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Canada Day Challenge

About the Race

Race Date: July 1, 2024

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

Distances: 1 km, 2 km, 4 km - Course Map

We are hard at work planning our 2024 race.  All details below refer to the 2023 event.  2024 details and registration coming soon!

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.  Make sure you receive a confirmation email and reach out if you are unsure.

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.



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.

Registration Fees

Category Early Registration (Ends June 5, 2023) Regular Registration (June 6 to deadline)
Adult $65 $75
Youth (19 and under) $45 $55
Senior (60 and over) $45 $55

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

If you want to enter the race and these registration fees present a barrier to participation, please contact Christine 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.

VOWSA has booked a bus to the Canada Day Challenge. For $25 you can get a round trip from Vancouver to Sasamat Lake. We have 29 spots on the bus so secure yours today and don’t worry about the traffic or parking at Sasamat Lake. 

Vancouver pick up/drop off location: 1780 East Broadway (Parking lot of the Safeway)

Departing Vancouver: 6:30am sharp!

Departing Sasamat Lake/South White Pine Beach: 10:30am

Buy your ticket here:

Reserve a spot on TeamUp

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 below. 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.