Hey, welcome to Camp Tomtuga.
We are all about camping with the historic Erie Canal in the frontyard and a real working railroad in our backyard. How cool is that.
First, a little info about the Erie Canal. Built in 1825. The canal boating season is from May - Sept. They actually empty our section for the winter. Some of those boats passing by are doing the 'Great Loop'. Boats coming from Miami; NYC; Chicago; St Louis; Nashville and Canada etc. Check the other parts of this website for more info on that.
There is a free NYS Canal boat launch 1,800ft east from the camp. I hope you brought your boat / kayak / canoe, whatever you got that floats. If not, we can maybe help you out. You can put in right out front here too just over the guardrail. Watch for the poison ivy there.
Fishing! You can fish from our frontyard all you want. I've seen bass / catfish & channelcat / sheephead - carp and yet to see a walleye but have been told by many that they are in there. You can buy worms down at the hardware store. I might have a pole or two if needed.
Now the railroad here is a local shortline GVT, that only has access from the west. They usually run a train on Wednesday and Friday of maybe six cars or so. Headed east (left) at 9am'ish, then back west (right) after noon'ish. Yet sometimes a ''corn train'' of a 100 cars comes thru, when the ethanol plant in Medina needs resupply. If you are really into trains, then you need to go to Lockport to see the ''Upside down Bridge'' and the Medina Railroad Museum in Medina.
Oh and that is engineer Neil in the engine, give him a wave.
Ok, so thanks for staying at my camp. Here are a few Gasport businesses that you might need for your stay here. They are mostly an easy walk, all within a mile. If you need help, just knock on the camper door or message me.
Gasport has... a Breakfast Cafe; Two bars; Two pizza places; Dollar General; Hardware; Laundromat; Gas Station; Kid fun zone; County & Veterans Park; Veterinary; Churches; Dentists; Post Office.
I do sell campfire wood for $5 a BIG bundle or burn what you brought.
I also have available ... cornhole; washers game; horseshoes and there is a mini golf course setup here, I have the clubs. I also have a couple of bicycles that you can borrow too... and the rowboat.
Just ask me.
Sunrise Cafe -
8503 Rochester Rd, Gasport NY 14067
6am-2pm except fridays they close at 8pm.
Great breakfast place. They serve perch on fridays.
Take a right out of camp and the next street by the marina is Boulton Rd. Just up from there, to the right East Ave. You could probably walk there, 0.5 of a mile.
Drum Oil and Propane - They will fill your RV's propane tank.
8776 Rochester Rd, Gasport NY 14067
Just 1.5 miles east of camp.
Opens at 7am - Closes at 5pm *Closed on weekends.
Propane at the little shed to the east (left) of the main building. Get as close as you can.
You can also get regular gas here under the awning. No diesel.
Crosby Gas Station -
7953 Rochester Rd, Gasport NY 14067
Opens at 5am - Closes at 10pm
Turn left out of camp. Cross over Main St and straight up the street. It is just over a mile out.
Blue Rhino propane tank exchange. Also diesel sold here.
Veterans Park -
7992 Telegraph Rd, Gasport NY 14067
Baseball field / kids playground / bathroom.
On the way to Crosby's gas station.
Go left and over Main St. Has bathrooms.
Gasport Laundry -
8401 Telegraph Rd, Gasport NY 14067
On our street, across from the Ports pizza / sub shop and Canalside bar. Open 24/7
Ports Pizza & Subs -
8396 State St, Gasport, NY 14067
On our street across from the laundry.
Canalside Inn -
4431 Main St, Gasport, NY 14067
Down across from the laundry.
Chop's Shop Pizzeria -
8405 Rochester Rd, NY-31, Gasport NY 14067
Closes at 11pm
The Bar is connected nextdoor and a good sit down dinner spot. Very nice place. Has live music nights too.
Chop's Bar and Grill -
Dollar General -
8405 Rochester Rd, Gasport NY 14067
Just around the block from camp 0.8 miles
Stockham Lumber Hardware -
4440 Central Ave, Gasport NY 14067
Right in the middle of town.
