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Attractions

Grasse River Heritage Trail

Located on Coakley Island and Falls Island in downtown Canton, this park includes interpretive signs detailing the history of the Grasse River. The trail begins at the historic King Iron Bowstring Bridge, which was originally built in the 1870s and fully restored in 2007. This bridge connects Coakley Island to the 4.4 acre Falls Island, which was the heart of the manufacturing district in 19th century Canton. Approximately 19 miles of the Grasse River is located in the Town and Village of Canton.

Silas Wright House

Located at 3 East Main St. in Canton, is home to the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. The museum is the restored home of the 19th century New York Gov. Silas Wright. The museum includes exhibits, public programs, and a gift shop.

Hours: Open year-round, Tuesday-Saturday, Noon – 4 p.m. (Fridays until 8 p.m.). Free Admission.

Phone: (315) 386-8133

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY)

TAUNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand and appreciate the folk culture and living traditions of New York’s North Country. From the heart of downtown Canton, TAUNY showcases the traditions of the 14-county region north of the Mohawk River, from Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River to Lake Champlain, including the Adirondack Mountains. TAUNY collects, preserves, interprets, and presents the region’s stories through changing exhibits and a variety of programs and workshops offered both at The TAUNY Center in Canton and around the region. The North Country Folkstore is TAUNY’s museum shop. The Folkstore features authentic, handmade products from more than a hundred individuals and families throughout the region. It provides an outlet for local traditional artists to sell their items and a resource for visitors to find local products for souvenirs and gifts.

53 Main St., Canton

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open year-round.

Phone: (315) 386-4289

Richard F. Brush Art Gallery

Located at St. Lawrence University, is free and open to the public during the academic year.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, Noon – 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Phone: (315) 229-5174.

Indian Creek Nature Center

The Indian Creek Nature Center offers nature trails and special events on 350 acres adjacent to the 8,757-acre Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area. Two entrances are located on County Route 14, between Rensselaer Falls and State Highway 68.

Bend in River Park

Located at the end of Lincoln street next to the Canton Pavilion. This park has numerous barbecue grills, a picnic shelter, lighted softball field, paved walkways, volleyball and basketball areas and a scenic waterfront. The picnic shelter and softball field can be reserved. Rental Rates are as follows:

Picnic Shelter:

  • Town & Village of Canton Residents $20 fee & $30 deposit
  • Non-Canton Residents 0-25 persons $40 fee & $40 deposit
  • 26-50 persons $50 fee & $50 deposit
  • 51-75 persons $75 fee & $75 deposit
  • 76-199 persons $100 fee & $100 deposit
  • 200 plus persons $150 fee & $150 deposit

Deposits are returned if there is no damage or cleaning after the rental group has finished use of shelter.

Softball Field with Lights:

Softball field can be reserved for tournaments or individual use subject to availability. If you need to use the lights there is a $25/hour charge paid in advance.

Taylor Park Community Beach

Is located on the Miner street road approx. 2 miles from Main Street. Waterfront hours are mid June through the end of August 11:30am – 7:30pm seven days per week. (See Summer Family Activities for details on the hours open.) Taylor Park has change rooms, softball area, playground and picnic areas. All picnic areas are on a first come first serve basis.