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

A Walk on the Pier: Road Trip to White Rock

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Photo: R. Weiss

Who can resist a walk on pier? From Santa Monica to Brighton Beach, piers around the world have come to symbolize coastal living. One of my favourite local walks is along the White Rock pier and promenade. Built in the 1920’s the White Rock pier attracts residents and tourists year round. Recently, in a push to put White Rock on the map, city staffers attempted to determine if the pier ranked as the longest wooden structure in Canada. Unfortunately, the City of White Rock lost the title for Canada’s longest pier to Port Neuf, Quebec. Nonetheless, at 1,500 feet long a stroll along the pier is well worth the road trip to the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

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A Walk on the Pier: Road Trip to White Rock