History of New Canaan
Prior to being incorporated in 1801, New Canaan was shared by the neighboring towns of Stamford and Norwalk, and was known as Canaan Parish. Today, this vibrant and charming town remains distinctive with its manicured landscapes, grand architecture, and bustling downtown. With a reputation as a great place to raise a family, and known for its high-profile residents from the entertainment, sports, business, and news industries, New Canaan is also rich in history, an enjoyable place to shop, play, and dine, and a fabulous place to visit. One of the few “walking towns” in Fairfield County, New Canaan Center offers residents and visitors an array of retail options. Boutique shops line the streets and share the stage with high-end commercially known stores, offering cutting-edge fashion, top-of-the-line home goods, one-of-a-kind gifts, and everyday lifestyle products and services. Dining options abound … from breakfast nooks and bakeries, pubs to bistros, ethnic food to fine dining, the food scene is quite extraordinary.
Considered a New York City suburb (approximately 45 miles outside of the city), New Canaan is 22.5 square miles and has a population nearing 20,000. Community activities include the Annual Summer Village Fair and Sidewalk Sales, a 45-year-old event that continues to bring out the entire town. Dazzling fireworks at Waveny Park are a Fourth of July tradition, the Halloween Parade is a child’s delight, and the popular Holiday Stroll is so popular, the town has now implemented monthly Stroll Evenings, creating a block party 12 nights out of the year! We invite you to visit our New Canaan. Experience a New England town with a style and sensibility all its own – but for all to enjoy.
Learn more about our government at the town site.
Map of New Canaan
Market Demand Study
The purpose of the Market Demand Study is to:
- Determine how current commercial uses are meeting demand and assess likely impacts of changing conditions.
- Evaluate how to best serve New Canaan residents and attract non-resident customers.
- Assess how downtown New Canaan can compete with other communities and Internet retailers while maintaining downtown New Canaan’s unique character and amenities.
New Canaan Public Access
New Canaan Television Channel 79 is New Canaan’s community television station. Check us out for up to date information on what is happening in town and for weekly programming from Town Hall, the Library, sports, current affairs and documentary.