The Welland International Flatwater Centre
The Welland International Flatwater Centre, home to CanoeWelland2017, Canada’s 2017 sprint canoe and kayak championships, is a top-quality paddling venue enjoyed by athletes and fans alike.
The centre, which last hosted CanoeKayak Canada’s Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships in 2011, has undergone major re-design and renovations since then, and successfully hosted the World Junior CanoeKayak Championships in 2014, and served as the paddling venue for the 2015 PanAm and Para-PanAm Games.
Set in the heart of Niagara’s fruit and wine region, the Welland International Flatwater Centre will be more than an arena of fierce amateur completion: from August 22-26, 2017, it will be transformed into a village of celebration, Indigenous and sport culture, entertainment and food. The competition continues on August 27, 2017, with CanMas2017, in which amateur canoers and kayakers aged 25 and up test themselves against each other.
The Welland International Flatwater Centre features seated grandstands at the finish line; open water-side lawn space for athletes, families and fans to set up for the week; an air-conditioned indoor facility featuring a display on the origins of paddling – from early Indigenous craft to today’s light-weight, composite-material boats - from the Canadian Canoe Museum. ; and multiple local food and craft vendors.
Welland is 30 km from Niagara Falls, Ontario, 45 km from Niagara-on-the-Lake, 85 km from Port Dover, Ontario, 135 km from Pearson International Airport, and 140 km from downtown Toronto’s Rogers Centre.