Oops! Camera off-line. Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises / Lockport Canalside Banquet Facility

        In 1987, Mike and Sharon Murphy started Lockport Canal Tours with two pontoon boats and a dream. Today, the business, now called Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises Inc, has blossomed into one of Niagara County's most popular tourist attractions. With the acquisition of their property located at 210 Market St. in Lockport, the company can also boast having Western New York's unique banquet and meeting facility.

210 Market Street Building

        210 Market Street is a steel building as an addition to the remains of an 1840s canal stone building. Among the industries housed in the building were the Boston & Lockport Block & Tackle Company and the Western Block Company, a business that manufactured block and tackle for pulleys used on canal boats. The Niagara Preserving Company was also housed in the facility at one time and was among the first companies to use metal containers to preserve food.

The Pivate Shoreline

        The building has been remodeled and a visitor will be taken back in time to the turn of the 20th century. Visitors will stroll along a brick street, past the "Meeting Room" with its planked floor, the spacious elegant yet casual Veranda Dining Room with over 100 windows overlooking the canal, the authentic mahogany bar in the "Pub", the original 1840s walls, the cafe, and the Canalside Gift Shop. They will enjoy strolling the 477 feet of private canal bank where our vessels are docked and relaxing in the private sheltered picnic area.

The Private Sheltered Picnic Area

        228 Market Street, a 4-story canal stone building built in the 1840s, is the perfect setting for our Lockport & Erie Canal Heritage Museum. At one time the building was a flourmill that used the water from the Erie Canal as its main power source. The water was brought down an open aqueduct (known as a "raceway") in order to power a waterwheel. The excess water was then discharged into a spillway, which is adjacent to the building. This spillway also served as a passage for runaway slaves as a part of the Underground Railroad. Today, the spillway carries water under the canal, into 18-Mile Creek and down to Lake Ontario.

        The Erie Canal Heritage Museum explains the development, growth, and significance of the Erie Canal and is complete with interactive exhibits including an actual working lock.

The Lockport Locks Boats

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