Every month–from April to October, 2022–we are holding a drawing in which you can win prizes, earn unique stickers and have a great time discovering the sites along the I&M Canal. At the end of the Challenge, we’ll draw a Grand Prize Winner from all entries as well as award the individual with the most entries. These two individuals will each win:


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Ready to take the Challenge? Here’s how to enter:

1) Find a blue and yellow I&M Canal National Heritage Area sign. The signs with a QR code. There are over 250.

2) Take a snapshot of the area. Have fun with it! The photo can show the beautiful scenery, the people you’re with, public art, etc. It doesn’t need to include the sign.

3) Post that photo on Facebook or Instagram. Tag us (@iandmcanal), use hashtag #CanalDiscoveryChallenge, include the sign number, which you can find by using your smartphone to scan the sign’s QR code and tell us the general location of the sign (ex. Mile Marker 49).

By posting your photo and including the requested information, you’ll receive ONE entry for that month’s drawing. Take and post a photo of another sign area, and you’ll earn another entry for that month. Enter as many times as there are signs!

 Prizes–which range from Bike Rentals to Canal Boat Tickets to passes to I&MCNHA attractions–will change each month. We’ll announce the prize at the beginning of each month on our social media. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Where to Look

Along the I&M Canal State Trail from Rockdale to LaSalle/Peru and local trails near the canal between Lemont and Joliet.

Look for mile markers each mile along the trails, look for signs at parking lots along the trails, and in Lockport look for mile markers every tenth of a mile. Also, look for signs at these locations:

I&M Canal Silhouettes

There are 48 silhouettes from Hodgkins to LaSalle/Peru. See the complete list here.

I&M Canal Bike Share Stations

There are eight stations. Find the list here.

The I&M Canal Sites

There are many signs at various natural, cultural, and historic sites within the national heritage area. If you visit a site, ask them where their sign is.

Want to take the Challenge to the next level?

Earn Special Edition Challenge Stickers.

Each month, you can earn a collectible Challenge Sticker, a unique decal we’ve designed to represent a hallmark of our beloved Heritage Area. Every month has its own sticker. To obtain yours, simply enter the monthly drawing with three photos, each showing a different sign area that isn’t a repeat of sign areas you’ve posted in a past month. Enter each month and collect them all!



Win The Grand Prize Drawing: Two Tickets to Everything I&M Has to Offer

In November, we’ll hold the Grand Prize Drawing, pulling from all the entries from April through October.

Submit The Most Entries and Win: Two Tickets to Everything I&M 

We’ll track entries from April through October. The individual with the most entries earns the prize.  Tie? We’ll hold a drawing to determine the winner.