The Wabash and Erie Canal - Facilities & Amenities | Delphi, Indiana

Facilities and Amenities

Make Your Event Even Better

We have plenty of sights, scenery, attractions and services to make your event into the perfect day or weekend. With our museum, canal village, historic trails, 19th century era structures, along with our conference center, picnic area, and campgrounds—you’ll have plenty to keep family and friends entertained as they soak up some pioneer era ambience.

the wabash and erie canal has bridges for you to explore

Beautiful, Historic Scenery

Get lost in the tranquil charm of a simpler time.

enjoy hands on learning along our nature trails

A Learning Experience
for Everyone

Adults and children alike will enjoy unique,
hands-on learning.

host your business meetings both big and small at the wabash and erie canal

Well-Equipped Facilities

We’re ready to make your event or day trip a fantastic one!

have a quaint wedding at our little white church

The Little White Church

Our little chapel, which we call “The Little White Church,” offers its 19th century charm for whatever event you plan to host in our facilities. Resting a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, this little church can accommodate your event such as small weddings, family reunions, musical performances—or a quick gander.

  • Climate controlled
  • Seating capacity for up to 50 people
  • Chairs included
  • ADA accessible
  • Parking nearby
  • Reasonable rental fees
  • Wedding packages available
have a quaint wedding at our little white church
host your wedding shower at our event center
our interpretive museum is perfect for history lessons

Conference and Interpretive Center

The beautiful, historically adorned Conference and Interpretive Center is a facility that was designed to replicate an 1850s downtown Delphi street scene.

Conference Center - We have our Conference Center that’s perfect for events of all kinds that need space indoors to spread out! We’re perfectly set up for business functions, family reunions, baby & bridal showers, graduation parties, anniversary parties, and more! We have wedding packages to give you weddings & receptions with all the grandeur and décor that your special day deserves.

Interactive Museum - Inside, you’ll find our Canal Museum, featuring numerous display panels and interactive exhibits to enhance your event hosted at the Wabash Erie Canal. Whether you’re having a wedding, a family reunion, or business conference—there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

  • Climate controlled
  • Seats up to 300 people
  • Tables and chairs included
  • Catering kitchen
  • ADA accessible
  • Audio-visual system
  • Free WiFi
  • Variable lighting
  • Adjacent parking
  • Reasonable rental fees
  • Spacious restrooms
  • "Trolley" available

Make Your Reservations

To make a reservation, call (765) 564-2870 or send an email to reservations@canalcenter.org.

watch live demonstrations at our pioneer villahe

Canal Village

Certainly a favorite among our visitors, our outdoor historic Canal Village gives you a glimpse into the lives of people living in the 19th century.

See different trades artisans and canal boat crew including a broom maker, blacksmith, cooper, paper maker, and there’s even three canal rustic sleeping cabins depicting the era in which the canal was built so many years ago.

Knowledgeable, volunteer docents are available on summer weekends offering demonstrations and cabin tours.

get a narrated tour on the delphi canal boat

Canal Boat

An optional highlight of your wedding or event at The Wabash & Erie Canal could be a unique ride on The Delphi, our canal boat. Take your party on a trip they won’t soon forget on the tranquil waters of the Canal!

view our stunning canal era gardens

Canal Era Gardens

We have outstanding gardens spread throughout the grounds with a variety of different plants, from the aesthetically pleasing flowers and vegetables to the herbs and medicinal plants with more practical uses. See what gardens looked like in the 19th century. And they add beautiful backdrops for photographs of your event!

talk a walk on the picturesque trails at the wabash and erie canal

Historic Trails

Your more active guests may enjoy a walk on our picturesque Historic Trails. Three miles of the Canal Towpath form the main trail through the park.

we offer electrical and water services at several camp sites

Campgrounds

If your event involves camping, we have you covered! We have spaces for tent camping, RV camping, pickups & pop-ups, cabins and plenty of overflow camping. There are electrical and water services at select sites.

  • Small, medium and large sized rustic canal sleeping cabins are available for rental
  • Showers and restrooms with flush toilets are available
view our full sized 1880s trackside depot

1880s Railroad Depot

A short walk to the south along the canal, during a break from your event for railroad fans—see our full sized 1880s trackside depot.

we have six historic bridges for you to walk on

Historic Bridges

We have many historic bridges for you to access and enjoy during your hike.

  • The Red Bridge
  • Pivot Bridge
  • Stone Arch Bridge
  • Gray Bridge
  • Blue Bridge
  • Freedom Bridge
view our historical lime kilns

Red Bridge Settlement & Lime Kilns

A walk to the north will offer several unique photographic opportunities. These include an 1874 Bowstring Pony Arch bridge that serves as a trail crossing.  Nearby you will find a restored lime kiln and archaeological remnants of one of the largest industries in the region, producing exceptional quality plaster, mortar, and whitewash.

relive the canal days on our play boat with friends and family

Playboat

Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy our outdoor play area with a large replica canal boat to climb around in and on while going on imaginary Canal Boat adventures of their own!

have a family day with our sheltered picnic benches

Picnic Shelters

When the weather is nice enough for grilled hotdogs and burgers, we have the Speece and Rotary picnic shelters, located in the center of the Canal Village, great for providing shade and protection on rainy days. You’re welcome to use it whenever it’s not already occupied, and you can reserve it for a small fee.

if your prefer an outdoor wedding we can accommodate you

Food

There are no restaurants on the Canal grounds. Food can be arranged with local caterers. You are welcome to bring your own lunch and use the picnic shelters or spread out a blanket beside the beautiful canal.

immerse yourself in history at the wabash and erie canal

See the Interactive Map!

Get a closer look at Canal Park with our Interactive Map!

Group Tours

Group Tours

Reserve a time to bring your group, friends, or family down to the canal for learning and fun!
School Tours

School Tours

Make a reservation to bring your class to the canal for a fun and enriching experience.

COVID Announcement

COVID Announcement

Please read the announcement from the Canal Association’s Board.

Trails

Trails

Our beautiful and historic trails are OPEN! Learn more about the trails and get some fresh air.

Education

Education

It’s as important as it is a pleasure to learn about those who have come before us and all the brave and impressive things they did which led up to the modern world we live in today. Learn more from the Learning Center on our site, starting with Canal History.

Things to Do

Things to Do

Come one, come all! Whether you have a school group, an event that needs hosting, or you plan on making a day trip, there’s no shortage of fun activities, period architecture, and educational displays to keep you engaged and inspired during your time here.

Weddings & Events

Weddings & Events

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable and magical days of your life. Bring your family and your friends, and we’ll supply the atmosphere to make your big day one to remember with memories and photos full of old-world charm. Contact us to reserve the Chapel and Canal Boat.

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