• 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


Begin your journey in the east, west, or right in the middle of New York State, you can't go wrong-- the canal's treasures are strung together along the waterway like gems on a necklace. The canal corridor is accessible by air, car, or rail from nearby metropolitan areas.

  • The eastern part of the canal corridor is just a three-hour drive north of New York City and a three-hour drive west from Boston.

  • The western end is a 30-minute drive from Niagara Falls and a two-hour drive from Toronto.

  • The northeastern end is a three-hour drive south from Montreal.

Visit our official website for more: **Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

By Car:
Several interstate highways cross the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The New York State Thruway (I-90) roughly parallels the Erie Canalway route from Albany to Buffalo.

State and county roads that hug the water more closely and thread through the hamlets, villages, and cities that grew along the waterways are the best way to access canal towns and sites. Try these routes:

  • NY Rte 31 in western New York
  • NY Rte 5 and 5S in the east
  • NY Rte 481 along the Oswego
    ...and a host of smaller roads in between.

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