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

Dive into 2012: Vancouver Polar Bear Swim January 1

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim. Photo: The Korea Times

Feel like doing something totally different—and definitely invigorating—to welcome in the New Year? How about diving into 2012 with thousands of other Vancouverites by taking a plunge into the chilly waters off English Bay Beach this Sunday, January 1, during the 92nd annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim?

Though there’s a global tradition of Polar Bear Plunges—winter swims usually organized as charity fundraisers—Vancouver’s beloved and crazy Polar Bear Swim is one of the largest and oldest in the world.  First held in 1920, the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim reached its zenith in 2011, with 2,246 swimmers!

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Dive into 2012: Vancouver Polar Bear Swim January 1