Buffalo Canalside / Outer Harbor
Come for views and stay for the fun! Located only 25 minutes from Niagara Falls is the beautiful and always exciting Canalside in Buffalo. Canalside is the heart of Buffalo’s waterfront revitalization. It’s located in the city’s downtown corridor at the intersection of Pearl Street and Marine drive.
The Erie Canal Harbor was originally built in 1825 as the western terminus of the Erie Canal. In its heyday, America’s “Gateway to the West” was one of the world’s greatest business centers, teeming with canal and rail traffic passing from the Atlantic seaboard across the Great Lakes. For much of the 19th century it was truly an industrious port that bustled with people and goods from all over the world.
As a result of this prodigious commercial activity, by 1850 Buffalo was transformed from a small waterfront village into a thriving metropolis—eventually becoming the largest inland port in the nation as well as the unofficial grain capital of North America.
While Erie Canal Harbor and its “Central Wharf” represented the epicenter of commerce and trade in Buffalo, the surrounding canal district neighborhood enjoyed a much more ambiguous reputation. Home to a diverse cross-section of canal-era inhabitants and transient visitors, the district’s saloons, hotels and other establishments buzzed with activity, and the crime rate reflected it.
The arrival of trains and automobiles in the early 20th century led to the ultimate demise of Erie Canal Harbor as a functional hub of commerce. In time, the site was covered over with stone and dirt to make way for modern streets and vehicle parking.
The harbor rested in this state until 2005, when the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation was formed, and the area was reclaimed for restoration as one of America’s brightest historical treasures.
Canalside is the jewel in Buffalo’s waterfront crown. The result of over $300 million in new development, Canalside hosts over 1,000 annual events. Every summer, outdoor yoga, children’s activities, maker markets, concerts and countless other events take place on a daily basis.
Check online for what is happening at Canalside during your stay!!