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

7 Outdoorsy Activities to Add to Your Vancouver Winter Bucket List

Vancouver's skyline and mountains covered in snow

Tourism Vancouver / Clayton Perry

Vancouver is pretty spectacular in the winter when the mountains are blanketed with snow. It may be a bit chilly out, but that’s no reason to hide indoors. There are so many fun outdoor activities to enjoy in Vancouver each winter. Here are our picks the best outdoorsy things you’ll want to add to your winter Vancouver bucket list. 

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7 Outdoorsy Activities to Add to Your Vancouver Winter Bucket List

Plunge into 2019 at the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

Plunge into 2019 by taking an invigorating dip in English Bay at Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim on January 1st! One of Vancouver’s most beloved holiday season traditions, the Polar Bear Swim Club is in its 99th year, and is a fun (and free!) way to ring in the New Year.

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Plunge into 2019 at the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

Dive into 2018 at the Annual Vancouver Polar Bear Plunge

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Now that Christmas has come and gone, it’s time to focus on New Year’s! Hopefully you’ve already got your party plans for the evening, but what are you going to be doing the morning after? For many locals and visitors alike, New Year’s Day is the time to cross an item off the ultimate bucket list with the annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim.

The ultimate hangover cure, the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. If you weren’t already aware, a Polar Bear Swim includes a quick, invigorating jump into the ocean. A great way to start the new year!

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Dive into 2018 at the Annual Vancouver Polar Bear Plunge

Feeling Brave? Challenge yourself to the Polar Bear Swim 2017

Polar bear swim vancouver 2017

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It’s on almost everyone’s bucket list… It’s the Polar Bear Swim! The invigorating, annual tradition that takes place every New Year’s Day (January 1) when thousands of crazy brave people take the plunge into English Bay.

Why? You may ask. Well, why not? (okay, there are many reasons why not, but lets not go into that right now…) This Vancouver tradition is fun to participate in and fun to watch! Last year, over 2,000 revelers got together at English Bay in 3 degree Celsius weather to plunge into the water, this year it’s happening again!

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Feeling Brave? Challenge yourself to the Polar Bear Swim 2017

Brrrr …. 2016 Polar Bear Swim Returns to Vancouver, Jan 1

Photo credit: City of Vancouver | Flickr

Photo credit: City of Vancouver | Flickr

Ready to join 2,500 other hardy swimmers this New Year’s Day for a dip to remember?

Vancouver’s 96th annual Polar Bear Swim will take place Jan. 1 at English Bay. Water temperatures are expected to be, well, on the chilly side – but that shouldn’t stop the crowds from ringing in the New Year in style.

The event is free to participate in, but you do have to register at English Bay between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the day of the swim. If you’re in the giving mood, donations are encouraged and go to help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

At 2:30 p.m. sharp, a flag and siren signal the assembled swimmers to race into the frosty waters. If past years are any indication, many will be dressed in festive costumes, from Santa Suits to mermaid getups and more.   Continue reading:
Brrrr …. 2016 Polar Bear Swim Returns to Vancouver, Jan 1

10 Weirdest Events and Attractions In Vancouver

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We have some top notch, world class events and attractions in Vancouver but every now and then, hundreds and even thousands of people gather to participate in something a little out of the ordinary. A roving event that has no venue, a unique pop culture history hub or sporting event, or a locally-invented event that fuses cultures. They all have a place in Vancouver and that’s what truly makes this city so fun!

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10 Weirdest Events and Attractions In Vancouver