An Official Attempt at a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title to take place at Welland Floatfest July 30th

Today Welland Floatfest announces a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ official attempt for the title of Longest line of water inflatables to take place on July 30th, 2017 at the Welland Scuba Park.

The second annual Welland Floatfest event is set to put Welland on the map internationally again with the addition of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt. The Longest line of water inflatables must measure in excess of 100 metres. A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator will be on hand at the event to verify and declare the attempt as an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title should it be successful. This addition to Welland Floatfest has been made possible by Canadian Tire Corporation and the interest of the Canadian Tire store in Welland to provide a fun community event.

“Canadian Tire has been dedicated to the promotion of healthy, active living and building safer communities since 1922 through investment in social cause and community sponsorships across Canada.  By contributing as a sponsor to Welland Floatfest, this year in a much larger way by including the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt and the addition of fireworks, we are furthering our commitment to being good neighbors in Welland. We are looking forward to the 2017 event,” offered Owen Billes, Canadian Tire, Welland.

“A Guinness World Records™ title attempt for the Longest line of water inflatables will help provide for an exciting afternoon on the water for the visitors to Welland Floatfest,” said Philip Robertson, Guinness World Records adjudicator. “We will be monitoring the line of water inflatables to ensure that it is longer than 100 meters (329 feet) to establish a new Guinness World Records title.”

Welland Floatfest began with one young man’s dream of a community event on the water in Welland after seeing images from the Kaljakellunta event in Helsinki, Finland.  This young man was Phil Gladman, a 25-year-old, Wellander who thought a day on the waters of Welland, at a family-friendly event would be great for the citizens of Welland.  With the help of Leanna Villella and a team of her friends, community business leaders, the City of Welland, Canadian Tire and other corporate sponsors, the event was put together in just six weeks.

In 2016, over 1300 participants were registered and just shy of 800 enjoyed the day on the water on their floaties.

Welland Floatfest is Niagara’s only lazy canal.  A place for families to come together and float on Welland’s Recreational Canal on inflatable rafts, dinghies, floaties. No kayaks, canoes or other watercraft will be permitted, with the exception of safety watercraft. Participants are encouraged to pre-register and complete waivers to speed the registration process. No alcohol, pets or drones will be permitted at the event.

The 2017 Event includes

Floating on the Canal while enjoying music and camaraderie with friends and family.

NEW: This year only, Canada 150 theme with participation of the Canada 150 in Welland Committee

NEW: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official attempt for the Longest line of water inflatables

NEW Kidzone: A fun area featuring inflatable bouncing units, face painting, arts and crafts

NEW: Corporate Team Challenge – a contest dedicated to the business community for best themed floaties and participants.

Live Music: Featuring 9 local bands throughout the day including Ashlynne Vince, Jessica Wilson, This Time Around, The Rob Graham Band, Revive the Rose, Eklectic, Filet of Soul,  Four Point View, and Sunset Strip, with the master of ceremonies being Steve Szabo.

Food Vendors: all family favourites from caramel corn to gourmet.

Retail Vendors and Artisans: local retailers and artisans promoting their products and services to the attendees of the event.

Non-Perishable Food Donations – once again collected with proceeds to The Hope Centre and Open Arms Mission

NEW: Fireworks: The day will be brought to a close with a fireworks display.

The 2017 Welland Floatfest committee encourages all interested in attending the event to register on-line. Prizes are being awarded for every 100th person registered. This will speed up the registration process for a fun, safe and enjoyable day for all.

As one could imagine, an event such as this takes many hands. The committee is also seeking volunteers for a variety of positions including lifeguards, security, traffic control, and registration. If interested in helping, individuals can register on-line to become a volunteer.

While food vendors are sold-out, however there are remaining spots available for retail vendors at a very reasonable fee.

Further information can be found by visiting


Push for Fan Perks Opportunity

“Welcome the World to Welland!”  Businesses!  Take this Opportunity to get them in your Door!

Local businesses have a great chance to increase revenues by attracting competitors and visitors from this International event. There is amazing potential for a huge economic impact on our city if we choose to embrace the races and welcome our visitors.

It starts with the 2015 Pan American Club Crew Championships on August 14th and runs until the end of the World Dragon Boat Championships on August 23rd. The competition will be fierce as the best of the best compete.  We will be the host to 4000 individuals from over 30 countries at our very own Welland International Flatwater Centre.   Fans have an opportunity to purchase a Fan Perks package and Businesses have an opportunity to bring those fans in your door. Take advantage of this opportunity to increase your revenues and get the World in your door.

For nominal fee of one hundred dollars, you can entice these visitors in your door by offering a deal that will be designed in the form of a coupon for you and included in the Fan Perks package.  DEADLINE for participating in this great deal JULY, 31, 2015.  Contact Jane Thompson TODAY! 905-788-9511 or [email protected]!

So let’s all get our paddles in the water and show the World why Welland is the place to Live, Play and Work!


We Welcome the World to Welland!

The Welland International Flatwater Centre is thrilled to partner with Dragon Boat Canada to host the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships – the first time they will be held in Canada. Consisting of approximately 4,000 accredited individuals in attendance from 30+ countries.

The North Welland BIA board will be placing the Welcome to Welland signs up along Niagara Street.  If you would like to specifically request one, please email [email protected] with your business name and location.

The economic impact of this event is estimated at $30 million. Stephen Fischer, Executive Director of the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (WRCC) and Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) stated, “We are honoured to be the site of the 2015 Dragon Boat Racing World Championships. This is exactly where we want Welland to be. This is exactly why it was the right choice for Welland to have made the investment in flatwater sports. Working with DBC and hosting the World in 2015 speaks to the long term return on investment in the WIFC and the event will continue delivering lasting impacts and legacies for our community, and our region, as we stage this spectacular World Championships.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit:


Niagara Food Festival Details Announced

At the Niagara Food Festival, there’s a tried and true recipe that makes for a great party. It takes one part eager food vendors, two parts exciting mainstage entertainment, a handful of local wineries, breweries and distilleries, a pinch of chefs doing live cooking demonstrations and sprinkle liberally with support from sponsors throughout the region.

But like any good recipe, it’s all about the details, so here’s a taste of what’s to come as the Peninsula’s Tastiest Party returns to Welland’s historic downtown core September 11, 12 and 13th.

Click here for more details.


Concerts on the Canal Series Announced

“The community cried out to let Welland have the stage,” said Stephanie Hicks, the Downtown BIA’s business development officer.

The city answered.

Welland’s business improvement areas teamed up Thursday afternoon to announce the line up of entertainers that will perform on the Merritt Park Amphitheatre this summer in the new Concerts on the Canal – a series of six free concerts, primarily focusing on local talent.

“This is a perfect opportunity for people who are from Welland, to highlight them,” said Hicks, who led efforts to organize the concert series for the North Welland and Downtown BIAs, that were awarded $30,000 in city funding to organize a series of free community concerts to replace the IlluminAqua concert series.

Click here to read the full article by Allan Benner in the Welland Tribune.