Many partners working together are preserving the best of the past, while ensuring a vibrant future along our canals and waterways. At the helm are the federally appointed Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and its non-profit partner the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund. Our work is guided by an award-winning Preservation and Management Plan that helps many partners achieve common goals.
WHAT WE DO
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the National Park Service and numerous local, state, and federal partners, works to preserve and share our extraordinary heritage, to promote the Corridor as a world-class tourism destination, and to foster vibrant communities connected by the waterway.
OUR UNIQUE POSITION
- Provide a critical link that unites communities and assets along the 524-mile Corridor under a strong, recognized brand
- Leverage financial resources and focus public and private investment to advance the entire region.
- Draw international and national attention to New York's legendary canal corridor.
- Share expertise, innovative ideas, and resources to support people who are working to preserve and enhance Corridor assets and local economies.
- Bring diverse partners together to implement projects with a broad, Corridor-wide scope, achieving bigger results than any single organization could achieve alone.
THE ROLE OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
The National Park Service provides technical assistance and financial support, subject to annual Congressional appropriations. Erie Canalway is one of more than 50 national heritage areas.
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor generates $307.7 million in economic impact to upstate New York’s economy, according to a newly released analysis of the economic impact of national heritage areas conducted by Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized consulting firm. Erie Canalway supports 3,240 jobs and generates $34.9 million in tax revenue.