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Summer is finally here, and it’s time to make the most of it. If you’re looking for a destination that combines sports, adventure, and natural beauty, look no further than the Empire Sportsplex and Welland Flatwater Centre (WIFC). These two fantastic locations in Welland offer activities for everyone, from skilled athletes to nature enthusiasts. Read on to learn what you can do at these favourited spots to keep the adventure going all summer long.

Soak Up the Sun on a Paddleboard or Kayak

At the WIFC, you can rent paddle boards and kayaks to glide along the calm and scenic Welland Recreational Waterway. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the serene beauty of the surrounding landscape while engaging in a fun and active water sport.

Sharpen Your Skills on the Court

Sports enthusiasts will be delighted by the wide array of sporting options available at the one-of-a-kind Empire Sportsplex. Built in partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart, this inclusive multi-sport and parasports facility is open to everyone in the community. Organize a thrilling beach volleyball match or engage in a game of basketball, tennis, pickleball, or badminton. With top-notch equipment and well-maintained facilities, you can enjoy the outdoors and your favourite sports to the fullest.

Make Camp Memories That’ll Last a Lifetime

The Empire Sportsplex is committed to nurturing the next generation of athletes. They offer a variety of youth programs and camps designed to introduce children to a wide range of sports and activities. Whether it’s basketball, volleyball, or anything in between, these programs provide a safe and engaging environment for kids to develop their skills while fostering teamwork and sportsmanship.

Show Your Support at a Spectator Event

If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the action, the Empire Sportsplex and WIFC host various spectator events throughout the summer. From exhilarating dragon boat races and paddling competitions to beach volleyball tournaments, you can cheer on the participants and witness the excitement first-hand. Keep an eye on the event calendars of both the Empire Sportsplex and WIFC to plan your next visit.

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