The development of the most famous canal in America - the Erie Canal - from 1817 - 1825 was a game changer for New York State. The 363 miles spurred economic growth and population as canal town villages sprung up between Albany and Buffalo. Orleans County was established along 25 miles of the Erie Canal with 3 villages gaining prosperity as a result of it in the 19th century: Medina, Albion & Holley. Each of these villages are a port along the Erie Canal with services to accommodate boaters and cyclists.
There are 3 public boat launches along the canal in Orleans County. Each includes parking and a picnic area.
Besides the three historic canal town villages, notable are these "only in the OC" canal attractions: