A Brief History on Canaras:

When wilderness was unwanted, the Saranac country was valued at eight cents an acre. In 1792, New York State sold it at that figure to a speculator, Alexander Macomb, as part of a land deal involving four million acres. A century later the state bought much of it back. Today, more than half of the shoreline of the three Saranac lakes is state forest preserve. Summer camps, half hidden under a canopy of evergreen foliage, line the privately owned shores.