is the county seat of Van Zandt County, about 60 miles east of Dallas, on
Interstate 20. At last count Canton had a population of 3,292.
The population of Canton soars on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
before the first Monday of each month, due to First
Monday Trade Days, with more than 300,000 arriving in Canton for a First
Monday weekend. Canton's First Monday Trade Days is the biggest flea market in
Trade Days, is not the only event to take place in Canton. The Van
Zandt County Fair and Rodeo takes place in April. In August the annual Free
State Bluegrass & Classic Country Music Festival is held in the Canton
Canton has the water park in East Texas, with Splash
Kingdom Family Waterpark.
James S. Hogg was the Canton District Attorney before he became the governor
of Texas in 1890, becoming well known for naming his daughter Ima.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow stayed briefly in Canton during their notorious
crime spree. The bank robbers did not rob any Canton bank.
WHERE TO STAY IN CANTON
There are plenty of places to stay in the Canton area, with 77 Bed &
Breakfast, Cottage and Cabin options, 18 Mountain Lodging locations, 1
Campground, 15 Camping and RV parks and 22 Hotels and Motels.
Among the Mountain Lodging is Bonnie's
Girl Hotel, Cabins
on the Mountain, Big
Easy B & B and Mountain
Ridge Bed & Bath. The Long
Branch Hotel is located right on the First Monday Grounds. Also, Blue Bonnet
Bayou Inn, Moonshine Inn and Moonshine Mansion.
If you are looking for a cheap place to stay in Canton to
maximize the amount of money you have to spend at the First
Monday Trade Days, you will find a Motel 6, Best Western Canton Inn, Days
Inn of Canton, Super
8 Canton Motel and Comfort Inn & Suites.
Canton Motel is a
popular non-chain motel option.
Square Bed & Breakfast is located on Canton town square, a block from
First Monday Trade Days. Bunny
Hollow Inn & Retreat, with 5 unique rooms, is across the street from
First Monday. Broken
Wheel Vineyard is a B & B about 8 miles north of Canton. 3
Springs Bed & Breakfast has a fish pond and hot tub. At the Azalea
House you will get free Wi-Fi. Backwoods
Getaway is a private luxury cabin. The Best
Li'l Red Barn in Texas sleeps 8, or more. The Cabins
at Cherry Creek are near Cedar Creek Lake, 4th largest lake in Texas. Canton
Country B & B is close to the First Monday Trade Grounds. At Dog
Springs B & B you can also get lunch and dinner. Inn
the Works is a retreat, lodge, bunkhouse, B & B two miles from the Trade
There are many places to park your RV in the Canton area, among them are Canton
I 20 RV Park, Canton
Marketplace RV Park, Canton
Trade Center RV Park, Canton
Civic Center RV Park, Mill
Creek Ranch Resort and Old
Mill RV Park.
WHERE TO EAT IN CANTON
You will find several fast food chains in Canton, Whataburger,
Burger King, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, Subway, Sonic Drive-In, Pizza Hut and
There are several non-chain local restaurants in Canton, including Sisters Old
Mill Creek Cafe, Susies Tea Room On The Square and Two Senoritas. You will find
a lot of Mexican restaurants in Canton. One is Robles' Mexican Restaurant. Many
locals think Jewel's Restaurant has the best Mexican food in the Canton area.
Ranchero Restaurant is another Mexican food option, along with Parrila Tacos and
Ochoa's Cafe and Fajitas Tacos and Juanita's Mexican Restaurant and Miss Susie's
on the Mountain you can have all the catfish you can eat.
Savannah Winery &
Bistro is located on the First Monday Trade Day Grounds, where you can get
burgers, salads, steaks, chicken, meatloaf, pork chops, shrimp, cheese platters
and other goodies to go with your wine.
For a local burger joint that gets good reviews go to Dairy
Palace Restaurant. Val's Italian Restaurant is the best Italian restaurant
in Canton. It is also the only Italian Restaurant in town.
You can probably guess what is on the menu at Backwoods Bar-B-Que. You will find
more barbecue at Rod's
Barbecue Shack. At Baker's
Ribs you will find some down home Texas-Style Barbecue.
There are buffets in Canton. The Panda Chinese Buffet is one.
Chen's Buffet is another Chinese Buffet. Rick's Fish & More Buffet is not a
Chinese Buffet. Papadales
Grill & Cantina has Texas Style Bar-Que in Buffet mode.