Old Erie Canal Boat Float celebrates Canal’s Bicentennial on Saturday – New York News

Old Erie Canal Boat Float celebrates Canal’s Bicentennial on Saturday – New York News


To commemorate the Erie Canal’s Bicentennial (1817-2017), paddlers throughout Central New York are invited to help fill the canal with colorful kayaks and canoes on Saturday, June 17.

Part of “The Old Erie Canal Boat Float: A Paddler’s Perspective of the 8th Wonder of the World” event on Saturday, the event will take place within the historic Erie Canal within the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park throughout the morning.

Participation in the paddle event is free.

All paddlers end at the “Bicentennial Bash” at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, located immediately adjacent to the Erie Canal waterway, at 2 p.m. for one final aerial photo taken by a drone. This colorful photo will be used as the cover for a new Old Erie Canal Paddle Guide, which is in the process of being created. All participants receive a draft copy of the Old Erie Canal Paddle Guide to use during their paddle. The paddle guide will be finalized based on feedback from this event.


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Participants need to bring their own kayak or canoe as well as a PFD, personal flotation device. There are four locations to start from so paddlers can self-select the mileage of their paddle. No matter which of the four locations participants choose to launch from, all paddlers end at the “Bicentennial Bash” at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in Chittenango which includes food trucks, music, blacksmith demonstrations, activities, and more.

At each of the four launch locations participants will be greeted by a Canal Ambassador who will also paddle to Chittenango. Launch…

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