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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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Official Notices:

To request Town Notices by email, Click Here.

Canaan Street Beach
is Open.

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The bathhouse is closed for repairs and a porta-potty is on site for the interim.

The Town will be monitoring for 6 foot isolation distance.

Beach Advisory:
The E-Coli level at the beach this past Wednesday (June 10) was 63 parts per 100 ml. The Permissive level for swimming in NH is 88 parts per 100 ml. (The EPA level is 100 parts per ml). THAT MEANS THAT OUR E-Coli LEVEL IS BELOW THE LEVEL WHERE THE STATE GETS CONCERNED AND THE WATER IS OK FOR SWIMMING.

We will be testing every two weeks.



Town finances are very tight this year due to pressures of the Covid crisis. We have three vacancies in in our crews and we are waiting to fill them until we see how tax payments come in during June. This means that some summer work is running behind right now.

Thank you for your support.


Summer Meal Delivery

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Free meal delivery continues through the summer for all children 18 years old and under. Buses will continue to deliver meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays* beginning Monday, June 15th. Each day's deliveries will include two days of meals.

* Note: Friday, July 3rd meals will be delivered on Thursday, July 2nd.

The following routes will be combined: M-12 & M-17, M-7 & M-9, M-1 & M-2 and Livingstone Lodge Road is combined with M-14. Routes M-16, M-4, M-5, M-15, M-10 and M-3 will continue to run their normal afternoon route. The buses will leave the high school at 10:00 AM so the stop times will vary.

Meal pickup will be available at the EVS, CES and MVRHS kitchen doors from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

If you have questions, you can contact the SAU Office at 632-5563.


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The State of New Hampshire established a process for registering to vote by mail amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance and instructions can be found via the @NHSecretary website: https://bit.ly/2Y5YkJl or click HERE


Closings & Events:

 *Upcoming Events: Click Here!

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The Town Offices will be closed Friday, July 3 as well as the Town Clerk on Saturday, July 4th.

The Transfer Station will be closed Saturday, July 4th.


The Recycling Center repairs have been completed and it is now open to the public at the regular Transfer Station hours.
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.



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.


The Assessing Office is now open



Canaan Old Home Days is Cancelled



Selectman's Meeting
Tuesday, July 1st

Selectman's Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays meeting in the conference room under the Library. The public is welcome.


Library Trustee's Meeting:

The Library Trustee's meet the third Tuesday of the Month at 7 pm in person outside the library. Face masks and social distancing will be practiced.


Planning Board Meetings
are Second and Fourth Thursdays
at the Meetinghouse Common
Bring your own chair

If weather is not cooperating, our alternate location will be inside the meetinghouse.



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 Historic District Commission, July 20th, 7:15 pm. Meetings are held third Monday of the month
Call 1-866-730-7514, pin: 629061. Help line: 603-523-9621.


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Virtual Annual Meeting
Saturday, July 18th at 10:30 am.

For details go to http://canaanlakenh.org/


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



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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An Update on Friends Feeding Friends Food Distribution

This past week was the LAST week the Friends of Mascoma is distributing food through the pre-registration system with local law enforcement and emergency services we have had in place since March. We will close all food distribution operations for one week and REOPEN on Tuesday July 7th in Enfield and Wednesday July 8th in Canaan. Here is what the new set up will look like:

·Walk up only. No pre-registration is required.

·All shoppers and volunteers must have a mask. If you do not have one, one will be provided to you.

·All shoppers are to practice appropriate social distance guidelines.

·Enfield Pantry: Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm behind the Enfield Police Station out of the EPD garage bay

·Canaan Pantry: Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm at the FOM and MTD garage bays

· Who are these pantries for?: Our pantries are open to anyone in need of a 3-day supply of groceries that lives in one of the 5 Mascoma Valley Towns: Canaan, Dorchester, Grafton, Enfield and Orange.

·How often can someone visit the curbside pantries: Once a week at either location. If you cannot make it to either location during those hours and don’t have a family member or friend who can pick up for you, please call 603.632.4542 or email elkozma@friendsofmascoma.org our Executive Director Eula Lee Kozma.

