Upstate New York was hit very hard by Hurricane Irene and the Erie Canal has been heavily damaged with no clear time to reopen.
The marina we were planning to use is on Catskill Creek in Catskill NY.
The Champlain Canal from Sorel Quebec down to Lake Champlain has also been flooded but it appears to be less damaged and is expected to reopen, but again with no clear time.
In addition the Chambly Canal section is only suitable for boats with a draught of 6', possibly 6'6". Our boat draws at least 7' fully loaded so it is not an option.
The only credible option appears to be to take the St. Lawrence River and go around Eastern Canada and the Northeast US. This route adds considerable distance and will be cold this time of year with considerable fog.
Right now we are weighing options but its starting to look like the trip will be postponed.