The Annual Canal Tour Ride kicked off yesterday. Around 650 cyclists who are also tourists took to the Erie Canal Bike Path. Those cyclists include individuals from Canada and Australia.

The ride is a 400-mile ride from Buffalo to Albany. It's sponsored by New York State Canal Corporation and organized by the Parks and Trails New York group.

The economic impact for communities and business around the Erie canal bike path cite around $253 million dollars according to WGRZ.