The Columbia Canal has had three major uses - built for shipping/transportation in the 1820s, converted to hydropower production in the 1890s and upgraded in recent years into a recreation haven.
All three phases will be celebrated Sunday at a new event on the Columbia calendar - Canalapalooza.
The free event features ranger-guided walking tours, discussing the history of the canal and the natural wonders along the artificial waterway. It's a rare chance to tour the old pump and turbine house.
There also will be kayak demonstrations and presentations about the fish ladder, which was installed at the canal diversion dam two years ago and opened about 25 additional miles of the Broad River to migratory fish such as shad, herring and bass.
Of course, you also can walk or bike on the canal-front trail from Riverfront Park to the diversion dam.
Canalapalooza runs from 1-5 p.m.
- Joey Holleman