Are You Ready for a Challenge?

The North Shore Challenge is an Open Water Swim event held annually in July in Norfolk County, ON, entering its fourth year. The event is held as a fundraiser for Camp Trillium, Rainbow Lake, a summer camp for kids and families affected by cancer. Our event has managed to raise over $30,000 for Camp Trillium.

NEW FOR 2018: In the interest of making the North Shore Challenge a safer event for all, personal swim floats will be mandatory for all swimmers. We have partnered with Canadian company, SwimBuddy, to provide every swimmer with a personal swim float for use on race day. You are, of course, welcome to bring your own swim float.


1KM – Quick Dip

Ideal for sprinters, pool swimmers, and rookies to open water swimming, the 1km quick dip is a triangular course, entering and exiting Lake Erie at Turkey Point Beach. Swimmers will swim to the first tetrahedron buoy (yellow), and then across to the second tetrahedron buoy (red), before returning to the finish line area on-shore.

1km swimmers are asked to sign in at the Turkey Point Pavilion, from 7:00-9:00am (safety meeting at 8:45), and then make their way to the beach on foot (about a two minute walk from the pavilion). The race will begin at 9:30am
Register online for $80.00


3.8KM – Main Event

Our most popular event, and probably the most popular distance in open water swimming, the ALL-NEW 3.8km main event course is a loop course, starting at Turkey Point Beach. Swimmers will swim out to the first tetrahedron buoy (yellow), turn left, and head East along a line of five buoys to the 3.8km turnaround tetrahedron buoy (red). From this point, swimmers will return to Turkey Point, swimming between the buoy line and shore, until they reach the Finish line.

3.8km swimmers will sign in at the Turkey Point Pavilion from 7:00-9:00am (safety meeting at 8:45), and make their way to the beach on foot (about a two minute walk from the pavilion). The race will begin at 9:15am. Register online for $80.00!


10KM – Marathon

The ultimate challenge! Have you ever dreamed of being an Olympic Athlete? Challenge yourself to the official Olympic marathon distance: 10km! Swimmers will begin in-water at Turkey Point, alongside their kayaker, and swim out to the first turn, a yellow tetrahedron buoy. They will then turn left, and head east along a line of 12 buoys to the 10km turnaround buoy (red tetrahedron). From this point, swimmers will return to Turkey Point, swimming between the buoy line and the shore, until the reach the finish line.

Because of the early start to this event, sign-in for the 10km event will occur from 5-7pm on SATURDAY, July 14, followed by our safety meeting (7pm) and fun sunset swim, where you will get to meet your kayaker and go over nutrition, strategy, etc. Attendance at the safety meeting is MANDATORY.

The 10km marathon will begin at 7:30am. Register online for $80!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the popularity of this event, and safety demands, the 10km event will be limited to 35 spots. All swimmers wishing to register for the 10km event will automatically be entered in the 3.8km. Then, on June 1, we will hold our 10km lottery. Swimmers selected will be notified by email. In addition to the $80 registration, all 10km swimmers are required to fundraise a minimum of $100 through their fundraiser page. Swimmers who are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list, and will also receive better odds in future years’ lotteries.

The Team Challenge

We are calling on all swim teams, masters clubs, open water pods, and triathlon clubs to challenge one another! Last year, our Team Challenge was a huge success, with the Wilmot Aces combining blistering speed in the lake and serious fundraising efforts to defeat 15 other teams and take home the Team Challenge Cup! Will YOUR team unseat them this year?

When you register, you will have the choice of swimming as an individual, creating a team, or joining an already existing team. All swimmers will be given a personal fundraising page, to share online, and raise money for Camp Trillium. If you have created or joined a team, every dollar raised will contribute 1 point to your team.

Then, on race day, you will compete in one of our three race distances, and will receive GSS points based on your race results. These points will be applied to your team as well.

The average points earned per swimmer for your team – (fundraising pts + GSS points) / # of swimmers – will be your team score. The winning team will win bragging rights for the year, and will get to take home the Team Challenge Cup!