M-F 7am-6pm / Sat 7am-5pm / Sun closed
Flint Veterinary Clinic - (716) 772-6149
4437 Main St, Gasport NY 14067
0.6 miles away
For emergency call....
Green Acres Emergency (716) 213-0283
Veterinary Emergency Services (716) 403-4370
Fort Hyde Kennels - (716) 772-2356
8513 Ridge Rd, Gasport NY 14067
4.3 miles away
All animals welcome.
Niagara Kraze -
8411 Rochester Rd, Gasport NY 14067
0.8 miles from camp
Indoor kid climbing walls.
Royalton Ravine County Park -
4662 Gasport Rd, Gasport NY
7am - 9pm
Get your walk on. Has nice bathrooms.
Hartland Town Park -
8942 Ridge Rd, Gasport NY
Need to cool off? Splask pad.
Ask me for details.
Free Showers -
GPS this address 24 Main St, Middleport. It is NOT in this front building, it is outback of it.
Go up to the canal lift bridge and take the laneway along the canal and behind the buildings. There is a municipal parking lot here.
The showers are the grey doors / brick building, on either side of the stairs leading up to the police station. See the pic below.
They are open 24/7 during the boater season May-Oct.
5.2 miles away
The backway to this parking lot is 87 S Hartland, Middleport.
There are water spigots here along the canal wall for boaters. If your RV needs water, I'm sure it's available for you too.
*Also you can do your laundry one building away to the left.
Village Pizza is across the street is very good. https://www.myvillagepizzeria.com/
**And some awesome BBQ at B&B bbq 105 Telegraph Rd Middleport. Get the Brunswick Stew. https://bandb-bbq.com/
Medina Railroad Museum -
530 West Ave, Medina, NY
Largest toy train layout in NY 200ft long. Also 484 fire helmets.
You will love this place. You will easily spend an hour here looking at all the stuff.
*If you are hungry, try either of these two places...
Capt Kidz - 143 E Center St
Rudy's Soda Bar & Cafe - ask for the MoJo burger
NES Food Outlet -
8401 Ridge Rd, Gasport, NY 14067
Awesome old timey wooden floor and small bulk food market. We get our fish fry dinners here and my buddy likes their subs.
9am-7pm except Sunday 5pm / Friday 8pm
Harris Farmer's Market -
8481 Ridge Rd, Gasport, NY 14067
3.8 miles, up near NES
Ice Cream!!! and fruit / vegetables
Schwabs Farm Market -
9035 Rochester Rd, Gasport, NY 14067
2 miles away
Also sell fresh baked goods and subs.
Becker Farms / Vizcarra Vineyards -
3724 Quaker Rd, Gasport, NY 14067
2.8 miles north of camp.
Wine tastings / kids area / Live music.
Tops Supermarket -
7134 Rochester Rd, Lockport NY 14094
Groceries 5 minutes away from camp. 4.1 miles
Maple Syrup Weekend - usually in late March
Wolf Maple Products - 9355 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Middleport NY
Come see how maple syrup is made. It takes 40 gallons of tree sap to make one gallon of syrup. Free things to do here and not far from our camp.
*** When you stay at our camp Tomtuga and are looking for things to do. Here are a few places and links.
Maybe a lighthouse tour? Point Breeze; Thirty Mile; Olcott.
Sandstone buildings of Albion and Medina -
Ripley's Church surrounded by streets Medina NY -
Ripley's only Car Tunnel under the Erie Canal Medina NY - http://www.lowbridgeproductions.com/erie-canal-images-culvert.html 13.1 miles
World's largest Apple Pie Pan - Orleans County Fair Grounds 12690 Rt 31, Albion NY 14.6 miles
Charles Howard former Santa School Albion NY - was at 13845 Phipps Rd, Albion NY 14411 18.7 miles
He is buried in Albion cemetery.
North Star Cruises -
How about a personal pontoon boat ride on the Erie Canal.
Get on right down at the Medina basin. They take you over the famous culvert, which is the only spot that cars can go under the 350 mile canal.
Lockport Locks - Flight of Five the Erie Canal.
