Western Erie Canal

At mile marker 200 the Erie begins the western section of the Canal.  The western section of the canal is full of small towns that all offer great opportunities to the Canal visitor.  Towns like Lyons, Fairport, Palmyra, and ending with Tonawanda at mile marker 362, or head another 12 miles to Buffalo the beginning of the original Canal and the only inland Naval Museum within the country.

A trip on the western Erie can last a week or an entire season, there are just too many great places to stay and things to do.  Because the Western Erie re-traces much of the original route it passes through many communities that owe their existence to the creation of the Erie 200 years ago.

Visit the community pages, located throughout the site and take the time to learn about not only the history, but the current day opportunities available to a Canal Travelor.

Communities of the Canal

Check out the Directories page!

Western Erie Canal News & Articles

  • Buffalo to Host 2025 World Canals Conference

    Buffalo to Host 2025 World Canals Conference

    Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that New York State has been selected by Inland Waterways International as the host of the 2025 World Canals Conference, an event that brings together hundreds of canal and inland waterway enthusiasts, professionals and scholars from around the world to learn about a variety of topics related to canals. The 2025 conference […]
  • Electric Houseboats Cruising the Erie Canal

    Electric Houseboats Cruising the Erie Canal

    The E-Houseboat is being designed and built to be the first all-electric propelled and powered houseboat commercially available within the US. The design team at East Coast Houseboats has been actively working on a completely unique way of building houseboats, and the E-Houseboat will be the first to benefit from this method.  Starting with […]
  • Lyons NY Peppermint Days

    Lyons NY Peppermint Days

    Peppermint Days, Lyons NY 2018 If you like parades, fireworks, concerts, food, car shows and small-town charm then you want to be in Lyons NY from July 13th – July 15th. 2018. Lyons celebrates its heritage as the Peppermint Capital of the world. In 1841 E.G. Hotchiss located his essential oils business to Lyons where […]
  • 1.5 Billion Dollars Generated Annually Through Events Along The Erie Canal

    1.5 Billion Dollars Generated Annually Through Events Along The Erie Canal

    Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor just released a study which shows that an estimated 1.5 billion dollars is generated annually by events such as boat tours, bicycle and paddle-sport rentals and historic site and museum tours along the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Events and tours drew more than 3.3 million visitors in 2017 […]
  • Canal Clean Sweep 2018

    Canal Clean Sweep 2018

    Each year to correspond with Earth Day, communities and organizations up and down the Canal organize to clean the banks of the Canal  This year 38 separate events are scheduled.   This event now in it’s 8th. year continues to grow in size. To learn more about all the events along the Canal visit the https://www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep
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