As I entered Canaan, I was greeted by another of those wonderful “Welcome” signs. The “village” is comprised of restored homes, inns and churches, plus a lovely public beach on the shores of Canaan Street Lake. As I drove along, marveling at the historic buildings, I kept an eye of the sky. Clouds had  begun to roll in and there was an ever present chance of a shower. No one was picnicking and the lake had a sense of peacefulness to it…


I walked over to the Canaan Historical Society building to see what the hours were. Unfortunately, they are only open on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm, July through October. Since I couldn’t go in, I wondered around the grounds. There was another snow roller like the one I’d seen in Alexandria. This time, I knew what it was




As I turned around the sun broke through the clouds, illuminating the side of the church while the storm clouds formed a dramatic background.


Not wanting to be caught in a downpour, I returned to the car. As I drove along Canaan Street, I thought about the people who lived in these glorious homes back in the 1800’s What would they think of them now?






On the opposite side of the road, the breaks in the clouds highlighted the distant mountains and the dandelions…


As I turned down Back Bay Rd, Cardigan Mountain School loomed stately on the hilltop…


The mountain for which the school is named can be seen from many places in Canaan…


Moving away from the village, farmhouses and fields began to dot the landscape…








A great place to visit while you are in Canaan is Clark Pond. With very few lake houses on the shore, the calm waters are only disturbed by the loons searching for a meal…




Even the painted turtle seemed content near the shore…


The other “wildlife” I saw was a reminder that motorcycle week plays a big part in the Lake’s Region economy…


Lacking wildlife is the Canaan Fair Speedway which closed in 2013…


I doubt this car would have gone to the speedway anyhow…


I had been told when I got to Canaan, I HAD to stop at Pappa Z’s for a meal. I was told about state fair portions of french fries and hamburgers from freshly ground beef made right before your eyes. All of this and a drink for $5.99? Steve and I just had to check it out. Every word was true! Mmmmm (and yes, it really was only $5.99!)…

Pappa Zs-1841

Since I can’t type and eat at the same time…

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12 Comments on “Canaan”

  1. marthaschaefer August 10, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Your Loon shot is perfect! Would love to go back with you and do some kayaking. The lovely old homes are quintessential New England. Thanks for a great tour and tip on where to eat!!

    • Touring NH August 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

      Thank you. I really enjoyed watching the loons. Next time you can get a mid-week day off, we really should go up and kayak, then grab a bite to eat at Papa Z’s

      • marthaschaefer August 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

        It didn’t look like just a “bite” at Papa Z’s!

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions August 10, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    The bulging columns on the historical society building are unusual. What beautiful old farmhouses they have there. I love that one with the L shaped porch.
    Excellent shot of the loon!
    Now I’m hungry.

    • Touring NH August 10, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

      It’s a bit of a drive to Papa Z’s but ohhhh is is worth it

  3. Sue Slaght August 11, 2015 at 4:38 am #

    Another gorgeous collection of photos! on the weekend we were at a wedding in British Columbia and prior to the ceremony the TV was on in the lounge. There was a documentary on and they were featuring the town of Sandwich. I recognized the sign straight away fro your post.

    • Touring NH August 11, 2015 at 9:32 am #

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      Thank you Sue. It’s neat they had a documentary on a NH town in BC.

  4. Jeff | Planet Bell August 14, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    That is a lot of food for $5.99. That would cost at least $15 in Alaska! Great photos, especially with the dark and ominous sky. Thanks for taking us along.

    • Touring NH August 15, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      Your welcome Jeff. It was a lot of food for the price. Steve and I could have shared an order of fries since neither one of us could finish them. I’d definitely stop in again for a bite if I was in the area.

  5. Marie Keates August 18, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    Those storm clouds looked ominous but they make a great backdrop. I’m off to New York for a few days in October and everyone keeps warning me about portion sizes of food there. I see I’m going to have to ask for kids meals wherever I go!

    • Touring NH August 18, 2015 at 8:55 am #

      Have a great time in NY. I get kids meals all of the time.


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