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RECYCLING IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED at The Canaan Transfer Station.  The recycling area is closed for repairs and we will post notifications once the repairs are complete. 

The rest of the Transfer Station is still open.


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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Official Notices:

To request Town Notices by email, Click Here.

Hydrant Flushing

Thursday and Friday
June 11th and 12th, 2020

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Closings & Events:

 *Upcoming Events: Click Here!

RECYCLING IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED at The Canaan Transfer Station.  The recycling area is closed for repairs and we will post notifications once the repairs are complete. 

The rest of the Transfer Station is still open.

Supervisors of the Checklist in Session

Canaan Town Office
1169 Route 4, Canaan

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
7:00 - 7:30 pm 

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 7:00 – 7:30 pm at the Town Office, 1169 Route 4, for additions and corrections to the checklist.  This is also the last day to change party affiliation before the September primary. RSA 654:32

Stella Butterfield
Barbara Hayward
Sandra Hummer


You can now pay your property tax bill online.

Go the to Tax Collector page on the Town of Canaan Website or click HERE.  You can also register your car, search for vital records or get a dog license online on the Town Clerk Page of the Town of Canaan website.


Due to the present circumstances with COVID-19, the tax collector’s office will be postponing the tax lien process for the 2019 property taxes for a month.  The certified notices were due to go out March 30, 2020 but we will not be sending those out until May 6, 2020.  The liens will not be executed and sent to the Grafton County Register of Deeds until June 29, 2020 instead of May 26, 2020.



  • Canaan Old Home Days is Cancelled
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    Many of the Town Board Meetings are being held "Virtually". Please check the page of the group you are interested in on the Town Website to see the date, time and log-on instructions for that meeting. Here are the ones coming up this month.

    Please participate with mute on. If you are on the video conference and want to talk, waive your hand and the Board Chairman will call on you or if on just audio, state you have a question. For more "how-to" instructions click HERE.


    Virtual Meeting of the Trustees of the Library, June 15th, 7:00 pm email HERE for login instructions.


    Virtual Meeting of the Historic District Commission, June 15th, 7:15 pm. Call 1-866-730-7514, pin: 629061. Help line: 603-523-9621.


    Virtual Meeting of the Planning Board, Thursday, June 11th, 6:00 pm. Call 1-866-730-7514 pin 629061. Help line: 603-523-9621


    Virtual Meeting of the Selectboard

    NEXT MEETING IS JUNE 2nd at 5:00 PM.

    CHANGE TO SELECTMEN MEETING - Zoom Video Link has changed.

    Selectmen's meetings are available in real time on-line.

    To start video, join Zoom Meeting by clicking: zoom.us/j/2410589423

    Click Link above to use teleconference. You do not need to already have ZOOM as an application. Clicking the link above will download what you need.
    Meeting ID: 2410589423 THIS ID IS NEW

    You may also join the meeting by regular phone. Follow these directions:
    Call one of the following numbers:
    1 253 215 8782 US
    1 301 715 8592 US

    You will be asked for the Meeting ID which is: 2410589423 THIS IS NEW.

    You will also be asked for a participant ID. PARTICIPANT (ID) PASSWORD IS 164778.
    Keep your call on mute unless you want to ask a question or speak.

    If you can't access, call 603-707-9349
    Keep your call on mute unless you want to ask a question or speak.

    Selectmen are inviting you to a scheduled Selectmen - Zoom meeting. This is a video conference you can participate in using a smart phone, computer or your landline phone.

    Please participate with mute on. If you are on the video conference and want to talk, waive your hand and the Board Chairman will call on you and you can turn your mute off to talk and then turn mute on again when done.


    NEWS! Revised rules

    Town of Canaan Public Spaces

    BEACH: Canaan Street Beach will now be open to residents for swimming and relaxing but the 6 foot safety distance must be maintained.  People may use chairs at the beach BUT MUST KEEP 6' DISTANCE. Unless swimming, please use a face mask. Please use common sense if the beach is crowded and stay safe. If people do not respect the 6 FEET we may have to close it down again.

