• A world-class event 200 years in the making

    2017 WORLD CANALS CONFERENCE

    September 24 – 28, 2017 | Syracuse, New York – USA

     

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    Our Vital Waterways: Agents of Transformation

    Savor all that Central New York has to offer and celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal—the waterway that transformed America.



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Our Vital Waterways: Agents of Transformation is a five-day world-class conference 200 years in the making. Celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal and enjoy endless exploration of Central New York.

Join us and be a part of this exciting transformation

PUBLIC EVENT DAY

Sunday, September 24, 1-6pm, Syracuse Inner Harbor, Free!
Head to the water for exciting special events, tours, music, and great food!

Hot Glass Shows

Watch live hot glass shows by the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge

Demonstrations

Entertainment

Move to the rhythm of The Sim Redmond Band, The Measure, Damn Dog

Music

Boat Tours

Tour replica 1862 canal schooner Lois McClure, row a traditional long boat, or cruise the lake

Boat Tours

DISCOVER THE 2017 WORLD CANALS CONFERENCE

Marriott Syracuse Downtown | Syracuse, New York

Tour

Cruise the historic Erie Canal and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the waterway that transformed a nation.

Engage

Learn about the latest trends in canal development and get an advanced look into the world of inland waterways.

Savor

Enjoy New York specialty foods and beverages and see why so many visitors love Central New York.

Celebrate

Make the most of your time in Central New York with bike rides, boat tours and entertainment after dark.

EXPERIENCE

From waterways to wine tours, you’ll find your inspiration at the 2017 World Canals Conference.

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Arts and Culture

Explore the area to discover world class museums, live music, unique shops, and local cuisine

Explore

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Cruises and Tours

The conference includes daily tours on the Erie, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals

Study Tours

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Extend Your Stay

Take advantage of pre-and post-conference tours to see more of New York’s legendary waterways

Experience More

HOSTS

We are proud to bring 2017 World Canals Conference to Syracuse, New York, and we’re excited to be part of the transformation!

Inland Waterways International (IWI)

IWI supports, promotes and advocates for canals and inland waterways around the world. IWI provides support for the annual World Canals Conference, hosted on a different inland waterway each year.

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