A large pergola, with white wicker lounge chairs, overlooks Upper Saranac lake during a golden sunset. The dark blue outline of the Adirondack mountains is in the distance.

Canaras Conference Center

St. Lawrence University's Canaras Conference Center is a traditional Adirondack camp situated on Upper Saranac Lake.

Your Adirondack Getaway

With a name that reflects the body of water it resides on, Canaras is the perfect Adirondack vacation and wedding destination.

Open June through mid-October, we look forward to having you join us in 2024 to unwind, reconnect, and create lasting memories.

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Amenities

As a seasonal campground that operates from June to mid-October Canaras consists of 10 cabins, a dining hall, conference room, boathouse, private beach, and numerous recreational spaces. 

Recreation

At Canaras, you’ll have free lake access so you can explore all that Upper Saranac has to offer using our complimentary canoe, sailboat, paddle boat, and water ski rentals. 

When you’re not taking in the Adirondack scenery from our floating dock or making s’mores at the lean-to, explore our walking trails, game rooms, tennis and basketball courts, beach, swing sets, and library.

Dining & Facilities 

With an on-site chef, we’ll keep you well-fed with three meals a day and plenty of options to suit your dietary needs.

If you want to reconnect and reset, Canaras has complimentary Wi-Fi and onsite laundry facilities.

Adventure is Yours

With 20+ acres of Adirondack serenity, there’s plenty of space to take in all that Canaras has to offer. Here are a few of our favorites.

Two Adirondack style chairs placed on a dock overlook the setting sun on Upper Saranac Lake.

Catch a Sunset

Blue and a red ping pong paddles rest on a game table.

Get in the Game

Several place settings, green garden salads, wine glasses, cups, plates, and wine rest on a long table.

Savor Every Moment

Leave the cooking to us. At Canaras, we offer three-meals a day in our dining hall. 

A person sits outside on a whicker couch and reads a book.

Unplug

A bride and groom kiss while their bridal party surrounds them and cheers.

Say "I Do"

Canaras is the perfect Adirondack wedding venue to say “yes” to forever.

A scarlet crewneck sweatshirt with a white script that reads Canaras.

Buy a Keepsake

You can now take a piece of Canaras home thanks to our online store. 

Shop Canaras Merch

Three hands hold ice cream cones piled high with various flavors in front of Stewarts Shops.

Get Local

Whether you’re grabbing a cone from an ice cream shop, supporting local artisans, or making a snack run, Canaras’ location is ideal to take in all the Adirondack Park has to offer. 

Explore the ADKs

Two people sit on a whicker bench outside an Adirondack style cabin and chat.

Reconnect

A child holding a red and blue bucket runs into the lake to gather water for their sandcastle.

Make a Splash

A group of children, sitting in a circle on a dock overlooking Upper Saranac Lake, play a game.

Make Lifelong Friends

An Adirondack style bench sits in front of a roaring outdoor fire overlooking Upper Saranac Lake.

Make S'mores

More to Explore

Throughout the Adirondacks you’re sure to find hidden gems in the form of breweries, antique shops, music and film festivals, farm to table restaurants, and so much more. 

Discover all that the region has to offer, Canaras is approximately 15 minutes from popular destinations like the villages of Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, and 30 minutes from Lake Placid.

Accommodations and Rates

Individual rooms in each of our Adirondack style cabins are available for a minimum of one-week stays.

 de Brun 

The interior of a lodge cabin. Two single beds with blue and red plaid quilts. Navy blue plaid curtains hang from four large windows.

Located next to our on- site library, deBrun Cottage features two bedrooms and a living room with a fireplace.  

Bedroom One:

  • Two single beds, tub and shower.  

Bedroom Two:

  • A queen- size bed, tub and shower.  

Brown 

Steps away from our private beach, Brown Cottage is a two bedroom cabin featuring a living room with a fireplace.

Bedroom One:

  • Two single beds, a shower unit.

Bedroom Two:

  • Two single beds, a shower unit.

Harding 

Harding Cottage is conveniently located next to our dining hall. The cabin has a shared bathroom and a living room with a fireplace. 

Bedroom One:

  • Two single beds.

Bedroom Two:

  • Two single beds.

Tamarack Cottage

A light blue room with two single beds, a desk, a yellow dresser, and a ceiling fan.

Tamarack Cottage features two adjoining bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Bedroom One:

  • Two single beds, tub and shower. 

Bedroom Two:

  • Two single beds, tub and shower.

Book Rooms in a One or Two Bedroom Cabin

Rates

Rates are per-person per-night and include lodging, three meals per day, use of all camp facilities and equipment. Note that reservations are available on a room-by-room basis so you may share a cabin with other guests. 

  • Adults, $215
  • Young adult (13-20), $184
  • Children (7-12) $135
  • Children ( 5-6) $67.50 
  • Children 4 yrs and under - no charge.  

A $150 per-person deposit is required to confirm reservations.

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Birch 
 

Birch Cottage is located near our pool hall and features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a common area with a fireplace.  

Bedroom One:

  • Two single beds, tub and shower. 

Bedroom Two:

  • Two single beds, tub and shower. 

