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New Welcome Signs for Canning

CABDA Canning Welcome Sign
Back row (left to right): Tim Maxner, CABDA Co-Chair; Gary Long, CABDA Secretary; Crystal Maxner, CABDA Treasurer; Everett MacPherson, Village Commission Chair;
Front Row (Left to right): June Granger, CABDA Chair; Wanda Sheffield, Village Commissioner; Michael Gabriel, CABDA Branding Committee Chair.
Photo by Deborah Nicholson, with thanks.

“Always a Warm Welcome” and some colourful graphics greet visitors and residents when they arrive at Canning Village. The new signs, located at the four entrances to the village (via Highway 358 and Highway 221 from both directions) are the result of some very dedicated efforts by the Canning and Area Business Development Association (CABDA), in a spirited partnership with The Village of Canning. Professional installation was performed by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to insure sturdy, optimal placement of the four signs.

The work was made possible thanks to a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia and some tireless work by CABDA’s Branding Committee (Sandra Gunther, Kim MacQuarrie, June Granger, and chair, Michael Gabriel).

Since its inception in 2012, CABDA has achieved some visible results in helping to revitalise Canning, which include a bright new logo and tagline, the planting and maintenance of pretty floral planters, the design and printing of roadside banners, collectible postcards, and historical posters, the construction of hand-made wooden outdoor benches, and installation of bicycle racks throughout the village. These efforts represent a sense of renewed energy that’s capturing people’s attention and imagination, with creative new businesses opening and thriving, new home construction and renovations, and a contagious sense of pride in the community.

CABDA welcomes new members who have vision, and a desire to make a difference. If you’re a business person and want to become involved with developing the face and character of this region, you’re welcome to attend CABDA’s quarterly meetings and join for a modest $30 per year. For more information visit our Facebook page.


Architect Receives Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards Hon. Mention

Houdini Design award winning desk
Houdini Design award winning desk

Canning Area architect Lisa Tondino of  Houdini Design has received the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards in Architecture, Honourable Mention for Furniture Design Table and Workstation. Congratulations, Houdini Design!

Farmhouse Inn’s Canada Day Event in Canning, NS

Thanks to Kimberly Smith of creativeaction.ca for the video


The Farmhouse Inn B&B was the focus of this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Canning Village as many vendors, artists, musicians, and the town crier to the event s festivities. Rod and Lynn Eisener, owners of the Farmhouse Inn, pulled out all the stops in this year’s celebration to feed and entertain throngs of visitors who enjoyed the fun, music, and many delicious treats on a gorgeous, sunny summer afternoon.

Canning’s Recreation Department staff were on hand to animate games and activities for the kids, and do some fantastic, creative face-painting for the littler ones. It was a fabulous three-hour event, complete with a score of delightful door-prizes offered by the many generous businesses in the Village and nearby communities.

Many thanks to the Eiseners and all the amazing, energetic co-organisers of this event who make Canning such a vibrant, wonderful, and fun place to live and visit!

CABDA receives community support from Canning Lions

George Mapplebeck, Crystal Maxner, and Tim Maxner
Canning Lions Club president George Mapplebeck hands cheque of $1000 to CABDA Treasurer Crystal Maxner and Co-Facilitator Tim Maxner in support of CABDA’s years of work in revitalising the Canning area economy.

It was a freezing cold at 7:00pm at the welcome to Canning sign, but hearts were warm. The King of the Canning Lions Club, George Mapplebeck presented a cheque for $1000 to the Canning Area Business Development Association.    CABDA Treasurer, Crystal Maxner, and Co-Facilitator, Tim Maxner, formally thanked the Lions for their  support help to spruce up the Village of Canning and welcome more business to our community.

CABDA AGM January 21, 2016

CABDA logo

CABDA Annual General Meeting
Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 PM
Canning Fire Hall,
North Ave.
Canning, NS
B0P 1H0

CABDA (Canning and Area Business Development Association) has accomplished many goals toward revitalizing our region in the last couple of years, so if you have ideas for our community that you would like to see come to life, we encourage you to join us.

At the meeting, in addition to regular business, we are looking to fill various positions on the CABDA Executive Board:

– Facilitator (Chair/President)
– Co-Facilitator (Co-Chair/Vice President)
– Treasurer
– Secretary.

Only members in good standing can vote, so please ensure that your membership dues (only $30 for the year) are up to date.

We welcome new members who want to take an active role in making the Canning area an even more wonderful place to live, work, and play

See you there!

Canning is having a Banner Year!

Restored Wilf Carter poster photo (courtesy of deborahnicholsonphotography.com)
Lovingly restored country music legend Wilf Carter poster photo (courtesy of deborahnicholsonphotography.com)

As you drive or walk through Canning, some added features may catch your eye.  There are 12 new roadside banners gracing the poles on Main St. Six of them feature historical images and the other six are wonderful pictures of the beauty of Canning and the nearby area.

The banners were the result of over two years of thinking, planning, and efforts by the Canning and Area Business Development Association’s (CABDA) Branding Committee, comprising of local volunteers, June Granger, Kim MacQuarrie, Sandra Gunther, and Michael Gabriel (committee head). Two of the images, displaying Medford and Pereaux scenery, were photos taken by Marven Blenus and Samantha Hudson, respectively, the first and second place winners of a contest held in 2014, sponsored by CABDA, the Village of Canning, and the Valley Credit Union.

Poster of Medford based on contest-wining photo by Marven Blenus.
Poster of Medford based on contest-winning photo by Marven Blenus.
Poster of Pereaux based on contest-wining photo by Samantha Hudson.
Poster of Pereaux based on contest-winning photo by Samantha Hudson.

Other photos were contributed pro bono by talented professional local photographer, Deborah Nicholson, and by local marketing and design businessman, Michael Gabriel. They include Canning’s iconic lighthouse, local pottery artist Denise Aspinall, the bandstand at Bruce Spicer Park, and the local Blomidon Estate Vineyard. Historical images include a photo of a seated Sir Frederick Borden, former Minister of Militia and Defence and father of Harold Lothrop Borden, whose bronze stature appears atop the fountain monument at the intersection of Main Street and North Avenue, as well as a thoroughly restored poster photo of local musical celebrity, Wilf Carter (with special thanks to Deborah Nicholson). These were based on photos and postcards graciously provided by the Fieldwood Heritage Society and Gerald Cudmore.

The banner designs, printing, and their installation were made possible through funds by Nova Scotia Tourism’s First Impressions Grant, which was realized thanks to the time and great efforts by Kim MacQuarrie and the other members of the Branding Committee.

Coupled with the new sidewalks, benches, planters, and flowers around the poles and banners (all handiwork of CABDA’s Beautification Committee), Canning is looking even warmer and more welcoming!  So if you haven’t done so lately, take a slow stroll down Main St. and “breathe, imagine, and experience” our beautiful, vibrant Village!