Canada Day Challenge

Race Information

Race Date: July 1, 2018

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”


Parking will be limited at White Pine Beach, and the future of this event depends on our commitment to reducing the volume of cars! 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.

Ride the VOWSA Bus

VOWSA has rented a school bus for this event! For only $10.00 you get a round trip bus ticket from Vancouver* to White Pine Beach. Register for the bus today. Seats are limited! *See the registration page for details.


Registration Now Closed

For technical problems with registration please contact president “at”

Only 325 swimmers may enter. Registration closes 1 week in advance of the race date (June 24, 11:55 pm PDT.)


2018 Registration Fees

Category Early Registration (By April 15, 2018) Regular Registration (By June 24, 2018)
Adult $50.00 $55.00
Youth (19 and under) $30.00 $35.00
Senior (60 and over) $30.00 $35.00

Please note a 2.9% surcharge for credit card processing will be added at the time of registration.

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, discretional cut-offs may be implemented by the Race Director and/or lifeguard team.


Wetsuits are not mandatory for the Canada Day Challenge, however, they are recommended. 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 2018 sponsors, who have provided prizes, food & drinks for this event