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Canadian may be a small town in the Texas Panhandle, but it is big on art! Proud of our town and our community, here is a little more information about us.

Whether you're visiting for the weekend, returning for one of our annual celebrations, or moving into our community, your friends and neighbors in Canadian welcome you to our "Oasis on the Prairie."

Canadian Cash is a city-wide gift certificate program aimed at keeping gift dollars in our local economy. Make your holiday shopping easy by giving the gift of Canadian Cash, or bolster our local economy by giving a portion of employee bonuses in Canadian Cash.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of businesses and individuals who are working together to improve the economic, civic, and cultural well-being of the Canadian area.  Anyone interested in helping promote the area (which means more business, more jobs, and a better standard of living for everyone) is eligible to be a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

Pic of River and Bridge

From its earliest documented history as a long line of apartment and town home dwellings on the bluffs along the Canadian River in the 1100's through today's present rebirth, Canadian has always inspired the imagination of those who visit and the loyalty of those who call it home. In 1544, long after the culture that had built those apartments along the western side of the panhandle disappeared, Coronado and his band wrote romantic descriptions of a land with stirrup high grasses and warned of a fierce and dangerous river.

Fortunately for the Apache and later Kiowa and Comanche Indian tribes of the Canadian River area, settlers avoided the area for many years due to continuous, perhaps exaggerated reports by government surveyors and cavalry troops of the volatile Canadian River and its treacherous quick sand, scorching summer winds and winter blizzards. These tribes followed the buffalo herds across this part of Texas and into Oklahoma and Kansas, making camp on the Canadian River and Red Deer Creek in the north part of Hemphill County and Gageby Creek and the Washita River in the South for several decades after Central and South Texas was “civilized.”

Father Daughter Dance 2016

 

Join us this summer for outdoor movie presentations on Thursday Nights at 9pm in the Visitors' Center backyard. 

Calf Fry Cook Off Image

 

You don't want to miss our annual Calf Fry and BBQ Cook Off on Saturday, September 30, 2017!

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