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Not sure what to do in Welland, Ontario? Take a page out of a local’s book by spending the day at these 8 beloved places.

Shop Local: The Welland Farmers’ Market

7 mins from Empire Canals

This year-round farmers’ market is made up of local vendors who offer everything from meats and cheeses to freshly-baked goods, condiments, and seasonal produce. Don’t forget to check out some of these other grocers in town: Food Basics, Walmart Welland Supercentre, and FreshCo.

Make a Splash: Rec Rentals @ the Docks

7 mins from Empire Canals

Want to get out on the water? Head to Rec Rentals @ the Docks. Here, you can rent everything you need to enjoy waterfront activities, and also take advantage of gathering areas for picnics. Looking for some other recreational activities to enjoy? Consider visiting the following: Youngs Sports Complex and Aereo Gymnastics Club.


Enjoy Nature: Merritt Island

8 mins from Empire Canals

Escape to this peaceful green oasis in the middle of the city where you can hike, cycle or jog along beautiful tree-lined scenic paths before stopping for a trip to the playground with the kids. Explore some of the other parks and trails in the Niagara region like: Chippawa Park, Glenwood Park, and Maple Pool Park.

Appreciate Art: Welland Mural Project

8 mins from Empire Canals

Take a stroll through the city’s core and discover The Welland Mural project. Started in 1986, these murals are scattered throughout downtown and the city’s north end, depicting Welland’s industrial and marine history.

Stay Active: WIFC & Empire Sportsplex

1 min from Empire Canals

Attracting competitive sporting events and local recreation, the Welland International Flatwater Centre is the ultimate watersports park for canoeing, kayaking, rowing, dragon-boat racing, swimming, and fishing. The Empire Sportsplex — Welland’s new sport and recreation centre — is situated just behind, featuring six pickleball courts; three tennis courts; five beach volleyball courts; a full-size basketball court; and two half-size basketball courts for 3-on-3 play.

Experience Wine Country: Lundy Manor Wine Cellars

19 mins from Empire Canals

Reminiscent of an old-world chateau on historic Lundy’s Lane is this picturesque estate winery, home to premium wines and scenic tastings. It’s also the perfect venue for intimate events and weddings. Some other favourited wineries include: Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, 13th Street Winery, Flat Rock Cellars, Westcott Vineyards, Tawse Winery, and Colaneri Estate Winery.

Stop For a Bite: Welland Cafe

7 mins from Empire Canals

The perfect neighbourhood breakfast and lunch spot, Welland Cafe is where you can start your day with a quick cup of coffee or a sit-down to enjoy delicious staples like club sandwiches. Some other go-to restaurants in the area include: Matteo’s Ristorante, The Vegan Hippie Chick, Donut Diner, and CC’s Dugout Grill & Chill.

Spend Sunday Morning: Cardinal Lakes Golf Club

10 mins from Empire Canals

Golfers will appreciate the opportunity to hit the greens at the Cardinal Lakes Golf Club. This spectacular course is the only facility in Niagara with 36 holes, making it perfect for all levels and age groups.

Interested in moving to Welland, Ontario? Check out our new homes for sale at Empire Canals, the city’s newest master-planned community.


Next, discover our guide to a well-spent day in Welland and some of the region’s top schools.


Images courtesy of: Golf Canada (Cardinal Lakes Golf Club).


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