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Population: 3,045 (1990); 3,319 (2000); 3,528 (2006)

First chartered in 1761, the town probably took its name from the hometown of early settlers from Canaan, Connecticut. Not all the grantees became permanent settlers, and a new charter was issued in 1769. According to the Canaan Historical Society, the first train passed through in November 1847 with Daniel Webster on board, and the railroad operations sparked rapid business growth in Canaan Village. In September 1907, Canaan was the site of a tragic train accident, the collision of a passenger train and a freight, resulting in 25 dead and an equal number injured.

Region: Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
County: Grafton
Distance from:
o Manchester, NH: 82 miles
o Boston, MA: 123 miles
o New York, NY: 310 miles
o Montreal, Quebec: 210 miles

Town Hall
Tax Collector and Town Clerk
1169 US Route 4
PO Box 38
Canaan NH 03741
Phone: 603-523-7106

Municipal Information
Government: Selectmen
Planning Board: Elected
Police Department: Full time
Fire Department: Volunteer
Nearest Hospital: Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Alice Peck Day in Lebanon (19 miles)

Election Districts
State House District: 17
State Senate District: 5
Executive Council District: 1
U.S. Congress House of Representatives District: 2

School District Site

Mascoma Valley Regional High School
27 Royal Road
Canaan, NH 03741
Phone: 632-4308
Fax: 632-5419

Indian River School
45 Royal Road
Canaan, NH 03741
Phone: 632-4357
Fax: 632-4262

Canaan Elementary
School Street
P.O. Box 18
Canaan, NH 03741
Phone: 523-4312
Fax: 523-8872

Canaan Police Department
Canaan Police Department
PO Box 38 (Mailing)
52 NH Route 118
Canaan, NH 03741
(603) 523-7400 for Non-Emergencies
(603) 523-8354 FAX

Canaan Fire Department
62 NH Route 118
Canaan, NH 03741
(603) 523-4850

Canaan Town Library
1173 U.S.Route 4
P.O.Box 368
Canaan, NH 03741

Electric: NH Elec. Coop.; Granite State
Gas: None
Water Supplier: Canaan Water Dept.
Sanitation: Municipal
Curbside Trash Pickup: No
Telephone: Verizon
Cable television service: Yes

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