• Black and white photo of a girl and her family on a canal packet boat in Rochester, NY

    Erie Canalway

    National Heritage Corridor New York

Welcoming World Travelers Since 1825

Explore the Erie Canal and discover America's most famous and influential man-made waterway. Nowhere else will you find the distinctive locks and low bridges of the New York State Canal System or discover towns and cities whose watery front doors still give way to lively Main Streets.

More than 500 miles of historic waterways and trails are here to explore.

Read More

Did You Know?

A horse, guided by its driver, pulls a canal boat carrying passengers.

Horses and mules powered New York's canal system until 1918. They walked on towpaths, connected to boats by a long towline. Animals and crews usually worked in shifts around the clock: six hours on, six hours off, resting in stables and bunks on board between shifts.