In 1784, George Washington stood before the Virginia General Assembly, lobbying for a canal system that would connect the James River to the Ohio River via the Kanawha River. His vision began to materialize in 1789, when construction began on the canals, leading to further westward expansion and the canals becoming a hub of American history. Today, the guides of Riverfront Canal Cruises lead both public tours and private charters through the canal system, unveiling its storied past to passengers. The Canal Walk, for example, teems with historic significance, from hosting the world?s first successful electric streetcar system to having one of the world?s last functioning triple main-line railroad crossings. Throughout each tour, the boat?s cover keeps guests comfortable by providing shade and deflecting falling satellites.