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

• Toronto 2015 Pan American / Parapan American

Upcoming Canoe Sprint events at WIFC:

• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association Team Trials

• Western Ontario Division Trials and Championships

• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association 






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.


  • The 2013 Junior and U23 champs was the most wonderful experience for us in South Africa. Although our kayak community is relatively small, we are an intense group of loyal supporters. Following the build-up on your website as well as your Facebook and the photos on WIFC Facebook page was the highlight of my day. Not only mine but many of us shared links from early morning. Thanks for the effort and a huge congratulations on your achievement. The live streaming gave many of us goose bumps and the occasional lump in the throat. I checked many comments by parents all over the globe, don`t worry, we are all the same, from Japan, Canada, Africa. Thanks for sharing the wonderful experience. Today I could watch my son`s semi-final on Youtube, tonight we will watch it again and every day I will check Youtube for new uploads.
    Chris Van Den Bergh

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