Named for the local river, Canadian has few links with the cheery country far to the north (although with locally popular Coors being owned by Molsen, you could say the convenience stores are filled with Canadian beer). Rather, it is a once-dying Texas plains town (one of dozens) that, thanks to the leadership of the local Abraham family, has uniquely saved itself by embracing tourism.
Main St – often a place to watch out for falling bricks in other small Texas towns – has been much restored; stores, cafes and a beautifully renovated movie theater are among the highlights.
Outside of town, a series of nature trails wander through the fertile countryside. In spring people come from all over to see the rather comical mating habits of the prairie chicken – antics worthy of an Animal Planet special.