Canal Boat Operations

Canal Boat
Upcoming Events

Hey Mavis Canal Stories and Songs

Date: 06/02/2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Hey Mavis returns for another special performance aboard the St. Helena III!  Both performances sold out in 2017!

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Two performances; 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

$18 per show

Join Laurie and Eddie as they perform a one hour set on the St. Helena III canal boat.   They will perform songs from their book/CD of original illustrations and songs based on stories about the Ohio and Erie Canal. The project is funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L.Knight Foundation.

Andy Griffith Dinner Cruise

Date: 06/23/2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Stardust Theater performs an original from The Andy Griffith Show.  Enjoy dinner on the banks of the canal before joining Stardust on board the St. Helena III canal boat for a ride down to lock 4 and back.  Dinner will be catered from one of Canal Fulton’s favorite restaurants.   Ticket price is $37 and includes dinner, performance and canal boat ride.

Cannoli Caper Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

Date: 07/21/2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Enjoy dinner on the banks of the canal before taking part in this hilarious murder mystery. The cast of Stardust dinner theater will take you on board the St. Helena III canal boat for an entertaining ride down the canal. Dinner will be catered from one of Canal Fulton’s favorite restaurants. Ticket price is $37 including dinner, performance and ride.

Spirits and Spirits Cruise

Date: 07/28/2018
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Must be 21 or older

$45 per soul/Limited spots/reservations required

Arrival time- 7:30 p.m

Depart: 8:00 p.m

Join “Haunted Stark” author and paranormal researcher Sherri Brake, for an evening canal boat cruise blending Spirits & Spirits. Hear of the dark history in Stark County as you venture to Lock 4 on this one hour evening cruise. Hear of bootleggers, moonshiners and speak easy’s along with frontier ghosts, canal history and the superstitions among the canal workers. After returning to our point of departure, walk with Sherri and step into Canal Spirits, Canal Fulton’s only distillery and sample spirits made locally. (2 free samples per guest) Guests will learn of the distilling process and hear of the building’s history as we are gathered inside the old historic basement.  Free appetizers  will also be available.

The Contraltos Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

Date: 08/12/2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Canal Boat Operations

St. Helena III Canal Boat Operations

Operating out of the Canal Fulton Canalway Center

125 Tuscarawas Street

Canal Fulton, Oh 44614


Click here to purchase themed cruise tickets

The St. Helena III canal boat is pulled by two Percheron horses, Dan & Willie, and departs from the Port of Canal Fulton in St. Helena Heritage Park for a one hour ride down the Ohio & Erie Canal. A historian on board provides information on the history of the canal, the boat and the area.

The St. Helena III canal boat operates weekends only in May, September & October and Tuesday through Sunday June through August. Boat rides are at 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Call to confirm schedule. Canal boats rides can be cancelled during dry season due to low water levels or during heavy storms.  We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your ride time in order to purchase tickets and view the DVD presentation entitled “Our Canal Heritage” before you board the canal boat.

In addition to public boat rides, the St. Helena III offers a variety of special themed cruises throughout the summer months. Private group charters are also available for groups of 25-55 people.

The City of Canal Fulton is pleased to announce that we now own and operate the St. Helena III Canal Boat.  The Canal Fulton Heritage Society transferred ownership of the canal boat, horses, and related equipment to the City in February 2015.  The City had been operating the canal boat for the Heritage Society since 2009.

Canalway Center Hours:

May to September:

Monday to Friday 10 a.m – 4 p.m; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m-6p.m

April and October: Saturday and Sunday ONLY 10 a.m – 4 p.m

2018 Public Rides Schedule:


May 12 – May 27 (Saturday & Sunday only)
1:00pm & 2:30pm

May 29– August 26 (Tuesday through Sunday)
1:00pm & 2:30pm

September 1 – October 14 (Saturday & Sunday only)
1:00pm & 2:30pm

Public Rides Ticket Prices:

Adult ages 18-59 $9.00
Senior  ages 60 & up $8.00
Veteran any age $8.00
Youth ages 6-17 $5.00
Child ages 5 & under Free with paid adult


10% discount on public ride ticket price for parties of 10 or more.

2018 Private Group Charters:

Reservations for private group charters can be made by calling the Canal Fulton Canalway Center at 330-854-6835 or by sending an email to  School, community, family or tour groups welcome.

Educational Groups start at $185 (includes preschool, K-12, home school & college groups)

Community Groups start at $250 (includes church, club, family & tour groups)

St. Helena III Canal Boat tickets can be purchased at the Canal Fulton Canalway Center, located at 125 Tuscarawas St. in St. Helena Heritage Park in Canal Fulton, OH or by calling 330-854-6835.  Cash, check, and credit accepted.