FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta

  • Hosted By: St. Catharines World Rowing

The Niagara Region is one of the most unique areas in Southern Ontario and all of Canada. Comprised of 12 municipalities, the Region is located between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, stretching towards our American neighbours of up-state New York. Niagara Region has a population of over 430,000, and millions more visit its many tourist hot spots each year.
The Niagara Region was first settled by indigenous people of the Neutral Nation.  It was not until the 18th century that various English settlements began to arise, including the present day areas of St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The battlefields of the War of 1812 between the British and the Americans are located throughout the Region, and many are still preserved as historical sites for tourists to visit, such as Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Old Fort Niagara, in Lewiston, New York.

The Niagara Region is rich in culture and unique attractions. The Welland Canal, first constructed in 1829 is a man-made wonder, and its system of locks allows more than 3000 ships each year to travel between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, bypassing Niagara Falls .

Niagara is often referred to as Ontario's Wine Country, as it is home to many prestigious wineries. The Grape & Wine Festival and the Shaw Festival are two defining aspects of the region, which continue to grow each year. The former takes place each September and crowns an official "Grape King." hosts numerous wine tastings and holds an annual parade to celebrate the local viticulture.  The latter showcases a variety of plays and spectacles in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake and is the second largest theatre company in all of North America.  The headlining and most popular attraction of the area is still one of the most magnificent sights in the world, Niagara Falls. The beauty of this natural wonder captivates people of all ages, and is a must see during your stay in the Niagara Region.

Niagara Falls

Among the many sights and activities to enjoy while on a Niagara Falls getaway, many visitors come to experience the Falls themselves. The 'Maid of the Mist' takes visitors on a boat ride tour at the foot of the Falls for a unique perspective of the 13-story spectacle from below.  Or, for a completely different sensation, the 'Journey Behind the Falls' allows one to descend into tunnels that lead literally behind the falling water. Another option can be found along the boardwalk on the 'White Water Walk' which includes a photo gallery of stunts and famous daredevils from Niagara history. Whether you try one Falls Experience or try them all, the sheer array of adventures makes the Falls a memorable destination for tourists visiting the Niagara Region.

More than just an exciting gaming experience, casinos in Niagara Falls offer theatres, dining and more. Casino Niagara features a comedy club, weekly live entertainment and four different venues for dining and drinks. The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort is fun for non-gamers and gamers alike. In addition to over 100 gaming tables, the casino hotel offers accommodations, a spa, shopping and an array of dining options. In addition to casinos, Niagara Falls is home to many attractions including museums, unique shops and restaurants.

Port Dalhousie

Port Dalhousie has a rich heritage built on its association with the development of shipping on the Great Lakes. The First Welland Canal, which was completed in 1829, brought many people to Port Dalhousie to serve the needs of the ships including; barge and horse handlers, tow boys, ships chandlers, and dry dock workers. It was at this time when the area around Port Dalhousie was transformed from a sparsely populated farm land into a busy area serving the canal. The canal continued to be upgraded over time with improvements being completed in 1845, 1889 and 1932.

Apart from the canal itself, Port Dalhousie has traditionally been a summer destination for many people in the region and from Toronto. Due to the gas rationing during the World Wars, many would take a boat down from Toronto on weekends during the summer to escape the city. Lakeside Park continues to attract tourists today as Port Dalhousie is still a popular destination during the summer months as it boasts one of the nicest beaches on Lake Ontario.

Today, Port Dalhousie houses exceptional restaurants, charming historic buildings, galleries, live theatre, quaint boutiques, a carousel built in 1845 as well as beautiful walking trails along the beach.

Tourism Information

There will be a Tourist Information Centre set up on Henley Island for the duration of the Regatta. Information about local sights and tours, maps and advice will be available. More information will also be made available online at: