The exceptional scenery, history, culture, and natural resources of the New York State Canal System and communities along its shores earned this unique region designation as the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in 2000.
The Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York. It includes the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Osweto, and Champlain Canals and more than 200 canal communities.
The Canal System is open from May through mid-November. The Canal System connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, and a vast network of inland waterways.
The Erie Canalway Trail is open year-round. The Erie Canalway Trail follows the canal route from Buffalo to Albany; three-quarters of the 365-mile trail is off road.
Whether you explore by boat, bike, or car, it's easy to access canalside villages, towns, and cities. A highlight of any visit is spending time in canal communities, where unique shops, restaurants, historic sites, and museums await.