New York Erie Canal Bike Tour

Get to Know “New York’s Main Street” and experience the history and majesty of America’s most storied waterway

“It was so wonderful that on the ride back to our cars at the end of the trip, we started looking at the Wilderness Voyageurs brochures to choose our next trip!”

~Mary O., TripAdvisor

We’ll pedal by early 1800s historic commercial port cities, explore canal locks, and ride 100 miles of the Erie Canalway, a National Heritage Corridor. This tour spends 3 days on the mostly limestone trails of the towpath of the Erie Canal, the most commercially enduring and historically significant canalway in the U.S.

 

We will meet in Buffalo, and then transport to Old Fort Niagara on the shores of Lake Ontario to begin our exploration of New York’s main street. The bike riding on this tour is a bit of a hybrid; we begin on some friendly backroads with minimal traffic and friendly grades, 500 feet in 37 miles, then 100 miles of the Erie Canal trail.  Your bike tires will cruise the route once plied by mules dragging barges and moving the goods of the Midwest to the rest of the world via the port of New York.

 

Custom bike tour departures available for groups of 6 or more.

Tour Highlights

Lockport’s Flight of Five (Erie Canal Locks #67-71)

Tour 300-year-old Old Fort Niagara

Vizcarra Vineyards

Medina Railroad Museum

Mid 19th century canal town historic districts

Lodging Options

Vizcarra Vineyard

Genesee Country Inn

Del Monte Lodge, Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa

Day 1: Tour historic Fort Niagara before hopping on your bike to follow the shore of Lake Ontario to Vizcarra Vineyards, your quaint (and delicious) first night lodging.

 

Day 2: Take your first spin on the Erie Canalway Trail in Lockport, NY, home to the famous “Flight of Five,” a series of 10 impressive locks that work together to transport boats up and over the escarpment.

 

Day 3: Enjoy breakfast at the Gennesee Country Inn before pedaling another 35 miles on the canalway trail. Head to Pittsford where you’ll have your choice of dining options.

 

Day 4: Roll through the town of Fairport and into your final destination at Newark, NY, completing 100 miles of Erie Canalway Trail!

Check out some photos of the Erie Canal Bike Tour

Trip Information

4

Trip Length - Days

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Tour Type
Road Bike
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Tour Rating
Beginner
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34

Average Miles Per Day

Check In Location
Buffalo, NY
Tour Area
SAG Vehicle New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Support & Gear Vehicle
18

Minimum Age

Meals

3 Breakfasts | 4 Lunches
2 Dinners

Pricing
  • PP Double Occupancy

    $1295
  • Single Supplement*

    $275
  • Cannondale Bike Rental

    $60

*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.