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.
New Canaan boasts a public school system that is among the best in nation, as well as award winning private schools and preschools that are both private and church sponsored. There are three public elementary schools – East, South and West School – which feed into Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School. New Canaan Country School, St. Aloysius School and St. Luke’s School offer private options.
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!
New Canaan to NYC
Commuting to New York City takes approximately is 65 minutes by express train. Trains run on a frequent schedule during peak morning and evening hours.