Canaan trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
day by day itinerary for free
Canaan is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 3,909 at the 2010 census. It is the location of Mascoma State Forest. Canaan is home to the Cardigan Mountain School, the town's largest employer.The main village of the town, where 524 people resided at the 2010 census, is defined as the Canaan census-designated place (CDP), and is located at the junction of U.S. Route 4 with New Hampshire Route 118.HistoryChartered in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth, the town was named after the hometown of many early settlers, Canaan, Connecticut, which had been named by Puritans for the biblical land of Canaan. It was settled in the winter of 1766-1767 by John Scofield, who arrived with all his belongings on a hand sled. The land was filled with rocks, making agriculture difficult. The town constructed a broad road for its main street on a stretch of level land.In 1828 attorney George Kimball helped organize building the town's Congregational church. He was among the New England abolitionists who founded the Noyes Academy in March 1835, one of the first in the region to admit students of all races. It opened with 28 white students, drawn largely from local families, and 17 black students; most of the latter came from outside the town and across the Northeast. Many local residents opposed bringing blacks into the town. On August 10, 1835, five hundred white men from Canaan and nearby towns used "nearly 100 yoke of oxen" to pull the building off its foundation, then burned it. Fearing for their safety, the black students left town, as did Kimball, who moved to Alton, Illinois.Plan how to spend your time in Canaan and other destinations in United States using our United States trip planner.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Canaan
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Canaan
Places to visit with Canaan
FranconiaTrip planner BEST FOR: Waterfall, Geologic Formation, State Park North ConwayTrip planner BEST FOR: Scenic Drive, Waterfall, Observatory LincolnTrip planner BEST FOR: Theme Park, Ski Area, Nature / Wildlife Tour PortsmouthTrip planner BEST FOR: History Museum, Garden, Landmark GorhamTrip planner BEST FOR: Scenic Walking Area, Cross-country Ski Area, River Rafting / Tubing
Recently planned trips to New Hampshire
8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Newport Boston Hampton 4 days in New Hampshire BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Bretton Woods Portsmouth 31 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES North Conway Ogunquit Boothbay Harbor 4 days in Waterville Valley & North Conway BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Waterville Valley North Conway 5 days in Milford & Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Milford Boston 2 days in White Mountains BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Franconia