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Paddling on the Canal

Sunday, September 21

10 a.m. to noon OR 1 to 3 p.m.

The location has been changed to Washington Crossing Historic Park north, 2 miles south of the town of New Hope. Use the park road across from Aquetong Road to get to the ring road and parking by the Canal.

FULL, Sorry!

Meet at the Black Rock Road Picnic Area at the Intersection of the Canal and Black Rock Road in Yardley.

The Canal south of Black Rock Road is always scenic and surprising. Trees tower over the widest of the Canal's wide waters, and there is wildlife to spot. The Friends have had many walks along the towpath here, but now it's time to explore the area from a different vantage point - from the water.

State Park Educator Sarah Berg will be leading two sessions of paddling in

the Canal - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each will venture south through the widewaters area. The paddling will be leisurely, all the better to see the turtles, herons, geese, and ducks.

You may bring your own canoe or kayak and personal floatation device or you may borrow one of the equipped kayaks that the Park will have on hand. There will be 15 seats available in nine single kayaks and three tandems.

Registration is required for this activity. You may register by calling 215-862-2021 or e-mailing friends@fodc.org. Please let us know by Monday, September 15. If you are planning to use the Park equipment, a $10 donation per person is requested. Family and young child discounts are available. Join us in the water!


Take an old-fashioned River Cruise!

Sunday, September 28

3 to 5 p.m.


Join the Friends and the D&R Canal Watch for a Delaware River cruise aboard SPLASH, an authentic replica of an 1890's steam-driven sternwheeler.


Enjoy all the sights along the Delaware River in New Hope and Lambertville during this later afternoon journey. You can visit the engine room and see the steam in action, too. Snacks and soft beverages will be provided. If you would like, please BYOB.

Your $30 contribution will benefit both Canal organizations as well as SPLASH, a non-profit educational venture. Space is very limited, so reserve soon.

To make your reservations, click here or call 215-862-2021. When you make your reservations, you will receive instructions about how to find and park near SPLASH's landing in Lambertville.

Let's have a good time on the River on a very special boat with very special canal friends from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.




Sunday October 5

FP Trolley

Join the Friends for a lively and informative trolley followed by food, drinks, and fun at the Black Bass Hotel.

  • Visit the studio and pastoral property of Pennsylvania Impressionist Daniel Garber, and chat with his granddaughter Dana Applestein.
  • Find out how Lumberville got its name from Bill Tinsman, owner of the oldest continuously operating lumberyard in America.
  • Meet Linda Kenyon, portraying Julia Child, in the kitchen that Julia used when visiting her brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Fredericka Child in Bucks County. - Bon Appetit!
  • Encounter the unexpected along the lovely Cuttalossa Creek.
  • Join with friends, old and new, at the historic Black Bass Hotel for libations and choice selections of savories and sweets.

For more information or to make reservations on-line, visit www.fodc.org and click on the link on the homepage, or call 215-862-2021, or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

Individual tickets are $150 each; patron tickets are $250 each.



Join Canal Walk 2014


After years of disruption because of flooding and reconstruction, the Friends’ traditional 58.9-mile Canal Walk is close to returning.  We will be walking from Easton to Bristol over five successive Saturdays, but will be making a short detour over to the D&R Canal towpath in New Jersey to safely make our way around the Cuttalossa culvert collapse south of Lumberville.  We’ll actually be walking 60 miles.   

A journey on the Delaware Canal is always an adventure.  This year we’ll be paying particular attention to the means and methods that ensure that the water from the Lehigh River in Easton makes its way south to New Hope and beyond.   Join us and learn about the Canal’s past, present, and future and enjoy the company of good friends, new and old.     


October 4

The Forks of the Delaware Recreation Area, 210 South Delaware Avenue (Route 611), Easton, PA  18042  to the Indian Rock Inn, 2206 River Road (Route 32), Upper Black Eddy, PA  18972.  

