NY State Canal Conference in Rochester starts on Monday

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monday is the first full day of the 2022 New York State Canal Conference in Rochester. The conference runs through Tuesday.

This is the first time that Rochester has hosted the conference, which takes place every other year. People will be able to join in on a series of presentations, workshops, and tours of downtown and the Erie Canal in Fairport.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced on August 11 that Rochester will host the conference for waterway enthusiasts. The conference will be at the Strathallan Hotel, hosted by the Canal Society of New York State and sponsored by the New York Power Authority, New York State Canal Corporation, and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

“As we look forward to the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal in 2025, it’s an opportunity for canalside communities to both celebrate the historic significance of this moment for New York State, but also measure the value our canal system brings to their local economies and the pride it brings to their communities,” Governor Hochul said. “The Canal Conference connects New Yorkers to their waterways, bringing together and inspiring residents with advocates and experts from across the state.”

The 2022 Canal Conference will include a community celebration of Rochester’s ROC the Riverway program — which aims to complete two dozen transformational projects along the Genesee River, which intersects with the Erie Canal. Recently completed projects include phase one of the West River Wall promenade at North Star Commons, an extension of the Genesee Riverway Trail along the riverfront through the center city, and the redesign of Charles Carroll Plaza and Genesee Crossroads Park.