2020 Canal Pride Days

Show Your Canal Pride

A great way to show your appreciation for the C&O Canal National Historical Park — and help preserve it for future generations — is to become a Canal Pride volunteer. Volunteers of all ages come together to complete a variety of projects, including campground and picnic area improvements, towpath and trail repairs, building maintenance and historic preservation, invasive plant and trash removal, native landscaping, and more.

Canal Pride Days 2020

We kick off the season in the spring with Canal Pride Days, big public events where you can spend a Saturday morning with your friends, family, and neighbors preparing the Park for the busiest season of the year.

Due to the National Emergency related to COVID-19, we are postposing Canal Pride events prior to May 10 out of concern for the welfare of our volunteers and staff.

The Canal Pride events at Great Falls on April 25, Brunswick on May 2, and Williamsport on May 9 are being postponed. As of right now, our Canal Pride event on May 16 at Oldtown is still scheduled to take place.

We will let you know when we are able to reschedule our postponed Canal Pride events, and we hope you will be able to participate on the new dates.

Canal Pride Days 2020 will take place at four locations:

  • POSTPONED – Great Falls
  • POSTPONED – Brunswick
  • POSTPONED – Williamsport
  • Saturday, May 16 – Oldtown, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Please contact Rod Newton at [email protected] for more information.

Become a Canal Pride Sponsor

Canal Pride depends on more than just boots on the ground to be successful. We also need sponsors to underwrite the costs of the program: project materials and supplies for over 1,000 volunteers, and organizational costs associated with running these projects. You — or your business — can help by becoming a Canal Pride Sponsor. In appreciation for your sponsorship, we offer a range of recognition opportunities. Download the information packet here.

Canal Pride Stewardship Events

Bring your employees or organization to the Park for a great team-building experience and make a difference in the Park we all enjoy. The Trust will work with you to choose a date and a location. Contact Rod Newton at [email protected] to discuss available dates and our suggested Canal Pride Stewardship donation. Download the information packet here.

Support Canal Pride with a Donation

We depend on our canal community to support this great volunteer program. Please make a gift today and show your Canal Pride. Give here.

Williamsport Canal Pride 2019 – Ellen Kinzer


Paw Paw Canal Pride 2019 – Chris Stubbs


Canal Pride Days 2016 – John Gensor

About Canal Pride Days

Canal Pride is the Trust’s signature volunteer program that rallies more than 1,000 volunteers annually to perform a range of preservation and beautification projects in the Park. Along with supporting National Park Service efforts to maintain and improve Park amenities, Canal Pride engages local communities in shared stewardship of this treasured recreational, natural, and historical resource. The Trust also facilitates corporate volunteer team-building days and provides volunteer opportunities for faith-based groups and other organizations. In 2017, the Trust launched its Canal For All outreach to Latino and African American communities to diversify participation in our Canal Pride and Canal Quarters programs and to introduce youth from these communities to the extraordinary environmental resources of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Thank you to our
2020 Canal Pride Sponsors!