The Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence celebrates significant places in the Erie Canalway where people have come together to preserve and share our heritage or to make part of the Corridor a vibrant place to live, work, or visit.
The Heritage Award recognizes outstanding places and highlights the work that has gone into making them great. Erie Canalway shares best practices and lessons learned from award recipients in hopes that others will be inspired by and learn from them.
Our 2020 Heritage Award recipients are extraordinary places founded on the same principles that built the Erie Canal: bold vision, strong leadership, perseverance, and hard work. Despite differences in purpose and scope, each site offers a welcoming and vital public space that enlivens the Canalway Corridor for both residents and visitors.
Award-winning sites offer not only inspiration, but strategies that work. Find out what makes each site great and pick up a few tips from our past recipients.