OneWalk to Conquer Cancer

Canadian walks raise funds to battle cancer

Women walking in pink shirts at breast cancer walk
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TheĀ OneWalk to Conquer Cancer walks are challenging and exciting events held in Canadian cities. Walkers are challenged to walk approximately 25 kilometers in these one-day events. Each walker must raise a minimum of $1500 Canadian in donations to participate. Net proceeds go to cancer research centers in the host city.

Dates and Locations of OneWalk to Conquer Cancer

  • One Walk to Conquer Cancer: Toronto, Ontario. For 2018, they will have a 15-kilometer night walk on September 7, and a 25-kilometer walk and a 40-kilometer marathon on September 8. Benefits the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
  • Calgary, Alberta: OneWalk to Conquer Cancer. Date not announced for 2018, usually held in June. Benefits the Alberta Cancer Center.

The walk was formerly held in Montreal but no dates were scheduled for 2017 or 2018.


The registration fee is $50 Cdn. Once registered you will receive your training packet, and be assigned to a coach. Orientation sessions are held in the walk cities, and walk training groups are held in many locations. The event is open to both men and women, age 16 and above. Minors must participate with their parent or legal guardian. Register online

Donations and Fundraising

Each walker must collect $1500 Canadian in donations in order to participate. Donations may be collected by cash, credit card, or check. Each participant can set up a personal web page on the OneWalk to Conquer Cancer site to make it easy to collect donations online. Walker coaches provide advice on how to host a fundraising party and how to ask for donations.


Walking 25 kilometers is a challenging endurance event, over 15 miles. Proper training is necessary, similar to training to walk a half marathon or marathon. The OneWalk to Conquer Cancer provides training advice, group training walks, and a coach to assist walkers in their training and in selecting the right clothing, shoes, and gear.

Walking the Walk

The event provides full support during the walk - marked trail, stops every 2-3 miles for water, sports drink, snacks, first aid and blister care. There is no time pressure to finish the walk, every walker is a winner. You are fully supported by hundreds of volunteer Crew members. Sweep vans patrol the route looking for walkers who need assistance. At the finish line, you can enjoy the party with music, food, entertainment, and being inspired by the stories of cancer survivors.


The event depends on volunteer crew members to support the walkers in everything from setting up the camp, serving the walkers at the stops on the route, marking the route, serving meals, patrolling the route, etc. Crew members also register for $35 Canadian.


OneWalk to Conquer Cancer Walks benefit breast cancer research centers in their host cities.


Formerly, these were organized as Weekend to End Breast Cancer and then as Weekend to End Women's Cancers walks and had a one-day or two-day format. The walks evolved to a more-inclusive focus to combat all forms of cancer.