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The president of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation says visitors to Buffalo's Canalside will soon see noticeable progress in the construction of a highly-anticipated venue.

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For those looking to stretch their creative muscles this weekend, Canalside might be a desirable destination. The popular waterfront venue is hosting a watercolor clock painting session this evening and a class on knitting tomorrow afternoon. Both are part of the ongoing “Canalside Create Series.”

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Buffalo’s Canalside opens its popular free summer concert series this evening with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. Also debuting are some new security measures at the waterfront destination.

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Just because ice skating season is over, it doesn't mean all is quiet at Canalside. Events for the spring are currently in the works by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, which includes plans for horse-drawn carriage rides for Easter.

Shark Girl to undergo cosmetic touch-ups

Mar 16, 2016
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If it was a movie, it might be titled "Spring Sojourn for Shark Girl."

Waterfront bike ferry makes its maiden voyage

May 18, 2015
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Beginning this Friday, bikers and pedestrians will have a new and inexpensive way to get from Canalside to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The Queen City Bike Ferry made its ceremonial debut Monday morning.

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Ohio Street is once again open to traffic between Buffalo's inner and outer harbors. The transformation of the old industrial corridor into a pedestrian-friendly parkway is about 70 percent complete.

Canalside skating rinks on track for late November

Sep 25, 2014
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp

A parade of concrete trucks marked a milestone in a long-delayed project at Canalside Thursday. As WBFO’s Brian Meyer reports, folks who enjoy ice skating will be pleased to hear about the day’s developments.

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The final design plan for Buffalo's Outer Harbor should be ready in about a month. The next step will focus on how to pay for the plan.

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Visitors to the Commercial Slip at Canalside can look into the slip and see floating logs and branches and boards and timbers floating. It's part of a constant battle between maintenance crews and Mother Nature.


The first of three bridges that will cross over historically-aligned canals being re-created in downtown Buffalo is now being installed.

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The list of programs and events scheduled on Buffalo's downtown waterfront is bigger than ever this summer. Canalside has planned more than 1,000 things for people of all ages to do in 2014. 

A new state park on Buffalo's waterfront is another step closer to reality. The NFTA's long-vacant property along Furhmann Boulevard is now in the hands of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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Concert goers will have the chance to view a wide variety of musical acts this summer at Downtown Buffalo's Canalside.

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Another piece of Canalside is going to final design, after a vote Monday by the board of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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More outdoor activity space is now open to the public at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the East Canal at Main and Scott streets. 

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Development officials say they need more time to complete one of the most prominent components in the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront.

This Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in Western New York and Canalside in downtown Buffalo is expected to be a popular destination.

From land that’s lain fallow and neglected for decades, the downtown waterfront is being reborn, and people have noticed.

425 events are scheduled at Canalside through October.  Nearly all of them are free. A schedule is available at

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The President of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation addressed a lunch hour crowd at the Central Library Wednesday. 

Thomas Dee capsulized where downtown waterfront development stands and where the multi-million dollar project is headed. 

"Buffalo's greatest resource is water," said Dee. 

Congressman Brian Higgins was pivotal in making the wake-up call.  More than three years later, you can see the results when you drive the lakeshore complex or visit what's come to be known as Canalside.