Take a Shot at the 2018 Erie Canalway Photo Contest
The annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest captures the beauty and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Winning images offer a snapshot of what makes this 500-mile ribbon of waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes a national treasure.
Entering is a snap: download and fill out an entry form and mail up to three entries to us. Entries are judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and unique character of the Canalway.
Judges select first, second, and third place winning images in in four categories: On the Water, Along the Trail, Canal Communities and Classic Canal, as well as 12 honorable mentions. Winning images are featured in our annual calendar. Note: because winners will be published in the 2019 calendar, images must be horizontal format. Click below for details and an entry form.
We’re thrilled to announce that new dockside kiosks are being installed at 45 locations along the Canal System this summer. The signs are intended for boaters, cyclists, paddlers, and other canal travelers, and are intended to give people a big picture understanding of the canal system, as well as make connections with local communities.
Produced by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, the two- and three-sided signs include a map and overview of the Canal System, a walk zone map of the community, and a birds-eye view of local history. Signs have already been installed at Rome, Little Falls, Lyons, Newark, Lockport, Fulton, and Oswego. Watch for more to be installed at locations near you.
Mark Your Calendar for the GlassBarge and Lois McClure Tour
Reserve your seat now for free tickets for the GlassBarge, The Corning Museum of Glass’s mobile glassmaking studio on a canal barge. Visitors will see expert glassblowers demonstrate how to shape glowing globs of molten glass into vases, bowls, and sculptures, while hearing about the intertwined story of glassmaking and the Erie Canal.
GlassBarge will be accompanied by the Lois McClure, a replica 1862 canal schooner from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. After the 30-minute glassblowing demonstrations, visitors will be invited to board the Lois McClure to learn about what life was like on the Erie Canal in the 19th century.
GlassBarge begins its journey across the Erie Canal on June 21-22 in Troy and June 23-24 in Waterford. A full schedule of weekday and weekend stops is planned through September 22. The Corning Museum of Glass will offer glassblowing demonstrations aboard GlassBarge daily, from 11am to 6pm, every hour on the hour. Demonstrations will last approximately 30 minutes.
We can’t wait for Cycle the Erie Canal! More than 700 cyclists from 37 states and four countries are about to pedal 400 miles from Buffalo to Albany on the Erie Canalway Trail, July 8-15. The 20th anniversary ride is organized by Parks & Trails New York. Communities will roll out the welcome mat as riders from ages 6 to 82 come to town. Hometown hospitality is one of the hallmarks of the ride, as is beautiful scenery, a relaxed pace, and the historic nature of the Erie Canalway Trail.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is the ride’s Heritage Sponsor and Executive Director Bob Radliff and Program Manager Brian Yates will join the ride this year. Click below to see the full 8-day schedule.
Registration is now open for the 2018 New York State Canal Conference, October 14-16 in Staten Island. This year’s conference celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Erie Barge Canal and continues the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Erie Canal. It will also focus on the unique role of New York Harbor as the eastern terminus of the Canal System. The Canal Society of New York State will present the prestigious Spirit of the Canal Award, and attendees will be invited to select mobile workshops, along with exciting pre-conference and post-conference tours.
SATURDAYS 10:30AM – 1:30PM, THROUGH OCTOBER 13 >> LOCKPORT
Enjoy the weekly demonstration of the manual operation of Lockport’s restored Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks. Volunteer Lock Tenders tend the 1-ton balance beams that open the 5-ton massive lock gates to lock through the Erie Traveler, Lockport’s replica Durham-style wooden boat. While you are in Lockport, visit the Community Farmer’s Market on Canal Street on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm as well as Lockport’s other Erie Canal attractions.
In celebration of Albany’s vibrant waterfront on the Hudson River and the historic Erie Canal, Discover Albany and the City of Albany are celebrating with a special event at Alive @ 5! Regional partners participating in this community celebration include recreation groups, tour operators, area museums, and food and craft beverage vendors.
Join us for a historically rich walking tour for the entire family. This tour will feature stops at the former site of the Kramer General Store, Pickard’s Bridge, and many more significant locations as we explore the settlement, expansion, and agricultural development of the communities between Buffalo and Lockport.
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