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Little Canada, Minnesota is in Ramsey County, and a suburb of the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan region. The main routes through the city are Interstate Highways 35-E and 694, as well as Minnesota Highway 36. Nearby communities include Maplewood, Roseville, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, and Saint Paul. Prior to the arrival of white settlers, the Dakotas made their summer home in the area that would later become Little Canada. The first white settlers were French Canadians, and the first to claim land there was Benjamin Gervais, who came in 1844. Lake Gervais was named for him. The first schools opened in 1850, teaching classes in French, and the Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist was built in 1852, St. John’s Cemetery being the second established in Minnesota. Little Canada became a township in 1858, a village in 1953, and a city in 1974. Besides Lake Gervais, Savage Lake a other smaller bodies of water are within the city limits, while Kohlman’s Lake, Keller Lake, and Twin Lake are just outside the city. Little Canada has several parks and trails, including Pioneer Park, Spooner Park, Gervais Mill Park, Nadeau Wildlife Park, and Veterans Memorial Park.

 

 

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