The Erie Barge Canal is an historic wonder and an engineering marvel that is a part of the woven fabric that winds its way through the center of Niagara, Orleans and Erie counties.
The Cities of Lockport, Tonawanda, North Tonawanda and the Village of Medina owe its very existence to the great Clinton’s Ditch.
Erie Canal Journeys is a collaborative effort between Lockport Main Street, Inc. and the Cultural Alliance of the Tonawandas. With the assistance of the New York State Canal Corporation and each business participant, we are working to create a joint website to market and feature the many assets that exist along the historic Erie Canal in our tri-county area.
The Erie Canal is a tremendous shared resource for each of these three communities – we share its history, and the unique attractions that are here because of its presence. Our web site is a first step towards collaboration utilizing technology to increase awareness of our common heritage for local residents and our visitors.
Lockport, North Tonawanda, Tonawanda and Medina are each canal communities in close proximity to Niagara Falls, which makes us unique in the region. The mission of our web site is to increase tourism and visitors to our area, thereby improving the local economy, and supporting our businesses. In 2008, there were 6 million domestic tourists, who spent more than $639 million in the Niagara Region (Longwoods, 2008). These statistics reflect the importance of tourism in our area and the impact on our local economy. However, the average stay in our region is only 1.6 nights, and of those overnight stays, most are in the city of Niagara Falls. This number illustrates that we as a region need to do a better job marketing communities and attractions beyond Niagara Falls and increase opportunities and awareness for visitors in the Erie Canal Corridor in the three counties. Further, if we can increase the average stay in our region, we can dramatically improve the economic impact to our area. Now, more than ever, we must pool resources and work collaboratively to bring more visitors here and encourage them to stay longer.
This website is a work in progress. Please take time to view all the opportunities which exist for you and your family. View our calendar of events, attractions, local restaurants, businesses, a history of the region and the Erie Canal, maps of the area, and a description of each community. Visit the links to each community’s attractions, and other relevant websites that may be of interest to you. There will be opportunities for social networking with Facebook and Twitter, and links to each community’s webcam so that visitors can get a first look at each community.
We hope you enjoy your visit along the Erie Canal, and invite you to return often.