The Western Erie Region features the longest section of the canal that still follows its original path and retains its historic relationship to the communities and landscapes along its banks. As you travel by land or water, you will find village Main Streets, lift bridges, farm fields, and 20th century locks alongside historic lock ruins, canal engineering marvels, and cobblestone and local sandstone buildings.
Albion is the seat of Orleans County. Its dignified courthouse square is ringed by churches and handsome downtown commercial buildings. Many were constructed with distinctive red and tan Medina sandstone. Quarried a few miles west, the stone was carried on the Erie Canal to Albion and points east—as far as New York City.
Cobblestones were an inexpensive building material, found in abundance throughout the Western Erie Region. You'll find schools, houses, churches and other buildings made from cobblestones during the 1830s and 1840s here. The museum provides a good overview to this unique form of architecture. Visit Site >
Recreated 19th century settlement with museum, 10 historic buildings, and reproduction blacksmith shop. Kids can enjoy the Erie Canal exhibit with fun, hands-on activities, a replica canal packet boat, and a miniature street of shops. Guided tours, exhibits, special events, and school programs available. Visit Site >
19,000 acres of freshwater marshes and hardwood swamps bounded by woods, forests, fields, and wet meadows. Four overlooks and three nature trails offer wildlife viewing. Visit Site >
Preserved and restored Italianate house and grounds in the Village of Brockport; a short walk from the Erie Canal. The house reflects the lifesyle of a wealthy canal town resident during the late 1800s - early 1920s. Extensive local history archives. Tours by appointment.
(585) 637-5300 (Village office); (585) 637-1000 (welcome center)
This Heritage Award-winning village serves as a museum without walls, showcasing how the canal influenced settlement, architecture, industry, and tourism. Begin your visit at the Canalfront Welcome Center. Services for boaters and cyclists include restrooms, water and electrical hookups, showers, Internet access, bikes to lend, and information on attractions and walking and cycling tours. Visit Site >
Originally the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in 1862, Albright Knox Gallery is one of the oldest public art institutions in the U.S. John J. Albright, a wealthy industrialist and entrepreneur, donated money in 1890 for the addition of a gallery to the Academy. The collection features modern and contemporary art. Visit Site >
Contains the largest private collection of American watercolor painter Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), known for paintings that depicted the effects of industrialism on life in small-town America. The collection also includes more than 7,500 objects by over 600 Western New York artists. Visit Site >
Buffalo's historic canal terminus is the centerpiece of the city's waterfront renaissance. Canalside features several fully restored facets of the original Erie Canal Harbor, including the "Commercial Slip," which served as the historic juncture between the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. Events, festivals, and boat tours are on tap throughout the summer season. Ice skate on replica canals in winter. Visit Site >
1940. Designed in the International style by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, the hall is known for its unique combination of graceful structural beauty and extraordinary acoustics. Now home to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the hall is listed as a National Historic Site. Visit Site >
1926. This French Renaissance theater was designed by Cornelius W. Rapp and George Leslie Rapp. Its original Wurlitzer organ remains intact and playable. Today, the center offers musicals, Broadway productions, operas and concerts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit Site >
Theodore Roosevelt began his presidential journey in Buffalo, NY on September 14, 1901. State of the art exhibits and a dramatic guided tour will immerse you in the sights, sounds and emotions surrounding this pivotal moment in our nation's history. Discover how the enduring legacy of one of America's greatest presidents affects our lives today. Visit Site >
Amenities include showers, restrooms, picnic facilities, and camping for tents only. Trails to playground, fishing, and waterfall. Short walk to village shops and restaurants.
Start your visit to Lockport here. The interactive interpretive center showcases the history of the Erie Canal and the famous “Flight of Five” Lockport Locks. It's a short walk to the Canalside District, the renowned 1800s locks, and the similarly remarkable Barge Canal Locks 34 and 35. Boat tours, Canalway Trail, and other attractions nearby. Visit Site >
Lockport's renowned Flight of Five locks are located alongside the similarly remarkable Barge Canal Locks 34 and 35. These locks enable canal boats to climb the Niagara Escarpment. Restoration is underway on the Flight of Five; lock demonstrations available on weekends. Erie Canal Discovery Center, boat tours, Lockport Cave Tours, winery, shops, Canalway Trail, and other attractions nearby. Visit Site >
Dating to 1849, this double-chambered stone lock served boats on the Erie Canal until 1918. A canalside store next to the lock is now a private residence. Located two miles west of the Village of Lyons.
