Women waiting for the race to start, with one smiling at the camera.

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

Thank you to all our 2024 swimmers for a great race!  2025 details will be updated in Spring 2025, the information below refers to the 2024 event.

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, 2024 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.

If you need to edit your race details you may do so before the end of registration.  You can do this by logging into your Team Up account going to the “My Account” tab, and then clicking on your name under Profiles.  This should load your profile where you can scroll to edit various forms.  Note Team Up will still allow you to edit this after the close of registration but we cannot guarantee any changes made after this date will be honored.

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

Early Registration (Ends April 30, 2024) Regular Registration (May 1 to May 31st) Late Registration (June 1 to deadline)
$65 $75 $85

VOWSA strives to include everyone possible, this year we are opting for need-based as opposed to age-based discounts.  If you would like to enter this 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 is once again planning a bus shuttle from Vancouver to this event.  Log in to Team Up to register and view details:

Register for the Bus

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.



 ‘We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.’