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SUBMITTED by Deborah Williams, Author (3-Nov-2009)

First comprehensive travel guide to New York’s canals published

The Erie Canal: Exploring New York’s Great Canals, by Deborah Williams has been published by Countryman Press. It is the first comprehensive travel guide to the New York canal system.

The author, a Colden, NY resident, is a recipient of the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Gold Award and has won a number of other awards for her articles that have appeared throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The fourth New York State travel guide by Williams, this Great Destinations guide takes readers from Buffalo to Albany, across the Erie Canal visiting such historic canal communities as Lockport, Fairport, Palmyra, Little Falls, and Troy.

It also includes chapters on the Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca and Champlain Canals. The Cayuga-Seneca chapter includes Geneva, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Ithaca and Watkins Glen as well as wineries. The Champlain chapter includes Saratoga Springs.

Each chapter details the area’s history, lodging, restaurants, culture, recreation and shopping including family friendly activities. There is an emphasis on key historic sites, museums, attractions and parks. There are more than 100 photographs and detailed maps to help you plan a memorable trip.

The best way to experience the canal is to take to the water and “lock through” at the canal locks. You’ll discover how to charter your own canal boat, take a boat tour complete with historical narration and old-time canal songs, explore the canal from a cruise ship or float at leisure in a kayak or canoe.

Books are available through www.deborahwilliams.com, Countrymanpress.com, Amazon.com and area book stores.

PHOTO: Book cover.


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