The city is centered around the Old Welland Canal which splits 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).
From St. Catharines take Highway 406 south. The 406 passes through Thorold and Pelham before ending in Welland. The North end of Welland can be accessed from the Merritt Rd. exit. The Seaway Mall and other large stores and restaurants can be accessed from the Woodlawn Rd. exit. The Southeastern part of Welland and the downtown core can be accessed from Main St. where Highway 406 ends in a roundabout.
Welland Transit buses 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.
Merritt Island is in the center of the town and is a 3 km 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 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 village of Port Robinson is divided by the current Welland Canal. Either side is a good location to watch for ships traversing the canal. The canal is operational from late March to Christmas every year.
- Can View Drive-In, 1956 Regional Road #20, Fonthill, e-mail: email@example.com. Movie Hotline +1 905-892-9929 or +1 905-892-1155. Opens mid-April every year (April 18 in 2014) subject to weather. Admission varies, see web-site.
- Fonthill Bandshell, 20 Pelham Town Square, Fonthill. 7PM-9PM. Summer Concert Series in Peace Park south of Fonthill City Hall. Thursday nights from mid-June to September. In 2015, the series ran from Thursday June 18 through September 3. The organizers include a wide variety of musical styles. Bring your own lawn chair. Admission by Donation.
- Merrittville Speedway, 2371 Merrittville Highway, Thorold (go west from Hwy 406 on Regional Rd 20, and turn north), ☎ . Gate opens at 5:30PM, Showtime is 7PM. Canada's Longest running Dirt track features stock car racing Saturdays from late April till Labour Day weekend. There are also special events on some other days, eg Labour Day Weekend. The 2014 season ran from April 26 to September 7. Adults $12, Students (13-18) & Seniors $10, Kids (8-12) $5, Under 8 Free. Parking Free.
- Niagara Food Festival, Downtown Welland around City Hall. Held every year in early September, the festival features fantastic food, celebrity chefs, and live entertainment. It was held on September 11-13, 2015. Admission is free.
- Niagara Regional Exhibition (Welland Fair), 1100 Niagara St, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thurs 4PM-11PM. Fri 10AM-11PM. Sat 10AM-11PM. Sun 10AM-6PM.. Held every year in mid September, the 2015 event ran September 17-20. Adult $8. Senior $6. Student (13-18) $5. Child (6-12) $4. 5 years & under Free. Parking Free.
- Pelham Summerfest, e-mail: email@example.com. "Come Chill on the Hill". Four days of family fun occur on the 3rd weekend of July each year (July 16-19, 2015). Free.
- Welland International Flatwater Centre, North Course: 16 Townline Tunnel Rd, South Course: 473 Forks Rd, ☎ . Will host over 30 events on the two courses during the 2014 season. Disciplines include canoe, dragon boat, kayak, paddle board, rowing, swimming, scuba diving, and triathalon.
- Welland Recreational Waterway, ☎ . The Old Welland Canal that runs though the town is now a recreational canal and supports many different water sports including fishing, jet skiing, water skiing, and rowing. 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.
- Welland Rose Festival, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The 53rd annual Rose Festival ran from Saturday June 14 to Sunday June 22, 2014.
- Youngs Sportsplex, 570 River Rd, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. A Multi-Sports Complex serving Welland and the Niagara Region. Opened November 2012. Four indoor tennis courts, an indoor FIFA regulation sized soccer field, and five outdoor soccer fields. Also indoor golf driving range, ultimate frisbee, slo-pitch, flag football, field lacrosse, and corporate kickball.,
- Big Box Zone (Woodlawn and Hwy 406). There's not much in the way of Big Box Stores in Welland. This area includes a Wal-Mart Supercentre, Canadian Tire, RONA, Dollar Tree, and Marks Work Wearhouse.
- Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara Street North (at Niagara and Woodlawn), ☎ , fax: . Mon-Fri 10AM to 9PM; Sat 9:30AM to 5:30PM; Sun 11AM to 5PM. The largest shopping centre in Welland. The main stores are Shoppers Drug Mart, Sportchek, and Winners. There is a Staples in the parking lot.
