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Venues & Facilities



The International Flatwater Centre

 
The Welland Recreational Canal Corporation created the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) in 2007 building on the direction of the City of Welland Council starting in 2005 to pursue sport tourism and to begin to utilize more of the Waterway for sport.  The newly created flatwater centre is situated on two hundred and seventy two acres of the waterway.  Local rowing, canoe kayak, dragon boat, triathlon and open water swimming clubs utilize the waterway daily for training.  The WIFC also is home to two international standard courses; a 1,000 meter Albano buoyed course (the North Course) and 2,000 meter Albano buoyed course (the South Course). 

The WRCC, through the WIFC, has endeavoured to become the premiere site for hosting flatwater sport events, championships and training camps and has been the selected venue for local and provincial regattas ever since.  In 2010, Welland was host to their first international event with the Commonwealth Rowing Championships.  That success was followed by hosting the nation in 2011 with four national championships spanning the 2011 Canoe Kayak National Regatta, the 2011 Dragon Boat Canada National Championships, the 2011 Canadian University Rowing Championships and the 2011 RBC Rowing Canada National Rowing Championships. 

The WIFC continues to bring the world to the City of Welland as the selected host venue for the 2012 FINA World Junior Open Water Swim Championships and with Canoe Niagara 2013 the ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships and the 2015 International Dragon Boat Federation World Dragon Boat Racing Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games Canoe Kayak Sprint competition.

North Welland Flatwater Community Centre


The North Welland Flatwater Community Centre was built by volunteers with the support of local businesses in 2010. It is home to a local rowing club, a canoe kayak club, the dragon boat club, the rental centre, and the National Rowing Development Centre of Ontario. The community centre is located at 108 Thorold Road East.
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Feeder Canal


After the Feeder Canal officially opened on November 14, 1829, engineers immediately realized the potential of using the feeder canal as a viable trade route. The feeder canal is a 40 km channel dug to bring water from the Grand River to the Welland Canal. In the 1840's, the feeder canal was enlarged and in the early 1900's it was used as a shipping canal. There are still some remains today of the junction lock when the Feeder Canal met the Welland Canal.

Amphitheatre


Located in Merritt Park, this 750 seat, natural amphitheatre was cut into the east bank of the Welland Recreational Waterway to serve as permanent seating for local musical and theatrical events that take place on the water. The stone stepped amphitheatre overlooks a floating stage on the water and the beautiful scenery of the Old Welland Canal. The IlluminAqua festival is held at this location every year in the summer months.
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Canal Terrace


Most recently, the Canal Corporation, with a grant from the Province of Ontario, undertook fixing infrastructure in the downtown core and turning the area into a historically based gathering place, the Canal Terrace.  Complete with water features, gardens, benches and interpretive historical panels significant to the area, the Canal Terrace directs visitors on heritage tours in the surrounding neighbourhoods. 
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Merritt Island & Canal Trails


Merritt Island is located in the downtown core of the city between the Welland Recreational Waterway and the Welland River. It is home to a beautiful 4.2 km tree-lined path perfect for walking, jogging, hiking, biking, rollerblading, or even picnicking. The canal trail borders the calm waterway of the 'Old Canal', providing a scenic display of what used to be a channel for large ships 40 years ago. With a playground for children, a scenic canal trail, and wood carvings by local artist JP Gauthier, Merritt Island is perfect for families, friends and outdoor enthusiasts!
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Greater Niagara Circle Route


The Greater Niagara Circle Route Trails System is over 140 km consisting of roads, parkways, and trails inspired by the canal side trails. The route follows the Welland Canal from St. Catharines to Port Colborne; the old CN Rail Line to Fort Erie; the Niagara Parkway to Niagara-on-the-Lake and Lakeshore Road back to St. Catharines. The trails are great for walking, cycling, jogging, or rollerblading, while the road and parkway components are designed for car and bus touring.
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Scuba Park


Located at the Lincoln Street docks, the Scuba Park is a great way to enjoy the waterway from underneath. The park has a submerged boat as well as an underwater training area for adventure enthusiasts!
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