80 Canal St, Lockport NY 14094
7 miles to the west.
I can meet you here and give you a personal tour of how it works.
Lockport Cave & Under Ground Boat Ride -
5 Gooding St, Lockport NY 14094
Lake Effect Ice Cream -
79 Canal St, Lockport NY 14094
Eat ice cream while watching the boats in the lock.
Erie Canal Boat Company -
79 Canal St, Lockport NY 14094
Kayak and bicycle rentals.
Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises -
Large canal boat that takes you on a guided tour of the Lockport Locks.
210 Market St, Lockport NY 14094
Widewaters Marina -
768 E Market St, Lockport NY 14094
Free showers! Has a boat ramp and docks.
*Don't confuse it with ''Marvin's'' hotdog stand across the street.
Car show thursday nights in the summer.
Transit Drive-in -
6655 S Transit Rd, Lockport NY
13 miles isn't that far far away.
YES!!!, a movie drive-in!!!
Olcott Beach -
Olcott Beach Carousel Park
5979 E Main St, Olcott, NY 14126
18 miles to fun.
Not the best beach but must take the little kids here for the rides. Yes 25 cent rides!!! Kids must be under 52 inches, no exceptions.
U-pick Blueberries - Russels U-pick Blueberries -
7499 Lake Rd, Appleton, NY 14008
Blueberries season mid July to early Sept.
Cherry season late June into July, only 2 weeks!!
32 varieties of apples.
U-pick Cherries - Singer Farms Naturals -
6730 Lake Rd, Appleton, NY 14008
Yep pick your own cherries and apples when in season.
Irouquois National Wildlife Refuge -
Migratory bird sanctuary.
Bond Lake County Park -
Krull County Park -
6108 Lake Rd, Olcott NY 14126
Has workout stations along the path. Splash pad / playground.
Fort Niagara State Park -
1 Scott Ave, Youngstown, NY 14174
28 miles but a nice ride.
1679 French / British 1759 / American 1796 again 1812.
Youngstown, NY -
The Stone Jug - 358 Main St, Youngstown, NY 14174
...for a beer and lunch
Lewiston NY - 26 miles too.
Is the place where Harriet Tubman had the Underground Railroad crossing into Canada. https://historiclewiston.org/
Few great little shops;
Artpark for concerts - https://www.artpark.net/
the Brickyard for bbq - https://www.brickyardpub.com/
Jetboat tours - https://whirlpooljet.com/
Silo Ice Cream - https://www.lewistonsilo.com/
Niagara Power Vista -
5777 LewistonRd, Lewiston NY 14092
Other campers have raved about this place and say to take the tour of the plant.
Niagara Falls American side -
Free Parking -
Whirlpool State Park
Gorge Discovery Center
Niagara Power Vista
Niagara Falls Train Station
Underground Railroad Heritage Center
You can take the FREE shuttle buses from these lots to all of the attractions.
Fireworks Show - Usually around 10pm from mid May (Canada Day) to begining of Oct (Canada Thanksgiving). Launched from the Canadian side. Weather permitting.
Call for updates on times and weather 1-877-642-7275
Maid of the Mist - Boat ride https://www.maidofthemist.com/
Cave of the Winds - Steps below the Falls https://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/attractions-and-tours/cave-of-the-winds
Niagara Falls Observation Tower - https://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/attractions-and-tours/observation-tower
Schoellkopf Elevator to the river - *Free https://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/attractions-and-tours/schoellkopf-power-plant-ruins
Underground Railroad Museum -
I alway go to the casino. Easy free parking.
Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino
310 4th St, Niagara Falls
Look for the tallest building in town. Just don't go east of it.
Niagara Falls Canadian side -
Just about every place takes American money but you get a better exchange rate at places like the casino or exchange service places (usually just after the border bridges).
Also they love to charge for parking everywhere and anywhere.
Maid of the Mist -
Journey Behind the Falls - https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/journey-behind-the-falls/
Niagara Power Station - https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/niagara-parks-power-station
Floral Clock -
Bird Kingdom -
Butterfly Conservatory -
Dufferin Park -
Lots to do on Clifton Hill...
