Historic Canal Experience

Open MayOctober

Step back in time at the Canal Experience and get a taste of life on the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876. Providence Metropark is located in what was once the canal town of Providence, Ohio. Today, the Metropark has one of the greatest concentrations of canal era features in the country, including:

  • The Volunteer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn canal boat
  • The Isaac Ludwig Mill, a working water-powered saw and gristmill
  • More than a mile of the original Miami and Erie Canal and towpath
  • Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks
  • Scenic Providence Dam, constructed across the Maumee River to maintain water levels in the canal
  • Characters in period attire welcoming visitors to a time gone by.

Tour buses and group of 10 or more, please call for reservations:

Call 419-407-9701

Canal Boat Tickets:

One-hour boat rides narrated by living history interpreters. The boat seats 65 and is wheelchair accessible.

$7 adults, $6 seniors (60 and over) and Metroparks members, $4 children (3 to 12); ages two and under free.

Address:

13200 S. River Road, Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522 [Map]


2019 Schedule

May

Boat
Tuesday–Friday: 10 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m., 1 to 2 p.m.
Saturday 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mothers Day, May 12: Boat runs 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Mill
Tuesday–Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: noon to 5 p.m.

June

Boat
Wednesday–Sunday 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Fathers Day, Father's Ride for Free (June 16)

Mill
Wednesday–Sunday: noon to 5 p.m. 

July

Boat
Wednesday–Sunday: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mill
Wednesday–Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

August

Boat
Wednesday–Sunday: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mill
Wednesday–Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

Join us on Sunday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Canal Boat Birthday Bash: Celebrating 25 Year! Free food, family-friendly activities and entertainment throughout the day.

September

Boat
Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to noon, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mill
Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

October

Boat
Wednesday–Friday: 10 to 11 a.m., 11 to noon, Noon to 1, 1 to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 to 1:30, 2 to 3, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mill
Wednesday–Friday: 10 to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.