13 miles

Our journey will start where Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company boats entered the Delaware Canal. Imagine the endurance of the shad that make their way through the man- chambered fish ladder.  Tour Groundhog Lock with its unique power house.  Spy the Roebling Bridge in Riegelsville.  Pass Durham – home to the famous furnace, limestone cave, and history-making boats. 

Lunch Stop:  Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area in Raubsville


October  11

Indian Rock Inn to the Kinsman Company, 4961 River Road (Route 32), Point Pleasant, PA  18950.

13.2 miles

Be awed by the 300-foot-high Nockamixon Cliffs.  Indulge in a treat at Homestead Store.   Step back in time in Uhlerstown, the “best preserved canal hamlet in America.”  Learn how Smithtown, plows, and the famous Walking Purchase are connected.  Cross the handsome timber Tohickon Aqueduct.

Lunch Stop:  Tinicum Park, Erwinna


October 18

Point Pleasant to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope, PA  18938

 10.5 miles

Find out whether Devil’s Half Acre deserves its name.  Be charmed by Lumberville.

Admire the River vistas and homes in Centre Bridge.  Hear the stories of the artists at Phillips Mill.  Delight in the quirky tapestry that is New Hope. Discover the secrets of Lock 11 and its Locktender’s House. Find out how canal boats crossed the river to get to New York. 

Lunch Stop: Dilly’s at Centre Bridge. 


October 25

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve to the Black Rock Road Picnic Area in Yardley.

9.9 miles

Take in our country’s colonial history at the Thompson-Neely House, Grist Mill, and Soldiers’ Graves. Learn about the unique David Library of the American Revolution. Spy the pole that was used to unload coal boats in Yardley.  Tickle your tastebuds with a sweet from Cramer’s Bakery. 

Lunch Stop: Washington Crossing Historic Park at Route 532.   


November 1

Black Rock Road Picnic Area to Riverfront Park in Bristol Borough. 

12.3 miles

Follow a great blue heron southward. View Trenton’s eclectic skyline and hear about Morrisville’s founder. Trek through industrialized Bucks County and find out how the coming of U.S. Steel changed the landscape.   Be welcomed by the sight of the Grundy Clock Tower in Bristol. Celebrate the completion of Canal Walk 2014 at the “ring” by the River.  

Lunch Stop:  Falls Township Community Park off of  Mill Creek Road.


All walks start at 9 a.m. sharp.  

Return to the starting point is accomplished by carpooling.

Walk any or all of the segments.  Special rewards for those who complete all 60 miles.

Please bring a light lunch.  

The Walks are free, but donations to the Friends will be gratefully accepted; becoming a member is even better.

For more information – call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org


A Haunting Evening in Yardley

Wednesday, October 29

6 p.m.

Join Us for Dinner at the Continental Tavern and a

Canal-O-Ween Stroll.

Meet at the Continental Tavern, 2 North Main Street, Yardley, PA 19067.

October 29 is our night to hang out at two of the spookiest spots in Yardley. The evening will begin with a delicious meal at the historic Continental Tavern. The owner Frank Lyons has promised to tell us all about the establishment's ghostly sightings and there have been quite a few, especially during the building's renovation.)

Our Continental Tavern Menu

Choice of Entree

Crooks Pasta

Fish and Chips

Classic Burger (beef, turkey, grilled chicken, or veggie)

Continental Spicy Rueben

Apple Walnut Salad with/without Grilled Chicken

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Coffee or Tea


Save the Date

Eat, drink and be merry!

The Friends' Holiday Party

Thursday, December 4

6 to 9 p.m.

The Yardley Inn

82 East Afton Avenue, Yardley

Join us for

Scrumptious, Hearty Hors d'oeuvres

Spirited and Soft Beverages

Holiday Cheer

Donation - $60 per person

Please make your reservations early for this popular party. For more information and to make reservations, call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org.



2014 Calendar At A Glance


Sunday, September 21 - Paddling in the Canal

October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 - Canal Walks

Sunday, October 5 - Faces and Places

Tuesday, October 28 - A Haunting Evening in Yardley

Tuesday, November 11 - Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 4 - Holiday Party











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