Canada Day Challenge

Race Information

Race Date: July 1, 2019

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

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

For questions about the race please contact canrace “at”

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.

Ride the VOWSA Bus

We are once again renting 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! See the registration page for details.

For questions about the race please contact canrace “at”

Car pooling

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.


Register here

For technical problems with registration please contact president “at”

This swim event has a capacity of 325 swimmers. Registration is closed one full week in advance of the event date: June 24, 11:55 pm PDT so that we can accomplish the administrative tasks necessary to ensure a successful event. 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.

For technical problems with registration please contact president “at”


2019 Registration Fees

Category Early Registration (By April 15, 2019) Regular Registration(By June 24, 2019)
Youth (19 and under)$30.00$35.00
Senior (60 and over)$30.00$35.00

Please note all credit card payment transactions include a 2.9% surcharge plus a fixed fee of CAD 0.30 for credit card processing.

Refund policy

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 swimmers fail to inform us of a change of wetsuit category, they 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 about trying out or buying an Aquasphere wetsuit. They are located at 107 – 2120 Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver. You can also visit them to find a great selection of swim caps, goggles, swim suits and other swimming accessories. You can contact them at (604) 770-3641. Please mention you heard of them through VOWSA.

Additional Information

White Pine Beach Weather Link

White Pine Beach Water Quality Report

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. If you have any photos of the race and would like to share them on VOWSA’s Facebook & Flickr page, please email President “at” with the subject line: VOWSA Photos – Canada Day


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors, who have provided prizes, food & drinks for this event!