Thousands expected to take the plunge in Vancouver

January 1, 2017 by  

Residents of Vancouver will be coming together to kick off the New Year with a chilly dip into the waters of English Bay, and the more who come out, the more fun it can be.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in this annual celebration, which is marking its 57th year. It is on the ‘bucket list’ for many people, and participants are encouraged to make the most of it by wearing a funny or fancy costume and either running in and out as quickly as they can, or staying in for a longer swim. Those who are really intrepid can take part in the Pater Pantages Memorial 100-yard swim race with a huge crowd of onlookers cheering them on.

There is no charge to get involved in the event, but people who are interested are asked to download a registration form and bring it along with them on the day of the swim. Those who do will be entered into a draw to win a prize. A printer can custom design business forms especially for a celebration like this.

The New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim will be held today, January 1, starting at 12:30 pm on English Bay beach. While it is free to participate or be a spectator, people are urged to bring along a generous donation for the Vancouver Food Bank.