Canalside Bridge
Flight of Five
Canalfest

Erie Canal

When Mother Nature wouldn’t provide a waterway linking the Atlantic Coast to the west, we built one ourselves in the short handful of years between 1817 and 1825. Today the Erie Canal stands as an indelible symbol of the ingenuity and ambition of Americans.

Located at the western terminus of the canal and considered the “Gateway to the West,” the port city of Buffalo is both a testament to and beneficiary of the canal’s power. The endless traffic of Great Lakes ships, canal boats and railcars directly influenced our growth and prosperity, making our city an icon of culture, architecture and the arts.

Today, the newly revitalized Canalside district pays homage to that heritage, and is a popular gathering spot, hosting hundreds of events each year. Traveling up the canal, you’ll find Gateway Harbor Park in North Tonawanda, home to a summer concert series and the popular Canalfest. In the charming city of Lockport, named for the system of locks located there, cruise the canal on a Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruise and experience your boat being raised and lowered 50 feet along the intricate “Flight of Five” system of locks. Or, cruise it underground on a Lockport Cave tour and learn about the men who built it, while also admiring various geological formations. Or try biking along the length of it.

While Buffalo helped build the canal, the canal also helped build Buffalo. It is inextricably entwined with our city and no visit to the Queen City would be complete with a trip to our waterfront!

Learn more about the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor across New York State by visiting eriecanalway.org.

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Experience the history and heritage of Buffalo on any of the entertaining, engaging double decker bus tours. They offer tours of Canalside, a murder-mystery tour, pub crawl, Best of Buffalo or, for groups of up to 70, a custom, private tour.

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Buffalo’s legacy as one of our nation’s most important transportation and industrial centers rose from our impressive waterfront. No visit to the Queen City would be complete without a trip to our shores.

Canalside is the jewel in our crown. The result of over $300 million in new development, Canalside hosts over 1,000 annual events. Every summer, outdoor yoga, children’s games and Thursday at Canalside concerts take place along the district’s Central Wharf.

Each winter, throngs of visitors flock to the Ice at Canalside, a 35,000 square foot rink on the recreated Erie Canal that features, skating, curling, pond hockey and ice bikes. Across the street, LECOM Harborcenter attracts hockey players from around the world by hosting amateur and college tournaments at its two NHL sized rinks. And sports and food fanatics are flocking to the two-story (716) Food & Sport that features over 70 televisions, including a 38-foot tall screen for the big games.

Our waterfront is also home to America’s largest inland Naval park, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. The Erie Basin Marina features an observation tower with breathtaking views of Buffalo and Canada. The historic Buffalo Lighthouse welcomes you to the Buffalo River. And the nearby Outer Harbor features miles of bike trails and lakefront parks. If you like fishing, the bass, salmon and trout are biting throughout our inner and outer harbors. Rent a kayak or waterbike or take a cruise aboard the Queen City Ferry, the Spirit of Buffalo or Buffalo Harbor Cruises to see it all!

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An interesting, guided historical tour through America’s past. You will explore the historic Erie Canal Locks 67-71 constructed in 1838, view ruins from an early industrial age, and your guide will rock in the mid-1800’s, viewing stalactites, flowstone and other geological formations. You will also see artifacts left behind by the men who build the tunnel in the early days of the Erie Canal. Then you will ride in an underground boat. Visitors are awestruck as they take a ride that has been described as both “peaceful and eerie” as the boat glides through lifeless waters, illuminated only by small, sporadically placed electric lights.

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Lockport, NY 14094
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Experience this AAA Gem Attraction featured on the History Channel. Enjoy a unique narrated two hour cruise past many historic sites and “Flight of Five.” Cruise includes being raised and lowered 50 feet in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal.

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Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tours

44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 246-9080

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Canalside Buffalo

44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 436-7100

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Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride

5 Gooding Street
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 438-0174

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Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

210 Market Street
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 433-6155

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