Event Details


September 11, 2022    9am

1.5 km and 3km options    Wetsuit mandatory

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 located on Ambleside beach, West Vancouver.  First Aid will be on hand.

Make sure you come to cheer on participants of the swim!


Entry fee: 

July 1-August 15  $60

August 16 – September 8   $70

Race day  $80

*Note:  online registration ends September 7 @ midnight.  Number of swimmers will be limited to 120 so register early!


Entry fee includes: Swim T-shirt (if registered by August 15) , race swim cap, gear corral, entry into prize draw, swimmers breakfast at the finish. There will be an Awards Ceremony held at approx 11am with medals for top three male and female in 1.5 & 3 km distances.

Coho Swim Race Course



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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.




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