Life in the Past Lane
Bring your camera as you
rediscover the past aboard your Canal Cruiser, houseboat
or trawler. Vistas of natural beauty will pass slowly
before your viewfinder -- peaceful historic villages,
changed very little this century, unfold as you round
A 150-mile hike-and-bike path traces the original Erie
Canal towpath. From 1825 to the early 1900s, the towpath
was used by mules and oxen to pull the packet boats distributing
goods between New York City and Buffalo. Many miles of
the path are now paved for cycling, skating, or easy walking.
You are welcome toexplore the many abandoned, original
Erie Canal locks and aqueducts, only a short walk from
the new Erie Canal -- your highway to the past.
Early morning and late
afternoon provide warm light for photographing springtime
flowers, a 160-foot waterfall on Seneca Lake, or canal-side
festivals held throughout the summer.
Fall foliage brings visitors from all over the world to
witness this sudden and dramatic change offered by nature
during September and October. Our popular Leaf Peeper
Express cruises are one-way trips, allowing you to travel
twice as far on the Erie Canal, Canada's canals, and the
shores of Vermont on Lake Champlain and Champlain Canal.
The earliest historical events in America are preserved
in many of the ports of call along the Erie Canal. Buffalo
to Albany, the past beckons to be discovered. This is
Life in the Past Lane.