Can You Swim the Skeena?

The mighty Skeena River runs 570km from the Sacred Headwaters (Spatsizi Plateau) to the Skeena Estuary near Prince Rupert passing various stunning and essential sites.

Join this year’s ‘Swim The Skeena Challenge,’ a joint partnership with SkeenaWild and the City of Terrace.

Swim the equivalent distance of the Skeena River at the Terrace Aquatic Centre as we take you on a journey to learn about the spots along the way.

The Skeena River

The Skeena River is one of the most important and diverse in the world and home to five species of Pacific salmon and steelhead. People from around the world flock to the banks of the Skeena River every season just for a glimpse of these elite athletes of natural engineering, travelling thousands of kilometres throughout the Pacific Ocean, only to swim back to where they came from, spawn and die. The Skeena is one of the last remaining wild salmon strongholds. That’s why at SkeenaWild, we have hope: because we’ve already seen great things emerge when salmon are put at the centre. 

How To Join The Challenge

  • Sign up for the challenge at the pool (either as an individual or as part of a team) beginning March 18. Registration is open all year-round. 
  • You can also sign up using the Challenge Hound app here or via the QR code below.
  • A one-time donation (minimum $5) to SkeenaWild Conservation Trust is required plus a pool entry fee or pass is required. Paid at the pool. 
  • Swim in your own time and record your distances using the materials provided.
  • As you hit milestones, you will learn about the importance of the areas.
  • At the end of 2024, see how far down you swam, if the whole distance!
  • Chance to win prizes for all involved.

Location: Terrace Aquatic Center, 4540 Park Avenue, Terrace, BC, V8G 2N1.

Milestones - Every 100 kms

Make sure to let the pool staff know once you’ve hit a milestone so you can be entered into a prize draw. 

  • 1 lane = 25 m 
  • 40 lanes = 1 km 
  • Skeena River = 570 kms 

Lane Swim Hours

  • Monday to Friday:
    6:00 am to 9:00 am (Passholders only)
    11:30 am to 1 pm
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday:
    8:00 to 9:00 am
  • Saturday:
    Noon to 1 pm
  • Sunday:
    11:00 am to 1 pm

How Far Can You Swim?

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