August 6-21, 2022
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Neil Campbell Rowing Centre

Changing the landscape of sport facilities in Niagara
Henley Rowing Centre

The new Neil Campbell Rowing Centre will address the need for essential off-water training and support facilities at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course in Port Dalhousie. Having hosted regional, provincial, national and international competitions for more than 100 years, the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course is one of Niagara’s premier sporting venues. Thus, in an effort to ensure that Niagara remains a leading destination for rowing and to support the continued development of the region’s many rowers, the Niagara Host Society, thanks to the support of its funding partners, will build this new rowing facility.

The Neil Campbell Rowing Centre is expected to be fully accessible, with universal change rooms, fitness rooms (with rowing ergometers and other exercise equipment), and a multipurpose training, event and administrative/support space.

This legacy facility of the 2022 Canada Games was named in honour of Neil Campbell. Known for his love of the sport, his energy and his sense of self-sacrifice, Campbell rowed for the St. Catharines Rowing Club, before later coaching there. Having also competed at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics, Campbell would go on to serve as Ridley College’s head rowing coach for 20 years, where he led the school to numerous successes during that time. He also coached at the national level as well, leading the 1984 men’s coxed eight to Canada’s first-ever gold medal in the boat class at the Olympics in Los Angeles.

Funding Partners

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Ontario.

Contractors, Project Managers & Architects

Designed by the architectural team of MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) and Raimondo + Associates Architects (RAAI), the Neil Campbell Rowing Centre will have a sustainable, high-efficiency design that will seek to minimize energy consumption and move towards net zero. This facility, which will be built by Aquicon, will be owned and operated by the Canadian Henley Rowing Corporation.


The Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course and the new Neil Campbell Rowing Centre will be the site of the rowing competition for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. Additionally, in 2024, the City of St. Catharines will host the World Rowing Championships for the third time. The city’s bid for the 2024 World Rowing Championship was built on the construction of this new Neil Campbell Rowing Centre, along with the success of previous World Championship events held in St. Catharines, the 137 years of the Henley Regatta, the 2015 Pan Am Games and the upcoming 2022 Canada Summer Games. Hosting the 2024 World Rowing Championships and the 2022 Canada Games should only further help demonstrate that St. Catharines and Niagara is world-class ready when it comes to hosting and organizing events of this magnitude.

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