The Toronto Island Lake Swim is back in action this year and will highlight what’s been a great summer of GSS races in Canada. Last year the swim unfortunately wasn’t held due to flooding issues that plagued the island throughout the summer, but it’s back this year and should be better than ever! This year’s edition takes place Sunday August 26th with registration well underway.
Taking place on the gorgeous Toronto Islands, the Toronto Island Lake Swim was one of the founding swims in the Global Swim Series and has been a must-swim event ever since.
Swimmers travel to downtown Toronto and then take a short, but scenic ferry ride to the Toronto Islands where the event will be held on the beautiful Centre Island Beach. The islands offer some stunning views of the downtown skyline from across the water. The beach for the swim is beautiful sand with crystal clear waters making swimmers feel like they have escaped to somewhere tropical despite being 10 minutes from downtown. Adding to the tropical mood there will also be a live reggae band playing throughout the day as well.
The route is a looped swim that has swimmers completing slightly different loops depending on the distance. Swimmers leave the beach and head along the shore in the direction of Ward’s Island. The swim is straightforward and the long straight path makes it easy to navigate. A quick beach finish at the end gives swimmers something to celebrate as spectators cheer them in.
In 2018 as with other years there will be some notable participants in attendance. It’s always a diverse field at this event ranging from plenty of first timers, to experience and elite level swimmers as well. This year Canada’s Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna will be in attendance for the swim and to raise awareness for keeping the Great Lakes clean. McKenna happens to be a lifelong swimmer herself, how cool is that?
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
This year’s swim is run in partnership with the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, a Canadian charity working towards creating and maintaining a fully swimmable, drinkable, fishable lake. They are an active advocate for the health of Lake Ontario and more specifically for open water swimmers have created the Swim Guide app, a mobile app designed to tell you the water quality at various beaches in Ontario.
The Toronto Island Lake Swim is a non-profit event where the proceeds go to benefit Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
With plenty of swimmers already signed up and a beautiful beach just outside of downtown Toronto waiting for you, there’s more than enough reason to sign up for the Toronto Island Lake Swim today!