspaper Nov. 14, 1890.

Contact Alton Hennessy at firefighteralton@gmail.com if you have items of interest!

First Peek at New Meeting House Lights

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See more on the Meeting House Page!

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Christmas in Canaan 2014

Check out the photos!

Wind Turbines?

wind turbineAt the November 18, 2014 Board of Selectmen Meeting, a representative of a concerned community group from Alexandria, NH approached the board to pass on information on a possible wind turbine project for Canaan, Dorchester, Orange, Alexandria, and Groton. The presenter provided a map (viewable here) that shows proposed sites that were identified on a FFA website. None of this information has been independently verified nor has the Board of Selectmen had any communications from the company mentioned, EDP Renewables. We will continue to keep you informed of new information.

Highway Projects

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The concrete bridge beams for Goose Pond Bridge being set.

Check out photos of the Goose Pond Bridge project and other recent projects - Codfish/Talbert Hill Roads and Elliot Field - on the Highway Department Page!

phonesCanaan Police ask, "Are You Prepared for the 2015 Hands Free Device Law?

Are you aware of the changes in the law regarding the use of cell phones, tablets, ipods, and other devices that take effect July 1, 2015? Read about them here and make sure you are ready to follow the law!

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Crime Rates Increase in Canaan and Nearby Towns during the Past 3 Years!

Recently the Town Administrator looked at the increase in crime in Canaan. Click here to see what was found and how it impacts our Police Department.

Mascoma Community Healthcare Receives Gift

Mascoma Community Healthcare, Inc. received a tremendous boost from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. The Foundation donated $50,000 which is enough to start our engineering and architectural work. The Foundation pledged an additional $50,000 when Mascoma Community Healthcare receives its 501 (c)3 status in about 60 days. On behalf of the many volunteers bringing this idea to fruition, thank you so much!

Congratulations Sam!

Sam Provenza

On August 22nd, Sam Provenza completed his training to become a full time law enforcement officer for the Town of Canaan. Sam joined the Canaan Police Department in January of 2012. He joined us while working for D-H DART and quickly became an active and dedicated employee. During his most recent training he received an accolade for having the highest cumulative academic grade of any officer in his training class. This is a repeat performance from his training as a part time officer. Sam filled a vacant full time position in January of this year. Nice to have him as a full time officer.

Safety Complex Open House & Dedication

Open HouseOn August 15, 2014 the Canaan FAST Squad and the Canaan Police Department hosted an open house for residents to view the new FAST Squad complex that included enhanced police facilities and a new meeting room used for training and emergency operations as well as community meetings.

DedicationMore than a hundred people joined FAST Squad members in taking tours of the facility and enjoying refreshments donated by Chappy Kilgore and Susan Ignacio. Chief Sam Frank acted as emcee and thanked more than thirty corporate and individual donors who made the complex financially possible. The facility was dedicated to those volunteers and donors. A number of community volunteers were also recognized for their labor in completing the job as was MTD Construction.

VehiclesThe new facility doubles the space available for the Police Department and FAST Squad and allows the FAST Squad to offer 24 hour coverage on site as well as future non-emergency transport service. No tax dollars were used in the expansion of the facility and it was made possible by donations and funds previously raised by the FAST Squad.

View photos of the new facility on the FAST Squad Page

Fourth of July Thank You!

fireworksOnce again this year Cardigan Mountain School sponsored the fourth of July fireworks at Canaan Speedway. This year more than 250 cars parked on site and flooded the historic Canaan Fair grandstand to view the fantastic display.

fireworks There were a few changes this year. The Speedway is now owned by Tillman Gerngross who graciously allowed the use of the grounds and the grandstand. The Canaan Recreation Commission operated a refreshment booth and sold novelties and there were a few vendor booths that set up near the gazebo. Hundreds of people took advantage of the bleacher seats and had unobstructed views.

fireworksThe fireworks are only possible through the generosity of Cardigan Mountain School. The Canaan Fire Department supervised the discharge of the fireworks and managed traffic with the Canaan Police Department. Earlier in the day Recreation joined the Social Summit Masonic Lodge in sponsoring a 4 K race for walkers and runners. The Canaan Lake Association sponsored a free community barbecue at the Canaan Meeting House where educational displays about the lakes were set up. We thank everyone who made the Fourth of July in Canaan a real celebration!

memorial walkwayEngraved Brick Walkway for Veterans' Memorial

Canaan American Legion Weld-Webster Post 55 has completed the brick circle around the Canaan Veterans Monument and is now selling engraved bricks for the walkway. The bricks are $50 each and can be engraved with two lines of type. Forms are available at the Legion Post, Canaan Hardware, the Town Office, or call Harry Armstrong at 603.523-7093.

