2017 World Canals Conference Coming to New York State

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Erie Canal Bicentennial posterA program highlighting some of the most innovative activities on the world’s waterways is set to take place September 24-28 at the 2017 World Canals Conference (WCC 2017) in Syracuse.

The conference provides opportunities to learn from and network with the most forward-thinking experts in canalside development, waterway engineering and management, and canal tourism and preservation.

Registration is open for one-day or full conference attendance through September 15.

Conference Highlights include:

Formal presentations – Experience and learn from best practices from inland waterways of the U.S. and around the world. Ideas from Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Poland, the Netherlands and elsewhere will help New Yorkers plan for the next 200 years of a vibrant canal system.

Daily study tours – Get a firsthand look at transformative projects along New York’s canals. Within a 40-mile radius of Syracuse, conference participants will see the clean-up of Onondaga Lake, visit restored canal sites at Port Byron, Camillus and Chittenango, tour the Oswego Canal by boat, and learn about maintenance of the canal system today.

Pre- and post-conference tours will take attendees east to the Champlain and Erie Canals and west along the Erie Canal to Buffalo. There are still a few spaces to join the tours.

Free public events kick off the conference on Sunday, September 24, at Syracuse Inner Harbor and include canal schooner Lois McClure, Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge, tours of Onondaga Lake, kayaking, educational displays, and more.

Specialty foods and beverages from central New York are being showcased at the Public Event Day and Delegate Craft Brew Tasting (Sunday), Welcome Dinner (Monday), and Upstate Cookout in Baldwinsville (Wednesday).

Water Way, a specially-curated exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art, will feature videos by youth from canal towns around the world exploring the continued cultural impact of canals on their lives. The program will be on view each night of the conference, projected on the façade of the Everson Museum.

WCC2017 sessions and tours are highly relevant to community leaders, planners, waterway engineers and managers, canal tourism professionals, historians, educators, and canal enthusiasts.

For more information and to register, click here.

Illustration: Erie Canal Bicentennial poster by Tong “Amy” Su.

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