Finger Lakes Region, New York

Canandaigua Lake Area

Canandaigua Lake is the third largest of the Finger Lakes. The town of Canandaigua sits at the northern end of the lake, and features numerous parks, some lovely homes, and the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park.

Waterfront in Canandaigua . There is some nice waterfront running right in Canandaigua, on the northern end of the lake. A nice 5-miler starts at the southern end of Main St. next the Marina Park. Pop out to the pier, and then head east along paths through pretty Kershaw Park. Continue east along Lakeshore Dr., do a loop around Lagoon Park, and then run south along Fallbrook Park, adjacent to the Canandaigua Country Club. Good park and lake views. MAP

Explore Canandaigua. As an add-on to the above or a separate run, create your own route exploring some of the pleasant streets of this historic towns. There are some pretty, tree-lined side roads featuring good sidewalks and nice homes. Nicest ones north-south are Main St. & Pearl St. East-West we like Clark St., Gorham St., West St., Bristol St. Pop up to the Sonnenberg Gardens (admission required for gardens) and explore the nice grounds.

W. Lake Rd. Much of this road is a tad inland, but the best section with water views is the 2 miles from Hope Point south to Foster Rd. Busy road but there’s a decent shoulder.