Bedroom Three:

  • Three single beds, tub and shower.

Jackson 

A yellow bedroom with a large window seat, a roaring brick fireplace, and two single beds with red quilts on them.

Jackson Cottage is located near our laundry facilities and is a two-level, three-bedroom cabin with a kitchen, two bathrooms, and living room that features a fireplace.

Bedroom One, First Floor:

  • Two single beds, fireplace, tub and shower

Bedroom Two, Second Floor:

  • One double bed, one single bed, shared bathroom

Bedroom Three:

  • Two single beds, shared bathroom

Book Rooms in a Three-Bedroom Cabin

Rates

Rates are per-person per-night and include lodging, three meals per day, use of all camp facilities and equipment. Note that reservations are available on a room-by-room basis so you may share a cabin with other guests. 

  • Adults, $215
  • Young adult (13-20), $184
  • Children (7-12) $135
  • Children ( 5-6) $67.50 
  • Children 4 yrs and under - no charge.  

A $150 per-person deposit is required to confirm reservations.

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Spruce

Spruce Cottage is located next to the Main Lodge and  features a shared outdoor fireplace with Bentley Cottage. 

A four-bedroom cottage with two single beds in each, Spruce comfortably sleeps eight guests and includes two bathrooms, each with a tub and shower. 

Book Rooms in a Four-Bedroom Cabin

Rates

Rates are per-person per-night and include lodging, three meals per day, use of all camp facilities and equipment. Note that reservations are available on a room-by-room basis so you may share a cabin with other guests. 

  • Adults, $215
  • Young adult (13-20), $184
  • Children (7-12) $135
  • Children ( 5-6) $67.50 
  • Children 4 yrs and under - no charge.  

A $150 per-person deposit is required to confirm reservations.

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Hoffmann 
 

The interior of a log cabin bedroom. A queen size bed with a white and blue quilt in fron tof a roaring fire in a brick fireplace.

Hoffmann Cottage is located near our private beach and is a five-bedroom cottage that includes a large living room with a fireplace, Hoffmann comfortably sleeps nine guests. 

Bedroom One:

  • Two single beds, fireplace,  tub and shower 

Bedrooms Two, Four, and Five:

  •  Two single beds with a shower    

Bedroom Three:

  • One double bed with tub and shower 

The Main Lodge

Two white single beds with orange floral quilts in a light green bedroom. There is a dark brown wooden dresser next to a doorway that leads to a bathroom that features a white porcelain sink.

The Main Lodge, located near the Caretaker’s Workshop, comfortably sleeps 10 and features a dining room, five different bedrooms, and six bathrooms.

Bedroom One, Two, Three, and Five:

  • Two single beds, a tub and shower

Bedroom Four (Handicap Accessible):

  • Two single beds, a shower and tub 

Nepahwin Cottage
 

A canary yellow bedroom with a queen size bed with a turquoise headboard. Adirondack style lamps are list on Adirondack style end tables. Floral curtains hang in front of a large window.

Nepahwin Cottage, tucked between Harding and Jackson cottages, is a two-level cottage with a living room, three bedrooms downstairs, two bedrooms upstairs with one shower.

Bedroom One (Downstairs):

  • One double bed, shower 

Bedroom Two (Downstairs:

  • One double bed, one single bed, shower

Bedroom Three (Downstairs:

  • Two single beds, shared bathroom

Bedroom Four (Upstairs):

  • One double bed, one single bed

Bedroom Five (Upstairs): 

  • Bunk beds

Book Rooms in a Five-Bedroom Cabin

Rates

Rates are per-person per-night and include lodging, three meals per day, use of all camp facilities and equipment. Note that reservations are available on a room-by-room basis so you may share a cabin with other guests. 

  • Adults, $215
  • Young adult (13-20), $184
  • Children (7-12) $135
  • Children ( 5-6) $67.50 
  • Children 4 yrs and under - no charge.  

A $150 per-person deposit is required to confirm reservations.

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Why not gather your team or future business partners in the serenity of Upper Saranac Lake? With a large conference space and on-site accommodations, Canaras is the ideal meeting location to reconnect and get inspired.

Rates

Package One

  • $280 total

    • $230 food and lodging 
    • $50 conference fee 

Package Two

  • $500 total

    • $450 food and lodging
    • $50 for conference fee

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Rates

Individual rooms in each of our Adirondack style cabins are available for a minimum of one-week stays. Rates are per person per night and include lodging, three meals per day, use of all camp facilities and equipment. Note that reservations are available on a room-by-room basis so you may share a cabin with other guests. 

  • Adults, $215
  • Young adult (13-20), $184
  • Children (7-12) $135
  • Children (5-6) $67.50 
  • Children 4 yrs and under–no charge.  

A $150 per-person deposit is required to confirm reservations.

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A bride, wearing a satin gown, holds a silver cup in her hand and laughs alongside her husband as they walk through the receiving line while flower petals fall from the sky. A brown cabin is in the background.

Canaras Weddings

Canaras is the perfect Adirondack wedding venue to say “yes” to forever. Let us help make your ceremony dreams come true.

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We can’t wait to welcome you to your perfect Adirondack getaway. Book your stay at Canaras today.

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