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2021 World Canal Conference
August 30, 2021 @ 7:30 am – September 2, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Join canal enthusiasts in Hagerstown, Maryland to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park! Every year, the World Canals Conference brings together hundreds of canal and waterway enthusiasts, professionals and academics from around the world. During the conference delegates exchange ideas about canal management and development including: the protection of historic features; technical developments; revitalization of canal systems and harbors; recreational opportunities; and the promotion and presentation of canal history. Ways of promoting tourism and invigorating rural economic development and urban renewal are explored. Since its inception in 1988 the World Canals Conference has grown significantly and now welcomes waterway management agencies and professionals, users and enthusiasts from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Conference delegates, official partners and sponsors will have a range of both formal and informal opportunities involving presentations, networking, exhibitions, educational tours and social programmes to share and exchange experiences, technical solutions and lessons learned.