Sports Tourism

If you’re looking for the elite choice to host games, competitions, and tournaments, Welland proudly offers state-of-the-art facilities and amenities that promote sports excellence.

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On the water

  • 272 Acres of waterway
  • 2 International standard water courses
  • 70 User groups annually
  • 20+ Annual competitions
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On the field

  • 2,500 seat baseball stadium
  • 15 Baseball diamonds
  • 1 Indoor FIFA-regulation soccer field
  • 8 Outdoor soccer fields
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On the ground

  • 400 Acres of parkland
  • 24 Kilometres of trail
  • 4 Expert-grade beach volleyball courts
  • 4 Indoor tennis courts


Welland sports facilities


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The Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) is a premier flatwater sports facility along the pristine Welland Recreational Canal. This facility is known internationally as a hosting location for major flatwater sporting events in: canoe sprint, canoe polo, sprint kayak, rowing, open water swim, dragon boat, and triathlon.


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The Empire Sportsplex opened in 2022 and is located adjacent to the Welland International Flatwater Centre. The sportsplex is a community hub that provides inclusive access to high-quality outdoor sports and recreation facilities for residents and visitors. This multi-court facility is another great asset for the City of Welland as a first-of-its-kind in Ontario.


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This outstanding venue features a FIFA regulation-sized soccer field, four indoor tennis courts, and a sports performance centre. Surrounding the complex are five FIFA regulation soccer fields, two of which are artificial turf. The facility offers numerous field-oriented sports and provides a venue for recreational/competitive athletes to train year-round in 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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The Sports Complex is a state-of-the-art baseball stadium with seating for 2,500 spectators. Fans can enjoy catching a game and cheering on the Welland Jackfish when they face other Intercounty Baseball League teams. In addition, the stadium offers ample parking and two softball diamonds, available for professional or amateur play.


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Chippawa Park offers an accessible multipurpose 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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The Welland Main Arena and Jack Ballantyne Memorial Arena are home to great hockey. Should you visit Welland from October to mid-March, stop by the arenas for public skating or to watch the Welland Jr. B Canadians.