Erie Canal Fairport

15 Miles on the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal spans 100-miles between Lockport and Lyons, with Rochester located right in the middle making it easy to get out there and explore! To enjoy every moment, choose just 15 miles on the canal to explore in a day.

Pick a town like Brockport or Fairport to spend a few hours. Choose an entry point like Greece Canal Park or Meridian Center to walk or bike the trail. Stop at one of the canal locks and watch the boats go through.

Use our Google Map and ideas below to help plan your Erie Canal day trip.

Map of Locks and Points of Interest Along the Erie Canal

Lyons Erie Canal Lock 27
Lock 27 in Lyons
Caboose Lyons NY
The Caboose in Lyons NY
Greater Rochester Region - Ohmann Theater Lyons NY
Ohmann Theater in Lyons, NY

Lyons

est. 1789

Locks 27 & 28A

Town of Lyons

Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 56

Ohmann Theater

Peppermint Days Festival in July

Peppermint Museum

The Caboose, as seen on TV

Blue Cut Nature Center

Port of Newark
Port of Newark
public wall art Port Newark mural erie canal
Newark

Newark

est. 1819

Lock 28B

Port of Newark

Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 59

Newark Canal Park

Palmyra Erie Canal Lock 29 overflow
Pal-Mac Aqueduct County Park
public wall art mural palmyra 4 churches
Mural: 4 Churches
Erie Canal Lock 29 in Palmyra
Erie Canal Lock 29 in Palmyra

Palmyra

est. 1729

Lock 29 at Pal-Mac Aqueduct County Park

Town & Village of Palmyra and Historic Palmyra

Hill Cumorah Pageant in July

Palmyra Pirate Weekend in August

Canaltown Days in September

Wayne County Butterfly Trail Lock 30
Wayne County Butterfly Trail at Lock 30
public wall art Macedon mural erie canal
Macedon Lock 30
Historic Lock 60 Macedon
Historic Lock 60

Macedon

est. 1823

Lock 30 at Macedon Canal Park

Enlarged Erie Lock 60

Macedon Butterfly Trail

At the end of the Butterfly Trail you can observe the convergence of all 3 historic canals.

Fairport Lift Bridge
Fairport Lift Bridge
Erie Canal through Fairport
Boat Rentals
Fairport crossroads
Packets Landing

Fairport

est. 1867

Colonial Belle boat tour

Rent kayak, paddle board, or bicycle at the Erie Canal Boat Company

Thomas Creek Wetlands Walk

“Trail Town USA”

Kennelley Park

Fairport Canal Days in June

Fairport Music & Food Fest in August

Check the village website for shops, restaurants and events

Fairport Lift bridge

Erie Canal Boat Sam Patch Schoen Place Pittsford NY
Sam Patch at Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY
Pittsford Village Spa Depot
Del Monte
Pittsford Coal Tower Schoen Place
Coal Tower

Pittsford

est. 1796

Lock 32 Erie Canal Park

Hop aboard the Sam Patch packet boat and experience going through a lock

Old Erie Canal Lock 62 behind Pittsford Plaza

Great Embankment Park

Hamlet of Bushnell’s Basin

Check the town website for shops, restaurants and events

Erie Canal Lock 33
Lock 33 in Henrietta

Brighton and Henrietta

both est.1790

Lock 33

Meridian Center Park

Erie Canal Boat GVP
Erie Canal crossing the Genesee River
City of Rochester Parks: Genesee Valley Park
Monroe County Parks Genesee Valley

Erie Canal Genesee River Crossing in Rochester

est. 1817

Genesee Valley Park

Kayak & canoe rentals on the Genesee

Henpeck Park Greece
Henpeck Park in Greece

Greece

est. 1822

Greece Canal Park

Henpeck Park

Spencerport Lift Bridge Erie Canal
Union Street Lift Bridge
Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum

Spencerport

est. 1804

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum

Spencerport Canal Days in July

Check the village website for shops, restaurants and events

1825 Adams-Ryan House
1825 Adams-Ryan House

Adam’s Basin

est. 1815

Historic 1825 Adams-Ryan House – it was recently sold by the previous owners of the Adams Basin Inn. Not certain if it’s open to the public, but a unique building nonetheless. The Adams-Ryan house has the oldest intact barroom on the Erie Canal.

In 1972, a new owner purchased the property from the last surviving Ryan family member, refinished every piece in the bed and breakfast’s four bedrooms and added a “new” main entrance, salvaged from Nathaniel Rochester’s former house.

Erie Canal Brockport
Main St. lift bridge in Brockport
Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Strand Theater Brockport
The Strand
Main St

Brockport

est. 1829

Canalfront Welcome Center

Brockport Arts Festival in August

Low Bridge / High Water Festival in May

Check the village website for shops, restaurants and events

There are 2 Lift bridges in Brockport, Main St and Park Ave.

Holley Canal Falls
Holley Canal Falls
Murray-Holley Depot
Murray-Holley Depot
Holley Canal Park

Holley

est. 1850

Holley Canal Falls Park

There are 2 Lift bridges before Albion in Holley and Hulberton.

Lift Bridge Erie Canal North Main Albion
North Main St Lift Brdge in Albion
Albion NY downtown
Main St Shops
Orleans County Courthouse
Orleans County Courthouse

Albion

est. 1812

Albion is the Orleans County seat.

There are 3 Lift bridges before Medina in Albion, Eagle Harbor and Knowlesville.

Main St Medina
Main St Medina
Culvert Road in Medina Under the Erie Canal
Culvert Road Under Canal
Medina Railroad
Medina Railroad

Medina

est. 1832

The only road that goes under the canal is Culvert Road [get directions]

State Street Park, where Oak Orchard Creek runs under the canal on its way to Lake Ontario.

There are 3 Lift bridges before Lockport in Medina, Middleport, and Gasport

Lockport Lock 35
Lock 35
Lockport-canal-cruise
Lockport canal cruise
Lockport Flight of Five
Flight of Five

Lockport

est. 1865

Locks 34 & 35

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks

The Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride

Erie Canal Discovery Center

There are 2 Lift bridges in Lockport

Lockport Lock 35
Lockport Lock 35

Additional resources

The Canal Corporation maintains a calendar of canal town events throughout the year.

The Erie Canalway website is a great resource for learning more about the canal and how locks work.

Cycle the Erie, Information and recommendations for those cycling along the canal

Genesee Valley Park

Did you know?

Of the 20 lift bridges along the canal, 16 are between Fairport and Lockport.

In recognition of the canal’s bicentennial, there is a continued waiver of tolls for recreational vessels through 2021.

You can rent a houseboat from Mid-Lakes Navigation in Macedon. Take a look at the brochure for some great information.

You can pass through any lock in a kayak (or any non-motorized vessel) for free, without permits. Learn more about paddling through on the Canal Corporation website. Check out this video of 10 kayakers as they “lock-through” Lockport Locks 34 & 35.

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