Rowing is a demanding endurance sport requiring focus and discipline. It has been an Olympic sport since 1900. FISA has held annual World Rowing Championships since 1962. Flatwater racing boats (sculls) are unique in their design with sliding seats and attached oars. Their long and narrow shells are designed for speeds of up to 10 meters per second. Boats have one, two, four or eight rowers. Men and women can compete in single, double and quadruple sculls. Regattas held at the WIFC can vary from 500 m to 2,000 m and accommodate up to 6 designated lanes. They can include all weight, age and skill divisions including Adaptive. Rowing events can be held on either the North Course or South Course of the Centre.

Notable Rowing events which have taken place at the WIFC:

Annual Rowing Events at the WIFC

  • Head of the Welland Regatta
  • South Niagara Invitational
  • ROWONTARIO Masters Championships
  • Tony Biernacki Sr. Memorial Regatta






German senior men’s canoe polo team dedicates gold medal to fallen teammate

Sep 6th, 2018

Germany nearly won it all on the water after losing so much off of it. Only a 3-2 loss to Great Britain in the men's under-21 final prevented Germany from sweeping all four divisions at the 2018 International Canoe Federation Canoe Polo World Championships in Welland.


  • 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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