Here are ticket packages - https://www.cliftonhill.com/events/niagara-falls-fireworks
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
Upside Down House
Dinosaur Adventure Golf
Movieland Wax Museum
Great Canadian Midway
Big Top Amazing Mirror Laser Tag
Castle Dracula Wax Museum
The Haunted House
Ripley's selfie Studio
Louis Tussaudis Wax Museum
* There's probably more wax museums or tourist traps that I missed
Food - Might be cheaper to eat in NY side. They charge non-residents a tax for using services here.
Here are a few places that I enjoyed...
Flying Saucer Restaraunt -
6768 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls ONT L2G 1V5 Canada
Our usual late night after bar hopping breakfast joint.
Fun family lunch spot for kids other than McDonalds.
Carpaccio Restaraunt -
6840 Lundy's Lane
True Italian place.
Frontier BBQ and Smokehouse -
6519 Stanley Ave
All you can eat.
Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse -
6671 Fallsview Blvd
Great musical floor show.
Braza Brazilian Steakhouse -
6361 Fallsview *upstairs
Highend place, huge salad bar choices.
...back to NY side
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum -
180 Thompson St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
23 miles from camp.
Has antique kids rides, at old timey prices.
Buffalo Heritage Village -
3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst, NY 14228
16 miles is kind of close.
We had a few campers come for these house tours...
Frank Lloyd Wright's -
Martin House - 125 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo NY
Graycliff - 6472 Old Lakeshore Rd, Derby NY
Fontana Boathouse - 1 Rotary Row, Buffalo NY
Gas Station Pierce-Arrow Museum - 263 Michigan Ave, Buffalo NY
Buffalo Waterfront -
Buffalo Naval Park - https://buffalonavalpark.org/
Buffalo Riverworks - https://buffaloriverworks.com/
Silo City - https://www.silo.city/ very unique
Swannie House - great dive bar
Pearl Street Grill - https://pearlstreetgrill.com/
Letchworth NYS Park -
1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427
worth the 60 miles.
The Grand Canyon of the east.
Glenn H.Curtiss Museum -
8419 State Rt 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840
103 miles but a beautiful ride.
Cars / Trucks / Boats / Airplanes
Finger Lakes Boat Museum -
8231 Pleasant Valley Rd, Hammondsport, NY 14840
Darien Lake Amusement Park -
9993 Alleghany Rd, Darien, NY
29 miles basically two streets
*Not the NYS Camping Park.
Six Flags park at the moment.
* Ok so you want to go to Niagara Falls and into Canada.
The best way is using Route 104. It's about 40min ride. On this road you are on the escarpment and lots of farmer markets / wineries etc. The Route 31 way is very conjested.
Rt 104 all the way to Lewiston / Route 18 South or Creek Rd Ext. Or the Niagara Scenic Parkway also takes you south. Then brings you down into Niagara Falls. You will see the tallest building here which is the Seneca Niagara Casino. Don't go to the east of that. It is a very bad neighborhood area.
To go into Canada, i recommend using the northern most bridge crossing Queenston / Lewiston Bridge. *Except when returning to the USA. There is about a 5 mile stretch with no exits up to the border, If it's busy like on a holiday weekend, you are stuck there for hours.
The Rainbow bridge is in the middle and you can somewhat see the Falls to the south. It can get very busy. If you are in an RV, stay to the far left. There is a small sign to follow. You go around the building on the left and park. The border agent comes out to you to inspect the RV. Coming back to the USA, stay to the right. It's the last booth in the car line-up but I have used the bus lane when it was available. Just tell them you didn't feel comfortable in the small car lane.
The Peace Bridge out of Buffalo usually has lots of openings. The RV inspectors are to the left of the building and up against it. Coming back into the USA, stay to the last right lane. Yet I have used the tractor trailer lane when available.
*You can cross into Canada using only an enhanced drivers license. You don't need passports. Children under the age of 16 need a birth certificate.
