Canyon has performed in over 100 adult films. She retired from performing in front of the camera three times, having shot films from September 1984 to March 1985; June 1989 to December 1992; and 1995 to 1997 (as an exclusive/contract performer for Vivid). She also appeared in photo spreads for Penthouse and Swank magazine.
In her autobiography, Canyon stated that porn actor Greg Rome approached her while she was waiting for a ride in Hollywood, and told her that she would be a terrific figure model. He gave her the business card of adult magazine and film recruiter/agent Jim South, of World Modeling Agency. After visiting South’s office, Canyon posed for men’s magazines and began her video career shortly thereafter. She has stated that her first on-screen performance was with Ron Jeremy in 1984’s “Swedish Erotica 57,” and that Jeremy soon became a close friend in the business.
In a 2005 interview on Taylor Wane’s radio show, Canyon stated that off camera she had unprotected sex (without condoms) with all of her male co-stars during her time with Vivid Entertainment in the mid-1990s.
From 2005 to March 2011, she was co-host of Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Playboy Radio show Night Calls. As of April 2011 she became co-host of Sirius XM’s Spice Sex Circus with Ginger Lynn and sole host of Sirius XM’s weekly Legends of Porn. She co-hosted Radio Sex You Porn on Sirius/XM Channel 102, until October 2013 when the channel went off the air. In December 2013, she became the host of The Christy Canyon Show on Vivid Radio on Sirius/XM Channel 102.