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Canalside, Buffalo

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Canalside, formerly known as Canal Side and Erie Canal Harbor, is a master-planned neighborhood and festival marketplace within the inner harbor of Buffalo, New York. Envisioned as a recreation of the western terminus of the Erie Canal, Canalside is situated on the Buffalo River, where the area was historically home to the Seneca people.


In the early 20th century, the predominantly Italian area known as Dante Place and Canal Street was subjected to the forces of urban renewal, and the canals were filled in and dense neighborhoods were razed. The Buffalo Skyway, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium and Niagara Thruway took its place, with parking lots interspersed.


With the completion of Marine Midland Arena (now KeyBank Center) in 1996, the Memorial Auditorium stood vacant. Empire State Development Corporation created a master plan for an Erie Canal Harbor redevelopment project in 1999, which addressed developing parcels of land underneath the Buffalo Skyway. In 2004, a new plan was created, centered around the creation of historically-aligned canals and mixed-use development.


Several delays and controversies surrounding the planning, redevelopment and construction of the district drew reaction from the public, notably the inclusion of a flagship Bass Pro Shops store in 2007 that was later scrapped. The Memorial Auditorium was demolished by July 2009, and the land it occupied was subdivided into the historically aligned parcels from the 19th century, now known as the North and South Aud Block. Since 2010, the district has seen an uptick in construction projects and touring concerts and events. Projects completed or underway in the vicinity include LECOM Harborcenter adjacent to Main Street and Explore & More Children's Museum on the South Aud Block.
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  • It’s 2:47 pm on a clear and cold March afternoon. Skating closed and area deserted. What??? Does the rink website have open closed info? No. The Commercial Slip is filled with debris and the...  more »
  • Thrilled to see such a rebirth of Buffalo. Along with some of the best architecture in the country,wonderful to promote such a special place as Canalside.  more »
  • What a Great time AND great atmosphere, so much to do! It is an absolute must when visiting Buffalo, NY!  more »
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  • Lots of cool events down here all the time including concerts, boat tours, and movie nights. Kid friendly, and it has a couple food stands. It's right next to the naval park as well if you like old ships. Pretty cool! Views aren't bad either
  • Beautiful venue with a great harbor view. We were able to enjoy the area with excellent views of the different aspects of bicycle rentals, ice cream shop and boat ride opportunities. If you visit Buffalo, take advantage of the chance to see the river and Lake Erie.
  • 2 great concerts in 2 weeks. The most amazing thing is that they offer great shows at an accessible cost. I was even able to bring my 7 year old to her first rock concert in a safe and friendly environment!
  • This was a very Interesting tour. The staff was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend seeing this. One thing to keep in mind us that you must walk and climb ladders (stairs) both directions up and down.
  • A great place for family activities, local happenings or just hanging out. Don't let the change in seasons stop you from going here. Winter activities are as varied as the warmer months, with centre stage being held by The Ice at Canalside. Don't miss the new Explore & More museum for the younger members of your party!
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