While many people think of the Erie Canal as a summertime attraction, it offers great outdoor recreation in Winter as well.

Enjoy outdoor recreation on the Erie Canal in Winter

Enjoy outdoor recreation on the Erie Canal in Winter

For the holidays, we had family in from Long Island and took a walk along the Canal on New Year’s Day.  Although it was unseasonably cold – the actual temperature was 17 degrees, but it felt like 9 degrees with the windchill – we had a ball and ran into lots of folks snow shoeing, walking their dogs and cross-country skiing.

There are lots of easy access points and parking along the canal to enjoy the trail, and any of the outdoor activities will give you a good workout.   For example, did you know that if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll burn more calories snow shoeing for 30 minutes than you will doing low impact Step Aerobics for the same amount of time, according to the Online Calorie Calculator.

My daughters, Danielle and Nicole, with Cousins Olivia and Conor

My daughters, Danielle and Nicole in pink and purple, with cousins Olivia and Conor enjoyed walking the dog, who had a great time bounding through the snow!

I wonder how many hundreds of miles I’d need to cross-country ski in order to burn off holiday indulgences?

P.S.  As a reminder, most restrooms along the Canal are closed during the Winter and in general, the Parks close at dusk.