Sign Up Now for the Canalway Challenge! Discover all you can do along New York’s Canals
Set your goal, track your miles, and find adventure and fun on the NYS Canal System and Canalway Trail in 2019! Participation in the Canalway Challenge is free and registration is open to individuals, organizations, and groups.
Simply sign up online and choose a mileage goal; then walk, run, cycle, or paddle on the Canalway Trail and NYS Canal System to achieve it. You can complete the Canalway Challenge in one big trip or many small ones.
Like a hiker seeking to become an Adirondack 46-er, you can strive for mileage status and recognition through the Canalway Challenge. Upon completion, you can show off your accomplishment with a photo finish, car/kayak decal, and gear bag. Eastern Mountain Sports is supporting the Canalway Challenge with special discounts for signing up and reaching your mileage goal.
Sign up now and discover all you can do along New York’s canals!
The Canalway Challenge is funded in part by a grant from Market New York through I LOVE NY, New York State’s Division of Tourism, as part of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Additional sponsorship is provided by the New York State Canal Corporation.
Water Trail Guidebook and Navigational Map Set are Here!
We are thrilled to announce the publication of the New York State Canalway Water Trail Guidebook and Navigational Map Set. This guidebook and set of four water and tear resistant maps will become an indispensable resource for paddlers to experience the waterway. The mile-by-mile guide includes launch sites, paddler-friendly facilities and amenities, and places of interest for over 450 miles of the NYS Canal System, including the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego and Champlain canals.
Best bet paddling day trips with mileage charts
Step-by-step instructions for passing through a lock
How to plan and prepare for your trip
Things to see and do on and off the water
Maps and descriptions of more than 140 public access points
The NYS Canal System is a premier destination for paddlers, offering hundreds of miles of continuous waterway through canals, rivers, and lakes. The water trail welcomes paddlers of all abilities to explore this scenic and recreational waterway.
Paddle the Flight Sunday, June 2, 9am-1pm, Waterford Experience the Waterford Flight during this 2.7-mile paddle through its five towering locks. This paddle promises to deliver great views from the top of the flight, flat water paddling, and fascinating canal structures and vessels along the way.
Old Erie Canal Boat Float & Bash Saturday, June 15 Fill the Old Erie Canal in Central New York with colorful kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards! Paddle the scenic and calm waters of the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park and then enjoy music, entertainment and food trucks at the “bash” at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum. Four launch locations let you choose your preferred distance. REGISTER NOW!
Sign unveiling in Watkins Glen
Waterfront Sign Unveiled in Watkins Glen
Representatives of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and New York State Canal Corporation were joined by local officials to unveil a new 3-sided sign at the Seneca Harbor Park in Watkins Glen on April 24. The sign shares the history of Watkins Glen as a canal town and includes a walk zone map to help visitors find nearby services.
Located at the southern end of Seneca Lake, many people don’t think of Watkins Glen as a canal town. However, the Erie Canal sparked a canal-building boom after it opened in 1825 that had a strong influence on Watkins Glen. Boats carrying coal and lumber on the Chemung Canal passed through Watkins Glens on their way from Pennsylvania to cities and factories along the Erie Canal. Watkins Glen served as a busy hub.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, is installing dockside exhibit panels and wayfinding signs in 40 communities located within the national heritage corridor. The new signs share canal history and help boaters and other canal visitors find their way to services.
July 7 – 14, Buffalo to Albany Parks & Trails New York’s 21st annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience great cycling while taking in the rich history of the legendary canal that helped transform America. Once again, two-day and four-day options are available this year for those who can’t make the entire 8-day trip.
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor provides cohesive guidance to a 524-mile corridor that contains large cities, scattered suburbs, quaint small towns and villages interspersed with scenic rural areas. A recent National Park Service evaluation found that $37.49 million in total investments has been realized by the Erie Canalway and their partners since Congress created the National Heritage Corridor in 2000 (ARCBridge Consulting & Training).