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Welland Civic Square

Left: The modern City Hall allowing plenty of natural light inside. Right: A boulevard of flags lining East Main Street. Photos: Tanya Woodhead and Nathan Yee, 2013.




   Located right in the heart of the city Welland’s Civic Square embodies the essence of the city through the showcase of art, new and old architecture, beautiful street fronts that are all within distance of the canal. If you are looking for the perfect place to start a day in Welland, make it the Civic Square.
   The Civic Square includes Welland’s City Hall, and the Public Library. Built as one complex, these two entities combine to feature the best of Welland’s heritage. Take some time to relax on the terrace, get cozy with a book from the library, or take some time to look at the tourist attraction information available in the main lobby of the City Hall. 


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This destination is also part of the TripClip tour entitled Roaming the Rose City: The Local Experience.


Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 8am - 10pm
Saturday: 8am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 6pm


HISTORICAL information

   The Civic Square completed its construction as the foundation for the downtown core revitalization movement. The opening was attended by many locals and dignitaries, after taking the will of three mayors from start to finish. This new addition serves as the gateway for locals and visitors to see the many festivals, Market Square, Merritt Island, and the Downtown.


RECREATIONAL information

   During the winter, the pond in front of the Civic Square is converted into a beautiful skating rink, perfect for the family and to experience the close-knit community that exists. 


CULTURAL information

   As a promise to the city’s art heritage, the Civic Square features eleven pieces of Austrailian-born, Rod Downling’s, stainless steel sculptures. Dowling has been always been known as an adventurer, allocating his time to sailing, and long distance running when young. In more recent years he spent time travelling and understanding architecture from a more of a design standpoint, rather than function. This enthusiasm in design largely attribute with his fascination with sculpting, and through the range of different materials, he has chosen the rare crafting of stainless steel as his preferred medium. The sculptor now calls Niagara his home, contributing many of his stainless steel sculptures to many destinations around Niagara, including Buffalo’s Cultural Centre, Shaver Hospital Garden, and St. Catharines City Hall among many others.



   The Niagara Region is known for its beauty and small-town feel. We suggest taking your time as you drive past the lovely farmers fields, wineries, and winding roads. The following directions depict our suggestions from both Toronto and Buffalo.
From Toronto: 
     From 401 West:
1. Head onto the 401 West
2. Keep right to continue on 403 West/Hamilton
     From Gardiner Expressway:
1. Head onto the Gardiner Expressway West
2. Merge onto 403 West/Hamilton
3. Remain on the Queen Elizabeth Way, via 403 West for approximately 21km Keep left, following signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie
4. After approximately 43km, take exit 57 for Victoria Avenue toward Vineland. Head southward on Victoria Avenue.
5. Turn eastward (left) on King Street, (after 2km you will pass by Jordan Village – a quaint little town with great boutiques and restaurants, see ______ for more information)
6. Turn southward (right) on Ninth Street
7. On Pelham Road turn eastward (left) and stay right to immediately head southeast on Wessel Drive
8. Merge onto Effingham Street
9. Turn eastward (left) on Roland Road
10. Turn southward (right) on Merrittville Highway
11. Continue onto Niagara Street
12. Follow Niagara Street onto Division Street
13. At Cross Street turn left
14. The Welland Civic Square is at the intersection of Cross Street and East Main Street
From Niagara Falls:
1. Head northwest on the Rainbow Bridge toward Falls Avenue, veering right, follow Falls Avenue until you reach Hiram Street on your first right. Turn here and head southeast on Hiram Street until you reach River Road
2. Turn right heading southwest onto River Road. Continue on River Road which runs along the Niagara River
3. Merge onto Niagara Parkway. Follow Niagara Parkway. You will pass the Horseshoe Falls on your left. Continue along Niagara Parkway past the Niagara Parks Floral Showcase on your right
4. Continue on Niagara Parkway through the Dufferin Islands and past Kingsbridge where the road will merge onto Macklem Street heading in a southwest direction
5. At the end of the road make a left onto Portage Road heading southeast, travel over the bridge and follow the road until you reach Main Street
6. Turn right onto Main Street heading southwest and follow the road as it merges into Lyons Creek Road/Regional Road 47. Follow The 47 until you reach Montrose Road/Regional Road 98
7. Turn left onto Montrose Road heading south and follow the road until you reach Schisler Road/Regional Road 27, where you will take a slight right
8. Follow The 27 eastward and continue straight on to East Main Street/Regional Road 27
9. Continue on East Main Street past River Road and Dorthy Street on the right
10. The Welland Civic Square is at the intersection of East Main Street and Cross Street
Please Note: Paid meter parking can be found along East Main Street and surrounding side streets.

Further Information


For more information on the history of Welland, please visit http://www.welland.ca/Facts/History.asp



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City Information


60 East Main Street
Welland, Ontario
L3B 3X4



GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 42.992287
Longitude -79.248819


The City of Welland
Tel 905-735-1700
Fax 905-732-1919
Toll free 1-866-273-5094

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