Canalway Challenge Promotes Fun, Fitness, and Adventure

Get ready for a season of fun and adventure with the Canalway Challenge! Part fitness, part journey of discovery, the Canalway Challenge is an invitation to discover all you can do along New York’s canals and Canalway Trail.

Participation is free and you can sign up as an individual or with a group of family, friends or work colleagues. Simply register online and choose a mileage goal of 15, 90, 180, or 360 miles (End-to-End/Buffalo to Albany); then walk, run, cycle, or paddle on the Canalway Trail and NYS Canal System to achieve it. You can complete the Canalway Challenge in one big trip or many small ones.


Show Off Your Status
Like a hiker aspiring to become an Adirondack 46-er, you can strive for mileage status and recognition through the Canalway Challenge. Upon completion, you can show off your accomplishment with a photo finish, car/kayak decal, and gear bag. Eastern Mountain Sports is supporting the Canalway Challenge with special discounts for signing up and for reaching your mileage goal.

If you’ve already signed up for this year’s Cycle the Erie Canal in July, you can count your training miles and your trip from Buffalo to Albany to become a 360 End-to-Ender.

It’s All About the Journey
As you explore different regions along the canals, you’ll be surrounded by the incredible natural beauty and deep history of the waterway. You can visit distinct canal communities, unique local businesses, and historic sites, and enjoy great local ice cream or craft beer to top off your workout.

Share Your Journey
The Canalway Challenge offers opportunities to share your journey on social media and join a Facebook group to be part of a supportive community. Participants are uploading photos and sharing experiences at:
Share on Instagram #CanalwayChallenge
Tag your favorite miles #Favorite15

Sign up now at

The Canalway Challenge is an initiative of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and 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. Additional sponsorship is provided by the NYS Canal Corporation.