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Dates: 6/16/2019 - 6/16/2019
City / State: Buffalo, NY
Event Name: Post Convention Walk
Event Type: Walk
Event ID: 113460 
Distance - Trail Ratings: 5k 6k & 10k - 1A
Description: Walk with us on a post-convention walk in the city of Buffalo, the western terminus of the Erie Canal. Highlights include the 1830 Buffalo Light; Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park; Canalside at Buffalo Harbor; Buffalo River and Lake Erie cruises; architectural gems of the City of Light; and, the birthplace of the grain elevator.
Amenities: Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Lady Liberty Special Program, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, National Parks Centennial Challenge, Points of Reference, Underground Railroad, United States Post Offices, Vice Presidential Walks, Walk the USA - Street by Street, Walking America's Ports of Call, Walking the Path of Inventions, Walking the USA A - Z
Start Times: Sunday 9 am -12 pm
Location: 60 Lakefront Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14202
Start Point / Driving Directions: From I-90
Take NYS Thruway (I-90) to Exit 53 (I-190).
Exit at Church Street
Turn right at signal on Lower Terrace
Turn right at stop sign on Erie Street
Turn right on Wilkeson Way and right in parking lot.

From North (Grand Island, Niagara Falls, etc)
Take I-190 Southbound past Peace Bridge.
Take Exit 8 (Niagara Street)
Turn right on Niagara Street
Turn right on S. Elmwood Avenue
S. Elmwood turns into Lower Terrace after crossing Church Street (Adams Mark Hotel)
Follow Lower Terrace to Erie Street
Turn right at stop sign on Erie Street
Turn right on Wilkeson Way and right in parking lot
Awards & Fees: A Award
Comments: Walk the rest of the Erie Canal Story with us in Buffalo, NY. Buffalo, at the confluence of the Niagara River, Lake Erie and the Buffalo River,was the easternmost point of navigation for four of the Great Lakes and was at the westernmost point of the new Erie Canal.Buffalo in 1825, which had been rebuilt after burning by the British during the Warof 1812, was a small settlement of around 2400 people. The nearest gristmill operation was in Williamsville (YRE) eleven miles away. Everything changed with the Erie Canal. When the Erie Canal opened in 1825 with Buffalo as its western terminus, the course of grain shipment from the west to the east was reduced in time, expense and risk- a difference in the journey from three thousand miles to four hundred and thirty-five miles! The falls at Niagara (YRE) fourteen miles north and down river from Buffalo made a navigable link between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and direct access to the Atlantic via the St. Lawrence River impossible. However, with the new canal grain could now move across the western Great Lakes to Buffalo to be unloaded and transferred to canal boats. The loaded canal boats traveled eastward 363 miles via the canal to Albany, then was offloaded onto freighters for the 150 mile journey down the Hudson to New York City and on to European and other world markets. An interesting note is the fact that the Erie Canal carried more passengers than goods since it early on became the most direct link in the new highway of immigration to the West from the East Coast. Our Post-Convention Buffalo City Walk on June 16 highlights this important city in our evolution as a nation. We will introduce you to our newly revitalized waterfront on a Canalside Trail dotted with historical signs explaining the military, economic and social history of the city.The walk route passes the new Childrens Museum; Coca Cola Baseball Field, the home of the AAA Buffalo Bisons; Key Bank Arena, home of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team; and, important architectural gems that changed the way we work, travel, and build structures to this day. The grain elevator was invented in Buffalo,some are still operating- the city smells like Cheerios-and some are finding new uses as climbing challenges while others are light shows at night! Boat tours and bicycle paths also start here and will bring you to the natural conservation areas that are being reclaimed from the industrial past. En route from the convention in Albany, we invite you to join us on the evening of Saturday, June 15, to walk the Niagara Falls, NY YRE on a guided walk.Then, socialize with us at the Anchor Bar restaurant nearby, home of the original Buffalo Wings, which is attached to the Holiday Inn - Niagara Falls.The Niagara Frontier club has arranged a special rate of $109 plus tax for a double room at the Holiday Inn. Please visit our direct link to the special reservation offer at our website Niagara Volkssport Clubs.org Next morning, June 16, we will drive the short route south to the Buffalo Post-Convention walk. We also invite you to stay an extra day at the hotel at the special rate and explore nearby YREs in Lewiston and Youngstown, NY, situated north of Niagara Falls along the scenic Niagara River to Lake Ontario. Visit charming Lewiston (YRE) with artisan shops, restaurants, and important Underground Railroad and War of 1812 sites; and, Youngstown (YRE) with Fort Niagara that fought under theFrench flag in the 1600s; the British flag in the 1700s; and, the American flag from the War of 1812, the Civil War and World Wars I and II.We look forward to welcoming you to Western New York next June!!Post Convention Walk prepared by the Niagara Frontier Volkssport Club
Host Club: Empire State Capital Volkssporters
Contact: Terry McFarland (716) 531-1396
Website: walkescv.org/ava2019convention/19buffalo.html
E-Mail Contact: terry.mcfarland@gmail.com,barstffrd@aol.com