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The Geographical Names Board of New South Wales assigned the name Canoelands on 1 December 1995.

Belonging to the local government area of Hornsby, this sparsely populated suburb is situated along a ridge surrounded by the Marramarra National Park.

It has been suggested that Canoelands was so named because the local Dharug Aboriginal people obtained bark suitable for building canoes from around this area. [1]

Some trees in the area carried scars for many years after the removal of large sheets of bark for building canoes.


[1] JP Powell, Placenames of the Greater Hawkesbury Region, Hawkesbury River Enterprises, Berowra, 1994, p 20