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The bridge of Gélima, in Canala
The bridge of Gélima, in Canala
Flag of Canala
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 (2014 census)2 3,687
 • Density 8.4/km2 (22/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.