    The Board of Selectmen officially have limited the use of the following public properties:

    Elliott Field: No team sports - walking and chairs with 6' isolation are ok. Wear mask.

    Williams Field: The horseshoe pits are open BUT MAINTAIN 6' isolation distance. Use masks. Basketball is still not allowed. No team sports with spectators. Williams Field Playground (locked)

    Reginald Barney Park (Depot Street): Walking, chairs with 6 foot distance and mask.

    Meeting House: 10 or fewer ok - register

    Meeting House Common: 6' distance - Wear mask.

    Village Common: 6' distance - wear mask.

    Farmers Market will be open starting May 24 - honor 6' distance and wear masks.

    We will re-evaluate the situation on May 31. All group ball teams please take note. People may park in the parking lots Maintain 6' isolation distance and wear masks on fields.

    This does not apply to the Rail Trail


    All Schools in the Mascoma School District will be closed until further notice.  

    The Governor has ordered schools to continue with at-home online learning for the rest of the school year. 

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    Breakfast and Lunch Deliveries will continue via bus routes for Mascoma School District Students

    Buses plan to leave schools at 11:00 am and will follow the normal afternoon run so please look out for them.   

    To read the Valley News article about the food program, click HERE.



    Disconnection of public services:
    Click HERE

    Prohibition of evictions and foreclosures:
    Click HERE

    Emergency Unemployment Benefits for Self Employed and Employees of others:
    Click HERE


    UPDATE FROM Friends of Mascoma Foundation
    Food Pantry


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    Canaan Firefighters sorting food bags at the Friends of Mascoma Foundation food pantry on Sunday.

    Canaan Fire hosts food distribution at the Canaan Fire Station 4 PM to 6 PM on Tuesdays. See instructions below to obtain provisions.

    Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the recommendations to practice appropriate social distancing, the Friends of Mascoma Foundation has decided to implement the following set up for our Canaan public pantry.

    Effective immediately the Friends of Mascoma Foundation will no longer be operating food pantries that are open to the public. We will be coordinating with local law enforcement or otherwise designated points of contact to get bagged/boxed food to people ONCE a week.

    If you are interested in receiving this food, please complete the information below and send it to Elkozma@friendsofmascoma.org (Use BOX ORDER in the subject heading) or call the FOM Office: 603.632.4542 by Friday at 5pm.

    We anticipate that boxes will be packaged on Sundays and then made available to each designated person/office below in one of the 5 Mascoma Towns. Pick up/distribution will be coordinated through each town. You may also send them your form directly.

    Boxes will be available through each contact so you may be able to get a box even if you miss the Friday deadline. The Friday deadline will allow us to make an estimate of how many boxes we need to prepare.
    Click HERE for PDF of form emergency form


    What's Open in Canaan

    Barney Insurance No walk-ins  Business by phone and email 523-4407 infor@barneyinsurance.com


    Canaan Food Mart Open

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    Canaan Hardware: 
    Monday to Saturday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

    We maintain 6' isolation distance

    We will take orders by phone and you can pick up at our door.



    223 NH Route 118.
    One mile from Canaan Village

    Sunday - Thursday 11-6
    Friday and Saturday 11-7
    Closed Monday
    Cash Only.

    Call in order for pick up

    **Breakfast Menu** Breakfast Sandwiches on an English Muffin with choice of Bacon or Sausage $5.00 Hashbrowns $2.00
    Hot Dog on a Grilled Roll $3.00
    Hamburger or Cheeseburger $4.00
    Hot or Sweet Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions $8.00
    Steak and Cheese $8.00
    Steak Bomb (add Onions, Peppers, and Mushrooms to our steak and cheese) $9.00
    Grilled Cheese $4.00
    Chicken Tenders with French Fries $10
    Small French Fry $5.00
    Large French Fry $7.00
    Family French Fry $9.00

    **Seafood - Serving Fridays and Saturdays.**
    Clam Chowder $5.00
    Lobster Roll with French Fries $15.00 (Sunday Only)

    Strawberry Shortcake $5.00
    Apple Pie $4.00 Weekends

    Hot Coffee or Hot Chocolate sm $1.00 lg $2.00
    Cold Canned Soda or Bottled Water $1.00

    Located at Suzan's house at 223 NH Route 118. One mile from Canaan Village.

