• 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.

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Did You Know?

A closeup image of several people in a boat being towed along the Erie Canal.

Once known by skeptics as "Clinton's Ditch," the Erie Canal trumped its doubters by opening faster and cheaper transportation across New York State and advanced Euro-American settlement of the Northeast, Midwest, and Great Plains.