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Seeing t heCanal
Falls View Park and School Street Hydroelectric Facility
North Mohawk Street, Cohoes 231-341
The spectacular 75-foot Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River is a must-see destination that was pivotal to construction of the Erie Canal and the birth of industrialization in America. Engineers constructed 18 locks on the Erie Canal threading through Cohoes to lift and lower boats around the falls. Visit Falls View Park, with its large observation area, fishing access and picnic tables. Hike to the base of the falls (conditions dependent).
Waterford Flight, Lock 2 and Old Champlain Canal
One Tugboat Alley, Waterford
In 1915 the Erie Canal was enlarged and rerouted and the locks in Cohoes were replaced by the remarkable Waterford
Flight. For more than 70 years, the five
locks of the Waterford Flight composed
the highest lift over the shortest distance in the world. Stroll alongside the canal and visit Lock 2 at the Waterford Harbor; then drive up Flight Lock Road to see Locks 3 through 6.
Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway
Waterford to Schenectady
This National Scenic Byway is a 26-mile driving route that follows the Mohawk River/ Erie Canal from Waterford and Cohoes to Schenectady. Discover the waterway west, the Erie Canal and the role that local communities played in the westward expansion of the country and in the Industrial Revolution.
Paddle the Erie Canal
Launch your kayak, canoe, or standup paddle board at Peebles Island State Park or from the boat ramp near the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center in Waterford. Rentals are available at the Waterford Harbor from Upstate Kayak Rentals.
Compiled by
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
October 26, 1825
Erie Canal complete; Gov. DeWitt Clinton departs Buffalo leading a flotilla of boats across the canal to New York City
November 4, 1825
Grand celebrations take place
in New York City as Clinton performs the “Wedding of the Waters,” pouring water from Lake Erie into the Atlantic Ocean.
June 24, 1825
The capstone
is laid on the Lockport Locks.
For more adventures, visit
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor at
2017 Canal Events
March 25—August 20
Spotlight: Commemorating the Erie Canal
Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany 463-4478
May 15
Canal Festival
Waterford Visitors Center, Waterford 233-9123
Celebrating the opening of the canal season.
June 17—19 & October 7—9
New York Path Through History Weekends
The weekend will feature nearly 300 events at historic venues across the state where you can enjoy New York’s rich culture and heritage.
July 1
Waterford Steamboat Meet
Waterford Harbor Visitor Center
One Tugboat Alley, Waterford
Take a trip back in time to when the canal was in its industrial heyday.
July 9—16
Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour
Buffalo to Albany
Enjoy beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and a one-of-a-kind cycling experience on this fully supported ride along the canal.
August 11—20
Canal Splash!
Statewide canal celebrations including nature and history walks, museum and gallery exhibits, rowing regattas, kayak and canoe outings, musical performances, boat tours and more.
Starting September 1
Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal
New York State Museum, Albany
Erie Canal retrospective upon its bicentennial.
September 8—10
Waterford Tugboat Roundup
Waterford Harbor Visitor Center
One Tugboat Alley, Waterford
Tugboats will face-off on Saturday and Sunday, competing with raw strength and piloting skills. Deckhands will toss heavy lines and “show you how it’s done.”
Look for this logo in the event calendar for more Canal events.

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