*Do NOT get caught going into Canada if you have had a DWI in your past. You need to ask for a ''ETA'' Electronic Travel Authorization from the border agent. If you don't, you could be staying in a Canada jail for a bit and be banned after that.
Stuff in Canada to do...
Whirlpool Aero Car -
3850 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8
Cablecar from the 1916, that goes out over the whirlpool in the Niagara River. The Whirlpool is where the river goes left and then under itself.
5020 Centre St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N7
Toy train fun for kids.
Full of little shops that the wife will love you for. Maybe pick the boys up at the Irish Pub?
Also lots of worldly known wineries here.
The Irish Harp Pub -
245 King St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Avondale Dairy Bar -
461 Stewart Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S1J0 Canada
Ice cream straight from the factory. Out in the middle of no-where.
Sunset Beach -
1 Lombardy Ave,St Catherines, ON
Can get busy and wavey. Small crappy boat ramp.
Jones Beach -
142 Broadway Ave, St Catherines, ON
More private, less wavey than Sunset Beach. Take the path out to the point.
Port Dalhousie -
1 Lakeport Rd, St Catherines, ON L2N 7P4
Nice popular beach with a carousel.
Lots of boat traffic.
Marina side -
61 Lighthouse Rd, St Catherines, ON
Tricky to find by car.
Kilt and Clover -
17 Lock St, St Catherines, ON
Great Irish bar, with $12 steak night.
* If you are going to Toronto. It's about 106 miles.
My recommendations are to take the QEW from Niagara Falls to the Stoney Creek area just east of Hamilton. Then Lakeshore Rd into the city of Toronto. More times than not you are stuck at a stand still in traffic in Toronto. Using this route along the lake, you are always moving and have sights to see. It actually takes about the same amount of time too. Stop into these little lake harbour towns. See little McMansions here that are door to door and well over $1Million each.
This route keeps you off the high QEW bridge at Hamilton. You end up on the lower bridge. Don't bother going into the city of Hamilton either.
So first put Adventure Village and then Dieppe Veterans Memorial Park into your GPS. This will give you the route without my writing it all here.
580 Van Wagners Beach Rd, Hamilton, ON L83 3L8
6Z9 1033 Beach Blvd, Hamilton, ON
If you miss Exit 88, Look for the exit Eastport Dr just before that bridge; then stay to the right for Eastport W; then right onto Lakeshore Road.
You can take Lakeshore Rd right up into downtown Toronto or get onto the Garden Expressway at Cirque du Soleil, 2150 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8V 1A3, Canada.
*Or how about a double decker train ride from Niagara Falls to downtown Toronto? and return trip.
Three trains a day back and forth.
*One more thing if you are going to Toronto. Please visit 'Little Canada'. It's not cheap but a cool experience of a minature city. Checkout their Niagara Falls section. Plus they can create a minature you to take home or have you put onto their layout.
Queenston Bridge - This is the northern bridge of the three. I prefer this bridge going into Canada especially for Toronto. But not coming back into the USA. Coming back it's a five mile stretch that on busy holidays you are stuck here for hours with no relief.
Bridge looking at Canadian Customs.
Bridge looking at USA Customs
Rainbow Bridge - This middle bridge is right at Niagara Falls. Can get very busy. Expect over 1 1/2 hour delays during peak holiday times.
Rainbow Bridge looking at Canadian Customs. If you are in a RV, keep LEFT on the bridge. There is a very small sign for Buses and Campers. Look for the break in the center divider and pull up to the building on your right. You will see parking spots. The agents come out to you for inspection.
This camera looking at USA Customs. If you are in an RV, keep to the FARTHEST RIGHT car lane. It is marked as the RV Lane. I have used the bus lane when available. Just tell them you felt uncomfortable in the small car lane. They were fine with it.
Coming out of the inspection booth, Rt 104 is an immediate left. If you are going to Buffalo, go straight up to the casino and turn right after you pass by the gas station there.
Peace Bridge - The lower bridge of the three. Closest to Buffalo NY. The QEW highway to Niagara Falls Canada is a very easy ride. Much better than the American side.
