Tuesday, April 30, 2024 | 2:00PM

BMC Member Tour of the Maid of the Mist

Schoellkopf Power Station | Discovery Way Niagara Falls, NY 14303


Join us for this member exclusive Maid of the Mist Tour! Our partner, Maid of the Mist, has generously offered a free behind the scenes tech tour for our members plus one guest. This will include not only a regular boat tour but also a chance to see the mechanics of the boats as well.

For more information and to RSVP to ensure your spot, please click here. We hope you will take advantage of your BMC membership and be a part of this unique event.


Tuesday, May 7, 2024 | 11:00AM

The Launch of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief

Longshed at Canalside | 44 Prime Street, Buffalo, NY 14202


Join us on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 11AM as the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief makes its momentous move out of the Longshed at Canalside! 

After four years of construction, come see this 73’ long 44 ton vessel leave its home on a flatbed trailer. It’ll be a sight that you’re not going to want to miss!

*Date and time subject to change without notice. Follow BMC on Facebook or Instagram for live updates!


Saturday, May 25, 2024 | 11:00AM

The Inauguration of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief

Commercial Slip at Canalside | 44 Prime Street, Buffalo, NY 14202


Join us on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 11:00AM, as we celebrate the arrival of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief into the Commercial Slip—the terminus of the Erie Canal! Accompanied by a pipes and drums band, the greater Buffalo community is invited to gather on the waterfront to inaugurate this boat, marking the beginning of a new era and signaling the commencement of the Canalside summer season! 

This remarkable boatbuilding endeavor, which took place inside the Longshed from 2019 to 2024, involved hundreds of dedicated volunteers. From crafting the vessel with their own hands to delving into its rich history, each participant played a vital role in bringing the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief to life. This project marks just the beginning of our efforts to expand the Erie Canal narrative and foster connections across our New York State community as we approach the Bicentennial in 2025.

This is a FREE, family-friendly public event. Join us as we embark on this historic voyage together!

This project was made possible by the generous support of the NYS Canal Corp., Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and the Dave & Joan Rogers Family Foundation.


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