Events & Programs

Engaging communities with the Ohio & Erie Canal

From bike riding and walking to golfing and our annual gala event, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition offers a wide variety of events for individuals, friends, and families to enjoy, while supporting the OECC efforts. For the casual bike rider, events like Tour du Towpath and Bike & Brew take riders on a journey through Stark and Tuscarawas counties respectively, while Canoe Adventure allows people to canoe down the Canal through downtown Akron. Our biggest events of the year, the FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride and the Canal Boat Captain’s Ball, collectively raised more than $200,000 in 2015 for continued development of the Towpath Trail.

The Fishing Derby is a main OECC program.Programs offer participants the chance to learn more about the Ohio & Erie Canal, benefits of the Towpath Trail, and an understanding of what it means to become a steward of the environment. Healthy Steps, a free walking program, expresses the importance of physical activity and interacting with nature. Canal Clean Ups offer the chance to make a difference on the Towpath Trail, while our annual Bluegill Fishing Derby encourages children to enjoy recreational activities along the canal.

Upcoming Events & Programs

Taste of Tusc

March 17, 2017 
Join us for a night of food and drink from across Tuscarawas County and the Ohio & Erie Canalway! All proceeds benefit the Towpath Trail is Tuscarawas County. More here.

Huntington Century Ride

June 10-11, 2017 
Ride the entire length of the Towpath Trail in our biggest fundraiser of the year! The Huntington Towpath Century Ride is a fully-supported one or two-day bicycle ride. More here.

2017 Canalway Events

Mar. 17 Taste of Tusc
Apr. 04 Healthy Steps
Apr. 22 Canal Cleanup
May 19 Canal Boat Captain's Ball
Jun. 10 Huntington Towpath Century Ride
Jul. 15 Canoe Adventure
Jul. 22 Knock Trash out of the Canal!
Aug. 12 Tour du Towpath
Aug. 18 Towpath Classic
Sep. 16 Tusc. Cleanup
Oct. 08 Bike & Brew
Oct. 21 Trash 'n' Treat
Nov. 11 Lockheed Martin Towpath Freedom 5K