· If you are not able to physically get to the either location due to health reasons or other serious matters please call 603.632.4542 or email elkozma@friendsofmascoma.org our Executive Director Eula Lee Kozma. Special arrangements will be made on a case by case basis.

· What information is required: If you are a new pantry shopper, for statistical tracking purposes, we ask many questions. They are simple questions that do not require any paperwork on your part. Please come prepared to verbally let us know the name of your head of household, date of birth, relationship to head of household, and town and state of residence for each member of the household, as well as the number of and ages of all people in the household. If you are an existing pantry shopper we may confirm a few details, but you will not have to answer all questions again.

·A note on safety: The Friends of Mascoma Foundation is following guidelines from the CDC as well as normal food handling and safety procedures. All staff and volunteers are practicing physical distancing of six feet or more, and signage encourages all pantry shoppers to do the same. All staff and volunteers are participating in mandatory health checks upon entering the building each day; anyone who presents with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is asked to self-quarantine before returning to the pantry. Pantry volunteers are wearing gloves when handling food, and they are wearing cloth masks when in the same room with other people or when stocking the pantry. We have set up hand sanitation stations inside our regular pantry and practice proper hand washing. Per the CDC and the FDA: “Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.”


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

We are sorry to announce that the concession trailer will be closed temporarily while we wait for approval from the state on our recently submitted application. Normally when we operate the concession trailer at fairs and festivals we are fine, but since the trailer is staying in the same place for longer than 4 days we had to submit a different application to the state. We are doing everything we can to expedite the process and will be open again as soon as possible. Thank you for your support so far this summer.


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

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! 



Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed Mondays
(781) 561-6811
Cash Only

Ashley has an ice cream window located at The 603 Bakery & Cafe. Follow her progress @ 603 Scoops.

What’s better than ice cream?! The 603’s amazing baked goods paired with ice cream!

Oh there is more!! We will also be offering a full hot dog menu as well!!

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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."

jakes fruits jakes foods   jakes meats jakes deli

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.

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

Mascoma Auto
Monday to Friday 8:30 -6:30, Saturday 9-2
Mascoma Bank
The Lobby is now Open !

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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Take-out Open
Thursday to Sunday, 8am-2pm

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“RWB takeout is in full swing!  Come to the window or call ahead.   FRESH APPLE FRITTERS on Saturday :)


menu We will also be introducing ICE CREAM on SATURDAY! Pure and simple...the way ice cream used to be. First 20 ice cream customers will receive a special cookie treat! We hope to see you this weekend!”

We are ecstatic to be opening up our window for TAKE OUT SERVICE. Hours are THURS-SUN 8am-2pm and we have our full breakfast and lunch menu, specials, baked goods, espresso, and drinks available. We may be working out a few kinks in the first couple weeks to see what works best for this new platform — we appreciate your patience as we do so!

Outdoor socially-distant seating is in effect in the front and backyard. We are a staff who wear masks and gloves, and hand wash frequently between gloves! If you’d like curbside or any other assistance, we are happy to oblige. We will have purell stations available and are taking all precautions to sanitize any areas customers frequent. We ask that everyone be conscious of other patrons and to please wear a mask when ordering or in close proximity to customers not in your party 🙂 we are always here to help if you’d like something wiped down or have a question regarding health and safety precautions — please reach out!

Thank you to everyone supporting us during these ever-tumultuous times. we at rwb want to bring you some normalcy as we navigate the uncertainty and unrest and do our part, in turn, to bring about positive change and learning in our community.


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.

We are sorry to announce that the concession trailer will be closed temporarily while we wait for approval from the state on our recently submitted application. Normally when we operate the concession trailer at fairs and festivals we are fine, but since the trailer is staying in the same place for longer than 4 days we had to submit a different application to the state. We are doing everything we can to expedite the process and will be open again as soon as possible. Thank you for your support so far this summer.

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
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volunteers raking

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

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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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Office Hours & Contacts:

For all Fire/Health/Police Emergencies
Call 911

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: 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

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:
Cathy Stark

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