New Canaan

Welcome to New Canaan

To help you understand New Canaan “at a glance”we could tell you how our schools are consistently top-ranked in Connecticut. We could tell you we are a population of about 20,000 living one quick hour from NYC. We could show you photos of our charming village with twinkling holiday lights and a magical dusting of snow. We could tell you how our sports teams continually win state championships and our high school programs are some of best in the country.

But here is the real skinny...what you really want to know about us, and why we feel so fortunate to live here. It’s the people. Something you can’t see when you find that perfect house you’ve been looking for. Something you can’t quantify in your purchase price. And yet, this intangible asset is what really makes New Canaanites most thankful. It is that bond that brings us all together to make sure that the lost dog gets found, that our seniors get to the doctor, that dinners anonymously arrive for those in need, and that everyone shows up to cheer for your kid as much as their own. Our need to connect with each other has made our Newcomer’s Club the largest in the country, where families make life-long friends through playgroups and socials.

On any given weekday at 3:15pm, you will find a parade of middle- schoolers walking to town for after school snacks. On a cold February morning, you will see 150 high- schoolers pile into buses to spend Winter Break rebuilding homes in less fortunate areas. On Elm Street you will see us eating al fresco at our Manhattan quality restaurants and walking over to our local playhouse afterwards. You’ll see little ballerinas perfecting their Nutcracker auditions on Forest Street, soccer players practicing at Waveny Park, volunteers helping our local philanthropies thrive, picnickers marveling at Philip Johnson’s inter-nationally renowned Glass House, and Santa Claus arriving by helicopter to Mead Park to kick off our holiday season. So go ahead, google our stats and discover strong New Canaan, CT real estate average sales prices and some of the highest SAT scores in the country. But if you really want to understand what makes New Canaan tick, glance up from your phone and get connected to the people who make up our most valuable town asset.


New Canaan Town Hall, which houses most town officials, is located at 77 Main Street. Most town offices are open from 8:30am-4:30pm Mon- Fri which includes First Selectman, Finance, Tax collector, Tax assessor, Fire Marshall, Town clerk and Registrars of voters. The Building, Health, Inland/wetlands, and Planning and zoning are open 7:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri. The Parking Bureau is located at Police Headquarters at 174 South Avenue and is open from 8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.


Top-Ranked in USA Public Schools:

Elementary School:

  • South School
  • East School
  • West School

Middle School:

  • Saxe Middle School

High School:

  • New Canaan High School

Private Schools:

  • St. Luke’s Private School
  • New Canaan Country School
  • St. Aloysius School​​​​​​​



  • Day Care Center of New Canaan
  • First Presbyterian Nursery School
  • Maureen Bloom's Playdates
  • Methodist Preschool of New Canaan
  • New Canaan Community Preschool
  • New Canaan Country School
  • New Canaan Nature Center Preschool
  • New Canaan Public Schools Preschool
  • Rainbow Station - New Canaan YMCA
  • Playland Nursery School
  • St. Mark's Preschool
  • Toddlertime Nursery School
  • The Tot's Spot


  • Waveny Park, Pool, Paddle & Tennis Courts
  • Kiwanis Park & Swimming
  • Mead Memorial Park
  • Irwin Park
  • Spencer's Run Dog Park
  • Bristow Wildlife Sanctuary
  • New Canaan Nature Center
  • YMCA of New Canaan
  • Youth Atletic Programs from New Canaan Recreation Department
  • New Canaan Dance Academy
  • The Studio of Performing Arts -New Canaan
  • New Canaan Mounted Troop
  • New Canaan School of Rock
  • World Champion Tae Kwon Do
  • Lapham Community Senior Center
  • The Glass House
  • Grace Farms
  • New Canaan Playhouse
  • Silvermine Arts Center
  • Carriage Barn Arts Center
AREA OF CITY 17.4 Square Miles
LIBRARY151 Main Street, New Canaan (203) 594-5000
TRANSPORTATION Metro-North Peak Direct to Grand Central, NYC: from New Canaan station 66 minutes, from Talmadge Hill station 61 minutes

Parks and Playgrounds

Waveny Park

Waveny Park, with entrances at 677 South Avenue and off Lapham Road, has 250 acres of parkland including Waveny House in the center which houses the office of the New Canaan Recreation Department. Waveny Park contains approximately 3.5 miles of jogging/walking trails, soccer, baseball, and softball fields, picnic area, Platform Tennis Courts, Waveny Park Swimming Facility, artificial turf Water Tower Field and lots of open area. Waveny Park also contains the PowerHouse Performing Arts Center, The Carriage Barn, Spencer's Run Dog Park, Lapham Community Center and The Waveny Lodge and Platform Tennis Courts.

Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park is the Town public swimming facility located off Old Norwalk Road. Kiwanis Park is open June through August and includes a playstructure, outdoor basketball court, snack bar, and a picnic area.

