Because Lockport is closer to Lake Ontario than Lake Erie, it is not as susceptible to blizzards and heavy snowfall as other parts of Western New York, however, winters are snowy and can be particularly windy, making the temperatures feel much colder. Springtime is often rainy and chilly, but summer and fall are ideal times to walk in this area. Exercise caution when walking in the heat of the day during summer.
Be aware that some parts of the path come close to the canal itself. If you are walking a dog who is fond of water, don't let them wander too close to the waterway. Although the canal is not overly deep, it is difficult to get out of if you fall into it. Some spots along the path are worn or feature stone gravel rather than pavement.
If you are on the other side of the Canal, you can visit the small but woodsy Upson Park near Eighteen Mile Creek and pick up the Erie Canal Heritage Trailway from that point straight into the city of Lockport. The trail continues through the city and connects with the biking paths in neighboring Niagara County towns.
While in Lockport, if you and your dog want a quick detour off the canal, just a few blocks away on East Street is the dog-friendly Scripts Cafe. Seating is available on the outside patio in the summer for patrons with dogs.