erie-canalway-map-guide-2012.JPGDiscover things to see and do along New York's legendary canals Waterford, N.Y. - The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission has released its 2012 Erie Canalway Map & Guide to introduce residents and visitors to the many things to see and do in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. People can obtain a copy at visitor centers, libraries, cultural heritage sites, and canal locks all along the New York State Canal System. "Whether you like boating, cycling, history, nature, or simply spending time with friends and relatives, you'll find things to do and places to discover all summer long," said Erie Canalway Director Beth Sciumeca. The eight page newspaper-style guide includes a map of the National Heritage Corridor, as well as a list of canal-related cultural heritage sites, boat rental and tour companies, places to cycle on the Erie Canalway Trail, and more. New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton said: "The annual Erie Canalway Map and Guide is a great way to get the word out on all there is to see and do across New York's historic, scenic Canal Corridor throughout the year.  We are proud to partner with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor on this excellent publication to help make it possible." The guide is available at 150 sites (see attached list). Funding support for the guide was provided by the New York State Canal Corporation and Brookfield Renewable Energy Group. The guide reinforces Brookfield's message regarding the importance of safety on the waterway. The map and guide, along with the website, are among the efforts by the heritage corridor commission to increase awareness about the waterway, trail, and national significance of the Erie Canal. The guide is available for download online at:                                    #### The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York. It encompasses the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities. The Corridor's commission and staff, in partnership with the National Park Service, work through public and private partnerships to promote historic preservation, recreation, education, tourism, and economic revitalization throughout the Corridor. To view and download distribution sites for the guide click here. Contact: Jean Mackay, Director of Communications and Outreach 518-237-7000, ext 222