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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.



police help wanted water sewer help wanted

NOTE that the position above is a combination of an existing 1/2 time position and a new 1/2 time position that will allow us to increase our water and sewer personnel by 50% and offer benefits.

truck driver help wanted equipment help wanted



Please use the online burn permit system if you need a fire permit:


The REVISED 2020-2021 School Year Calendar.

Please note the start date for students is now September 8th.

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Click HERE to view PDF


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.

We will be testing every two weeks.


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Absentee Voting

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

Any voter who is concerned about contracting or spreading COVID-19 may vote absentee in the 2020 elections.  Any voter may request an absentee ballot for the 2020 Elections based on concerns regarding COVID-19. Any voter who is concerned about COVID-19 should check the “disability” box.

You can also vote absentee IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:  

Absence: You won't be in town during polling hours on election day.  

Disability:  You are unable to vote in person because of a disability or  illness. This includes concerns about COVID-19.  Work obligation, childcare or caring for infirm adults during polling hours.  Religious commitment prevents you from appearing in public at the polls.

To vote absentee:   You need to be registered with the town you live in to vote.  If you are not a registered voter and want to register online, start by clicking HERE.

1. Check your registration to make sure you are registered correctly by clicking HERE

2. To go to the Secretary of State's main page,   Request your ballot now by submitting the completed Absentee Request Application for each election to your town or city clerk's office by mail, email, fax, or in person.  This form should be available at your town clerk's office and can also be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s homepage by clicking HERE for “Voting During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.  

3. Check your mail for your official ballot. Your ballot usually arrives about 30 days before the election.  

4. Fill out your ballot from home. Make sure to sign it.  Read the instructions carefully and make sure you sign the envelope.  

5. Return your ballot to the town or city clerk's office.  You can send it in the mail or drop it off in person.

* Make sure to submit your absentee request more than 45 days before election day. The New Hampshire State Primary is:TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8,  2020.  

The New Hampshire General Election is:TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020. *

For additional questions about voting, please call the  Voter Assistance Hotline at 603-466-VOTE



Closings & Events:

 *Upcoming Events: Click Here!



Saturday, August 29, 2020
From 10:00 - 11:00 am
at the Canaan Town Offices
1169 US Route 4


Posted by:
Barbara Hayward
Therese Samson
Sandra Hummer




The Town Clerk/Tax Collector's office will be closed Saturday, September 5th and Monday, September 7th.

The Town Clerk/Tax Collector's Office will be open Monday, September 7th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm to receive absentee ballots only


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.

Tax Deeds will not be issued until
August 25, 2020



The Friends of Canaan Village will be meeting at Williams Field on Tuesday, September 8th at 10:00 am at the log cabin.

The next Budget Committee meeting will be Thursday, August 27th, 2020 at 7:00 pm on the Meetinghouse Lawn. Meeting will be inside if inclement weather.

Board of Selectman Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Meetinghouse on Canaan Street at 5:00 pm.  These meetings are open to the public.   



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.

Meetings of the Historic District Commission, are held the third Monday of the month at 7:15 pm on the lawn of the Meetinghouse on Canaan Street. If inclement weather, we will meet inside.


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 is now open.

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 is open - honor 6' distance and wear masks.

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

Paying the rent:

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New Hampshire households with reduced income or increased expenses may be eligible for rent assistance as part of the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. Information can be found here and applications obtained here. If you need help applying, you can contact the helpful folks at LISTEN Community Services (603-448-4553, here


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.”


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The Canaan Police Department would like to better serve you. We are asking that you invite all your friends and family, especially if they live in town or in the area, to like our facebook page. We have approximately 3700 likes and followers but would love to double that. As you already know we push out a lot of valuable information and feel that it would benefit us as well as others to help us solve issues that come up or to advise you of things happening in the region. Please help us reach our goal. Thank you.

Click HERE to go to the Canaan Police Department Facebook page

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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Our Canaan store is open Monday-Sunday, 10AM - 5PM.  (603) 632-5331

Given the large number of donations being dropped off at our stores, it is critical for us to revise our donation hours going forward. LISTEN’s donation hours will change to be 9AM to 12PM, seven days a week.

Please note that if a vehicle/donor is in line to donate at noon, they will be unloaded. This applies to both locations that are open at this time, the Miracle Mile store in Lebanon and our sister store in Canaan.  

For the protection of our staff and donors, we are unable to assist with the donation process. Staff will be there to guide donors, but for everyone’s safety, they are unable to physically assist.  Our furniture pick up service is unavailable at this time. 

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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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Golden Ming
Takeout only

Phone (603) 523-7979
Hours: Tue - Thu: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri - Sat: 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Heartstone Therapeutic Massage is open by appointment.  Relax after all this stress !

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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.

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Takeout only

Phone (603) 523-7979
Website http://goldenming1.placeweb.site
Status Today 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tue - Thu: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri - Sat: 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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."

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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.

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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.

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.

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More photos may be seen on the Emergency Management Page.

Thank You Cardigan Mountain School!

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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

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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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