Fairport, New York – The opening of the 2022 navigation season has been celebrated by the officials from the New York Power Authority, Canal Corporation, the Village of Fairport, and local officials and stakeholders celebrated.
Officials celebrated the opening alongside the 524-mile New York State Canal system to kick off the 198th consecutive opening of the canal.
During the ceremony, as part of the beginning of boating season, recently completed infrastructure improvement projects along the canal were unveiled.
According to Fairport officials, the village is commemorating its bicentennial as a community on the Erie Canal.
The Erie Canal first opened for navigation on April 11 in eastern Monroe County through Fairport and to the current Busnnell’s Basin, according to April 23, 1822, article in the Cherry Valley Gazette.