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Champlain Canal

17 Points of Interest

Originally built as a feeder line for “Clinton’s Ditch,” the Champlain Canal played a significant role in the growth of the Industrial Revolution in New York and America. The communities that dot the landscape between Waterford (Lock 1) and Whitehall (Lock 12) are rooted in the economic opportunities that the natural and manmade waterways made available to them. As you boat up the Hudson River and Champlain Canal to Lake Champlain and Quebec, you will discover that many of these communities have not changed much since the boom days of the mid-nineteenth century. Remnants of the turbulent military battles of early American history, factory row houses and high Victorian manors, rolling hills and calm waters, bells of canal boats and soothing chirp of crickets all await mariners on America’s first “superhighway.”