Note: The names on the Monument are still being collected and verified and will be done at a later date. The Monument is now in a beautiful setting that honors those veterans who served from Canaan. More information for submitting veteran information can be found on the Veterans' Memorial Page

museum artworkLibrary Receives New Museum Passes!

Thanks to the Friends of the Library Canaan library card holders may now visit the Currier, the MASS MoCA, and the MFA in addition to Billings Farm, VINS, and Shelburne Museum! Check out their Museum Passes Page for more information.

And. . . .

Don't forget to check out the Old Home Day Photos on the Old Home Days Page and the Christmas in Canaan Galleries on the Christmas in Canaan Page

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Office Hours & Contacts:

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These are the standard Holiday Observances. Please watch the News & Alerts Tab for other closings or changes in this schedule.

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Administrators Hours: Mon-Fri: 8-4 If front door is locked, please use back door.
Mon-Wed-Fri: 9-12 & 1-4
Tues-Thurs-Sat; 9-12 Wed; 6-8
523-4850, Non-Emergencies
523-8808, Non-Emergencies
Winter: 7-3:30 Mon-Fri
Summer: 6-4:30 Mon-Thurs
Water & Sewer Department
W&S Operator: 304-9380
Town Administrator: 707-9349
Tours available upon request.
Library: 523-9650
Mon 3-8
Tues; 1-8
Wed; 1-8
Thurs; 1-5
Fri; 9-12
Sat; 9-3
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 2-6
Wednesday: 10-2
Thursday: 2-6
Friday: 10-2
Saturday: 8-2

The Transfer Station is closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Tax Assessor 523-4501 x 103
Mon-Wed-Fri; 8-4
Tues-Thurs; 8-1
Building Inspector: 523-4501 x 104
Mon-Fri: 7-9 am
Human Services: 523-9901
Mon-Fri; 9-12
Town Finance Office: 523-4501 x 107
Mon-Thurs; 8-3
Recreation Coordinator: 523-4501 x 111
By Appointment
Website Manager: 523-4501 x 108
By Appointment

Town Government Links:

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For all Boards, Departments & Town Information please visit the
Town Government Page

Email the Town Administrator:
Mike Samson

Email the Website Manager:
Sharon Duffy

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Be sure to check these other pages and sites for on-going events!

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Recreation Department
Exercise Classes, Language Clubs, Kids' Programs, Trips, and More!

Current Highlights:
Fishercats Game, Summer Attraction Savings Deals & Summer Day Camp Applications are now available!
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Canaan Town Library
Lego Club, Story Hour, Basement Bookies, & Humanities Programs are just a few!

Current Highlights:
Summer Reading Program Sign-ups begin at the end of June & The Authors for the 2015 Meeting House Readers have been announced!

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Friends of Canaan Village
Town-wide Events and Services!

Current Highlights:
New Directory & The Farmers' Market is open for the season!



ambulanceSunday, June 7 from 9am to 1pm
Emergency Operation Center Conference Room: NH Route 118, Canaan NH
Open to the Public: $35
More information available by calling 603-523-8808

Spring Expo LogoCanaan Spring Expo Day

Downtown Canaan
Saturday, June 13

Local businesses showcasing their services and merchandise.

  • Organic Gardening advice from Henry Homeyer
  • Push Mower Maint Tips
  • Dog Walking & Training Tips
  • Special on 20# Propane Refill
  • Drawings
  • Games
  • Sales
  • Kids Workshops
  • Local Vendors
  • Food
  • Music by Scott Sanborn
  • Friends Of Canaan Library Plant Sale
  • CMAA Craft Fair

More information available from the Canaan Hardware Store: 603-523-4352.

Canaan Town Library Annual Plant Sale

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Saturday, June 13: 9am-3pm
Canaan Town Library

Field Hockey Camp Flier
Click to view as PDF.

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2015 Motocross Dates

  • May 31
  • June 14
  • June 28
  • July 12
  • July 26
  • August 9
  • August 23
  • September 27

More information on the Lions Club Motocross Website

Fishercats flier
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