Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!


Canton Photos
Canton Kiosk
Canton - Town Square
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Canton PhotosExperience the Canton Gateway Along the
Illinois River Road

Come enjoy Canton! Vibrant, rich in history, and home to citizens of great character and ambition, including Charles Duryea, inventor of the first practical automobile, Elizabeth Magie, one of several credited with helping to develop the game of Monopoly, and William Parlin and William Orendorff, agricultural equipment innovators during the late 1800's.

Canton has lovely lakes, an exceptional park system with more than 1,600 acres that can be enjoyed and explored year round, and a downtown filled with charming historical buildings, shops and restaurants. The area is a delight to hunters, fishermen and those poised with cameras to view the area's abundant wildlife. The hardwood forest which surrounds Spoon River College is another natural jewel which should not be missed. Thankfully, the college has ensured protection for this valuable area by designating it as an arboretum.

Begin your journey with a stop at the Illinois River Road informational kiosk, located on the square in downtown Canton.

Canton Itineraries

Below are PDF files containing predefined itineraries for the Canton Gateway area. Please download and print these helpful guides for your journey. Each itinerary requires the use of the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader software available here.

Canton Maps

Below are links to Canton Gateway PDF maps to assist you in planning your journey. PDF maps require the use of the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader software available here.

Canton Resources

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