Canalside selected for unique mini sailboats

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — “Sail the Canal” is one of the new features at Canalside this summer, where you can operate a fully functioning miniature sailboat. All you have to do is control the rudder and the sail itself, and let the wind do the rest.

Central Park in New York City and Buffalo’s Canalside are the only places you’ll find these boats in the country. The project development director John Barbieri explained that this is because of specific criteria that needed to be met.

“Here in this area, everything was perfect.” Barbieri said. “From talking to locals, everybody loved the idea of this operation. The waterway was perfect, the wind has been amazing for sailing, so really everything just lined up for us to be able to open this operation here.”

One of the reasons Canalside is perfect is being right next to the water, bringing an almost constant breeze even on a calm day. And with plenty of visitors throughout the summer months, it is sure to turn a profit.

There are 15 boats available to rent, it only costs $11 for half an hour of sailing, and they also have package deals including shirts and captain’s hats if you want to look the part. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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