Great Lakes Seaway Trail, NY and PA – Saturday, September 29 is New York State’s day to commemorate the War of 1812, much of which took place along the waters of St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River, and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania. Nine communities along those waters and on the 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway offer 1812-theme self-guided walking tours daily dawn-to-dusk.

The 3.1 and 6.2-mile walks in Ogdensburg, Sackets Harbor, Oswego, Pultneyville, Youngstown, Lewiston, Williamsville, and Buffalo, NY; and Erie, PA, are sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association (AVA).

There is no charge to complete the walks for fun. Walkers must register in the Walkbox at each starting point business. Anyone carrying a Volkssport logbook can purchase the official AVA credit for $3.00. Those completing the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Walks in any of the nine communities can purchase commemorative pins ($5 each) featuring different symbols of the war, including a sailing ship, cannon, soldier, Fort Ontario and Fort La Presentation, crossed rifles, the burning of Buffalo, a young America’s flag and the battle flag of the USS Brig Niagara.

The 2nd annual War of 1812 Walk in Sackets Harbor, NY, takes place Saturday, September 29, starting with registration at 8:30am at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center, 401 Main Street, with $3.00 to earn AVA/IVV (American Volkssport Association/International Volkssport Federation) credit. The Sackets Harbor 1812 pin award is $4.00 for those earning credit; $5.00 for non-credit walkers. Walker packets will be available for $5 ($19 value, includes logbooks for earning credits walking all around the world). Walkers completing the Sackets Harbor 1812 Walk for the $3 AVA credit will also receive free admission to the Discovery Center and the weekend Great Lakes Seaway Trail 1812 1/2 Quilt Show.

Members of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association will be available 10am-5pm during the September 29-30 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show at the Discovery Center to answer questions about the sport of Volkswalking.

For more information on the 1812 Walks, contact Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association President Daryl Giles at 315-646-1000 x200, [email protected],