Nova Scotia Governor Charles Lawrence issued two proclamations — the first proclamation dated 12 October 1758, and the second proclamation dated 11 January 1759 — that were published throughout New England, offering grants of free land to anyone who would come to Nova Scotia to occupy the farm lands formerly occupied by Acadian farmers. Major Robert Denison was one of the agents for the Connecticut grantees who appeared before the Nova Scotia Council in April 1759 to make arrangements for 200 families. The agents were sent with Surveyor General Charles Morris to view the lands. The council was to provide transportation for the settlers and their stock, farming equipment, and household goods, and to supply grain for needy families. In the years 1760-1765, hundreds of settlers arrived from New England to take up free land here. In 2010 we celebrate the 250th anniversary of this seminal event in the history of Nova Scotia.
This new blog is intended as an informational resource for both visitors and residents of this beautiful region of the Annapolis Valley. Canning is a quiet, scenic, and vibrant little community located almost equidistantly from the larger commercial and cultural centres of Wolfville and Kentville.
We hope to offer updated useful info to travellers looking to visit or merely pass through as a waypoint on their way to another destination. Residents can learn more about our community and keep abreast of events.
In this blog-style format, we’ll be looking forward to your feedback, so we hope that you’ll feel free to comment on articles posted or contact us directly. That’s what makes this venture so exciting and potentially useful for everyone who lives in the Canning area.