Canalway Partners is a non-profit cultural heritage organization that serves as a catalyst for projects and programs within the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in Cuyahoga County.
We preserve the natural and cultural experiences of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area for the future and connect people to place.
We do this by collaborating with community partners, advocating for the National Heritage Area, and hosting programs and events that increase public education and experiences around the history, heritage and environment.
Throughout our 35 year history, Canalway led the development of the Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga County, initiated the development of Canal Basin Park and programmed acclaimed Cleveland events including The Towpath Marathon, Cycle Canalway and RiverSweep.
To preserve the natural and cultural experiences of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area for the future by serving as a catalyst for projects and programs that connect people to place for the prosperity of all.
To enrich humanity with access to premier natural and cultural experiences in order to discover an authentic sense of self, community, and place.
We are committed to this vision through these actions:
Learn how Canalway connects people to place through events along the Towpath Trail, advocacy for historic preservation in Cleveland and other programs that promote the National Heritage Area.
Canalway is one of two founding organizations of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. Learn more about where we focus our work.
Canalway Partners was the catalyst created in 1985 that led to the creation of the Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. Learn more about the organization's history and our area's heritage.
Canalway is a small but mighty organization made up of a three-person staff and a dedicated board of directors.
Canalway works with many partners in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. As a non-profit focused on connecting people to place, we work with community, government and business leaders on projects and programs throughout the National Heritage Area.
View photos of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, the Towpath Trail and the events hosted by Canalway.
Interested in learning more about Canalway or getting involved? Reach out to us to find out about all ways you can get engaged.
Heritage & History
After escaping slavery in 1827, John Malvin came to Ohio. He became a canal boat captain, and an operative on the Underground Railroad.