Rochester to host 2022 NYS Canal Conference

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The City of Rochester will host the 2022 New York State Canal Conference, according to an announcement made by Governor Hochul Thursday.

The conference is a biennial event that brings together canal and inland waterway enthusiasts, professionals, and scholars to learn about various topics related to New York State Canals.

The conference will be held from Oct. 2 to 4 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 in honor of Rochester’s ROC the Riverway program—an initiative that consolidates more than two dozen transformational projects along the Genesee River. The program has a variety of projects, including the recent phase one completion of the West River Wall promenade at North Star Commons, completion of the Genesee Riverway Trail along the riverfront through the Center City, and a redesign of Charles Carroll Plaza and Genesee Crossroads Park.

The plan also envisions significant upgrades to major riverfront facilities, including the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial; the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center; and the Rundel Memorial Library building.

More information on the Roc the Riverway project can be found here.

The conference’s opening events include paddling, hiking and cycling along the Genesee River, a first look at the City of Rochester’s plan to reimagine its iconic Aqueduct, and boat cruises on the waterway.

For more information and to register, please click here.