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NEWS

JULY 2024

A view of the Bydgoszcz Canal

The Bydgoszcz Canal in Poland

World Canals Conference Update

The New York State delegation to the 2024 World Canals Conference (WCC), June 24-26 in Bydgoszcz, Poland has returned to the U.S. carrying the torch for WCC2025 in Buffalo. The team shared best practices from the NYS Canal System, learned from inland waterways experts from around the world, and gathered inspiration to bring back to New York. They also invited conference delegates to join us next September 21-25 in Buffalo for WCC2025. We can’t wait to bring the world to the Erie Canal!


Get a preview of the WCC2025 in Buffalo and sign up for updates on the new WCC2025 website.

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The NY delegation at the WCC2025 booth in Poland

WCC2025 hosts and Steering Committee representatives included the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, NYS Canal Corporation, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, and Visit Buffalo Niagara. Many thanks to Governor Kathy Hochul for her video invitation to WCC2025, and to I LOVE NEW YORK and NYS Ag & Market's Taste NY for providing giveaways to conference participants.

A Banner Year for School Field Trips

A record number of students visited the canal this school year for educational field trips, thanks to our partnerships with the NYS Canal Corporation, the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and 17 tour providers at canal museums and historic sites. More than 5,200 students participated in 2023-24 school year, a 59% increase over the previous year and the highest total since 2018-19. Seventy-six percent of students served were from low-income schools. 


Unlike our students, we won’t take the summer off. We’re working on new curriculum materials and a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet for 2025.

ERIE CANAL LEARNING HUB
Middle school students pose for a photo in front of a canal mural at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse.

Middle schoolers visited the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, thanks to Ticket to Ride.

ALONG THE CANAL

You're Invited! Online Bicentennial Preview, August 13, 11am


Are you ready for the Erie Canal Bicentennial? 2025 will be here before we know it with events and activities in full swing at this time next year. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and NYS Canal Corporation are hosting an online Bicentennial Preview to share the latest updates on a variety of commemorations and activities and to answer your questions. We’ll also preview a bicentennial promotional video that will become part of the Erie Canal Bicentennial Marketing Toolkit. Please sign up to attend. 

SIGN UP: BICENTENNIAL PREVIEW
Replica canal boat Seneca Chief at Buffalo's Canalside

Replica 1825 canal boat Seneca Chief at Canalside in Buffalo.

Your Input Needed for Canals 2050


The NYS Canal Corporation is inviting input from the public on how to make the canals and trails even better so they can continue to be well-used and well-loved for future generations. NYS Canals 2050 starts a process to update the Canal Recreationway Plan, created in 1995, which sets out how our canals and trails are managed and used. The updated plan will shape a new strategic vision for the NYS Canal System. Learn more and sign up for updates on public engagement sessions

ENGAGE WITH CANALS 2050
A boat enters a lock on the Champlain Canal. Photo by Frank Forte

Champlain Canal

Park Bridge Heading to Buffalo on the Erie Canal 


A new signature 266-foot pedestrian bridge designed and built for Ralph Wilson Park is on its way from Albany to Buffalo on the Erie Canal beginning Friday, July 5. Currently at the Port of Coeymans, near Albany, the large commercial shipment will travel on two barges and arrive on the shore of Ralph Wilson Park (the former LaSalle Park) in mid-July. The 100+ acre waterfront park is currently undergoing a community-led transformation to create a world-class public space that is a safe, accessible, and fun space for all. The park will provide daily updates so you can follow along online or in person.

FOLLOW THE BARGE
Barge with bridge shipment at the Port of Coeymans on the Hudson River.

The bridge has been loaded onto two barges for shipment through the Erie Canal.

Grants Available to Remove Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (ADVs)


The BoatUS Foundation recently opened a grant program for a $7.5M effort to remove abandoned and derelict boats from the nation’s waterways. Organizations are invited to apply for grant funding to clean up their local waterways. The massive cleanup effort is fueled by a four-year, $10 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program with funding provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent between June 10 and August 12.  

APPLY: ADV GRANT
An abandoned and half sunk sailboat


No Plans, No Problem!


If you don’t yet have a summer vacation or a full slate of activities planned, head to the canal using one of our multiday itineraries. There are three- and four-day cycling and paddling trips for those seeking active recreation, as well as sampler itineraries that will introduce you to some of the best regional food, sites of interest, and communities. These trips include information about accessibility to make it easier for people of all abilities to experience the canals.

LET'S GO!
Two people take a selfie along the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal at Baldwinsville

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Erie Canal in the evening with reflections, a large bridge and boats in view

The Erie Canal in the Tonawandas

On the Canals

MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS

The NYS Canal Corporation offers FREE, accessible and welcoming recreational excursions.


Music in the Park

THURSDAYS THROUGH AUG 29 >> PEOPLE’S PARK, SENECA FALLS

 

Beers, Bikes & Barges: Rome

JULY 11   >>   ROME HISTORICAL SOCIETY, ROME


49th Electric City Regatta

JULY 13   >>   LOCK 9 STATE CANAL PARK, ROTTERDAM


Canalfest of the Tonawandas

JULY 14-21 >> ERIE CANAL WATERFRONT, TONAWANDAS


Barge Chaser Race

JULY 14   >>   KIWANIS PARK, ROTTERDAM


Taste of Wayne County

JULY 16   >>   T. SPENCER KNIGHT PARK, NEWARK


Beers, Bikes & Barges: Pittsford

JULY 18   >>   LOCK 32 BREWING COMPANY, PITTSFORD


Jam on the Canal: Food Truck Rodeo

JULY 19 & AUGUST 16   >>   HOMESTEADS FOR HOPE, OGDEN


Cana-l-stota

JULY 20   >>   CANAL STREET, CANASTOTA


Exploring Diversity, Social Reform, and Innovation along the Erie Canal

JULY 20   >>   BUFFALO


Beers, Bikes & Barges: Fayetteville

JULY 25   >>   CANAL LANDING PARK, FAYETTEVILLE


Oswego Harbor Festival

JULY 25 - 28   >>   EAST PARK, CAHILL PARK, AND BREITBECK PARK, OSWEGO


TRAID on the Trails- Adaptive Recreation Event

JULY 26   >>   INNER HARBOR CREEKWALK, SYRACUSE


Summer Art Fest

JULY 27   >>   ALBANY



Wednesday at the Weighlock

JULY 31   >>   ERIE CANAL MUSEUM, SYRACUSE

FIND MORE EVENTS

Your Support Matters!


Help to ensure that New York's canals are preserved, celebrated, and vibrant for all. Donate today to the nonprofit Erie Canalway Heritage Fund. Our work is made possible thanks to the generous and ongoing support of the National Park Service, NYS Canal Corporation, NYS Agencies, foundations, corporations, and people like you. 

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