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Get Involved: Heritage Tourism
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is a world class tourism destination. Working with a wide range of partners, we aim to make more strategic use of the region’s heritage resources in order to fill gaps and increase the reach and effectiveness of existing tourism development and marketing efforts.
 
Current Projects

Tugboat Roundup, Waterford Events
We sponsor statewide and community based canal-related events each year to promote and celebrate the history, beauty, and recreational appeal of the Corridor. Events include: Path Through History Weekends (June), Cycling the Erie Canal (July), and Canal Splash! (August). more >
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Underground Railroad Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
New York's canals served as critical pathways for freedom seekers in the 1800s. This joint tourism initiative highlights historic sites, museums, and tours that tell the story of the Underground Railroad (UGRR). more >
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Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Buffalo Passport to Your National Park
Visitors can record their experiences at designated cultural heritage sites throughout the Erie Canalway with free stamps collected in a special spiral-bound National Park Service Passport.
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Town of Halfmoon Cultural Heritage Tourism Workshops
Watch for workshops in the fall of 2013! Tourism expert Cheryl Hargrove presented three workshops in 2011 to help heritage sites collaborate more, increase visitation, and take advantage of marketing opportunities.
 
Cultural Heritage Tourism Overview [PDF] >
 
Cultural Heritage Tourism Marketing [PDF] >
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Lois McClure in Medina, by Jon Reis Tourism Promotion
Strategic partnerships forged among tourism promotion agencies and canal-related organizations enable us to more effectively market the Canalway Corridor to international and national audiences. Each year, we co-host "familiarization tours" with travel operators, attend international travel shows, offer workshops for tourism professionals, and distribute travel guides.
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Whipple Bridge, Vischer Ferry Amtrak and National Park Service
Trails and Rails Program

NPS Ranger-guided interpretive talks are offered on weekends on Amtrak trains traveling through the Corridor. more>

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Champlain Canalway Trail Champlain Canalway Trail Project
The Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group completed a Champlain Canalway Trail Action Plan in 2011. The Working Group is a volunteer, ad hoc partnership that includes local and regional canal and trail groups, public agencies, and park and preservation organizations, including the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. read the plan >
 
Past Projects
  2009 Quadricentenial Legacy Tour of the Day Peckinpaugh
The historic canal motor ship Day Peckinpaugh traveled the Hudson-Champlain Corridor for the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. The vessel welcomed 8,000 visitors at ports from Burlington, Vt, to New York City. more >
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  Educational Travel Guide
A guide to the canals of New York combines educational information with tourism resources targeted to adult learners, as well as primary and secondary schools, and travel planners. visit site >>
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  2007 Lois McClure Grand Canal Journey
More than 30,000 people from 40 states and 10 countries toured the 1862 replica canal schooner Lois McClure during the summer of 2007, as part of our grand celebration of the National Heritage Corridor.
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  PBS Film on New York's Canals
Erie Canalway collaborated with PBS station WCNY-TV on the production of a one-hour travel documentary on New York's canals, which aired in 2007.


 
     
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Each community has a different role to play, is at a different stage of development, and will participate in the Corridor tourism effort at the level it chooses.
 
 
  For more information or to request a tourism packet to help you plan a trip, contact
lori solomon
or 518-237-7000 ext. 220.
 
 
 
 
 
     
     
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