• 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

Things To Do

Over 500 miles of interconnected canals, rivers, and lakes are open to navigation from May 1 through November 15.

On-water activities include cruising, rowing, canoeing and kayaking, motorboating, and fishing. Watercraft from canoes and small rowboats to fully equipped canal cruisers may be rented through the canal system.

Waterfront parks in communities and at canal locks across the state offer many opportunities for land-based fun, include bicycling, walking, jogging, picnicking, fishing, playing, or just sitting on the bank and watching the boats. Some sections of the Canalway Trail are suitable for in-line skating.

During the winter, the Canalway Trail is a unique place to cross-country ski.

Did You Know?

An 1890s image of a family on a canal boat in Rochester, New York.

Rochester, NY was America’s first inland boom town. The stone aqueduct carried the enlarged Erie Canal over the Genesee River. It now supports the Broad Street bridge.