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Canada Day Challenge

About the Race

Race Date: July 1, 2023

Location: White Pine Beach, Sasamat Lake, Port Moody, BC

Distances: 1 km, 2 km, 4 km

Registration Deadline

This swim event has a capacity of 400 swimmers. Registration closes one full week in advance of the event date. This year registration closes on June 24, 2023 11:55 pm PDT.

Please ensure you are registered by this deadline. At each Canada Day Challenge there are people who believe they are registered when they are not. You can check the swimmers list at the very bottom of this page, or contact us.

There’s no late registration and no registration the day of the race. This is for safety reasons and so we have enough time to coordinate with Sportstat and get ready for each swimmer at the event.

For questions about the race please contact cdchallenge@vowsa.bc.ca.

For technical problems with registration please contact president@vowsa.bc.ca


Registration Coming Soon

We acknowledge the registration form asks for binary genders (male or female) and “other” and for age. These answers matter for Sportstats global ranking and some individuals in our community want a global ranking. We have contacted Sportstat to ask for more inclusive categories, but this may not be ready for the race.

For technical problems with registration please contact website@vowsa.bc.ca. The website coordinator will respond as soon as she can and asks that you kindly remember she is a volunteer. 🙂

Registration Fees

Category Early Registration (Ends April 31, 2022) Regular Registration (May 1, 2022 to deadline)
Youth (19 and under) TBD TBD
Senior (60 and over) TBD TBD

Read the instructions in Eventbrite to find the discount code for the youth and senior fees.

Please note that Eventbrite adds its processing fees.

If you want to enter the race and these registration fees present a barrier to participation, please contact Craig at president@vowsa.bc.ca.

Ride the VOWSA Bus or Carpool

This is the busiest day of the year for our friends at Belcarra Regional Park and Sasamat Lake. Parking will be limited. We therefore ask that you help ensure the ongoing success of this swim event by finding alternatives to driving alone, if possible.

We rent a bus for alternative transportation to this event! It will provide round trip transportation from a location in Vancouver to White Pine Beach at Sasamat Lake. Seats are limited! Registration information to follow.

If you can offer to drive others or are willing to be driven by a new friend, please reach out. To happily co-exist with the general public wanting to use the beach on Canada Day, we have been asked to park in lots C, D, and E – see attached map: White Pine Parking Lots. Parking attendants will be on hand to direct you to the correct lots.

Race Waiver

You must accept the waiver for this event during the registration process. You do not need to print it and bring it to the event.

Participants under 19 years old must agree to fill out the assumption of risk document during the registration process and you must print it and bring this assumption of risk document to the event.

Race Schedule

Check in times

  • 7:00 am — Check-in begins for 2 & 4 km
  • 8:00 am — Check-in closes for 2 & 4 km
  • 8:30 am — Check-in begins for 1 km
  • 9:00 am — Check-in closes for 1 km

Failure to check-in during the appropriate check-in period will result in entry cancellation.

Race Start Times

  • 8:30 am — 4 km MEN
  • 8:35 am — 4 km WOMEN
  • 8:45 am — 2 km MEN
  • 8:50 am — 2 km WOMEN
  • 9:30 am — 1 km WOMEN & MEN

Start times are approximate and may be delayed. There are no set cut-off times, however, discretionary cut-offs may be implemented by the Race Director and/or lifeguard team.


Wetsuits are not mandatory for this race event, but for safety reasons you must let us know at check-in if you plan to change from wetsuit to non-wetsuit, or vice versa. If you fail to inform us of a change of wetsuit category, you will be disqualified.

The water temperature at the lake will fluctuate and can range from 17 degrees C during the early summer to 24 degrees C during the later summer months.

Don’t have a wetsuit? Talk to Team Aquatic Supplies.

Weather and Water Quality

VOWSA reserves the right to reschedule or cancel events if water conditions are unsafe. VOWSA reserves the right to refuse entry based on safety or health concerns or previous violations of official rules.


Previous years’ results can be found on the SportStats website by searching for Canada Day Challenge.


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