Living in Canton, CT | Atwater Estates

Historic Charm

The town of Canton was incorporated in 1806, in Hartford County, Connecticut. This quaint New England town has a population just over  10,000 and is valued for its privacy and quiet surroundings. Canton is bordered by Granby on the north, Simsbury on the east, Avon and Burlington on the south, New Hartford on the west, and Barkhamsted on the northwest. Running through the town is the Farmington River offering beautiful scenery and recreation. The town includes the villages of North Canton, Canton Center, Canton (Canton Valley), and Collinsville. In September 2007, Collinsville was ranked in Budget Travel magazine as one of the “Ten Coolest Small Towns in Connecticut.” Canton is on the Farmington River, and Collinsville Canoe & Kayak is the largest specialty canoe and kayak store in New England. A rail trail, known as the Farmington Valley Greenway also runs through Canton, connecting it to abutting towns and beyond.

Points of interest

Though Canton is small in size it has plenty of local attractions including The Canton Historical Museum, in Collinsville. Located in the building of the former Collins Axe Company, one of the first ax factories in the world which was founded by Samuel W. Collins; at the Collins ax factory in Collinsville, Elisha Root invented the important industrial technique of die casting. The museum displays a 19th-century general store, a post office, a printing press and blacksmith and barber shops. Vehicles, tools and farm implements are also exhibited, as well as a working railroad diorama, Victorian fashions, toys and dolls.

In more recent years Canton has also become a place of interest for shopping and dining with the addition of The Shoppes at Farmington Valley. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley is an open-air lifestyle shopping destination that offers an enticing selection of more than 45 specialty stores and unique shops. Located at 110 Albany Turnpike (Route 44) in Canton, Connecticut just over the Avon/Simsbury line, The Shoppes at Farmington Valley provide convenient free storefront parking, mountain views and an atmosphere every bit as inviting as the stores. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley is a committed and involved member of the local community. Through their support of a wide range of local organizations and initiatives the Shoppes at Farmington Valley is able to provide patrons with not only an exceptional shopping experience, but also the opportunity to experience family fun and entertainment throughout the year.


Mills Pond Recreation Area
10 East Hill Rd., Canton
Telephone- (860) 693-5808

Facilities include: Olympic size pool, wading pool, 4 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, skate park, bocce ball pit, volleyball sand court, picnic shelter, playscape, soccer field, softball diamond, and passive recreation walking area around the pond. Mills Pond Recreation Area is a public park.   There is a small fee for use of the picnic area. For group functions or use of the athletic fields, a facility use permit must be obtained from the Parks and Recreation Office.

Roaring Brook Nature Center
70 Gracey Road, Canton
Telephone- (860) 693-0263
Hours- Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5
Lecturers, Field Trips, Walks, Family Programs, Classes, Concerts, and Gift Shop

Canton Historical Museum
11 Front St., Collinsville
Telephone- (860) 693-2793Collinsville Canoe & Kayak (rentals)
41 Bridge Street (Route 179), Collinsville
Telephone- 693-6977

Farmington River Trail
Route 179 in Canton and Burlington, New Britain Avenue in Farmington

Farmington River Tubing
Satan’s Kingdom State Recreation Area
Route 44, New Hartford
Telephone- (860) 693-6465Antiques in Collinsville and Canton
In Canton there are multiple stores including Balcony Antiques, Canton Village Antiques and Antiques on the Farmington.


*This List includes hotels in Canton and adjacent towns as of March 2012.

Avon Old Farms Hotel
Route 44 & 10, Avon, CT
phone (860) 677-1651The Simsbury Inn
397 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT
phone (860) 651-5700

Simsbury 1820 House
731 Hopmeadow, Simsbury, CT
phone (860) 658-7658

The Iron Horse Inn
969 Hopmeadow, Simsbury, CT
phone (860) 658-2216

The Linden House Bed & Breakfast
288-290 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT
phone (860) 408-1321

Merrywood Bed & Breakfast
100 Hartford Road, Simsbury, CT
phone (860) 651-1785

The Farmington Inn
827 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT
phone (860) 677-2821The Homewood Suites by Hilton
2 Farm Glen Boulevard, Farmington, CT
phone (860) 321-0000

The Dutch Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast
239 Salmon Brook St, Granby, CT
phone (860) 844-0262

The Truman Gillet House Bed & Breakfast
151 North Granby Rd, Granby, CT
phone (860) 844-1212


ABC Pizza House (Italian – Greek)
9 River St., Collinsville
phone (860) 693-9161Bagels Plus
220 Albany Tnpk. (Canton Village), Canton
phone (860) 693-8905

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
The Shoppe at Farmington Valley
110 Albany Turnpike, Canton
(860) 693-3202

Chipotle Mexican Grille
The Shoppe at Farmington Valley
110 Albany Turnpike, Canton
(860) 693-4457

Crown & Hammer Pub
Depot Place, Collinsville
phone (860) 693-9199

The Shoppe at Farmington Valley
110 Albany Turnpike, Canton
(860) 693-4927

Feng Asian Bistro
The Shoppes at Farmington Valley
110 Albany Turnpike, Canton
(860) 693-3364

Flatbread Company
The Shoppes at Farmington Valley
110 Albany Turnpike, Canton
(860) 693-3314

LaSalle Market & Deli (Delicatessen)
104  Main St., Collinsville
phone (860) 693-8010

La Trattoria (Italian)
Route 44, Canton
phone (860) 673-5000
if busy (860) 673-0736

Panera Bread
The Shoppe at Farmington Valley
110 Albany Turnpike, Canton
(860) 693-9513

Saybrook Fish House (Seafood)
Rts. 44, 202, 179, Canton
phone (860) 693-0034

The Green Papaya (Thai)
160 Albany Turnpike,  Canton
(860) 693-9322

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