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The Champlain Canal, one of America's first canals, opened up vital shipping routes along the Hudson River in upstate New York. An integral part of New York and American history, the Champlain Canal's impact was substantial, opening up shipping lanes from New York City (and West via the Erie Canal and Mohawk River), north to Lake Champlain and on to the St. Lawrence Seaway. Spanning from Waterford to Whitehall, today the Champlain Canal provides sixty-three miles of scenic boating - plus waterfront picnic parks, recreation trails, eleven lock locations, numberous canal towpaths and charming villages and towns along the way.
The Champlain Canal is part of the Lakes to Locks Passage, a nationally designated scenic byway that runs from the Hudson River to the south, through Lake Champlain in the north. The Champlain Canal is also a part of the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor
Along the Champlain Canal, visitors will also relive major portions of the American Revolution. Visitors will find everything from Saratoga National Historical Park, known as the Turning Point of the American Revolution, to Whitehall, the birthplace of the United States Navy.
Visitors will also find quaint villages and towns where treasures abound. Shop for antiques, visit one of the many art galleries, explore a museum or just spend the day at a cafe. Either way, you'll love the Champlain Canal.
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