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Today the main street has an old-world air, with its kerbside verandah posts lining the dog-leg course of what was once a bullock team track.In the early 20th century residents of South Canowindra then a village in Waugoola Shire, agitated for a bridge to be built at the end of Finn’s Lane to give pedestrian access to the Canowindra business area, then situated in the then neighbouring Boree Shire.Collits owned other significant tracts of land in the area, together with a store and the first hotel.A settlement slowly grew, and as early as 1844 the village (now referred to as "Canowindra") was the site of a government pound.Since 2016 Canowindra has been recognised by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) as an RV Friendly Town™.Facilities for caravaners and campers include low cost camp sites, easy access to the retail area, access to water and a free user friendly waste dump point Subscription television service Foxtel is available in Canowindra and the surrounding area via satellite transmission.When the special support needs of a local family with triplets diagnosed with a congenital form of muscular dystrophy and restrictive lung disease were identified in 2013, residents of the town and the wider central western NSW region started fundraising with the aim, inter alia, of building a house with appropriate design features for the use of the family as well as providing ongoing support.
At the oval there are well maintained fitness stations, basketball courts and skateboarding facilities.
The first land grant of 640 acres to a European in the area was to James Collits by Governor Ralph Darling in 1829 as a reward for "pointing out a line of road from Mt. Subsequently Collits' father, Pierce, was granted land adjacent to the original grant.
There is some evidence that James (or the succeeding owner, Thomas Iceley) named the property "Canoundra".
The Canowindra Services & Citizens Club Ltd is a registered club providing a wide range of facilities for members and the community including a bistro and a community hall which can be hired by the public.
The Canowindra Garden Club organises talks and visits to gardens throughout the region raising money for charity.