This arts initiative along the canal aims to preserve history through community art. You'll find historical scenes on buildings and bridges along the Canalway Trail and in communities from Canastota to Lockport. The epicenter for Mural Mania is in Lyons, where you'll find more than ten murals. You'll also find many depression-era murals by WPA-era artists inside post offices throughout the canal corridor. Visit Site >
1915. The theater has operated as a live theater house, vaudeville theater, and musical performance space. Carefully restored and owned today by the grandson of the original owner, the Ohmann Theatre is a single screen, family-operated theater, also open for rental. Visit Site >
Fully-accessible quarter-mile trail and gardens are designed to enable people of all ages and abilities to experience nature. The trail meanders through themed gardens and through a shaded woodland overlooking Black Brook, which is part of Clinton's Ditch, the first Erie Canal. Located adjacent to the Lyons Community Center. Visit Site >
The remains of impressive double Lock 60, built in 1841, have been preserved through a 25-year community volunteer effort. Located within a one-mile stretch along the Erie Canal and Canalway Trail that features numerous preserved canal structures from the 1800s. Located off Quaker Road between Walworth and O'Neil Roads.
Boater-Biker-Hiker facilities at Lock 30 include: potable water, toilets, picnic facilities, camping, boat ramp and kayak launching dock, which makes this a favorite location for kayaking and canoeing. Butterfly Nature Trail and Community Concert Series in summer. Visit Site >
Boats on the Erie Canal pass over Culvert Road about two miles east of Medina between Routes 31 and 104, the only place where a road passes under the canal.
The park and visitor center on the Erie Canal features a series of four stunning murals depicting scenes of Erie Canal history. Self-guided walking tours and boater facilities available. Easily accessed from the Erie Canalway Trail. Visit Site >
The Allan Herschell Company factory produced carousels and amusement rides from the late 1800s through the 1960s, many of which were shipped on the Erie Canal. This National Register site includes the original woodworking shop, Wurlitzer music roll shop, a collection of hand-carved carousel animals, two operating carousels, an outdoor Kiddieland with 4 restored Allan Herschell Kiddie rides, and band organs that play every day. Visit Site >
Showcases the heritage of North Tonawanda and its role as a shipping and manufacturing center on the historic Erie Canal and Niagara River in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum hosts guided and self-guided history walks and tours, publications, and events throughout the year. Visit Site >
1926. This Italian Renaissance theater was designed by Leon Lempart & Son of Rochester. Its Wurlitzer pipe organ is still in use today. Currently operated as a rental house by the Niagara Frontier Theatre Organ Society. The Society offers a Wurlitzer Concert series each month. Visit Site >
Five museum sites preserve and showcase a unique collection of local artifacts and stories. Explore the impact of the Erie Canal on the Village of Palmyra since 1821 at the William Phelps General Store, Historic Museum, Palmyra Print Shop, Erie Canal Depot, and Alling Coverlet Museum. Group tours welcome. Erie Canalway Heritage Award- Honorable Mention, 2008. Visit Site >
Aqueduct Park contains the remains of Palmrya Aqueduct, built in 1857, that carried the canal over Ganargua Creek, as well as the Aldrich Change Bridge, a unique towpath-era remnant originally erected at the Rochester Weighlock in the 1850s.
The historic hamlet of Bushnell's Basin features canalside shops and restaurants, amenities for boaters and cyclists, and trail access. This site received a Heritage Award-Honorable Mention from Erie Canalway in 2013 for excellence in planning and development that showcases the hamlet's historic character and connection to the canal. Visit Site >
The gallery is known for its outstanding and representative collection of American art. Also includes works by Monet, Cassatt, and other significant collections of world art. On exhibit is George Harvey's 1837 oil painting, Pittsford on the Erie Canal. Visit Site >
Explore science and technology and its impact - past, present, future - on our lives. Canal-themed exhibits include: hands-on Erie Canal lock model; impacts of canal building on Native Americans; and Flight to Freedom: Rochester’s Underground Railroad. Visit Site >
Inviting visitor center and small museum on the Erie Canal housed in a restored 1908 Trolly Depot. Rest in the Depot’s rocking chairs, borrow books, use the WiFi, and browse local history exhibits. Restrooms with showers available. Erie Canalway Heritage Award- Honorable Mention, 2009. Visit Site >