The natural beauty of Canterbury and the surrounding area provides many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. The miles of river frontage along the Merrimack provide a great number of recreational options. The proximity to routes 93, 89 and 4 provides access to the north, south, east or west making it easy to get around our State.
Canterbury has many small, home based businesses. In addition, many of the residents work in Concord .
Town residents formed an LLC to purchase and preserve the Store and Post Office in the Town center, a great little stop, adding to the quaint feel to the town and the sense of community.
The biggest attraction in Canterbury is the Shaker Village, established in 1792. At its peak in the 1850s, over 300 people lived, worked and worshiped in 100 buildings on 4,000 acres (16 km2). They made their living by farming, selling seeds, herbs and herbal medicines; and by manufacturing textiles, pails, brooms and other products. The last resident, Sister Ethel Hudson, died in 1992, and the site is now a museum, founded in 1969, to preserve the heritage of the utopian sect. Canterbury Shaker Village is an internationally known, non-profit historic site with 25 original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings and 694 acres (2.81 km2) of forest, fields, gardens and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark for its architectural integrity and significance.