This camera looking at the Canadian Customs at the Peace Bridge. If you are in a RV, keep to the LEFT. See the building in the center ahead. You will have that building on your RIGHT. Take the booth closest to that.
This camera looking at the USA Customs at the Peace Bridge. In an RV, stay to the farthest RIGHT car inspection lane. It is marked for campers. It is a little wider but not much. I have used the tractor trailer lane next to that when open and available. They didn't care and sometimes use it for cars when really busy.
Coming out of the custom booth go to the RIGHT. It will get you off the property. Going left gets you lost into the local neighborhood.
Some RV services that campers have been looking for...
RV Portable Water -
We don't offer water here at Tomtuga because we have none. I am working on expanding the electric grid and then comes the water and sewer.
But there are a couple of options...
Free water taps are at the boater services in Middleport. It is very tight to get into the parking lot from Main St but go the back route and it's a bit easier. GPS this 87 S Hartland St, Middleport. 5.4 miles from camp. Go to the very end and to the right is the parking lot entrance. The water taps are up along the canal as are power outlets. Plus the free showers are in this lot.
Clean Water 25 cents per 50 gallons -
The water plant for the city of Batavia has a kiosk out front of the building. 480 Lehigh Ave, Batavia NY. 29 miles from camp. It is open 24/7. Has a garden hose and a 4 inch option. It takes quaters and yes it's $0.25 for 50 gallons of water. Easy to get up to and out.
Sewer Black Water -
Again we don't offer disposal services. I don't want people dumping their gray water on the ground either. If you use the free showers option in Middleport, That will help with your full tank issue. I shower there every night myself.
There is a free dumpstation at the city of Batavia Sewer Plant at the end of Industrial Blvd. 29 miles from our camp. Batavia is exit 48 on the NYS Thruway.
Actual address is Batavia Wastewater Plant 5 Treadeasy Ave, Batavia NY 14020.
They are open 7am - 3pm. Go around to the left side of building for the office door entrance. Then the dumpstation in back around the other side of the building.
No Blue Water! Must be regular human disposal.
The Flying J Truckstop -
8484 Alleghany Rd, Pembroke NY 14036. 21 miles from camp.
They are at exit 48A of the NYS Thruway.
Has water and sewer and the RV gas / diesel pumps.
There's a keypad for the dumpstation, where you need to go inside and get a code. The fee is $10 to dump.
They also have awesome showers that I recommend.
So if you are on your way here using the Thruway, you might want to dump first. Then we are basically 20 minutes up the street.
Camping World Hamburg NY - has a free dumpstation in their lot.
Colton RV - has a free one too. Not sure at which Buffalo location. 800-628-4889
Sorry, but I guess this is why I'm half or a third of the price of some County / State / Company campgrounds.
I'm $35 a night with 50amp and WiFi. You are pretty much alone on 2 acres. I also allow multiple dogs, as long as you clean up after them.
The closest County campground is five miles away and $48 for a tent site and $68 for a RV weekend night.
NYS campsite is $22 a night if you can get in.
The local KOA is $70 - $125 a night.
Private campground minutes from the Falls is $57 for a tent site and $76 / $133 a night for RV.
Drum Oil and Propane -
8776 Rochester Rd, Gasport 1.5 miles from camp.
The little shed out in front of the huge propane tanks, that are to the left of the main building. Get as close as you can to the door.
They have no problem filling RV's tanks.
One more item.
These are additional places for those that have camped here and headed up to the state of Maine area. I actually get more campers that stop off here to see the Falls and then are going that way north. Most to the national park Acadia. So here are a few stops that I have been too and recommend.
Instead of using Route 90 the NYS Highway, I suggest The Seaway Trail. This consist mostly of Route 5 that runs along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Just be aware of low bridges west of Rochester along the parkway.
*Also check out my 'Train' page for even more awesome stops up north here.
On the eastern shore of lake Oneida sits this beach with an old time amusement park. It also is not far from the Erie Canal.
This gentleman put a lot of love into a building for the woman of his life. Come see this gem that sits in lake Ontario.
Here is the highest point on the east coast of USA. You can drive up it on approved vehicles or take the best route on the Cog railway.
