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Canaan . . .

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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Closings & Events:

 *Upcoming Events: Click Here!

 *Upcoming Closings:

Saturday, September 2: Town Clerk & Tax Collector

Monday, September 4: Town Office, Library and Transfer Station

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, September 6-7-8: Town Clerk & Tax Collector

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

Official Notices:

To request Town Notices by email, Click Here.

For Public Notice:

The Canaan Hazard Mitigation Plan is reviewed and updated every 5 years. The latest update was finished and authorized in July 2017. Read the plan here.

The Subcommittee of the Planning Board on Wind Energy has created a Draft Ordinance for Large Wind Energy Systems. Please read the draft and direct any comments or questions to that committee. They meet on the the first Thrusday of the month at 4pm in the Town Conference Room.

Select Board Schedule for August 2017 (all meetings at 6pm):

  • August 1 - Meeting House
  • August 15 - EOC

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Public Hearing (#2) on Flood Mitigation for the Village: August 15, 6pm at the EOC

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2017-2018 Transfer Station Stickers

Beginning on August 1, 2017 you may pick up your latest transfer station sticker at the town office.

Beginning September 1, 2017 only PINK transfer station decal stickers will allow you to use the Canaan Transfer Station.

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Notice of Planning Board Subcommitte Meetings

The Wind Energy Systems Subcommittee of the Planning Board will meet the first Thursday of each month at 4pm in the Town Conference Room. For more information visit the Planning Board Page.


flooding on route 4 in CanaanFlood Mitigation in Canaan

Canaan retained the services of Headwaters Hydrology in designing a flood reduction strategy for the Village.

Click here to learn what has been learned and what Canaan is planning.

Update! The first hearing on the report was held on July 18. A second hearing is scheduled for August 15 at 6 pm at the EOC Conference room.Click here to review the July 18 presentation.

On August 15, we will discuss the pros and cons of each option, the benefits to be derived from each option, and develop a future plan of action.

2017 Rain Damage

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Heavy summer rains in 2017 resulted in 12 damaged roads in Canaan. The Town applied for a FEMA Grant to make repairs.

Thank You Recreation Department

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Thanks to the Recreation Department, many people have enjoyed a safe and fun summer at the Canaan Street Beach!

Work Begins on Cell Phone Tower Site

dirt road cut into the tower site clearing for tower siteIndustrial Communications has begun work to construct a cell phone tower that will be used by Verizon Wireless and local emergency services for communications. The site is at 173 Gristmill Hill Rd. The tower will be located near the back of the property near the boundary with the Fish & Game Club.

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:

For all Fire/Health/Police Emergencies
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These are the standard Holiday Observances. Please watch the News & Alerts Tab for other closings or changes in this schedule.

New Year's Day
Civil Rights Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Last work day before Christmas
Christmas Day
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-Fri: 8-4
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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