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Canton (pop 7,200 in 2020, founded 1801) is the county seat of St. Lawrence County in northern New York. This tiny village is home to the State University of New York at Canton and to St. Lawrence University.


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Canton is 11 miles southwest of Potsdam (New York) on US Route 11.

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Map of Canton (New York)


Gunnison Memorial Chapel, St. Lawrence University
  • 1 St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, toll-free: +1-800-285-1856. Founded 1857, this four-year liberal arts college has 2500 students and is home to North Country Public Radio (WSLU 89.5). Eight buildings in the St. Lawrence University-Old Campus Historic District are listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2 Richard F Brush Art Gallery, 23 Romoda Drive, +1 315-229-5174. On SLU campus.
  • 3 SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, +1 315-386-7011, toll-free: +1-800-388-7123.
  • 4 Silas Wright House, 3 East Main Street (US Route 11), +1 315386-8133. Tu-Sa noon-4PM, F until 8PM. Museum and archives.



  • 2 Higley Flow State Park, 442 Cold Brook Dr, Colton, +1 315-262-2880. Wooded park with sandy beach on Raquette River, swimming, fishing, canoeing, picnic area, nature trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing.





  • 1 Best Western University Inn, 90 E Main St., +1 315-386-8522, fax: +1 315-386-1025. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. County Seat Restaurant & Lounge, golf course, wi-fi, indoor pool, banquet and meeting facilities for 250. 99 rooms. From $110.
  • 2 White Pillars, 395 Old State Rd., +1 315-386-2353. B&B style waterfront country inn, 6 miles (10 km) from town; breakfast is $10 extra. $115-165.


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Routes through Canton
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