Visitors

Welcome to Welland

Welland, Ontario offers visitors a wide range of accommodation options with over 20,000 hotel rooms available within a 30-minute drive.

Travelers flying in can choose between two conveniently located airports: Hamilton Airport, just a 50-minute drive away, and Toronto-Pearson Airport, only 75 minutes away.

Welland acts as a gateway to some of Ontario’s most captivating tourist destinations. From the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to the breathtaking Niagara Escarpment, visitors have an array of options to explore. Wine lovers will appreciate the region’s 120 wineries, each offering a unique tasting experience, and of course a visit to the area would not be complete without experiencing the beauty of Niagara Falls.

Accommodations

Nationals 2024 dates conflict with the World Rowing 2024 event being hosted in St Catharines Ontario the same week.  As a result, accommodations may be a challenge to procure. We recommend booking hotel rooms well in advance.  Many of the accommodations used previously for events in Welland were booked over a year ago by the organizers of the rowing event.  However, south western Ontario is one of the most densely populated regions in Canada and the region is a highly sought after tourist destination. Therefore there are many alternative locations in the region 

Alternative LocationsDistance
Niagara Falls30 kms
Jordan 35 kms
Beamsville 38 kms
Grimsby 50 kms
Stoney Creek 60 km
Hamilton 65 kms

Hotel Information

We recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Welland. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is a fantastic choice for your accommodation needs. With comfortable rooms and excellent amenities, your stay is sure to be enjoyable and relaxing. To secure your reservation, simply click here to book your room. If you’d like to explore other hotel options in the area, click the button below to discover more choices that suit your preferences.

Other visitor information:

Food vendors will be present on-site all week for your convenience. To support a cashless setting, we recommend pre-ordering food and parking. The Nationals committee is committed to decreasing event waste by installing water stations around the venue. Remember to bring your reusable water bottles, as the use of single-use plastic bottles is discouraged. In partnership with the City of Welland, we will supply waste separation bins for eco-friendly waste management, including blue box recycling, green bin, and general waste disposal. Your cooperation in minimizing waste brought into the facility is greatly appreciated.

Facilities

The Welland International Flatwater Centre was home for the 2013 Jr/U23 Worlds, 2015 Pan Am Games, 2017 National Championships, and the 2022 Canada Summer Games competitions.  The facility is used to host a variety of water sport competitions including Dragon boat, rowing, open water swimming, canoe polo, water polo and triathlons. 

The venue offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and modern amenities to create an unforgettable experience for all participants and spectators. With sprawling parkland and serene water bodies spanning over hundreds of acres, the setting is both picturesque and tranquil.

For convenience, onsite trailer parking is available, ensuring easy access for those traveling with equipment. Attendees and spectators will find ample parking space with 500 parking spaces, while grandstand seating caters to 500 individuals and offers prime views of the action and medal ceremonies. Additionally, an area on the east bank allows for more spectators to enjoy the event in a relaxed setting.

The venue also features a vibrant Vendor and Merchandise area, where visitors can explore a variety of offerings and souvenirs. For those seeking a touch of luxury, the Hospitality area on the VIP deck near the Tower promises a premium experience with top-notch service and amenities. Whether you are a participant, a fan, or simply looking to soak in the atmosphere, this venue has something special for everyone to enjoy.

Transportation:

Arriving by Car 

The facility must be accessed by car.  Parking is on-site with details for how to purchase parking passes available closer to the event.  

Public Transportation

There is NO way to access the facility by public transportation. 

Arriving by Air

Pearson Airport in Toronto – 140 kms from WIFC

Hamilton International Airport – 65kms from WIFC