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For the spider genus (Desidae), see Canala (spider).
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Coordinates: 21°31′13″S 165°57′11″E / 21.5203°S 165.9531°E / -21.5203; 165.9531Coordinates: 21°31′13″S 165°57′11″E / 21.5203°S 165.9531°E / -21.5203; 165.9531
Country France
Sui generis collectivity New Caledonia
Province North Province
 • Mayor Gilbert Tyuienon
Area1 438.7 km2 (169.4 sq mi)
Population (2004 census)2 3,512
 • Density 8.0/km2 (21/sq mi)
Ethnic distribution
 • 1996 census Kanaks 96.1%
Europeans 2.6%
Polynesians 0.6%
Other 0.7%
INSEE/Postal code 98804 / 98813
Elevation 0–1,098 m (0–3,602 ft)
(avg. 20 m or 66 ft)

1 New Caledonia Land Register (DITTT) data, which exclude lakes and ponds larger than 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) as well as the estuaries of rivers.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Canala is a commune in the North Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.


On 25 April 1995 about 47% of the territory of Canala was detached and became the commune of Kouaoua.