The Busiest Weekend of the Summer

Last summer, just after the 2017 North Shore Challenge, we sent out a survey, asking you how you'd feel about a change of date for the North Shore Challenge. Although most of you said you'd be back again, no matter when in July we hold it, we could only really hold it on one of two Sundays - July 15th or July 22nd. And shortly after that, we discovered that two possible weekends became one.

As most of you know, the third annual GSS North American Championships are being held during the Toronto Triathlon Festival weekend, as the Inaugural Toronto Mile. We are excited to take part in this promising event, but Toronto Triathlon Festival weekend is July 21-22. And so, the North Shore Challenge will again be held on the third Sunday in July - July 15th.

But, there is a hitch. Much like our past two NSCs, we share our weekend with the formidable Bring On the Bay in Ottawa (an event we LOVE!), and we share our day with Norfolk's own Tour de Norfolk, a road bike event that takes over many of the county's sideroads (and hotels). If that weren't enough, this year's North Shore Challenge falls on a weekend with a Friday the 13th. And if you are even vaguely familiar with biker culture, you will know that 100,000 bikers could be descending on Port Dover this weekend as well. YEEESH!

So, what we are telling you, dear reader/North Shore fan, is that if you are planning to stay in Norfolk County the weekend of the race, ESPECIALLY if you are vying for one of the coveted 10km marathon spots (which requires you attend the safety meeting on Saturday, the 14th), you will need to book your accommodations NOW! Fortunately, we have you covered. Two of our locally-owned and run hotspots to stay and play are once again offering our swimmers exclusive deals:


The Normandale Century Inn

2326 Front Road

Normandale, ON


Brenda and her amazing staff at the Normandale Century Inn welcome you to their cozy old-style inn, only 5 mins from Turkey Point Beach. Call or email to receive 15% off accommodations.

*Only on direct bookings; no third party websites*

Long Point Eco-Adventures

1730 Front Road

St. Williams, ON


Long Point Eco-Adventures in not just a place to stay, it is a vacation! Across the road from Burning Kiln Winery and 5 mins from Turkey Point Beach, there is no shortage of activities for the whole family! Use the promo code NSC18 when booking online or by calling the office to save 15% on minimum two-day bookings.