Upcoming conference

Logo WCC 2021The World Canals Conference will be held in the United States, hosted by the city of Hagerstown, Maryland,
30 August to 2 September
 2021!

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Association is proud to be hosting the 2021 World Canals Conference in Hagerstown, Maryland, USA, in collaboration with Visit Hagerstown and the US National Park Service. The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of creation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Substantial restoration works have been completed on significant sections of the canal, particularly in Georgetown, Washington, and in Williamsport, MD, close to Hagerstown.

Maryland Theater

The historic Maryland Theatre has been booked as the conference venue and the study tour destinations have been mapped out. The pre-conference tour will take delegates to key locations on the lower sections of the canal close to Washington DC, while the post-conference tour will cover the upper sections of the canal finishing in Cumberland, the terminus.

The regional tourism authorities and an experienced conference planner are accompanying the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Association in preparations for the event.

For more information and to sign up to receive email updates, visit the conference website.  To see a detailed map of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and all its locks and aqueducts, also distinguishing the sections that are in water and navigable or at least canoeable, click here.

The C&O and its project partners all look forward to seeing delegates from waterways throughout the world to visit and learn about one of America’s most emblematic canals, on August 30-September 2.

N.B. This page previously featured the WCC 2020 that was to be held in Leipzig on September 20-24, 2020, but the coronovirus pandemic forced Leipzig to postpone its event. See future conferences

Cushwa’s Basin at Williamsport on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. This key site on the canal is close to the conference venue at Hagerstown.