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 (she was previously the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario following the traditional Marilyn Bell route.) 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.

The location of the North Shore Challenge takes advantage of some of Lake Erie’s most beautiful coastlines and beaches. Three different beaches serve as starting lines for the 1km Quick Dip (Turkey Point Beach), 3.8km Main Event (Normandale Beach), and 10km Marathon Swim (Port Ryerse), with all races finishing on the main beach of Turkey Point Provincial Park, in Turkey Point, ON. Swimming in a great lake means one can never predict how weather and lake conditions might affect your swim. In 2015, a huge storm the night before meant single digit air temperature, and 1.5m waves met our first group of swimmers. 2016 brought us near perfect conditions: overcast, warm, 21o C (72oF).

Ranked in the Top 50 Canadian Open Water Swims by, our new Team Challenge promises to add 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. Put a team of friends together, or challenge your team mates to join you; throw down the gauntlet against rival swim clubs, and see who is up for the challenge!

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!

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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 80 unique races in 27 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

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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