Mead Memorial Park

Mead Memorial Park is located off Park Street with one-way traffic exiting on to Richmond Hill Road. Mead Park contains lighted and unlighted baseball fields and tennis courts, picnic areas, baseball batting cages, a large pond, playground area with playstructure, and lighted ice skating in the winter. Newly opened, the Lodge at Mead Park offers an open air eating area, air conditioned bathrooms and a food service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A beautiful terrace overlooks the fields with tables to sit and eat the great food served at the snack bar.

Mill Pond Park

Mill Pond Park is located off Millport Avenue and contains a large pond with walking trails. Weather permitting, the pond is lighted for ice skating in the winter.

Ed Dixon Memorial Park

The Ed Dixon Memorial Park is a small vest-pocket park located off Hoyt Street containing a small playground area with a playstructure.

Irwin Park

New Canaan's newest park- Irwin Park is located at the intersection of Weed Street and Wahackme Road. The 36 acre park has newly opened jogging/walking trails for your enjoyment.

Spencer's Run Dog Park

New Canaan offers a 1.5 acre off-leash area for dogs to run and play with other canine friends. It is located near the Lapham Road entrance to Waveny Park. All dogs must be wearing a current dog license and current rabies tag. The park is monitored by the Animal Control Officer/Park Ranger. Bristow Bird Sanctuary The Bristow Bird Sanctuary is located off Old Stamford Road and contains a quiet secluded spot to walk on wooded trails and enjoy nature.

Dining Out

Cava Wine Bar

2 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT
Telephone: (203) 966-6946

Inside Cava Wine Bar, guests are transported to a subterranean enclave that is a one-of-a-kind space. The distinguished history that connects the building to the Connecticut Gold Coast is prominently displayed in the main dining room, “ensconced in a wine-cellar like setting”,to provide the ideal temperature all year round for the storage of wine and the enjoyment of guests, from which the venue takes its name.

Elm Restaurant

73 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT
Telephone: (203) 920-4994

Welcome to Elm. Here in the heart of New Canaan, CT, we believe that great meals start with the best ingredients, friends, family, (and of course) our favorite wines. In our neighborhood restaurant, we serve seasonal American dishes inspired by farmers, fishmongers, and on occasion, a faraway place.

Farmer's Table

12 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT
Telephone: (203) 594-7890

The food at Farmer's Table is based on a few simple ideas. Use fresh ingredients from reliable and responsible sources, grow or raise them whenever possible, and prepare them using time-tested techniques, all the while striving for perfection in the execution of these techniques. Our food is made to order. All of it. We are associated with no cause but the cause of good food and being good stewards of nature is the single best way to assure we will always have wonderful food to astound our senses.

Hashi Sushi

11 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT
Telephone: (203) 920-1990

Our restaurant offers a wide array of authentic Japanese Food, such as Shrimp Teriyaki, Hibachi Vegetable, Lobster & Shrimp, Steak Teriyaki. Try our delicious food and service today. Come in for a Japanese Lunch Special or during evenings for a delicious dinner.


27 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT
Telephone: (203) 966-8998

Rosie opened on Elm street in 2004. Serving good food, good coffee, and good wine six days a week to New Canaan. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch we are proud of the food we serve, and we want our customers to taste the love in every bite!

Sole Restaurant

105 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT
Telephone: (203) 972-8887

Sit at the bar by the wood-burning oven. Watch the skin on chicken in the oven crisp up, the pizzas being made with precision and of course drinks being made with a generous pour. Order the appetizers, split the main courses and enjoy the wide range of dishes that vary with the season.

Spiga Wine Bar & Salumeria

134 Main Street, New Canaan, CT
Telephone: (203) 920-1351

In Italian, Spiga refers to the most crucial part of the wheat plant used to create the pastas and breads that Italy is most famous for. We pride ourselves not only on our handmade pastas and brick oven pizzas, but also for our wide selection of salumi, cheeses and locally sourced dishes inspired by classic Italian fare. There is truly something for everyone. A variety of small plates can be shared amongst friends. If you’re craving something more substantial, try any one of our entrees. We believe that the best times are had over a glass of wine or a pre-meal aperitivo.

Tequila Mockingbird

6 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT
Telephone: (203) 966-2222
Tequila’s food is made with traditional ingredients whenever possible. As with most restaurants, Tequila’s character and style is shaped by thousands of little stories and lots of people. In 2012, Tequila Mockingbird was one of 20 restaurants in the United States to receive certification for “expertise inzTequila and its culture” from the Consejo Regulador Del Tequila (Regulatory Council of Tequila). We lovezTequila and make every effort to share our unique knowledge with any and all interested guests.

Overview for New Canaan, CT

20,574 people live in New Canaan, where the median age is 42.5 and the average individual income is $119,935. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for New Canaan, CT

New Canaan has 6,917 households, with an average household size of 2.96. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in New Canaan do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,574 people call New Canaan home. The population density is 926.98 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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