bannersNo matter what the season, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in Canton. Experience the great outdoors as you bike, walk, or fish along the Mississippi River.  Park your RV in our campground located along the river’s edge.  Shop for antiques or unique items at our local stores or visit nearby Amish for homemade goods. Whether you’re traveling by yourself, with a friend, or with your family, you’ll always feel right at home here.






With several old-style shops, unique gift and antique stores, you won’t just be window shopping.   You’ll be impressed with the handpicked inventories and numerous specialty items, evidence of the special attention the business owners give to customer interests and their desire to offer just what you’ve got it mind.  You can count on receiving the very best in customer care!







Enjoy a big bag of popcorn and a soda as you enjoy a feature movie in our beautifully restored Lewis Street Playhouse.  The facility was built in 1893 and was first known as the Miller-Starr Opera House.  Before it was a movie theater, it featured traveling stage performances.  Now the Lewis Street Playhouse is a venue for all kinds of stage and screen events, including comedy acts, plays, and special events throughout the year.   Every visit gives you an opportunity to simply enjoy the venue.  It’s beautiful!   jpg3



ms20park_0252If you are an outdoor enthusiast, Canton has a lot to offer.  There are ways to enjoy biking, fishing, camping, parks, swimming, hunting, boating, team sports, and more.  If biking is your hobby, our riverfront is a scenic place to ride or if you want a longer ride, try old highway 61 (State Route B) from Canton to La Grange. This is a lightly traveled road that is great for biking and jogging.  If you enjoy the great outdoors and are wanting to camp and fish, our riverfront campground provides great views of the water and good fishing.  Canton’s riverfront area also offers river

access for boaters.  more infoscenic-lookout

The city parks in Canton provide families with a variety of play equipment for the kids to enjoy and BBQ grills for cooking up some great meals at your reunions and get togethers.  Canton has several parks, so enjoy one or all of them when you visit!  Martin Park offers a basketball court and shelter houses.  Veterans Memorial Park, located near Oak Hill Inn and Suites, features a walking trail.  Central Park’s features include a special needs high back swing.  They ALL feature great ways for you to enjoy your visit here!  more info

Get caught up in the excitement of local sports on your visit. Depending on the season, you can take in a Friday night high school basketball game or go to a College football game on a Saturday afternoon. Check the high school schedule here, college sports schedule here.


If you’re missing the links, there are a number of golf courses within 40 miles of Canton.  The nearest is  River Valley Community Course.  RVCC is a nine hole course with 18 holes of Disc-Golf.  The course is located a short distance south of Canton off State Highway B.  You can book your tee time on their website!

Another “open to the public” location, Three Pines Golf Course, is located near Ewing MO.  Other courses are located at Hannibal MO and Quincy IL.



Canton has managed to retain much of its rural charm through an active interest in historic preservation.  Elements of our history can still be seen in some of our downtown buildings well as in buildings and features located in other parts of town.  Canton is also home to a number of musicians, artists, artisans, and crafts people, many of whom are recognized throughout the area.  Be sure to experience the festivals, galleries, artisan shows, and crafter’s events held throughout the year.  Visit the Lewis County Historical Society in Canton’s downtown to discover parts of your heritage and interesting facts that make Canton and Lewis County special.   Many genealogists recommend the Lewis County Historical Society’s extensive physical inventory for family history research, but the inventory also includes many materials related to individual towns and communities that have been part of Lewis County’s history. It’s easy to spend an afternoon completely immersed and come away with new perspectives!  Learn more




Stop for lunch downtown, then set the GPS and go explore the country roads near Canton!  Enjoy scenic country, small towns, farmland, and watch for an Amish buggy or two along the way.  The area surrounding Canton is home to a vibrant Amish community.  Canton is also located near a few larger cities if you want to plan a day out during your visit to Canton.  We are located 20 miles from Quincy, Illinois, 30 miles from Keokuk, Iowa and 40 miles from Hannibal, Missouri.  Each of these cities offer many sightseeing and recreational facilities.  Other recreational facilities are also located in and close to Lewis County and a few of these opportunities are listed.



Basically, geocaching ( is a high-tech version of treasure hunting. Geocachers seek out hidden treasures utilizing GPS coordinates posted on the Internet by zip code by those hiding the cache. Using a GPS unit, they then trek out into the backwoods or urban jungles to find the hiding spot of the cache. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. If the visitor takes something out of the cache, they are asked to leave something in return. For some, the biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place that they have never been.

The Rules:

This growing outdoor sport has a simple set of rules, making it easy for anyone to play. The challenging part is finding the cache. Some caches have even been planted on mountainsides and underwater! Once geocachers find a cache, they follow these basic rules:

  1. fill out the logbook
  2. take something out of the cache
  3. put something in the cache
  4. return the cache to the exact position and condition in which it was found

Caches typically consist of a waterproof container discreetly placed within the local terrain. The container will include a logbook and any number of more or less valuable items such as toys, books, money, jewelry, trinkets, etc. You never know what the founder or other visitors of the cache may have left for you to enjoy. Be sure to fill out the logbook with the date and time you visit the cache and leave something in return.