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Sport Tourism

Welland is the city of choice to host elite games and competitions.
In 2022 the city will shine as a partner with Niagara and host the Canada Summer Games.

Sports in Welland by the Numbers

 

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ON THE WATER

  • 272 ACRES OF WATERWAY
  • 70 USER GROUPS ANNUALLY
  • 20+ ANNUAL COMPETITIONS
  • 2 WATER COURSES (International Standard)
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ON THE FIELD

  • 2,500 SEAT BASEBALL STADIUM
  • 1 INDOOR FIFA REGULATION SOCCER FIELD
  • 15 BASEBALL DIAMONDS
  • 8 OUTDOOR SOCCER FIELDS (2 Turf)
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ON THE GROUND

  • 4 BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURTS (Expert Grade)
  • 4 INDOOR TENNIS COURTS
  • 400 ACRES OF PARKLAND
  • 24 KILOMETRES OF TRAIL

 

Signature Events

 

The Welland International Flatwater Center (WIFC) is the host venue to approximately 25 events annually. The WIFC has been host to five international championships and is excited to be one of the host venues for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. More information on sport tourism in Welland and the WIFC is available at wifc.ca

 

4 September
Triathlon Ontario Championships Details coming soon. www.triathlonontario.com
12 September
Welland Canal Open Water Swim: Finale One of the premier open water swimming events in Ontario. canaquasports.com
18-19 September
MultiSport Triathlon Details comming soon. multisportcanada.com
25 September
Head of the Welland 5 Bridges Fall Classic Details comming soon. www.rowsnrc.ca/
6-7 November
Canadian University Rowing Championships Details comming soon. www.rowontario.ca

 

Browse more waterway events at www.wifc.ca

Facilities & Venues

 

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16 Townline Tunnel Road

The Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) is a premier flat-water sports facility situated along the pristine Welland Recreation Corridor and is official facility for the 2022 Canada Summer Games

The WIFC boasts a gleaming modern design that fits seamlessly into its surroundings of clean water, fresh air, and unspoiled grasslands. This facility has made a mark on the International stage as a premier hosting location for major flatwater sporting events in the following disciplines: canoe sprint, canoe polo, sprint kayak, rowing, open water swim, dragon boat, and triathlon.

The City of Welland is dedicated to leveraging this tremendous asset for the benefit of local and global sports communities. This is accomplished by hosting elite-level events each summer; these events range from small community gatherings to National and World Championships.

The facility’s growing pool of volunteers has been a strong base of community support to ensure the WIFC venue maintains a stellar reputation with the international sporting community into the future.

Join us this summer to cheer on the athletes and become better acquainted with flatwater competition.

Just south of the WIFC North Course is the South Course – a 2,000-metre course located at 473 Forks Road.

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570 River Road

This outstanding venue features a FIFA regulation sized soccer field, four indoor tennis courts, as-well-as a Sport Performance Centre and convenience food area. Surrounding the complex are five FIFA regulation soccer fields, two of which are artificial turf field. The facility offers numerous field-oriented sports and provides a venue for recreational/ competitive athletes to train all year round. The Sportsplex not only serves residents of Welland, it serves various sporting communities from Niagara. This facility is unique because of all of the opportunities it offers for various sports including soccer, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, indoor and outdoor field lacrosse, indoor and outdoor rugby, indoor adult slow-pitch, touch football, and indoor golf.

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90 Quaker Road

The Sports Complex is a state-of-the-art baseball stadium with seating for 2,500 spectators and is set to thrill fans with an exciting 2021 Intercounty Baseball line-up. Fans can welcome the Welland Jackfish to their second year in Welland by catching a game and cheering the team on. The stadium offers ample parking and two softball diamonds, available for professional or amateur play.

Visit wellandjackfish.com for tickets.

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90 First Ave

As Welland grows into a progressive sport tourism destination, the facilities also continue to grow and accommodate a variety of sport disciplines. Chippawa Park offers a multipurpose accessible Community Centre overlooking four competition quality sanded volleyball courts. The Community Centre has a large entertainment room with a warming kitchen and gas fireplace, while downstairs offers a small meeting room and gas fireplace. This facility is ideal for hosting competitive or recreational volleyball tournaments.

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501 King Street

The Welland Main Arena and Jack Ballantyne Memorial Arena are home to great Canadian hockey. A long list of talented hockey players has grown from Welland; including talents such as Daniel Girardi, Daniel Paille, and Cal Clutterbuck. Should you visit Welland from October to mid-March, stop by the arenas for public skating or watch the Welland Jr. B Canadians while enjoying a beverage in the comfort of The Penalty Box (viewable sports bar).