Canoe Sprint

Also known as canoe sprint, flatwater canoe racing is an extremely specialized sport. Paddlers kneel on one knee and only paddle on one side to maintain a straight course. A one-person racing canoe measures 5.2 m (17 ft) and is designed for speed on a calm surface. Flatwater canoeing has been an Olympic sport since 1936. World championships are held annually.

Flatwater kayak racing is an extremely fast sport requiring paddlers to have a good level of expertise. Racing kayaks (also known as sprint boats) are lightweight and can be up to 6.2 m (20 ft) in length – with narrow beams built for speed. Flatwater kayaking has been an Olympic sport since 1936. Flatwater kayak racing hosted at WIFC can include K1, K2 and K4 races. Courses for men and women cover 200 m, 500m, and 1000m.

Notable Canoe Sprint events taken place at the WIFC:

2013 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships

Upcoming Canoe Sprint events at WIFC in 2015:

• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association Team Trials

Toronto 2015 Pan American / Parapan American

• Balmy Beach

• Western Ontario Division Trials and Championships

• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association Fallapalooza Camp






Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to Present Gold Medals at the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships

Aug 21st, 2015

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, will be in attendance in the afternoon of Saturday, August 22 , at the Welland International Flatwater Centre North Course for the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships. Her Honour will present gold medals to members of the winning team.


  • “Dragon Boat Canada is looking forward to our continued working partnership with the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation and we only expect the Canadian Dragon Boat Championships to flourish in years to come.The Welland International Flatwater Centre is a great asset to the dragon boat community and Dragon Boat Canada is excited to call the Welland International Flatwater Centre home for upcoming Championships”
    Chloe Greenhalgh, Executive Director of Dragon Boat Canada.

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