By the Canal

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Preservation Worcester’s By the Canal Tour is a self-guided tour of the streets and buildings of Worcester’s Canal District.  This tour highlights eleven buildings that reflect the history of both the city and the neighborhood.  Nine were built before the Blackstone Canal, which first opened in 1828, was covered over in the late 1800s.  All retain much of their original architectural character.  With the By the Canal Tour you will uncover surprising bits of history and hear stories about the people, events and economy that made Worcester the city it is today.

You can pick up our By the Canal: Canal District Walking Tour brochure during business hours at Preservation Worcester’s office at 10 Cedar Street. Or you can download a copy from below and print it from your computer.

To take this self-guided walking tour you have several different options:

  • Take the tour using the downloadable print version as your guide.
  • Use your smartphone to access an audio version of the tour.

Click here to download a printable version of the tour (PDF file).
Click here to download a printable version of the Tour Map (JPG file).

Click here to access a pdf file of the inside cover of the By the Canal Tour Brochure. (Note this file is 16.2 MB in size.)
Click here to access a pdf file of the outside cover of the By the Canal Tour Brochure. (Note this file is 23.7 MB in size.)

To take a virtual tour please follow the directions below.

Click here to see a tour map from which you may visit the tour sites and listen to the audio version of the tour from your computer.  You will land on the Union Station page.  Here you will see buttons for the Union Station and Extended Version tour segments.  Select one of the buttons to begin the tour.  When you have finished listening to a tour segment, scroll to the map at the bottom of the page where you can select the next tour segment.

The tour map can be found at the bottom of each tour page.  To take the tour in the suggested order, begin at Union Station and follow the sites numerically.  Alternatively, you may choose the sites in whatever order you please by clicking on the appropriate QR tag.