Erie Canal opens for 189th season

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 May 2013 at 12:00 am

The 524-mile state canal system, which runs through Orleans County, officially opened today for its 189th season.

Canal village residents will soon be hearing the bells on the lift bridges, and tugboats, tenders and recreational boaters will be traveling along the iconic waterway.

Several official canal vessels, including the tender in the photo above, stay in Albion during the winter months. The tender is a working vessel on the canal.

The bell on the Main Street Lift Bridge in Albion is pictured in the photo below.