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sie EXPLORE: The Spare Seat Kayak Tour
This May, the legacy of New York State’s Erie Canal and Hudson River will lure British adventurers Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles to kayak an epic 500 miles from Buffalo’s historic Erie Canal Harbor to the Statue of Liberty.
The journey is called “Spare Seat” because members of the public and media will join them in their double-seated kayaks. The project will be photographed and filmed, and hosted on a dedicated website with social media feeds to promote travel to New York’s waterways.
Follow Along!

Paddle alongside Richard and Glen in your own canoe or kayak or ride your bike on the Erie Canalway Trail to follow part of the journey. Download the detailed schedule for departure times and specific locations.
Detailed Spare Seat Schedule >


Spare Seat Kayak Tour: Erie Canal

May 1: Buffalo-Tonawanda-Lockport

May 2: Lockport-Medina-Holley

May 3: Holley-Brockport-Spencerport-Pittsford

May 4: Pittsford-Palmyra-Lyons

May 5: Lyons-Montezuma-Weedsport

May 6: Rest and Explore the Cayuga-Seneca Canal

May 7: Weedsport-Baldwinsville-Brewerton

May 8: Brewerton-Verona Beach

May 9: Rest and Explore Sylvan Beach/Verona Beach area

May 10: Verona Beach-Rome-Marcy Lock 20

May 11: Marcy-Little Falls-St. Johnsville

May 12: St. Johnsville-Ft. Plain-Amsterdam

May 13: Amsterdam-Schenectady-Waterford

May 14: Rest and Explore the Capital Region
May 15 - 21: Albany to New York City

The Route

  Richard Harpham, The Spare Seat  
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  Kayaks, Lock 25, Paul McPherson  
NYS canalway Water
Trail Map >>
  Champlain Canal, Lock 5  
boating on the canal >
  I LOVE NEW YORK is organizing Spare Seat, in cooperation with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, NYS Canal Corp, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and regional tourism promotion agencies.  
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