In 2005, the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center opened, serving as a tourism and visitors’ center for the western segment of the Seaway Trail. Located at 4968 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg, the LESTC was created through the redevelopment of an underutilized publicly owned site, the former Wanakah Water Company building. It is now owned by the Town of Hamburg and is operated and administered by the Friends of the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center. Seaway Trail, Inc. is supportive of these efforts, but the center is not actually run by Seaway Trail.
The LESTC attracts and informs visitors, enhancing their knowledge and understanding of important historical, cultural, environmental, scenic, and recreational resources in the immediate Hamburg area and the western Seaway Trail corridor. The LESTC preserves a locally important historic resource and has revitalized this underutilized waterfront site. Local residents, as well as travelers passing through the area, benefit from the availability of tourist information and the proposed opportunities for passive recreation and public access to the shoreline of Lake Erie.
Unfortunately, the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center had been unable to open to the public for the past few years. However, the LESTC will again be open for visitors this year.
To kick off the season, there will be an open house on Saturday April 27, from 2 to 8 p.m.
The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center Spring Open House will feature face painting, contests, Big Foot, music by the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club, food, drinks, and more.