THE JOURNEY BEGINS JULY 2, 2017

 
 

Explore the 339 mile waterway with Bicentennial performances in 7 vibrant canal communities. 

New York State historical marker located in Albany's Corning Preserve. 

New York State historical marker located in Albany's Corning Preserve. 

Albany, NY // july 2, 2017

Albany Corning Preserve- Jennings Landing

On April 15, 1817 the New York State Legislature voted to approve construction of the Erie Canal. For over 100 years all boats entered and exited the canal through Lock 1 in Albany.

Experience the beauty and charm of Albany's Corning Preserve and kick off the  bicentennial tour at Jennings Landing.  Located along the Hudson River near the official east end of the Erie Canal, Jennings Landing is home to a 1,000 seat amphitheater.  

 
The newly developed Mohawk Harbor is located along the Mohawk River and in the footprint of the original Mohawk Towpath.

The newly developed Mohawk Harbor is located along the Mohawk River and in the footprint of the original Mohawk Towpath.

Schenectady, NY // July 3, 2017

Mohawk Harbor

When "Clinton's Ditch" opened in 1825, Schenectady officials opted to not celebrate its Grand Opening out of fear it would take away business from their profitable ports along the Mohawk River.  The Erie Canal later helped Schenectady earn the reputation of being "the city that lights and hauls the world."

Celebrate the triumph and success of "Clinton's Ditch" along the banks of the Mohawk River at the newly developed Mohawk Harbor.  Redeveloped in 2016, Mohawk Harbor is settled in the footprint of the Erie Canal's Mohawk Towpath.

 
Riverlink Park is located on the Mohawk River in the City of Amsterdam, and hosts a variety of riverfront summer concerts.  

Riverlink Park is located on the Mohawk River in the City of Amsterdam, and hosts a variety of riverfront summer concerts.  

Amsterdam, NY // July 4, 2017

riverlink park

The Erie Canal transformed small Upstate communities into booming cosmopolitan cities.  At the completion of the Erie Canal, Amsterdam grew into an important manufacturing center with factories that provided meaningful work that attracted immigrants from around the world.

Enjoy a special Independence Day performance and stunning views at Amsterdam's Riverlink Park.  Located between Locks 10 and 11, Riverlink Park is home to a beautiful canal side amphitheater and the new Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge.  

 

The City of Little Falls and the New York State Canal Corporation operates our recently renovated Canal Harbor and Rotary Park. The facility offers kayak and canoe rentals, as well as overnight docking for visitors.

The City of Little Falls and the New York State Canal Corporation operates our recently renovated Canal Harbor and Rotary Park.

The facility offers kayak and canoe rentals, as well as overnight docking for visitors.

little falls, NY // July 5, 2017

Canal Harbor and Rotary Park

Little Falls is a quaint, picturesque city with a rich history as a canal community.  Situated in a deep gorge of the Mohawk River Valley, the original Erie Canal flowed through the city and allowed Little Falls to grow and prosper.

Today, the Erie Canal is a significant feature of LIttle Falls and is home to Lock 27, one of the world's largest locks.  Take in the breathtaking views and join the musicians of the Albany Symphony for a unique canal side concert aboard a barge docked at Canal Harbor.

The Budweiser Amphitheater was dedicated September 16, 2000. Paper Mill Island and the Amphitheater are community focal points and provide the venue for many festivals and celebrations. 

The Budweiser Amphitheater was dedicated September 16, 2000. Paper Mill Island and the Amphitheater are community focal points and provide the venue for many festivals and celebrations. 

Baldwinsville, NY // July 6, 2017

papermill Island AMPHITHEATER

Baldwinsville's history as a canal community predates the Erie Canal by almost a decade.  In 1839 the Baldwin Canal would officially connect with the Erie Canal making it easier and cheaper for Agricultural businesses in the region to ship and distribute their goods.

Explore Paper Mill Island, Baldwinsville's newest park.  Located between the Seneca River and the Erie Canal System, Paper Mill Island is a walkable park with a riverside outdoor concert venue and a perfect view of Lock 24.

 

The Village of Brockport developed a museum without walls so that visitors could experience Brockport’s heritage as part of the fabric of its present village life.

The Village of Brockport developed a museum without walls so that visitors could experience Brockport’s heritage as part of the fabric of its present village life.

Brockport, NY // july 7, 2017

Brockport waterfront

The Village of Brockport is located west of Rochester on the Erie Canal. Founded in 1820, Brockport grew to become an important port on the Erie Canal and for a short time was the official end of the canal.

In 2009, Brockport earned the Erie Canalway Heritage Award after an extensive canal front revitalization.  Before the concert enjoy the famed "Museum without walls" and the Village's historic architecture and Victorian streetscape. 

The restored and operational "Flight of Five" Lock System is the most significant historic site from the 1862- era Erie Canal.

The restored and operational "Flight of Five" Lock System is the most significant historic site from the 1862- era Erie Canal.

Lockport, NY // July 8, 2017

"Flight of five" Locks

The Erie Canal was hand-dug to connect the Hudson River with the Niagra River and featured 72 stone locks to accommodate the difference in elevation between the two rivers.  Started in 1817, the Erie Canal was completed in 1825 with the opening of the "Flight of Five" in Lockport, NY.  The Lockport "Flight of Five" Locks is a 19th century engineering marvel.

Celebrate American Innovation with the Albany Symphony and visit the newly restored 1862-era "Flight of Five" Locks, a truly unique destination.

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Learn more about a waterway that shaped our state and nation. Stretching more than 500 miles across upstate New York.

Learn more about a waterway that shaped our state and nation. Stretching more than 500 miles across upstate New York.

Plan your trip down the Erie Canal or take a virtual tour.  The New York State Canal Corporation your trusted resource for information about the Erie Canal.

Plan your trip down the Erie Canal or take a virtual tour.  The New York State Canal Corporation your trusted resource for information about the Erie Canal.

 

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