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2017 World Canals Conference

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Marriott Syracuse Downtown

100 East Onondaga Street

Syracuse, NY 13202

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This year’s World Canals Conference, themed “Our Vital Waterways: Agents of Transformation,” is a five-day world-class conference 200 years in the making. Celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal and enjoy exploring the waterways and communities of Central New York.

Please make sure to select ALL desired ticket options: your conference registration, pre- and post- conference tours, accompanying person tours (if applicable) and guest tickets for the Wednesday night cookout! If you are an Inland Waterways International (IWI) member, be sure to take advantage of your member discount on your conference ticket!

Questions or need assistance with the registration process? Please reach out to Shannon Struzik at (585) 899-3288.

Full conference registration includes:

Sunday, September 24

  • Public events at Syracuse Inner Harbor, downtown Syracuse and the surrounding area
  • Opening reception for WCC delegates

Monday, September 25

  • Morning—presentations
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon study tours
  • Welcome dinner

Tuesday, September 26

  • Morning breakout sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon study tours
  • Dinner on your own

Wednesday, September 27

  • Morning breakout sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon study tours
  • Dinner—an upstate cookout on the banks of the Erie Canal

Thursday, September 28

  • Closing plenary
  • Lunch
  • Optional afternoon activities for delegates and guests (cycling, paddling, guided tours and more)

Optional Activities:


Pre-conference tour: Champlain and Eastern Erie Canal, Friday, September 22-Saturday, September 23

What’s Included:
Lodging Thursday & Friday nights
Breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Saturday dinner.
Guided motor coach and boat tours of the Champlain Canal and eastern
portions of the Erie Canal.
Museum admissions and bicycle hire (for those who wish to ride).
Tour originates in Albany and ends at WCC2017 in Syracuse.

Price: $800 per person double occupancy, $900 single occupancy

Pre-conference tour with “Canal Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain” early-bird extra, Thursday, September 21-Saturday, September 23

Everything included in the pre-conference tour above, plus a guided ROV tour of shipwrecks on the bottom of Lake Champlain and a behind-the-scenes tour of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, with lakeside meals and lodging at the Basin Harbor Club.

Price: $1,065 per person double occupancy, $1,200 per person single occupancy


Post-conference tour: Finger Lakes, Western Erie Canal & Niagara Falls, Thursday, September 28-Sunday October 1

What’s Included:

Lodging Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Guided tour of sites in the Finger Lakes and along the western Erie Canal canal, and in the Niagara Frontier; Bus and boat transportation; meals; and a chance to take in the fun at this year’s “Locktoberfest” in Lockport.

Price: $1,000 per person double occupancy, $1,250 per person single occupancy


Accompanying persons tours: Monday September 24- Thursday, September 28, 2017

What’s included:
Meals shared with conference delegates: Opening Reception Sunday, Welcome Dinner
Monday and cookout banquet Wednesday; a walking tour of downtown Syracuse; Tours to Cazenovia and Seneca Falls, birthplace of the women’s rights movement in America, with stops at local farms, orchards, craft breweries and distilleries along the way to sample the true flavors of upstate New York.

Price: $450 per person

Banquet guest tickets:

Wednesday night’s banquet, an upstate cookout on the banks of the Eire Canal, is included in General and Accompanying Persons registrations. In addition to great regional food, there will be music, boats and glass-blowing demonstrations by Corning Museum of Glass aboard its new Glass Barge. Guest tickets are available for purchase for one-day participants and delegates who want to bring their friends.

Price: $65 per guest

If your currency is not supported by this site, please contact the organizer at wcc2017reg@eriecanalway.org. Thank you!


Hotel information:

Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

Click here to book your group rate for World Canal Conference at a discounted rate of $129.00 USD per night. Or call the Marriott at (315) 474-2424. Rate valid through August 11, 2017.


The rate is valid 9/23/17 through 9/28/17. The last day to book is 9/22/17. Parking is available at $5/day for hotel guests. Guests will receive a sticker from the hotel's front desk to ensure the reduced rate.


For more conference details, visit our website at http://wcc2017syracuse.com/.



Cancellation policy: A cancellation fee of 10% will be applied for cancellations up to July 28, 2017. A cancellation fee of 50% will be applied for cancellations received between July 29 and August 11, 2017. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after August 11, 2017.

The conference organizers reserve the right to cancel undersubscribed pre- and post-conference tours. Full refunds will be made for any canceled tour, but WCC17 will not be responsible for the costs of registrants’ altered travel arrangements.


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