Open water swimmer profile: Loren King

Loren King is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, an open water swimmer, and an advocate for the Great Lakes. He has swum the Marilyn Bell route across Lake Ontario, and the English Channel.

Loren grew up in Ancaster, a historic town in Hamilton, Ontario, near the western shores of Lake Ontario. He’s also lived in Boston and Baltimore, never too far from the water. After living in the United States for a decade, he is now back in Hamilton. You can often find him swimming at Burlington Beach near the Skyway Bridge.

It’s hard to grow up in Ontario and not have fond childhood memories of our lakes and waterways. Loren is no exception, recalling in particular the shorelines of the Bruce Peninsula.

“The Bruce Peninsula around Tobermory and Lion’s Head is one of my favourite places on earth. I love the deep cold waters there. The limestone cliffs are such a stunning backdrop. I always find myself drawn that way.”

To learn more about Loren and his swimming adventures, visit Swim Guide.

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