Canadian Tire Welland Floatfest set for July 9

One of the most unusual charity events in the home improvement industry is set for this weekend. The Canadian Tire Welland Floatfest will see more than 1,800 people take to the Welland Recreational Canal in flotation devices. The popular annual event is in support of local charities and food banks. Canadian Tire has an almost 90-year history in Welland, Ont., and established its credit card division, Canadian Tire Acceptance (now Canadian Tire Financial Services), in the city in 1961. Canadian Tire also has a Remarkable Retail (100,000-square-foot store) in the city, one of two such footprints in Canada (the other is in Ottawa).