Cankton is a village in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 484 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Opelousas–Eunice Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Cankton is located at 30°20′57″N 92°6′42″W (30.349149, -92.111571).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all land.
Cankton, a small bedroom community located at the southern tip of St Landry Parish, was incorporated in 1960. It received its name from a prominent citizen here by the name of Dr. Lois Aristide Guidry, known to all as “Dr. Cank”. It seems when he was just a boy, there were ducks and other game in the woods surrounding the property he grew up on. He loved to hunt ducks and would signify his return from a hunt by using the duck call which made the nasal sound of “cank, cank, cank”.