Become a Locks District Volunteer!
The Lockport Locks District is in need of new volunteers to serve in a variety of capacities during the upcoming visitor season. Among the opportunities for area residents 18 years of age and older are openings as Lock Tenders, Canal Ambassadors, Tour Docents, Tour Chaperones, Guides and Flower Tenders. Click on the link below to take you to the Locks District website where you can sign up, or take advantage of speaking directly with a volunteer representative next week at one of the following Volunteer Recruitment Fairs:
Monday, April 19 10 AM – 12 Noon Lockport Family YMCA
Tuesday, April 20 10 AM – 12 Noon Tops Market/South Transit Road
Wednesday, April 21 4 PM – 6 PM Lockport Family YMCA
Thursday, April 22 10 AM – 12 Noon Tops Market/South Transit Road
Additional information may also be obtained by contacting David Kinyon at 716-638-1119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are the Lockport Locks Heritage District, and we offer the premier Erie Canal experience on the New York State Canal System. Begin your visit to Lockport, NY at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, immediately adjacent to restored Canal Street, located on the north side of the Lockport Locks.
The Locks Heritage District features the Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks, which date back to the 19th Century Enlarged Erie Canal Era. Visitors can enjoy the self-guided Riley's Way walking tour and the Lock Tenders Tribute Monument.
We offer docent-led tours of the Flight of Five, an engineering marvel of its day: the staircase set of five locks that enabled boats to 'sail uphill' over the formidable Niagara Escarpment.
On Saturdays between 11 am – 1 pm come watch our volunteer Fight of Five Lock Tenders manually operate the historic locks!
Saturday visitors also enjoy the Lockport Community Farmer’s Market located next to Lockview Plaza, which operates from 9 am – 2 pm.
Erie Canal Locks 67 through 71 constitute the “Flight of Five” – the largest intact section of the historic Erie Canal still remaining. The reconstruction of Lock 68 was completed in 2019 and is now operational, along with Locks 69 & 70.
Learn about the two generations of Erie Canal that operate today in Lockport, and the changes in technology from the era of the Enlarged Erie Canal Locks to the Erie Barge Canal Locks,
The Museum is open this season only for those going on the Flight of Five Lock Tender Tour due to COVID health and safety precautions.