It’s 2017 and bows are pointing toward Welland

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2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships

WELLAND, ON (January 11, 2017) – With the New Year upon us, the nation’s best canoers and kayakers are now aiming their bows towards Welland, ON, for the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships.

Canoe Welland 2017 will be the culmination of Canoe Kayak Canada’s summer racing schedule and will bring together approximately 1,800 athletes from coast to coast to vie for the title of national champion.



Set in the heart of Ontario’s wine and fruit country, Canoe Welland 2017 will take place over five days of competition, from August 22-26, 2017, at the Welland International Flatwater Centre, on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

On August 27, 2017, approximately 400 masters paddlers, ranging in age from 25 to over 60, will take part in CanMas2017, the Canadian Masters’ National Championships.

Canoe Welland 2017 will see athletes compete in one, two and four-person canoes and kayaks in 200, 500, and 1000-metre heats and finals going head-to-head across nine lanes. August 26, 2017, will see the spectacular war canoe races, in which 14 paddlers and a coxswain in each four-metre-long boat churn the waters in a tremendous show of power and synchronization.

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While the focus of 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships will be about racing, Canoe Welland 2017 organizers have added features to make the week a true festival of competitive excellence and the sport of flat-water racing.


The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will have a presence at CanoeWelland2017 with dancers and singers, as well a display of the history of life on their territory. A display from Canada’s Canoe Museum, which traces the origins of the sport to the Indigenous inventors of the craft, to today’s modern boats and World and Olympic glory.

Those who can’t make it to enjoy Welland and the surrounding area can still catch the action: the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships will be live-streamed on line across the country and around the world.

A large group of local vendors, food trucks and entertainers will be on site through the competition to complement the main attraction: determining who will be Canadian champions, as well as future World and Olympic medalists.

Visit throughout the coming year for more details on the championships, including information on where to stay, where to eat and what to do in the Welland area, as well as more details of the event including a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

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