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The Colonial Belle has been providing Erie Canal tour boat cruises from mid-May through October since 1989. Come aboard in Fairport, NY, just 20 minutes from Rochester, NY.
Our 2022 season is scheduled to begin on May 17, 2022. Cruising will continue until the end of October. Special thanks to the NY State Canal Corporation for special permits allowing us to operate slightly before and after the public opening and closing dates for the NYS Canal System.
2022 is the 200th Anniversary of the section of the canal where we operate. Join us as we celebrate the rich history of our tour route during this Bicentennial.
To purchase a Gift Certificate:
please call us at (585) 223-9470 or buy online with paypal here.
NOTE: Purchasing a Gift Certificate IS NOT a reservation...
Your gift certificate will be mailed via US mail. Please have the recipient of the Gift Certificate contact us at (585) 223-9470 to make a reservation for one of our cruises. We look forward to serving you!
Great cruise! We did the 3-hour lock tour starting at 2:30 and ending punctually at 5:30pm. We sat on the upper deck near the front of the boat. The captain was a young woman who was informative on the history of the Erie Canal, the towns that we passed through and the fascinating history of the Colonial Belle herself! She was also quite entertaining and funny!
The bathroom facilities were clean and accessible. The lower deck had a full bar and the staff was very accommodating with a frozen Pina Colada for me and an Oreo ice cream shake for my son. Snacks there too.
Overall, it was a very comfortable, pleasant and informative cruise. We had a gorgeous day of it. I would definitely do again and I highly recommend! I'm thinking of trying the murder/mystery or dinner cruise next time :)
5-star Yelp review by Ginny M.
Gift shop & ticket office open:
Monday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Tues–Sat: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Why choose the Colonial Belle?
• 2 to 3 hour Erie Canal cruises (14–16 mile tour)
• Historic Narration by our Captain
• Great food & fun entertainment
• Many Themed Cruises
• Coast Guard certified Captain and Crew
Please note: Day to day cruises CANNOT be booked online. Please call our office at (585) 223-9470 for reservations & the best up to date information.