Ben and Jerry's
Yes the fames ice cream factory is up here in northern Vermont. Take the tour of this awesome place.
This pretty little lighthouse is the eastern point of the USA. Cool place to get a pic.
USA Route 1
You need to be up here at the top of Maine and then at the bottom of Key West to get your pics at both starting and ending of USA 1.
USA Route 20
This roadway goes from Boston Maine to Newport Oregon. Forget Route 66, take on this challenge of crossing the country.
The highlights of this route are places like ...
Atlantic City / Liberty Bell / Lancaster / Gettysburg / Shanksville / Pittsburgh / Canton / Fort Wayne / Chicago.
Canada Provincial Park Sandbanks
The BEST beach that you will ever be at in the USA. I have been to Daytona and Key West and Tampa. This beach in Canada on Lake Ontario beats them all. 60ft high sand dunes, that you swear you were in a dessert. I can't recommend this place enough.
The Home Christmas Store
57 Williams St Lyons NY
Hotdogs Wellsville NY
Ice cream Penn Yan NY Keuka Lake.
Thought about the definition of camping....
The dictionary version
The activity of spending a vacation living in a camp, tent, or camper.
"visitors can go camping in the vast wilderness surrounding the mountains"
My way of thinking...
Camping is attempting to survive a period of time, at a location and in a different environment. In a level of comfort away from ones "stuff". Using a smaller version of ones stuff.
With the added mix of mother nature and her whims of weather.
Plus add in local creatures in their home enviroment.
Camping also determined by ones choice of level of comfort in their container or module.
Some of the camping extremes go from...
Rubbing sticks for fire to interior gas / electric fireplaces.
Invasion of mosquitoes to bears.
Snow pack to summer A/C.
Grape leaf ...to outhouse ...to bidet.
Our location and how to contact us...
Mile 313.60'ish on the Erie Canal
Call or text: email for phone number
*best way to catch me...
*worst way to find me. Still don't know how to tweet...
and less in some places.
The western Erie Canal does have speed limits.
The Canal Corp staff at the locks and the lift bridges, actually keep track of your times passing thru. They contact the staff at your next stop, to let them know traffic is coming and to expect your arrival time. Some staff even operate two separate lift bridges.
Also bank erosion.
Even though the banks of the canal is covered in large rocks, your wake is undermining it.
This is why we have these ''Guard Gates'' that you pass under every few miles. If the canals embankment has a blowout, these drop to prevent mass water exiting. It has happened.
Watch your wake.
*Please put contact info on your outdoor gear like kayaks; canoe; dingy; life jackets / preservers; throw rings; bumpers / fenders. Anything that can come off your boat.
The reason is, say if your kayak slipped off without you knowing and is found out by itself. Now local fire depts and the Coast Guard will be out looking for a potential water rescue victim(s).
These rescue teams can contact you without doing a massive search for a non-existing emergency.
We all want to find those in need of help, but wayward items just puts undue stress on resources.
If you are out on the Great Lakes or other waterways around them and looking to eat.
'Dock and Dine' lists eateries that you can easily access by boat. In most cases you can dock right there or it is a very short walk.
Check them out or send them a link to your favorite place for them to list.
Hey, do you live on the Erie Canal or close by and want to be a local host?
Hosts help people on the canal like the walkers; cyclists; kayakers; boaters and others. All these groups are so different, yet use the same space here on the canal. Local people that live on the canal, see all the people and some want to help.
Mixed in the listing on the webpages here will be a few Erie Canal Hosts. They might have a private dock; a place to pitch a tent or RV spot; a parking spot for your car or trailer for an extended stay; a local onsite person to help with issues or as a guide.
Does that sound like something you want to assist with? Send me a message and I will try to explain the details better.
Do you need your boats AC unit serviced?
Located in Tonawanda NY, western end of the Erie Canal. Call Tim (716) 831-0333
Fellow big boat owner and good guy.
Need a Ford Bronco rental in Buffalo NY?
Here is an Airbnb for your stay..
How about do you need a campsite on the western Erie Canal?
You are in luck...