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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
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.


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

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July - September
Beginning on or about July 1st, the Goose Pond Bridge will be closed for construction for about 3 months. Watch here for further information.

Official Notices:

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Changes in Selectboard Meeting Dates

In July & August, the Board will meet the 1st & 3rd Tuesday at the Meeting House.

valid sticker imageNew Transfer Station Stickers Issued

After July 1, 2015 Green Transfer Station stickers will only be valid with the addition of the yellow update decal. Please obtain this decal at the Town Office.

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After June 14, 2014 all fire permit applications must be scheduled by appointment by calling 643-2222.

The Fire Department is accepting donations for their annual Old Home Days Auction. Items may be dropped off from on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm at the station, or you may call and leave a message at 523-4850 to set up an appointment for an alternative drop off time.


Sharon DuffyWebsite Changes

In our efforts to continue to create a website that is user-friendly and informative, you may have noticed that we have recently changed our format.

The most asked for items - hours, contacts, events, and news have been moved from the "Community Page" to tabbed pages on the Home Page. We hope this improves your experience here at CanaanNH.org, and as always, we welcome your comments and questions at sduffy@canaannh.org


Thank You, Again, Alton!

old home days parade

Recently, Alton Hennessy has been doing some history research for the Canaan Fire Department. As part of his work, he has found some wonderful photos from past Old Home Days Events. Especially interesting are the archives from 1958! Notice the location of the Fire Department in this 1986 photo! Look at these and more on the Old Home Days Page! If you have photos or stories you could share, email: sduffy@canaannh.org


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Mascoma Community Healthcare

We have now received 1,900 pledges!

Mascoma Community Healthcare has officially become a NH non-profit corporation. Its application to become a 501(C)3 organization is pending.

The corporation adopted by-laws and elected 22 local directors to serve on their board. Seven committees have been working very hard since the first of May. Those committees include staffing, finance, equipment, fund raising, collaboration, building, and communications. Regular updates on their work can be found on their website. Some of the highlights of committee work include the following work by the building, finance, and fund raising committees:

  • A site has been selected and tested for the clinic at the corner of Roberts Rd and US Route 4. An architect and an engineer are being selected to prepare prints for borrowing, bidding and construction.

  • USDA has indicated a willingness to lend the money necessary to construct the clinic building.

  • Fund raising is under way to raise $400,000 for all the preparation work needed prior to construction.

Pledging will continue. We need to increase pledges from low to moderate income families. Generally a low to moderate income family of 2 would have income of no more than $38,000 a year and a low income family of 4 would have income of no more than $48,000 a year. A low to moderate single person would have income of less than $33,000. If you know people that might fall within those income levels, encourage them to pledge to try us. You can learn more and make your own pledge by going to their Website or to the Mascoma Community Healthcare Facebook Page!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction a huge success!

We raised over $1,200 for the Swim Program, making it possible for us to have swim lessons for another year! Thank you! The Canaan Street Beach Swim Program wouldn't exist without your continued support!

Special Thanks To: Mary Ignacio, Susan & Chappy

Thank you for the delicious meal and for your generous donations to the Silent Auction. You are truly wonderful people, and the town is a better place because of you!

Thank you to the following individuals who donated items to the Silent Auction:

Andrea Gilbert
Therese Samson
Susan & Chappy
TM Jellison Construction
Petro Mart
Golden Comb
Enfield House of Pizza
Elaine Prior
Tracy Flynn-Moloney
The Carr Family
Debra Muzzey
Jenny Sousa
Friends of Canaan Village
Mickey's Roadside Café
Sue Jenks
Sonya Carter
Papa Z's
Helen Rocke
William Prior
Shaker Valley Auto
Marcia Littlefield
Doug Belloir
Chocolate Pips Photography
Adam Cushing
Canaan Village Pizza
Upper Valley Line-X & John Dyer's Welding
Dan's Detailing at John Dyer's Welding
Robert Frost Jr.


2014 David O. Cushman Winter Golf Tournament

The annual Winter Golf Tournament proved sunny and funny once again. Be sure to check out the story and photos on the News Tab of the Friends of Canaan Village Page


New Directory

Friends of Canaan Village has received $500 from the Mascoma Savings Bank to help fund the new edition of the Business and Services Directory. We plan to have the Directory available by the summer. Folks will be able to pick up a copy at the Mascoma Savings Bank, the Town Library, the Town Offices, and Canaan Hardware Store.

If you would like to add your business to the listing or update your current listing, please send your business name and phone number (state type of business if not obvious from business name) to Joanna Carr at: jcarrjj@gmail.com or call 603-523-7910. Businesses are included free of charge


Library EntranceNew Library Hours in 2014!

Starting Monday, January 6, the Canaan Town Library will have expanded hours. Thanks to everyone who took time to fill out our surveys and visited the library during 2013.

  • Monday 3-8 pm
  • Tuesday 1-8 pm
  • Wednesday 1-8 pm
  • Thursday 1-5 pm
  • Friday 9-noon
  • Saturday 9-3 pm


Friends Receive Brundage Grant

 Friends of Canaan Village is the recipient of a $1000 grant from the Brundage Foundation. This amount is intended to be the Friends' contribution to the 2014 Lions Club Concerts on the Common.

These weekly summertime concerts generally begin the first Tuesday after the Fourth of July. Friends provide ice cream sundaes. The concerts are free, open to everyone, and bring joy to all ages.

Hope to see you next summer at the Concerts. Check the town website in late spring for the 2014 schedule.