- 1 Welland's Farmers Market, 50 Market Square (Between Young and Division Streets), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday 6AM-12PM (year round). The largest, oldest, and most well-known Market in the Niagara Region.
- Pelham Farmer's Market, 20 Pelham Town Square, Fonthill. Every Thursday May to October, 4:30pm to dusk. Some days have special events, eg Salsa Competition or Pumpkin Challenge. Now includes a Supper Market featuring foods from local restaurants.
Niagara Street is the home of many chain restaurants including A&W, Boston Pizza, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Harveys, KFC, Little Caesar's Pizza, McDonalds, Mr. Sub, Pita Pit, Pizza Hut, Subway, Swiss Chalet, and Tim Hortons (two locations).
- Beamsville Fish and Chips, 397 Thorold Rd (between South Pelham Road, and Prince Charles), ☎ . Take out fish and chips, and some other items. Now has a seating area.
- Cool Licks, 642 King St (south of downtown, north of Ontario Rd), ☎ . A family run ice cream and small meal parlor with large portions and cheap prices. This place is packed in the summer.
- Fuzzy Logic Eat & Drink Haus, 128 East Main St, ☎ . 11AM-2AM daily.
- Lazy Loon Restaurant and Ice Cream Bar, 155 Regional Road 20 West, Pelham, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 11AM-9PM daily. Opened in 1998. Well known for their fish & chips.
- Mossimo's Pizza & Subs, 164 Regional Road 20 West, Pelham, ☎ . Mon-Thurs 10:30AM-11PM, Fri-Sat 10:30AM-12AM, Sun 10:30AM-10PM. Mossimo's started in 1993 as a small mostly take-out pizza joint. In 2000, they moved to a larger location. In March 2014, they opened a new bigger restaurant. This growth is because it is Fonthill/Pelham's favourite pizza parlour.
- M.T. Bellies Tap and Grillhouse, 871 Niagara St, ☎ . Their slogan is "Big Food Big Fun" and definitely lives up to this. Definitely 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.
- My Place Bar & Grill, 20 Regional Rd 20, Fonthill, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mediterranean Cuisine.
- My Alibi Bistro, 91 E Main St, ☎ . Mon-Wed: 11:30AM-9PM; Thurs-Fri: 11:30AM-Midnight; Sat: 4PM-Midnight. Wine bar and martini lounge. Given their location across from the Courthouse, they couch things in "legal" terms, eg appetizers are called Pre-Trial.
- Iggy's Pub & Grub, 115 Regional Rd #20 East, Fonthill, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 11AM-2AM Daily. Their Facebook page says "Home of Craft Beer and a Great Time". 24 Craft Beers on tap. $10-30.
Small independent motels and chain hotels are around the city.
- Best Western Plus Rose City Suites Hotel, 300 Prince Charles Dr, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Smoke free, all-suite hotel. Some suites have a full fridge and stove. Complimentary hot breakfast. Beside the Old Welland Canal.
- Canal Inn, 870 Niagara St (north of Seaway Mall), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Pet friendly (ground floor only). 80 rooms. Free continental breakfast.
- Hipwell's Motel, 299 20 Hwy, Pelham (one mile west of Fonthill), ☎ , fax: . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10:30AM. 26 rooms. Outdoor pool. Picnic Area.
- Welland Inn & Conference Centre, 1030 Niagara St (north of Seaway Mall, at Quaker Rd), ☎ , toll-free: , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. A former Ramada, Days Inn, and Knights Inn. Three-story non smoking hotel, indoor pool, renovated 2013. There is a restaurant here again, doubt that it will last long, and I haven't bothered to learn the name.
- A drive into Niagara Falls is 30 minutes or less.
- Also a short drive away is Niagara on the Lake - a quaint, historic town with great little shops, restaurants, wineries, and (in the summer) the Shaw Theatre Festival.
- St. Catharines to the north, Hamilton to the west, Port Colborne to the south, and Fort Erie/Buffalo to the south-east.