On the Canals offers FREE recreational adventures sponsored by the NYS Canal Corporation and NY Power Authority. Enjoy unique opportunities to experience the Canal waterways and trails. On the Canals excursions include kayaking, cycling, cruising, hiking, outdoor painting, snowshoeing and accessible adventures such as adaptive kayaking.

Initially piloted in summer 2020 as ‘NY Canal Staycations,’ the ‘On the Canals’ program expanded to year round participation and has grown nearly five times with more than 13,000 participants in 2022.

Join the Fun On The Canals

Different Excursions

NYS Canal Corp Partners With The Canalway Challenge

Whether you are taking your first steps toward fitness or are an experienced athlete, set your sights on adventure and fun along the 524-mile NYS Canal System and 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail.

Reach your one-of-a-kind, personal mileage goal – whether cycling, paddling, running, hiking, rolling, or walking – and discover all you can do along New York’s canals!

Note on Accessibility: For information on whether an activity site meets your specific needs, please contact the adventure provider or search the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center’s (IRRC) database.