Coho Swim Event

Event Details

IMPORTANT NOTICE... Due to the pandemic, this year’s Coho Festival  will be a VIRTUAL EVENT.  (Coho Swim has been cancelled and will hopefully be back in 2021!)   Follow us on Facebook to find out all the ways you can still enjoy and support the Coho Society and it’s educational and entertaining engagement this year.

Set along the shores of Traditional Coast Salish Territory the annual Coho Festival open water swim offers the opportunity to swim through the mythical waters described in Pauline Johnson’s Vancouver Legends along the coast of one of the worlds most scenic urban landscapes while at the same time contributing to the valuable salmon conservation activities the Coho Festival supports.

This open water swim forms a loop mimicking the migratory patterns Coho and other species of indigenous salmon have performed for millennia and centers on Ambleside Beach Park, part of the ecosystem that forms habitat for Coho salmon on the North Shore.

The swim will offer 1.5 and 3 kms options starting and finishing close to the iconic welcoming Totem pole that marks the entrance to the Capilano watershed.

Make sure you come to cheer on participants of the swim and stay to enjoy the Coho Festival.

All net proceeds of this event go to Coho Society of the North Shore who provide support to local organizations in river and stream enhancement projects that benefit the sustainability of salmon and other fish.

Ron den Daas
Race Director


Starts & finishes at Ambleside beach, West Vancouver

Coho Swim Race Course


Registrations opens: June
Registration closes: September 3

Coho Swim has a Wet Suit Mandatory policy.

Entry fee includes: Race T-shirt (if registered by July 31st) , race swim cap, gear corral, entry into prize draw, swimmers breakfast at the finish. There will be an Awards Ceremony with medals for top male and female in 1.5 & 3 km distances, along with a special certificate of participation with swimmers time (chip timing). First Aid will be on hand.

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