Looking forward to a fresh start in 2024? Plan to kick off 2024 by participating in one of the many hikes being held at New York’s state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands. [Read more…] about First Day Hikes Set For January 1, 2024
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The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal Corporation have announced the release of new educational materials geared for fourth graders learning about the Erie Canal. The Erie Canal Adventure: Unlocking the Waterway Wonders includes a 40-minute video and two lesson plans.
The materials are available for free online at the Erie Canal Learning Hub. [Read more…] about New Erie Canal Educational Resources Available
All locks and lift bridges on the New York State Canal System are currently operating daily between 7 am and 5 pm, but is scheduled to close to navigation at 5 pm on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. All recreational vessel operators should plan their trips accordingly to ensure they exit the system by that time. [Read more…] about Canal System Last Day of Navigation Set for October 11th
More than 60 representatives from Buffalo and Niagara based organizations gathered on June 6, 2023 in Buffalo for the first stakeholder engagement meeting for the World Canals Conference, coming to Buffalo September 21-25, 2025. [Read more…] about Planning Begins for World Canals Conference 2025
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal Corporation have announced the launch of a new educational initiative, the Erie Canal Learning Hub. The Hub provides free curriculum resources, field trips, virtual 3D tours, and other online tools for teachers and students who are learning about the Erie Canal. [Read more…] about Erie Canal Learning Hub Launched
Mariners are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open Friday, May 19th for the annual Navigation Season. As the Canal Corporation continues to recruit seasonal staff, lock operating hours may differ from previous seasons at various locations. [Read more…] about New York Canals 2023 Navigation Season Opens May 19th
The Champlain Canal between the Hudson River and Lake Champlain at Whitehall was the first to open. Worked started on the Champlain Canal in October, 1816. The first boats operated in November, 1819, and was fully completed in 1823, two years before the Erie Canal was finished. [Read more…] about New York State Canals Bicentennial: Some History & Plans For Celebrations
The New York State Canal Corporation has announced that water levels this navigation season in the Erie Canal between Lock E-30 (Macedon) and Locks E-34/35 (Lockport) will be consistent with levels maintained throughout 2022 – approximately one foot lower than historic levels. [Read more…] about Seeps Keep Erie Canal, Glens Falls Feeder Canal Levels Lower
The New York State Canal Corporation, through the Reimagine the Canals initiative, and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor are offering competitive grant funding to support tourism and recreation along the New York State Canal System including canal waterways and Canalway Trail. [Read more…] about Canal System Tourism Infrastructure and Events Grants
New York State has been selected by Inland Waterways International as the host of the 2025 World Canals Conference, an event that brings together hundreds of canal and inland waterway enthusiasts, professionals and scholars from around the world to learn about a variety of topics related to canals.
The 2025 conference will be held in Buffalo as the State commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal‘s opening there in 1825. [Read more…] about World Canals Conference Coming to Buffalo in 2025