THE JOURNEY BEGINS JULY 2, 2017
Explore the 339 mile waterway with Bicentennial performances in 7 vibrant canal communities.
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.
Schenectady, NY // July 3, 2017
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.
Amsterdam, NY // July 4, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Brockport, NY // july 7, 2017
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.
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.
follow the barge from Albany to Buffalo!
BY RAIL, BY CAR, BY BICYCLE- Follow the barge, enjoy VIP access to all canal-side performances, and explore everything that the canal has to offer with exclusive travel packages powered by New York By Rail and Abika Travel.
Additional support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY / New York State's Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards.