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, is Saturday, Sept. 29. 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, N.Y., and Erie, Pa., are sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association.
There is no charge to complete the walks. Walkers must register in the Walkbox at each starting point business. Anyone carrying a Volkssport logbook can purchase the official credit for $3. Those completing the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Walks in any of the nine communities can purchase commemorative pins for $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.