Many thanks to the Brundage Foundation for supporting this community event.


Thank You, Alton!

Sign Installation Sign Roof Installation

Alton Hennessy, a Boy Scout with Troop 800, completed his Eagle Scout Service Project recently: a fire danger sign for the Canaan Fire Department/Town of Canaan. This project has been a dream of Alton's for many years. Planning started in the spring of this year with designing the sign and getting all approvals and doing all preliminary planning necessary to complete his Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal; his work continued throughout the summer and fall with the organization of all details necessary to see this through to completion. By the time the project was completed, over 72 hours had been put in by Alton and his project assistants. He would like to further enhance the sign by adding flowers and solar lights next spring. Alton is a Lieutenant on the Canaan Fire Explorers, and he will move forward with the goal of becoming a firefighter/paramedic after he graduates from high school in 2016.

Completed Fire Sign

Food Donation to Senior CenterThank you for your donations!

The Library's annual Food for Fines Campaign raised over 200 food and hygiene products for the Mascoma Senior Center Food Pantry this year.

Thanks to everyone who helped out!


Household Hazardous Waste CollectionCanaan Holds Successful Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Canaan held its first two Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, September 14th and October 19th. The turnout between 10 AM and 2 Pm was very good. 69 households participated in September and 67 in October which is about 7% of the town's households. Our participation rate is more than three times the state average for communities with collections.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Household Hazardous Waste Collection

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Don't forget to check out the Old Home Day Photos on the Old Home Day 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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Day after Thanksgiving
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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-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

For Fast Facts on Canaan,
visit our NH Economic & Labor Market
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Be sure to check these other pages and sites for on-going events!

Community Calendar

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

Current Highlight:
Race Photos & Field Hockey Camp Sign Up
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Canaan Town Library
Lego Club, Story Hour, Basement Bookies, & Humanities Programs are just a few!

Current Highlight:
Meeting House Readings
Friends of Canaan Village & the Farmers' Market
Concerts, Food, Crafts, & Community - Join in!

Current Highlight:
The Farmers' Market is Open


Summer Concerts Series

Tuesdays from 7 to 8 PM: On the Green

Rain location: Canaan United Methodist Church

Join Us!

  • July 8th - Upper Valley Community Band
  • July 15th - The Mill Band
  • July 22nd - The Panhandlers Steel Pan Band
  • July 29th - East Bay Jazz Band
  • Aug 5th - Woodchuck's Revenge
  • Aug 12th - Cardigan Mt. Tradition
  • Aug 19th - The Moonlighters

Brought to you by the Canaan Lions Club and co-sponsored by the Friends of Canaan Village and the Brundage Foundation

berries2014 Farmers' Market

Sundays, 10am-1pm
On the Green

Local Food & Crafts and Live Music! Schedule of products and events on the Farmers' Market Tab of the Friends of Canaan Village Page.

electronCanaan Town Library Summer Reading Programs:

Fizz! Boom! Read! for Elementary & Middle School Students

Explore science and reading this summer at the Canaan Town Library Summer Reading Program. Registration begins during the last week of June.

  • Saturday, July 5, Drop in from 11-2: The Five Senses
  • Saturday, July 12, 10-11: Special "Magic Science" Show at Cardigan Mountain School Auditorium
  • Saturday, July 19, Drop in from 11-2: Microscopic Mysteries
  • Friday, July 25, 6-7:30 pm: Stuffed Animal Sleep Over (Only the Animals stay)
  • Saturday, July 26, 1-2: Ice cream Social

For Teens & Adults, our traditional Beach Read Bingo will be held. Learn more at the library!

Meeting House Readings
Meeting House Benches

Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31

View the schedule and get directions at Meeting House Readings

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Old Home Days

August 1, 2, 3

Theme: Glory Days of the Rail Road

2014 Program of Events

The Second Annual "So You Think You Know Canaan" Quiz is Out!
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The 2014 "So You Think You Know Canaan" quiz is available at the Library and, on Sundays, at the Friends' tent at the Farmers Market from 10 am to 1:00.pm. Submit a completed quiz no later than August 3 by 1:00 pm for a chance to win a prize.

Run from the Law
5K Run/3k Walk

Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan, New Hampshire
All Proceeds Benefit the CPBA

Professionally Timed / On Line Registration
Sunday August 3, 10:30 AM Start Run Time --- 10:00 Start Walk Time

  • Located on the beautiful campus of the Cardigan Mountain School and Historic Canaan Street, Canaan, New Hampshire
  • Directions: GPS- 55 Back Bay Road, Canaan, NH– 20 minutes from I-89
  • $23 pre-entry fee thru July 14 --- $25 entry fee after July 21/ Race Day Registration
  • T-Shirts and Size Guaranteed for all participants registered by July 21--- T-Shirts while supplies last for registrations after July 21
  • Prizes to top age group finishers and some fun prizes too
  • Food / Fun for the whole family after the race


Register On Line at:

This race is part of the UPPER VALLEY RUNNING SERIES: http://uppervalleyrunningclub.org/calendar/2014series/

For more information call (603) 523-7400

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Yard SaleTown Wide Yard Sale

Saturday, September 27;
Rain or Shine

Starting at 9am at the Village Common and All Over Town.

Join in on the common or just get on the map of the town! Pick up a registration form at the town office or the library, or download one here.

Call 523-4282, 523-7043, 523-7712 for further information.

Sponsored by the Mt. Cardigan Fish & Game Club


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