    Dyers & LineX
    Open Mon - Thurs  8 - 4 523-4442

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    Canaan Pizza
    1209 US-4, Canaan, NH
    (603) 523-4314
    Open Sunday to Thursday 11am to 9pm
    Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm

    We are open for take out only.  Call ahead and we will deliver to your car.



    Evans Expressmart
    Open regular hours  523-7578

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    Hersey’s Transmission: 632-7669, Monday to Friday 8:30-5
    open Monday-Saturday
    PLEASE CALL (603)523-2029 to reserve a time to come and shop.

    Independence Acres
    311 Gristmill Hill Road, Canaan

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    Iron Dog

    523-4472 Available for for Dog Boarding

    ******************************************** Peanuts
    Monday to Friday 8-5, Saturday 8-12 until May 1st
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    The 603 Bakery & Cafe
    1182 US Rte 4, Canaan,
    (603) 523-7709

    Menu:   HandheldsDrinks, Smoothies

    We will be open Monday-Saturday 6am to 11am offering breakfast, lots of bakery items and coffee/espresso drinks. We are happy to introduce a full SMOOTHIE menu!!!! We are offering call ahead and curbside for those who request it, others can come on in and grab food and drink, safely and quickly.

    We tried the order ahead for baked goods and customers were very happy, we will do this everyday!!!! So please, please order the day before for any bakery orders of 6 or more items & we will have it ready for quick pick up! As always, especially during these uncertain times CASH IS KING! 

    Jakes logo

    Jakes - Canaan

    OPEN 6-9 Mon-Sat and 6-8 Sun

    We are now offering curbside pick-up at our Canaan, NH, location, for any item available in the store.  Curbside pick-up will be available 8am – 3pm, 7 days a week. Please call us at 603-632-1230 and say, “I’d like to place an order for Curbside Pick-Up."

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    We have locally made facemasks on their way to each of our stores that will sell for $5.50 each.  Feel free to call your local Jake's to check on availability.

    Facemasks should be washed daily or after each use. Here are a couple cleaning options:

    1. Hand wash in very hot water using ordinary dishwashing soap. Heat the water, pour into a bucket/bowl with soap, soak and agitate the mask. Rinse very well, squeeze dry as much as possible. Air dry or dry in your dryer on the highest setting.

    2. Machine wash in hot water using laundry soap that DOES NOT contain fabric softener. Powdered detergent is preferred. Machine dry on the warmest setting or use the microwave option.

    Jim’s Garage
    632-7957, Monday to Friday 8-5

    Mascoma Auto
    Monday to Friday 8:30 -6:30, Saturday 9-2
    Mascoma Bank

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    Perry’s Garage
    252-8602, by appointment
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    Cathy & Stu's Pleasant Valley Store
    253 US-4, Canaan, NH
    (603) 632-4603
    Monday to Saturday 5am to 8pm
    Sunday 7 am to 7 pm.

    Tell them what you need and they will bag it up and bring it out to your vehicle. We also have a take-out window. 

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    Prepared take-out meals available - click HERE for Menu

    They will deliver for a $5.00 charge. Handicapped seating only in the store.


    Iron Dog

    Available for for Dog Boarding

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    Starting June 4th open for take-out
    Thursday to Sunday, 8am-2pm

    red wagon takeout window

    We are happy to take orders over the phone (603.523.2062) and have them ready for you upon arrival, or you can order at the window and wait in the lot for us to call out your order. We do ask that only ONE CUSTOMER AT A TIME uses the platform.

    Red Wagon Bakery has some exciting updates!
    1) we are very excited that the outdoor seating ban has been lifted and we invite you to begin sitting at our outdoor picnic tables (while following all state-mandated guidelines for social distancing, which will include our part of sanitizing any public seating between customers)...we plan to have a socially-distant setup in place by the time we open for take-out only, which brings me to...

    2) we will be opening for regular take-out hours on THURSDAY, JUNE 4th. our tentative hours will be THURSDAYS-SUNDAYS 8am-2pm. these are subject to change, but we hope we can maintain these hours throughout the summer. our regular menu will be available, with a few changes.

