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Oswego Expeditions
Connect with the Historic Erie Canal


Just like the original 1905 Erie Canal song, passengers on board the Colonial Belle navigate a 'low bridge' in Newark, NY. (photo by Bob Stopper).

Low Bridge ev'ry body down, Low bridge for we're comin' to a town .. since 1825, the 363 mile-long Erie Canal has welcomed and inspired visitors from around the World. Boats travel across NY State from Albany to Buffalo by passing through 34 locks that raise or lower the water level by 565 feet.


With convenient access to boat tours  and historic attractions, a Visit to the Erie Canal is perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway. But, to fully appreciate this historic technological resource, the Erie Canal has been REIMAGINED  to include a host of Exciting Activites and Upcoming Programs, including hiking, biking, paddling, artistry, and sightseeing. Parts of the NEW 750 Mile Empire hiking/biking Trail  follow alongside on restored towpaths, and Canal Towns  offer all the necessary amenities, including great places to dine & stay.


Experience New York's extraordinary canal system with over 500 miles of interconnected waterways, accessible trails, welcoming communities, and attractions that make the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor a place for all to explore and enjoy. 


The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has added Seven 3 or 4 day recreational itineraries featuring biking, paddling, and recreating at your own pace. For More Information, Visit www.eriecanalway.org/itineraries



Map of the (E-W) Erie Canal, including its three (N-S) laterals - the Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca, and Oswego Canals


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