Are you up for a new challenge?

Whether you are an avid cyclist or a family looking to get more active, set your sights on adventure and fun along the 524-mile NYS Canal System and 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail. Reach your one-of-a-kind, personal mileage goal – whether cycling, paddling, running, hiking or walking – and discover all you can do along New York's canals!

Ready, Set, Go!

Participating is easy and free. Sign up to start on your adventure!

1. SIGN UP

Choose your mileage goal and sign up. Better still, grab a friend to do it with you.

2. Track Your Miles

Use your favorite fitness app or keep a notebook to record your miles.

3. Photo Finish

Upload a photo at your finish to be recognized with a certificate and decal.


Discover All You Can Do

Start With Your 1st Mile

We are especially excited to be partnering with John Robinson of Our Ability, Inc. of Our Ability, Inc. to kick off the 1st Mile Challenge. John and his team are cycling all 360+ miles from Buffalo to Albany from July 1-10 and they are inviting people with disabilities and their families and friends to come out and join them for one mile. Mark your calendar to join John as he comes through your area. DETAILS >


Choose Your Mileage Goal

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Great for kids and families, as well as those looking for a new wellness challenge! Whether you’re walking, cycling, or paddling, you’ll quickly get the feel of the trail or waterway and build confidence to tackle more. You can do one big trip or several smaller ones to achieve your 15-mile goal.

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There are so many ways to get to 90 miles! Do a 3-mile run, 3 times a week for 10 weeks. Explore six different locations with 15-mile cycling trips. Or plan a long weekend with three 30-mile bike rides. Complete one 90-mile region at a time to achieve End-to-End status (360 miles).

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Paddlers should plan about two weeks of 12-mile days to complete 180 miles. Cyclists going 30 to 45 miles a day can complete 180 miles in four to six days. If you are walking or running, divide 180 by your weekly mileage to determine how long it will take to reach 180 miles.

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Join this exclusive club! The distinction of being an End-to-Ender is reserved for those who cycle, hike or paddle the entire distance (360 miles) from Buffalo to Albany (or Albany to Buffalo). Plan an extended trip or get there by checking off one 90 mile region at a time.


Rack up the Regions!

The Erie Canal and Canalway Trail are divided into distinct regions, each roughly 90 miles. Rack up all four regions to become a 360 End-to-Ender! Connecting canals offer more opportunities for adventure. You can count miles on any of these canals toward your Canalway Challenge total.

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Buffalo to Rochester

Calm waters and flat, easy trail connect charming towns rich in canal history.

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Rochester to Syracuse

Varied terrain on water and land joins picturesque countryside with vibrant cities.

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Syracuse to Little Falls

Tasty craft brews and ice cream await along the historical canal of the 1800s and today’s canal route.

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Little Falls to Albany

The Erie Canal merges with the mighty Mohawk River to reveal treasures accessible by water and trail.

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Cayuga-Seneca Canal

Montezuma to Geneva, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes (92 miles) Famed for its wineries, wildlife, and beautiful lakes.

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Oswego Canal

Three Rivers to Oswego (23 miles) Short but sweet! Paddle the scenic Oswego to Lake Ontario.

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Champlain Canal

Waterford to Whitehall (63 miles) Paddle or cycle a region steeped in American history.

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Plan Your Trip

Use our Canalway Map to find great places to visit while racking up your Canalway Challenge miles.


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Share Your Journey

Show off special moments and inspire others to take the challenge! Join the Canalway Challenge Facebook Group and share on Instagram using the hashtag #CanalwayChallenge. Tag your favorite miles #Favorite15.


Many thanks to our sponsors!

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The Canalway Challenge is funded in part by a grant from Market NY through I LOVE NY, New York State’s Division of Tourism, as part of the State’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

® I LOVE NEW YORK is a registered trademark and service mark of the New York State Department of Economic Development; used with permission.


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