Outside of what is due to take place at Brock University and the adjacent Canada Games Park in Thorold, Welland will be Niagara’s ‘most active’ community when the 2022 Canada Games action kicks off in less than two weeks. .
Media and communications manager Christopher Seguin said years of planning, dating back to Niagara’s successful bid in 2017, are finally coming to fruition, with sporting events set to begin Aug. 6.
In Welland, Niagara College will host basketball and volleyball, Youngs Sportsplex will be the soccer headquarters and Welland International Flatwater will be the Games site for triathlon, open water swimming and canoe/kayak events.
Welland Tennis Club will also serve many matches.
The Welland Jackfish’s home, Welland Ballpark on Quaker Road, will host action including gold and bronze medal games.
“There’s a lot of activity in the municipality of Welland,” Seguin said.
From August 13-20, each of Niagara’s municipalities will host a special event as part of the 13 for 13 Cultural Festival, offering free admission to all. On each occasion, a different province or territory will be celebrated.
Welland will focus on Quebec on August 19 at Merritt Park and will feature Francophone and Indigenous artists, as well as local talent Femmes du Feu Créations.
The Pelham and Wainfleet roads will be the scene of cycling events during the Games. The time trials will take place at Wainfleet on Feeder Road.
A report approved by Pelham City Council this week highlighted how the community will be used as the main venue for the road racing cycling event on August 18.
The race route is a 14 kilometer loop which begins and ends at the intersection of Pelham Street and Pelham Town Square in Fonthill town centre. The race heads west on Churchill Road and Canboro Road and uses Effingham Road, Tice Road, Cream Street, Metler Road, Hansler Road, Overholt Road and Pelham Street North.
Two police officers will be directing traffic on Highway 20 and Pelham Street, as well as Highway 20 and Effingham Street.
Highway 20 will not be closed during the event, a report to council said. Lanes will be limited to through traffic only and officers will only allow traffic on Highway 20 when cyclists are clear of the area.
Pelham’s 13 for 13 event will take place on August 18 at Peace Park and will be linked to the weekly Farmers Market and Band Concert Series, featuring live music from Always Abba. Alberta will be the province celebrated that evening.
Wainfleet’s edition, at Wainfleet Arena Park, will take place on August 16 and will be a celebration of arts and heritage featuring Nunavut artist Susan Aglukark and local artists Great Lake Swimmers.
New Brunswick culture will be the theme of the Port Colborne event on August 15 at HH Knoll Lakeview Park with performances from seven acts.