Heritage Centers


The purpose of Lakes to Locks Passage Heritage Centers is for the people who live here to tell their stories—in a meaningful and engaging way—striking an emotional chord with visitors so they remember the authentic experience and share it with others. Heritage centers allow visitors to engage with “real people” who have a special affinity for the area. Typically volunteers, these people serve an important role as Lakes to Locks Passage Ambassadors.

By sharing their stories, ambassadors at these heritage centers build awareness, appreciation, participation, leadership, and ultimately, a commitment for stewardship of the community’s historic, natural, and cultural resources for future generations.


Click on the links below to visit a directory of our Heritage Center partners by region.

Lake Champlain Region

Lake George Region

Champlain Canal Region



I know firsthand that the Champlain Canalway Trail between Whitehall and Waterford, and Hudson Crossing Park near Schuylerville, received vital contributions from Lakes to Locks—bringing the local citizens’ fledgling concepts to reality. Both of these projects required collaborative partnerships, at which Lakes to Locks excels.
-Wally Elton, Champlain Canalway Trail Work Group / Past President, Hudson Crossing Park