New state regulations have cleared the way for snowmobilers to use the Canalway Trail. The activity previously had been prohibited along the 280-mile trail that parallels most of the New York state canal system in upstate New York.
With the consent of local communities, snowmobile organizations now can receive permits to operate on the Canalway Trail under new regulations of the New York State Canal Corporation. Private snowmobile operators also can use trails that have been authorized by the Canal Corporation.
Snowmobile clubs must obtain a resolution of support from the municipality where the Canalway Trail is located before applying for a permit from the Canal Corporation. A municipality has the option to continue the prohibition along its stretch of the trail. The regulations apply to lands under the jurisdiction of the Canal Corporation.
In addition to snowmobiling, a wide array of other events and activities can be found throughout the canal corridor during the winter months. The complete 2010/2011 Calendar of Events is available online at http://www.nyscanals.gov/exvac/calendar/index.html.