The Commercial Slip at Canalside

44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202


Visit the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief completed Spring 2024. The Commercial Slip is the historic western terminus of the Erie Canal. Once buried, it has been reconstructed at the same location. Explore exhibits dedicated to the history of the canal boat and the Erie Canal. Be sure to stop by the BMC’s Kiosk gift shop to get your Erie Canal Boat Project souvenirs!

The new home of the Erie Canal Boat, Seneca Chief, is steps from the Longshed where it was built. At the corner of Prime and Lloyd Streets - is the former site of the Thaddeus Joy-George Webster warehouse. Erected in 1825, the Joy-Webster warehouse was the first building in the area we now call Canalside.

90 Arthur Street

90 Arthur Street, Buffalo, NY 14207


The Buffalo Maritime Center at 90 Arthur Street in the Riverside/Black Rock section of Buffalo is a 28,000 square foot educational facility. When you walk in the main door, you will see a full variety of boat types from a kayak through to a 38’ replica of the sloop of war, USS Trippe, the smallest ship to fight in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. There are three elegant classic wooden sailboats, a classic Lyman runabout, and BMC’s own replica of an 1880s Lake Erie Shallop, Scajaquada, of the sort that would have been used in the commercial fishery of Lake Erie. All of these boats are undergoing major restorations. New boats being built include a smaller shallop that is to be used as an educational platform for BMC’s on-the-water programs. In other corners of the shop a lovely double ended lapstrake St. Ayles Skiff is being built as part of our hands-on educational program with Riverside Academy.

Though our boat projects in the main shop do turnover as boats are finished and launched, you’ll be sure to always see student projects led by BMC mentors as well as BMC volunteer boatbuilding projects of boats that are to support on-the-water programming or that are of historic interest. The BMC is also home to our partner organization, the Niagara Frontier Antique and Classic Boat Society, which is filled with classic wooden runabouts being restored by talented boatbuilders.

In addition to all of these projects, you’ll see our Hand-to-Hand Student Boatbuilding Classroom, an exhibition space, a metal shop, a model shop, a bronze foundry, and our gift shop. And that’s just on the first floor! Upstairs, we have our archives and our library and, currently, a 68’ table we affectionately call the longest table in Western New York. This table is located in the Lofting Room and was used to loft the lines used to make patterns for the Erie Canal Boat.

Be sure to stop in and take a look around!

Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park

199 Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14222


Flamingo Paddle Boats

We will open the 2024 season Memorial Day Weekend with 10 Flamingos. Flamingos rent for $15 per 30 minutes. They can accommodate 2 or 4 adults (depending on model).


Rowboat rentals begin Memorial Day Weekend. Rowboats are $10 per 30 minutes or $15 per hour. Each boat can hold 4 to 5 adults.

Where to Find Us

Our Rental Shed operates from the southwest corner of Delaware Park’s Hoyt Lake. There is plenty of parking along Lincoln Parkway or Rumsey Rd.

Pro Tips

  • Life jackets are provided and must be worn while on the water.
  • Sunscreen and bottled water are available for purchase at the shed.
  • We encourage online reservations.