    3) we have a few exciting sort-of-surprises in store this summer, including one I am THRILLED to announce...I went ahead on impulse and bought an ICE CREAM FREEZER, and we will begin serving ice cream (cones, bowls etc.) throughout summer from our takeout window. To those who recall, this is a throwback and homage to the original purpose of the takeout window way back when bj served ice cream from it years ago. updates on our ice cream offerings to come...

    4) we will also continue to offer smoothies, as we have for the past year, as well as our summer ice cream sandwiches, and I’ll be rolling out a milkshake menu since we’ll have ice cream on hand .

    I will announce via facebook when we are officially ready to begin serving ice cream etc., but it will likely be the week we open for takeout in June. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week and enjoying this sunshine. stay tuned!


    Suds Your Duds

    1182 US Route 4, Canaan
    6 AM - 9 PM -- Last Load in by 8 PM

    To View regular Town Office Hours & Contacts, please view the "HOURS/Contacts Tab" above.

    Canaan is a Dry Town in September !

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    In September 2019 there was a major water break. Read the complete story HERE.

    July 2019 Flood

    On July 11, 2019, a torrential rain storm hit Canaan at 8:15 PM. More than 6 inches of rain came down in less than 2 hours. Streams overflowed, flat roads had many inches of standing water and roadside ditches washed out taking more than half of the driving lanes of the dirt roads downstream.

    A total of 29 town roads were damaged. A total of 13 miles of the 35 miles of road experienced severe damage. Several roads were impassable. In addition, there was damage to several town facilities including the transfer station Road bridge.

    In all there was about $400,000 in damages to roads and facilities. The Town is expected to take at least two months to complete repairs. Canaan is waiting on a storm declaration so that we can be reimbursed by FEMA for part of the cost.

    road damage near culvert flooded roadway man showing depth of damage to be waist deep

    More photos may be seen on the Emergency Management Page.

    Thank You Cardigan Mountain School!

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    volunteers piling brush
    volunteers near a brush pile
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    Thank you once again for the student work teams from Cardigan Mountain School that helped clean the Village and take the limbs out of our three largest cemeteries.

    Canaan Bird & Garden Club turns 80

    club gathering

    Seventeen current and past members of the Canaan Bird & Garden Club met in April to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the club. The first meeting of the club was held April 15, 1939 at the Hinman house on Canaan Street (currently owned by the Goins) with Zepheryn Clark voted in as the first president of the club. Folks enjoyed reminiscing and looking over old minutes/pictures/etc. that Nancy Loomis provided from our archives.

    News from Cardigan Mountain Art Association

    art council logoThis spring Cardigan Mountain Art Association will restore and display Canaan's historic stage scenery. CMAA has engaged Curtains Without Borders, Inc., a Vermont-based nonprofit conservation team, to work with volunteers to bring the painted 'drop' curtains back to life and in public view. The four 1890s painted curtains (a grand drape and 3 backdrops used at the Canaan Meeting House when it had an 2nd floor stage) and the 1924 grand drape from the Indian River Grange Hall are part of Canaan's cultural history and great examples of scenic art.


    Canaan's historic Meeting House will be the work site from May 29 through June 5. We will celebrate the project with a display of the curtains and a talk by Christine Hadsel, Director of Curtains Without Borders. 

    Volunteers are essential for the project's success and visitors are welcome to stop by and see work in progress. Please call Judith Kushner at 603 523-4337 (or email judith.kushner@gmail.com) if you would like to help and for more information.

    CMAA is grateful for many generous financial contributions to this project and for a grant from NH State Council on the Arts. CMAA is supported in part by a grant from the NH Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.  

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    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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    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: Center Closed
    Monday: Center Closed
    Tuesday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
    Wednesday: 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
    Thursday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
    Friday: 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
    Saturday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    The Transfer Station is closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Independence Day, the Saturday before Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
    Tax Assessor 523-4501 x 103
    Mon-Fri: 8-4
    Building Inspector: 523-4501 x 103
    Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
    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

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    Mike Samson

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