Canalway Regions

Western Erie:


The Western Erie Region features the longest section of the canal that still follows its original path and retains its historic relationship to the communities along its banks.

As you travel by land or water, you will find village Main Streets, lift bridges, farm fields, and 20th century locks alongside historic lock ruins, canal engineering marvels, and cobblestone and local sandstone buildings. The Erie Canalway Trail offers 100 miles of walking and cycling from Newark to Tonawanda.

Buffalo Amherst Tonawanda and North Tonawanda Lockport Medina Rochester Palmyra Lyons Spencerport

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Historic and Cultural Sites and Museums Canal Structures and Engineering Marvels Nature Preserves and Parks Recreation

Historic and Cultural Sites and Museums

Visit one of the region's historic sites and museums to learn about the intimate connection between people, commerce, settlement and the canal.
Buffalo Inner Harbor, credit Erie Canal Harbor Development
Canalside in Buffalo


Amherst MuseumBuffalo Niagara Heritage Village 19th Century settlement with museum and 12 restored and authentically furnished buildings. Guided tours, exhibits, special events, and school programs. 

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Morgan-Manning House Preserved and restored Italianate house and grounds in the Village of Brockport; a short walk from the Erie Canal. The house reflects the lifesyle of a wealthy canal town resident during the late 1800s - early 1920s. Extensive local history archives. Tours by appointment. Visit Site »


Buffalo History Museum Exhibits, research library, and educational programs on the history of Western New York and the Great Lakes in general, and of Buffalo and Erie County in particular, from prehistoric times to the present. Located in the Pan-American building. Visit Site »

Canalside, Buffalo by Erie Canal Harbor DevelopmentCanalside The historic canal terminus is the centerpiece of waterfront revitalization in Buffalo. Canalside features several fully restored facets of the original Erie Canal Harbor, including the "Commercial Slip," which served as the historic juncture between the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes, and the wooden plank "Central Wharf." Events, festivals, and boat tours are on tap throughout the summer season. Visit Site »

Buffalo Heritage Area Visitor center and programs focusing on revitalizing the arts district and its architectural landmarks and celebrating the remarkable flowering of culture that occurred when Buffalo flourished as the western terminus of the Erie Canal. Visit Site »

Buffalo grain elevatorsBuffalo River Grain Elevators Invented here to maximize loading dock space, the remaining grain elevators that dot Buffalo’s waterfront are a testament to those days when the city was the busiest grain-transfer port in the world. Visit Site »

Chinaman's Light at Erie Basin Take time to walk or cycle to the end of the pier at Buffalo’s waterfront park to take in the view and to see the Buffalo Lighthouse.

Darwin D. Martin House State Historic Site A residential estate completed in 1905 that became one of the most important works of Frank Lloyd Wright's career. Buffalo's Darwin D. Martin House Complex is a seminal Prairie House and a rare Wright design that incorporates multiple structures for an extended family. Visit Site »

Theodore Roosevelt NHSTheodore Roosevelt Inagural National Historic Site Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated at this site as the 26th President of the United States as a consequence of unforeseen death of President William McKinley.

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Erie Canal Discovery CenterErie Canal Discovery Center Interactive interpretive and education center that showcases the history of the Erie Canal and the Lockport Locks.
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Erie Canal Heritage Museum Part of Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises-- located in a four-story 1840s stone flourmill on the canal, with exhibits on Lockport's development, canal history, and local folklore. A site on the Underground Railroad. Visit Site »


Mural in LyonsMural Mania and Historical Site, Lyons
The Village of Lyons is home to a number of murals depicting historical scenes, as well as the Wayne County Historical Society Museum and Hotchkiss Essential Oil Building.
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Medina Railroad Museum Located in the old New York Central Freight Depot; exhibits include 200-foot long HO scale model layout. The museum offers two hour train ride along the Erie Canal. visit site >>


Historic PalmyraHistoric Palmyra Five museum sites preserve and showcase the history of Palmrya, including William Phelps General Store, Historic Museum, Palmrya Print Shop, Erie Canal Depot, and Alling Coverlet Museum.

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Mount Hope Cemetery is America's oldest municipally-owned Victorian cemetery and the final resting place of many people associated with the Erie Canal, Underground Railroad, and Women's Rights. Themed tours offered May-Oct.  Visit Site »

Rochester, High FallsRochester High Falls Heritage Area Visitor center and canal-related programs highlighting the canal-dependent power generation and mills that made Rochester the "Flour City." Visit Site »

Rochester Museum and Science CenterRochester Museum and Science Center Visitor programs and exhibits explore science and technology and their impacts—past, present, and future—on our lives. Exhibits include: hands on Erie Canal model; impacts of the canal on Native Americans; and Flight to Freedom- Rochester's Underground Railroad.

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Rochester Public Library The library's collection includes many original documents about the Erie Canal. An extensive online collection shares images and maps about the impact of the Erie Canal in Rochester and surrounding areas.  Visit Site »

Western Erie Canal Heritage Corridor Features the longest section of the canal that still follows its original path and retains its historic relationship to the communities and landscapes along its banks.It includes the Erie Canal counties of Wayne, Monroe, Orleans, Niagara and Erie. Visit Site »


Adams Basin InnAdams Basin Inn Built in 1815, the inn and canal tavern have served travelers since 1827. It showcases the original bar, 1850s cash register, and many canal artifacts. Free tours available by appt. visit site >>

Spencerport Depot & Canal MuseumSpencerport Depot & Canal Museum Restored trolley depot on the south bank of the canal serves as a welcome center, museum, and lending library. Swap stories while resting in the Depot's rocking chairs, browse local history exhibits, and find information on attractions. WIFI and restrooms with showers available.

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Tonawanda and North Tonawanda

Benjamin Long Homestead Fully restored log home from the early 19th century on the banks of the Erie Canal. Visit Site »

Cultural Alliance of the Tonawandas Art, history, music, theater, and more. Visit Site »

Carrousel at Herschell MuseumHerschell Carrousel Factory Museum The Herschell Carrousel Factory produced wooden carousels from the late 1800s through the 1950s and had a major impact on the entertainment ride industry in the US and abroad. Includes the original woodworking shop, roundhouse where products were tested, and Lockman Collection of hand-carved carousel animals. Visit Site »

Historical Society of the Tonawandas built in 1886 as a station for the NY Central & Hudson River Railroad, the museum's displays reflect the days of the lumber era and the Erie Canal. Research center contains more than 6,000 indexed photos and indexed obituaries from 1877 on. Visit Site »

North Tonawanda History Museum showcases the heritage of North Tonawanda and its role as a shipping and manufacturing center on the historic Erie Canal and Niagara River in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum hosts guided and self-guided history walks and tours, publications, and events throughout the year. Visit Site »

Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce lists local attractions and events. Visit Site »