The World Canals Conference is set to come to Rochester on September 19-23, 2010.
The WCC brings together hundreds of canal professionals and managers, enthusiasts, tourism professionals and
scholars from around the world to exchange ideas and discuss strategies about canal preservation; restoration; economic
revitalization; tourism; education; and interpretation of canal corridors, harbor sites, and associated canal amenities.
The year 2010 is the 200th anniversary of New York State's first canal commission that explored the proposed route of the Erie Canal and made it what it is today.
The conference will feature the New York State Canal System and its history and also new canal developments and restoration projects in Rochester and western and central New York, Congress's creation of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the preservation and restoration of the historic Motorship DAY PECKINPAUGH as a mobile museum and classroom, and the restoration of the old Erie Canal in its historic bed across the 1842 aqueduct and through downtown Rochester.
The WCC came to Rochester in 2000.