Most people already know that Canyon Country derives its name from its surrounding canyons, but this is not the first version of a canyon-centric name that this area has known. With a history that begins in the mid-19th century, this part of Santa Clarita was once known as "Solemint", a portmanteau of the names of nearby Soledad and Mint Canyons. The community's current name may be a bit more on-the-nose than its previous iterations, but Canyon Country's name does evoke an accurate image of its varied and mountainous terrain. Prior to being colonized by the Spanish, this area was once home to several Native tribes.
Lucky movie buffs in Canyon Country have the privilege of being able to enjoy free movies every month at the Canyon Country Community Center. A service of the City of Santa Clarita, this community center is a fabulous resource for residents, and one of its regular activities is to screen a Friday night and Saturday afternoon film for the community. The movies are typically family-friendly fare and may reflect a seasonal theme, with holiday movies being shown in December. As an added bonus, the Community Center's film attendees can treat themselves to complimentary popcorn at each screening.
Placerita Canyon Stat
Though California's history is relatively brief compared to older parts of the U.S., it is a very rich history that includes hugely important events like the gold rush. Canyon Country residents are lucky enough to live close to Placerita Caynon State Park, home of the tree known as the "Oak of the Golden Dreams", which is where the first gold discovery in California took place, kicking off the gold rush. This huge state park has something for everyone, though, so if history is not your thing, you can enjoy its miles of hiking trails or take your animal-loving kids to the excellent nature center.