Floaty, family fun hits the canal this weekend

Canadian Tire Welland Floatfest 2019

Grab your floaties and the family this Sunday and come down to the Welland Scuba Park for the fourth annual Canadian Tire Welland Floatfest.

“This is the fourth year of the event,” Phil Gladman, the founder of the event said. “Next year being the milestone 5th, with grand plans already in the works for the celebration.”

Entertainment schedule:

  • 12-1PM – MUSIC DEPOT
  • 1-1:20 PM – MASTER TIGER
  • 1:30-2:15 PM – CHELSEA CRITES
  • 2:30-3:15 PM – THIS TIME AROUND   
  • 3:30-4:15 PM – CLUB 27
  • 4:30-5:15 PM – ROCK OF 80’S
  • 5:30-6:15 PM – FIGURE FOUR
  • 6:30-7:15 PM – COUNTRY JUNKIES
  • 7:30-8:15 PM – SUNSET STRIP
  • 8:30-10 PM – KEEP THE FAITH

The event started small, in 2016, set a world record in 2017, and continued last year with close to 2,500 people floating around on the Welland Recreational Canal.

“I feel that WFF is becoming a staple event in Welland, because of it’s all around wholesome nature,” Gladman said. “An activity-based event, free for the whole family, while food donations are collected to aid the local food banks (Hope Centre and Open Arms Mission), and also because our local sponsors & Ace volunteer team working together, make it all possible and worthwhile for everyone young or old.”

He reminds people to bring a non-perishable food item to be collected at the event to be brought to the local food bank to help those in need.

The Canadian Tire Floatfest takes place on Sunday, July 7/2019 at the Welland Scuba Park, http://wellandfloatfest.com/event-info/.  Floaters need to register, the online registration is now closed, people can register on-site between 10 am and noon. People need to print waivers, fill them out and bring them with them. The waiver can be downloaded through this link: http://wellandfloatfest.com/participants/ .

At noon, the floats will be launched.

The event also features food and retail vendors and entertainment throughout the day capped off with fireworks at dusk.

According to organizer Leanna Marie Villella, they have about 1,100 people who have registered in advance and expect a lot more to come and visit on the day of the event.

“It’s a great community event because it brings families together, people of all ages, our neighbors from other communities from as far as the US and Ottawa to enjoy a relaxing fun, free, family-friendly event on our recreational waterway,” Villella said. “The colours, sounds, smells are so amazing to see, hear and experience.”

“Seeing the community smiling, laughing and putting aside the worries of everyday life for one day where we all become one big family, is what makes all the hard work and long hours by our team worthwhile,” she said.