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Canal Bicentennial

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Statewide and Local Celebrations will mark the 200th Anniversary of the start of construction for the Erie Canal. For more information contact william.sweitzer@canals.ny.gov

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2017 World Canals Conference

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September 24-28, 2017

Agents of Transformation is a five-day world-class conference 200 years in the making. Celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal and enjoy endless exploration of Central New York.

Join us and be a part of this exciting transformation


The Canal Clean Sweep

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The NYS Canal Corporation, in partnership with Parks & Trails New York and the Environmental Facilities Corporation is encouraging community groups and municipalities to participate in this “spring cleaning” event along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

Visit Parks and Trail New York for more information. Leaving NYS Canal's Website 

Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour

July 09-16, 2017

Join people, of all ages and from all over the country for the annual, 8-day, 400-mile, Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour across New York State along the scenic and historic Erie Canal, named a National Heritage Corridor, and enjoy great scenery, interesting history, and unparalleled cycling.

Visit Parks and Trail New York for more information. Leaving NYS Canal's Website 

11th Annual Canal Splash!

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Celebrate the history, culture, recreational appeal, and beauty of the New York State Canal System and Erie Canalway Trail during the 10 days of Canal Splash!

Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 20, 2017

Canal Splash! is a coordinated series of locally organized events and activities, that take place along the Canal System and Canalway Trail, including nature and history walks, museum and gallery exhibits, rowing regattas, kayak and canoe outings, musical performances, boat tours and more.

Canal Corridor communities, businesses, clubs, individuals, and non-profit organizations are invited to list events by July 20, 2016. The events must take place during the weekend of August 11 - August 20, 2017 in order to be accepted. The New York State Canal Corporation and its partners will market your event or activity throughout the state for free.

Be part of the statewide festivities! The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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