North Shore Challenge

The idea behind The North Shore Challenge for Camp Trillium was hatched by marathon swimmers Annaleise Carr and Josh Reid when they were training for Carr’s 2014 Lake Erie Crossing. With the first season of the Global Swim Series just around the corner, and successful races like the Toronto Island Lake Swim and the LOST Race in Lake Ontario, the time had come for Lake Erie to have her own jewel race.

The North Shore Challenge continues to raise money for Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake, a Waterford, ON, summer camp for children and families affected by juvenile cancers. Since 2012, Carr’s “Annaleise’s Radical Crossings” group has raised nearly $500,000 for the camp.

Ranked in the Top 50 Canadian Open Water Swims by, the location of the North Shore Challenge takes advantage of some of Lake Erie’s most beautiful coastlines. This year, our all-new course routes will highlight the majesty of Turkey Point Provincial Park Beach. Our 1km Quick Dip, 3.8km Main Event, and 10km Marathon races will all start and finish at Turkey Point Beach, with many activities for kids and families happening at the beach during the races. We even have a shallow water 250m “Mighty Minnows” swim for kids 12 and under!

Swimming in a great lake means one can never predict how weather and lake conditions might affect your swim. In 2017, we lived up to our name, with a massive current doubling most swimmers finish times from previous years; but in 2018, conditions were perfect, allowing many records and PBs to be set!

In 2017, we added the VandenBussche Irrigation Team Challenge, which brought a new level of competition and fun to an event that already boasts Great Lake Crossers, GSS Champions, and even World Champion Open Water Swimmers. Who is up for the challenge of swimming and raising money as a team?

Whether you are a recreational lap swimmer looking to expand your horizons, an age-group or masters’ swimmer interested in a fun summer team activity, or an aspirant Great Lake Crosser or Iron Man triathlete looking for a training swim to remember, we are certain you will not soon forget your North Shore Challenge experience!

Are you ready to #swimlakeerie ?

Recognized Global Swim Series Event

Since our inception, the North Shore Challenge has been a proud member of the Global Swim Series, the world’s largest collection of open water swimming races, featuring over 130 unique races in 37 countries and still growing!

By swimming in the North Shore Challenge, you earn GSS points, which puts you in the running for the GSS Championship trophy.

You can check out other GSS events around the world, and see how you rank, by visiting

Now Also Part of the SWOOWS!

The brainchild of our race director, Josh, and renowned open water madman, Swim Diesel, the South West Ontario Open Water Swim Series (or SWOOWS) is a series of unique open water events that welcome open water swimmers young and old to immerse themselves in the sport we love! Earn your SWOOWS tags here:

Father's Day Classic
June 16, Waterford, ON
North Shore Challenge
July 21, Turkey Point, ON
EMBRACE Open Water Swimfest
TBA, Millgrove, ON
Deer Creek Cake Swim
September 14, Langton, ON

Visit for more info on upcoming new races.

Camp Trillium

Camp Trillium (officially The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre) offers and promotes recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. They provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping children and their families in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.

More children than ever before are surviving childhood cancer; however, the devastation of their diagnosis and their treatments have major implications for the whole family. Camp Trillium has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception in 1984. It is apparent that the support and recreation we provide is truly necessary. Childhood cancer affects the whole family; therefore, our population includes: children on treatment, children off treatment, brothers and sisters of patients, bereaved siblings and parents.

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