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Bob Stivers
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Tour the Historic Erie Canal


Passengers on board the Colonial Belle navigate a 'low bridge' in Newark, NY.
Fun-filled boat trips are offered daily from April - October (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 can travel 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  across the State, a Visit to the Erie Canal is perfect for a field trip or weekend getaway. The NEW  hiking & biking Empire Trail  follows alongside with exciting opportunities for hiking, biking fishing and paddling, and Canal Towns  offer all the necessary amenities, including great places to dine & stay.

Thanks to the Erie Canalway organization, a Canalway Challenge  award is also available for those who want to trace history while clocking recreational miles !

From Musixmatchthe Song 'Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal,' sung by Pete Seeger


 Starting in '22 - Take a Multiday Recreational Itinerary along the Erie Canal !

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announced Seven NEW  3 or 4 day itineraries around the Erie Canal and Canalway Trail, featuring biking, paddling, and sightseeing at your own pace.

Visit great communities and enjoy the food, attractions, and hidden gems along New York’s extraordinary canals. Choose itineraries in the greater Rochester, Syracuse, or Albany areas; or do a Village-to-Village tour of canal towns. Places to dine & stay are suggested. 


For More Information, Visit www.eriecanalway.org/itineraries

Map of the Erie Canal, including its three laterals - the Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca, and Oswego Canals



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


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Niagara / Western NY Chautauqua-Allegany Finger Lakes Central New York Thousand Islands - Seaway Adirondacks Saratoga Catskills Hudson Valley