Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim Turns 100! Plus 4 Other Places to Polar Bear Swim in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim. Photo credit: Sherwood411 on Flickr

If you’ve never jumped into the ocean on New Year’s Day before, next year might be the time to start. Vancouver’s legendary Polar Bear Swim celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020! Plus, there are four other Vancouver-area Polar Bear Swims happening on New Year’s Day.

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Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim Turns 100! Plus 4 Other Places to Polar Bear Swim in Metro Vancouver

Plunge into the New Year at the 2015 Polar Bear Swim!

Polar bear swim vancouver 2014

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There’s nothing quite like shaking off a hangover by plunging into the frigid waters of English Bay with thousands of other like-minded (read: crazy) individuals. This year, why not kick off 2015 right — with a mild case of hypothermia and an endless stream of shivers?

First started in 1920, the Polar Bear Swim was organized by the Polar Bear Swim club (if you want to join and get a free button, membership is free) who got 10 people to plunge into the water on New Years Day. Nowadays, more than 2,000 people are likely to show up (2014 had the record year with 2,550 official participants) and costumes are highly encouraged.

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Plunge into the New Year at the 2015 Polar Bear Swim!

Will You take the Plunge at the 93rd Annual Polar Bear Swim?

Polar bear swim vancouver 2014

The faces say it all.
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The Polar Bear Swim is an icy, scream-inducing tradition that happens every New Year’s Day on the frigid beaches of English Bay. An event for the fearless, the adventurous and yes–the crazy, the 93rd annual Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver is being held at 2:30pm, January 1st, 2014 at English Bay Beach for those of you that want to kick off the new year shivering, half-naked, and freezing.

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Will You take the Plunge at the 93rd Annual Polar Bear Swim?