Winners Announced for Reimagine the Canals Competition

As New York’s canals get closer to their third century of operation, New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil Quiniones felt it was time to unleash a new way of thinking about one of the state’s most-important assets. NYPA, which operates the state Canal Corporation as a subsidiary, had assumed operating control of the … Continue reading Winners Announced for Reimagine the Canals Competition

Reconnecting People with Waterways a Key Theme at 2018 World Canals Conference

Nearly 400 delegates from inland waterways around the world convened in Athlone, Ireland from September 10-12 for the 2018 World Canals Conference. The three-day event included informative presentations, networking, and study tours, which shed light on the similarity of opportunities and challenges facing inland waterways worldwide. Among the key themes: the incredible opportunities to reconnect … Continue reading Reconnecting People with Waterways a Key Theme at 2018 World Canals Conference

Another Gap Closed in Erie Canalway Trail

Parks & Trails New York joined officials from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Empire State Trail, local officials and other trail advocates on Wednesday, October 3 to celebrate the opening of the newest stretch of the Erie Canalway Trail, running from Pattersonville in Schenectady County to near Amsterdam in … Continue reading Another Gap Closed in Erie Canalway Trail

Western New York Trails Network Gets Historic $50 Million Infusion of Funding

On Wednesday, October 17, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation announced an historic $50 million investment in the trails network of Western New York as part of a larger $100 million dedicated to improving parks and trails in the area. The Foundation also announced $100 million for similar investments in Southeast Michigan. The $50 million … Continue reading Western New York Trails Network Gets Historic $50 Million Infusion of Funding

Erie Canalway Neighbors Association Adopts Historic Oxbow Trail

A unique section of trail along the Historic Erie Canal is being given extra attention this summer thanks to the efforts of the Erie Canalway Neighbors Association (ECNA). The Oxbow Trail, along the banks of the original Erie Canal, is the newest trail recipient of Adopt-a-Trail program love.  The ECNA was originally started by Fairport … Continue reading Erie Canalway Neighbors Association Adopts Historic Oxbow Trail

Summer End-to-Enders Blaze New Trails

Summer is high season on the Erie Canalway Trail, both for organized tours like PTNY's Cycle the Erie Canal but also for do-it-yourself trail adventurers. As you'll see below, End-to-End stories rarely disappoint! End-to-End By Land & Sea Amanda Hus from Tampa, FL   "I kayaked the the Erie Canal, about 350 miles, from May … Continue reading Summer End-to-Enders Blaze New Trails

20 Years & Rolling: Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour Reaches New Heights

Biking. Great scenery. Fun people. Big city lights and charming small towns. Sounds like a pretty nice vacation, right? Add in Erie Canal history, moveable tent cities, and great food and entertainment and you wouldn't be far off from Parks & Trails New York's annual summer bike tour, Cycle the Erie Canal. This year 700 … Continue reading 20 Years & Rolling: Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour Reaches New Heights

Reimaging the Canal’s Next 200 Years

Reimagine the Canals Competition Seeks Ideas for the Canal's Next 200 Years  New York’s Canal System has been the source of many celebrations recently. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Barge Canal, the name by which the Canal System—which includes the Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca and Champlain canals--was formerly known by. Last year, marked … Continue reading Reimaging the Canal’s Next 200 Years