Organizers are hoping this year’s Swim the Canal on August 6 in St. Peter’s will attract even more participants.

ST. PETER’S: It’s that time of the year again.

Swim the Canal 2017 is set for the St. Peter’s Canal on August 6. This is the fourth year for this event, which continues to grow and draw in more people.

Organizer Ann Marie Kerr said 180 people took part last year and they are expecting over 200 people this year swimming under the new two-lane swing bridge.

“There is a long version and it starts on the Bras d’Or lake side,” Kerr said of the swims.

“There are two groups, fast and slower. When we all get in the lock, they close the lock behind us and open the other lock and they lock us through to go to the beach at Battery Park.”

Photo by Adam Cooke
The Swim the Canal event will take place on August 6 at the St. Peter’s Canal.

Participants can do the above swim, which is around 800 meters from the Bras d’Or Lake through the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site, ending at Battery Provincial Park beach, or they can also swim 100 meters from Battery Park to the canal wall and back.

Kerr also said there are going to be four Tall Ships on the ocean side of the canal.

“It’s all ages,” Kerr said.

“The oldest people are in their 80s, a lot of families. Last year, there was four generations of one family.”

Kerr added people looking to get involved can visit and click on the Swim the Canal link. There will also be onsite registration at Battery Park. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is being held on the last day of Nicholas Denys Days.

The cost is $15 per person, $16 on-line, or $20 if paying on the day of the swim.