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. World Championships were held in Dartmouth Nova Scotia in 2009 and Welland hosted the 2013 Junior and Under23 World Championships.

Flatwater kayak racing hosted at WIFC can include K1, K2 and K4 races. Courses for men and women cover 200 m, 500m, and 1000m.

Kayaking sprints are held primarily on the North Course portion of the Centre but the South Course has been hosting canoekayak since the 1970's. WIFC is an ICF (International Canoe Federation) sanctioned venue for kayak.

Flatwater racing kayaks are closely related to flatwater racing canoes, with both styles of boat usually training at the same club.

Notable Kayak Sprint events taken place at the WIFC:

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

Upcoming Kayak Sprint events at the 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.


  • 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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