Historic Canal Experience

Step back in time at the Canal Experience and get a taste of life on the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876. Providence Metropark is located in what was once the canal town of Providence, Ohio. Today, the Metropark has one of the greatest concentrations of canal era features in the country, including:

  • The Volunteer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn canal boat
  • The Isaac Ludwig Mill, a working water-powered saw and gristmill
  • More than a mile of the original Miami and Erie Canal and towpath
  • Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks
  • Scenic Providence Dam, constructed across the Maumee River to maintain water levels in the canal
  • Characters in period attire welcoming visitors to a time gone by.
  • Visit the Heritage Center to view The Volunteer and Lock 44 in action.

Visit Providence Metropark May 3 through October 30. Group reservations for tours of the Isaac Ludwig Mill welcome.

For information call 419.407.9741

Purchase Tickets Online

For groups of 10 or more Request a Program

2022 Hours of Operation

  • May Canal Boat Times
    • Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
    • Saturday 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
    • Mother’s Day 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
    • May 14 - there will be no 12:30 p.m. boat ride
  • May Isaac Ludwig Mill Hours
    • Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Mother’s Day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • June - August Canal Boat Times
    • Wednesday through Sunday 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • June - August Isaac Ludwig Mill Hours
    • Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September Canal Boat Times
    • Thursday through Friday 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • September Isaac Ludwig Mill Hours
    • Thursday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October Canal Boat Times
    • Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
    • Saturday through Sunday 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • October Isaac Ludwig Mill Hours
    • Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please Note: Pets are not permitted on the boat.