Enjoying the great outdoors…yes in Welland
- August 03, 2018
When you think of getting away from it all, turning off the cell phone, sitting by the water, listening to the birds, taking a walk, fishing or kayaking, we generally think of Northern Ontario.
Have you ever considered Welland, located in South Niagara?
There are acres of green spaces in Welland, much of it along the old Welland Canal with benches, wood carving and covered pavilions. Travel a little south to Port Colborne where you will find Nickle Beach, or Wainfleet’s Long Beach to feel the sand between your toes.
Welland has recently added QR codes to many places downtown to help you learn and explore the area. Those places include Bridge 13, Merritt Island, Library, new skateboard and BMZX park, Merritt Park, Welland International Flatwater Centre, and Boat Rental Facility. While downtown, stop in at one of the downtown restaurants such as Matteo’s or Vegan Hippie Chick to fuel up before enjoying a shaded walk at Merritt Island.
Port Colborne’s West Street and Clarence are terrific for shopping with many small shops with locallymade products, free trade stores, and a variety of dining options from a quick slice of pizza to sit down meal at Breakwall, the newest addition to areas growing brewing industry.My personal favorite place for a quick snack (i.e. Dessert) is Jay the Pie Guy on West St. His peach pie and chocolate cream tarts are so delicious! Don’t miss Port Colborne’s market every Friday morning or the Welland Market on Saturday mornings.
Don’t forget to bring your kayak or rent one here. For the past few years the City of Welland runs a rental program to rent a canoe, kayak, SUP or paddle boat for a low hourly fee. (https://www.welland.ca/localattractions/BoatRentals.asp) Children under 12 are free. Have your own equipment, then bring it along! Launch at the rental site, or any place you find convenient, such as the old boat launch behind the Best Western Plus Rose City Suite hotel. Paddle in the same water National athletes compete in during championship events, that’s pretty cool…