Welland is a city in The Niagara Region.
The city is centered around the Welland Canal splitting the city into a Northwestern section and a Southeastern section. The Eastern section is primarily older, having been the original settlement for the diggers of the Welland Canal. As the town grew it expanded Northwest and is now almost completely urbanized in this area. The largest shopping (including The Seaway Mall) and dining areas are along Niagara Street (Hwy 58).
Coming from St. Catharines take the 406 highway exit (heading south). The 406 passes through the city of Thorold and Pelham then ends in Welland. The North end of the city can be accessed from the Merrit Rd. exit; The Seaway Mall and other large stores and restaurants can be accessed from the Woodlawn Rd. exit; and the Southeastern part of town can be accessed from where Hwy 406 ends.
The city has buses that run every half hour or so, depending on the area. Taxis are also available but it is recommended that you travel by car. Park lands neighbour the canals and river and contain a continuous trail that runs the length of the city. This makes biking a convenient method to travel North-South in the city.
Merrit Island is in the center of the town and is a 3Km long island that runs between The Old Welland Canal and The Welland River. Recreational trails and parks run the extent of it. The only car entrance is from the southern edge in behind the court house. Near the parking lot there is a playground for children, and in the summer you can rent paddle boats and canoes for use along the river. The Niagara Food festival is held in this park in the fall.
Welland is known for its murals. Around town you can find varied sizes and genres of the wall paintings.
The Old Welland Canal that runs though the town is deemed a recreational canal and supports many different water sports from fishing, jet skiing, water skiing, and rowing at the south end. Certain speed limits have been put in place in different areas. Swimming in the canal, although not advised, is sometimes partaken around one of the numerous boat ramps in the center of town.
M.T. Bellies' (on Niagara Street north) slogan is Big Food Big Fun and definitely lives up to this. Definately try the Buffalo Chicken Fingers or Chicken Parmesan. Make reservations if coming at a busy time. The bar is also popular with the locals and is a good place to meet long time Wellanders. Cool Licks is a family run ice cream and small meal parlor which lies in the south of the town on Main St. With large portions and cheap prices this place is packed in the summer.
Small independent motels and chain hotels are around the city.
Welland has a official website at: http://www.city.welland.on.ca/
A drive into Niagara Falls is 30minutes or less.