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Rural Living

Canton—the St. Lawrence County seat—retains its small town charm and agricultural heritage despite America’s affinity for sprawling commercial development, a “bigger is better” attitude, and an ever-increasing reliance on electronic gadgetry.

Here, in farm country, nestled between the vast open tracts of woods and waters of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park and the natural border between the U.S. and Canada, known as the St. Lawrence River, is a community that has found a healthy balance in the Information Age. Canton residents live on the cutting edge of technology and society— thanks to St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, North Country Public Radio, and the St. Lawrence County government—yet they are still rooted in the country way of living.

Why do people love Canton? Quality of life. Recreational opportunities. Culture. It’s a safe place to raise a family. It’s a great place to do business.