Swim – new event layout

About the BIG SWIM

Have you ever considered swimming across the Northumberland Strait?  Most haven’t.  But for those who have there is the BIG SWIM, your chance to do something truly epic.  The BIG SWIM is a supported event held in August each year that combines an epic feat of endurance with the opportunity to raise funds for an awesome charity.  The BIG SWIM is not a race and supports swimmers of all abilities to get out into the Northumberland Strait and achieve the unimaginable. 

Congratulations to all of our swimmers & kayakers for a successful BIG SWIM 2021!

This year’s The BIG SWIM took place on August 8, 2021 in the Bras D’or Lake in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Swimmers & paddlers had two loop options – 8kms & 12kms. 

The Big Swim 2021 route

Registration Dates:

Registration will open February 1, 2021 at noon AST for swimmers who originally registered for the 2020 swim. For all other interested participants registration will be on February 15, 2021 at noon AST. Registration will close when we reach 50 swimmers and a wait-list will be started.

Changes to your registration (i.e. downgrading to a shorter distance) will not be permitted after June 15, 2021.

What’s Included with your Registration:

  • Your choice of participation in the 8km OR 12km BIG SWIM routes
  • Event safety support in the form of multiple boats
  • A recommended training program
  • Access to a private Facebook forum to ask questions & share milestones
  • Event weekend t-shirt
  • BIG SWIM branded bathing cap for training
  • Event weekend bathing cap
  • Fundraising support

Registration Fee (non-refundable):

$200 for either distance

Fundraising Requirements:

Each swimmer must raise a minimum of $1,500 for either distance. Kayakers are encouraged to also fundraise. All funds go to support Brigadoon Village.

Safety Requirements: 

Every swimmer must be accompanied by a Paddle Canada Level 1 Certified kayaker. It is the responsibility of the swimmer to acquire a qualified kayaker and without one, they will not be permitted to swim. Each kayaker is required to acquire the necessary safety gear, as recommended by Transport Canada. Without this safety gear, the kayaker will not be permitted to paddle leaving their swimmer without a paddler.  


Participants need to book and pay for their own rooms. We have a block of standard rooms at The Inverary Resort for Friday and Saturday night. To access the block quote The BIG SWIM and call 1-800-565-5660 by May 31, 2021.

Please note that kayakers and swimmers will be required to attend a mandatory session. More details to follow soon.