Welland International Flatwater Centre
Venues & Facilities
- Canal Terrace
- Canal Trails
- Community Centre
- Feeder Canal
- Merritt Island
- Scuba Park
- WIFC Venue
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, the host of Canoe Niagara 2013 ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships, the host of 2015 International Dragon Boat Federation World Dragon Boat Racing Championships, and the venue for the 2015 Pan American Games Canoe Kayak Sprint competition.
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