Sat, Jul 15, 2023

Meech Lake


LESS THAN 40 SPOTS REMAIN!  In 1983, in July, the first triathlon at Meech Lake took place. It's now the oldest triathlon in Quebec.

Where & When

Date & Time

Sat, Jul 15, 2023


O'Brien Beach, Gatineau Park

Race Options

8:00 AM - Meech Lake Triathlon

1200 m
21.7 km
6.4 km

8:00 AM - Meech Lake Triathlon Relay

1200 m
21.7 km
6.4 km



The Mike Collingwood Memorial Triathlon.

In 1983, in July, the first triathlon at Meech Lake took place. There were three race directors: Mike Collingwood was responsible for the swim, Graham Burton looked after the cycle portion, and Anne Wardlaw, Fitness Director for the OAC, was the overall Race coordinator, and looked after the run section.

Mike Collingwood continued organizing the event through 2006 until his untimely passing in December 2006. In honor of Mike's dedication to this event, it's been renamed to The Mike Collingwood Memorial Triathlon, starting in 2007.

Participants love:

  • The calm, clear water at Meech Lake.
  • The challenging Gatineau Park hills on the bike course.
  • A scenic run course through the National park.

Included in your registration is:

  • Bragging rights!
  • A FREE virtual bike fit from MyVeloFit.
  • A personalized race bib.
  • A Somersault swim cap from ROCS/Zone3sports.
  • Professional timing from Sportstats.
  • On-course nutrition from F2C.
  • Race Photography from FinisherPix.
  • Post-Race snacks.
  • Podium prizes provided by Crank Coffee Co for the top 3 men, women, and non-binary athletes in each race.
  • Memories that you won't soon forget.


Participants MUST be 16 years of age or older. Teams may have one member under the age of 16 provided that this person is the runner.

This event will sell out early, so sign up before it's too late. The event is limited to 300 participants. 

The Course:

1200m swim.

Participants swim a long triangle-shaped loop, swimming counterclockwise, starting and finishing at O'Brien Beach. 

21.7km bike.

Swimmers will run to the P11 parking lot (T1) on the gravel path (bring 2nd pair of shoes). Turn left out of P11 and travel east to the intersection of Meech Lake road and the Gatineau parkway. Turn right and travel up Dunlop road and stay right, going on to the Fortune Lake parkway. At the top T-junction, turn left onto the Champlain parkway and continue on until you come to the next T-Intersection. Turn left onto the Gatineau parkway and continue until you cross the Meech lake road at P8. Continue cycling along the 'north loop' staying to the right of the cones (cones on your left), to the bike finish (T2) near P9 close to the end of the Gatineau parkway.

6.4km run. 

Run back along the 'north loop' from the exchange zone towards P8, staying to the right of the cones. Continue to the 'turn-around' point which is approximately 3.2km (right at P8). Return back along the 'north loop' again, this time staying to the left of the cones (cones on your right), which will be the same side you came out on, to finish near P9.

The details: 

Athletes can park at P9. From there, walk, run or bike to P11, to set up your T1. You can set up your T2 near the finish line, on your way to P11.

Maps can be found at this link

Important Deadlines:

  • Medal Deadline - June 15th. We keep our prices low and make the finisher's medal an optional add-on. If you want to commemorate this achievement with a finisher's medal, make sure to register before June 8th and add the medal to your order.
  • Shirt Deadline - June 15th. If you would like to pick up your souvenir shirt during bib pick-up or race day, it must be ordered before June 8th. If you miss the deadline, you can still order the shirt AT THIS LINK. The shirt will be available for online order starting July 14th. You can also try on some sample sizes at the event. 
  • Online Registration Deadline - July 11th at 6 pm. If you don't sign up by then, you can still sign up in person on race day, or at bib pick-up, subject to availability. Some of our races sell out, so make sure to sign up early!


Charity of the Event

Charity of the Event

The Meech Lake Triathlon is a fundraiser for a cause that's near and dear to us - the Heart Institute. The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has flourished into one of Canada’s most distinguished heart health centres for the unparalleled care it provides to its patients, a world-renowned research Institute that brings science from bench to bedside, and the country’s main influencer when it comes to preventing heart disease. Its promise remains the very pillar on which it was built: Always putting patients first.


Course Maps

Swim Course

Swim Course

This map outlines the details of the swim course at the Meech Lake Triathlon.

Bike Course

Bike Course

This map outlines the details of the bike course at the Meech Lake Triathlon.

Run Course

Run Course

This map outlines the details of the run course at the Meech Lake Triathlon.

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