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Upcoming events

Please note that the Coronavirus pandemic may eventually force cancelation of some events listed here.  Be sure to verify before finalizing any plans.

Cancelations and Postponements

Saturday, April 25th – New Jersey Canals and Local History Symposium – Postponed until November

Sunday - Thursday September 20 to 24, 2020 - World Canals Conference 2020 – Leipzig GermanyPostponed until May 30 -  June 3, 2022 (see Conferences)

Friday - Sunday October 2 - 4 - CSO Fall 2020 Tour - Indian & Loramie LakesCanceled

Monday - Wednesday October 4 – 6, 2020 – New York State Canal Conference – Reconnect to the Water, to the CIty, to the People – Postponed to May 2021 (see Conferences)

Friday - Sunday October 16 – 18, 2020 - Pennsylvania Canal Society Spring Tour – Lower Division of the Lehigh Navigation –  Postponed to April 16 – 18, 2021 (see Field Trips)


The National Canal Museum is open – see for seasonal hours of operation


Field Trips


Friday - Sunday April 16 – 18, 2021 (Postponed from original October 16 – 18, 2020)

Pennsylvania Canal Society Spring Tour – Lower Division of the Lehigh Navigation (

The tour will tentatively feature the National Canal Museum on its 50th Anniversary and will tentatively cover Weissport Lock and Locktender’s House remains, Walnutport Locktender’s House and Locks, Triechlers-Mauser Mill and Lock, Catasauqua remains &  Catasauqua Historical Society, Coplay cement kilns, Bethlehem Monocacy Creek Aqueduct, Freemansburg Lock 44 and Locktender’s House, and Easton Chain Dam, Guard Lock, & Locktender’s House.


Friday - Sunday April 23 – 25, 2021  (Postponed from original April 24 – 26, 2020)

Canal Society of Ohio Spring Tour – Buckeye Lake (   

The tour will include canal sites around the newly completed Buckeye Lake Dam, including a cruise on the Queen III Sternwheeler. A banquet is planned for the evening, Saturday April 24.


Friday - Sunday October 1 - 3, 2021

Canal Society of Ohio Joint Tour With the Pennsylvania Canal Society and with participation of the Northern Ohio Chapter Society of Industrial Archeology – Pittsburgh Riverboat Tour

Save the date – A tour of Pittsburgh’s three rivers will be aboard the Rivers of Steel Explorer Riverboat on Saturday.  Boat staff will give narrated descriptions of the river bridges and a river ecology teaching station, while we cruise through two locks and view the redevelopment sites of former steel mills and the industrial scene along the Monongahela River.  A Saturday evening banquet will be followed by speaker Dr. John Oyler, who will tell us about the Dravo Corp., which has constructed numerous locks and dams, docks and bridge foundations.  On Sunday a pokey bike ride along Three Rivers Heritage Trail will include views of bridges and industrial sites along the Monongahela River, and a stop to ride the historic Duquesne Incline.


Friday - Sunday April 16 – 18, 2022

Pennsylvania Canal Society Spring Tour – Upper Grand Division of the Lehigh Navigation (

Save the date - The tour will tentatively feature the Lehigh Gorge and include Bear Creek, the locks at White Haven, Lehigh Tannery site and lock, Rockport, Penn Haven Junction, Glen Onoko and Lock 2, and the lock at Jim Thorpe.





Special Programs



Annual Programs


Saltsburg’s Annual Canal Days (

Stone House Museum Tours, Quilt Show, Fireman’s Parade, Games, Crafters, Food, Local Artisans & more.


Canal Day - Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park (; 610-917-0021)

Located at 400 Towpath Road, Mont Clare, PA near Phoenixville.   This full day of family-oriented fun along the Schuylkill Canal Park includes tours of the Locktender’s House, lock openings, food, music, kids' fishing derby, face painting, games & crafts.  Competitive activities such as the Schuylkill River Trail Run/Denny Porinni Memorial Run, the Canoe/Kayak 5-Mile Water Trail Race, and the and world-renowned International Canal Joust.  Food trucks and a Sly Fox Beer Garden will also be on site.  St. Michael Field and Pavilion at the end of Jacob Street will be used for parking and additional events.   The Schuylkill Canal Association charges a small fee for this event.




May 2021  (Watch for new date in May - postponed from original October 4 – 6, 2020)

New York State Canal Conference – Reconnect to the Water, to the CIty, to the People (

Save the date - The conference will include mobile workshops.  A registration and hotel reservations site will open soon.  Conference will be based at Rivers Casino Event Center in Schenectady, NY.

Monday - Thursday August 30 - September 2, 2021

World Canals Conference 2021 – Hagerstown Maryland (

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.  The theme of the conference will be Historic Canals Today: Education, Recreation, and Tourism.  Mornings of the four-day event will feature presentations related to the conference theme. In the afternoon, attendees will hit the road for study tours that visit canal locations and other local history sites, such as Great Falls, Paw Paw Tunnel, and Antietam battlefield.

Sunday - Thursday May 30 - June 3 2022  (Postponed from original September 20 - 24, 2020)

World Canals Conference 2022 – Leipzig Germany (

Since the early 1990s, the major ecological project to remediate former lignite mining sites – a task unprecedented in its scale and complexity – has brought about a stunning change in the landscape and urban environment. While lignite continues to be mined in certain areas, other areas have undergone extensive and laborious remediation measures to reclaim them: the creation of lakes, inland waterways and tourist infrastructure on an extraordinary level. A wide range of technical, technological and methodological skills have been developed, which are now in demand worldwide by regions facing similar challenges.




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