Canada Day Challenge

Race Information

2015 Race Date: July 1, 2015

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

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


This year, 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 help you find folks to carpool, we’ve set up a page at It’s easy to use; if you have a car with room in it, you can add your info there, and if you would like a ride, you can join a car or add your name to the waiting list! Here’s the link:

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. These parking attendants will also be handing out draw prize entries to everyone in a car with 2 or more people!!



You can confirm your registration for 2015 VOWSA events by going to Note that this will not include your distance, but will indicate which races you are registered for. If there are any errors, please contact as soon as possible!

For technical problems with registration please contact

Only 300 swimmers may enter.


2015 Registration Fees

Category Early Registration (By May 18, 2015) Regular Registration (By June 26, 2015)
Adult $45.00 $55.00
Youth (19 and under) $30.00 $35.00
Senior (60 and over) $30.00 $35.00

All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.

2015 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. Don’t have a wetsuit?  A great place to rent or purchase a wetsuit is West Point Multisport.  They are located at 3780 West 10th Avenue (South side of the street, between Alma and Highbury).  They also carry a wide selection of swim caps, goggles, swim suits and other swimming accessories, as well as triathlon products.  You can contact them at 604-569-1102 or by email at Please mention you heard of them through VOWSA. For more information, check out our wetsuit sponsor page.

Additional Information

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 swimVOWSA “at” with the subject line: VOWSA 2015 – Canada Day

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors, who have provided prizes, food & drinks for this event