New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dips in Canada

New Year's Day Polar Bear Dips in Canada

Photo Credit: Ed Boulter/Herring Cove Polar Bear Swim

A list of places to find Canadian Polar Bear Swimmers on New Year’s Day and where to go for charity frosty dips on New Year’s Day.

Need an idea for an extra cool way to start the New Year’s Day? Wear a crazy costume, jump into the freezing waters for a worthy cause on January 1 and join in on the festivities after the event.

Since Peter Pantages, the founder of The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club – the largest and oldest Polar Bear Club in Canada, led around 10 swimmers to took the plunge into English Bay in 1910, the Polar Bear Plunge has grown in popularity and is held around Canada as fundraisers for charitable causes.

1. Town of Sydney Polar Bear Swim

About: In support of Peninsula Celebrations Society. Details

When: January 1, 12:00 PM

Where: Lochside Drive (just down from Tulista Park), Sydney

How much: Donation

2. The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club

About: Oldest Polar Bear Club swim has grown from around 10 swimmers to the new record of 2,550 official entries set in 2014. Costumes and the Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race are the highlights of this event. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Polar Bear Swim in 2020. Details

When: January 1, 2:30 PM

Register in front of the English Bay Bathhouse between 12:30pm and 2:30pm on January 1.

Where: English Bay Beach, Vancouver

How much:

Free

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank will be accepting donations of non-perishable food or cash.

3. Polar Bear Swim DELTA

About: Join us for a dip at Boundary Bay Regional Park and take the plunge! Lots of prizes to be won and entertainment for the whole family. Details

When: January 1, 1:00 PM

Where: Centennial Beach Boundary Bay Regional Park, Centennial Parkway, Delta

 

4. Kelowna Polar Bear Dip

About: In support of CRIS Adaptive Adventures. Details

When: January 1, 2:00 PM

Where: Tug Boat Bay by the Dolphins, 1200 Water Street, Kelowna, BC

How much: By donation

5. Clarington Polar Bear Swim

About: Raising funds for the Hollylynn Towie Scholarship Fund which provides financial support to students with Autism from the Durham Region who are pursuing post secondary education. Details

When: January 1, 02:00 PM

Where: Bond Head Parkette, Boulton St. and Mill St., Newcastle, ON

How much: $30

6. Oakville – Courage Polar Bear Dip

CNW Group/World Vision Canada

About: To to help provide clean water in developing countries. Details

When: January 1, 2:00 PM

Where:Bronte Beach Park – 45 West River Street in Oakville

How much: $25 & up

7. Toronto – Toronto Polar Bear Club

New Year's Day Polar Bear Dips in Toronto

Photo Credit: Toronto Polar Bear Club

About: In support of Boost CYAC. Details

When: January 1, 12:00 PM (noon)

Where: Sunnyside Beach, Toronto

How much: Donation – Fund raise -Suggested $30 to participate.

 

8. Grand Valley Polar Bear Dip

About: In support of Concern Food Bank in Grand Valley. Registration starts at 12:30 with the dip taking place at 1 sharp.Details

When: January 1, Register 12:00 PM (noon), Dip: 1:00 PM

Where: Stuckey Park, Mill Street East, Grand Valley.

How much:All dippers need a minimum of $20 in pledges to dip. Spectators are requested to bring a donation to the Grand Valley Food Bank. All funds raised go to the Grand Valley Food Bank.

9. Huntsville Polar Bear Dip

New Year's Day Polar Bear Dips in Canada

Credit: Huntsville Polar Bear Dip

About: Annual Charity Fundraiser.. Details

When: January 1, 12:00 PM (noon)

Where: Peninsula Lake, Hidden Valley Resort, Huntsville

How much: Donation – Fund raise

10. Perth Polar Bear Swim

Credit: Perth Polar Bear Plunge

About: Founded by David Lavery, Stan Munro and others at the Perth Legion, Perth Polar Bear Plunge began in 1994, as a fund idea and fundraiser for Crime Stoppers. This year’s beneficiary is Perth FireDawgs Youth Initiatives. Details

When: January 1, 10:00 AM

Where: The Tay River, next to the Perth Legion, 26 Beckwith St. E, Perth, ON

How much: Fundraising., Free Breakfast to plungers who have raised minimum $35.

11. Herring Cove Polar Bear Swim

About: In support of Feed Nova Scotia and other local charities. Details

When: January 1, 2:00 PM (noon)

Where: Government Wharf in Herring Cove, NS

How much: Free, Fundraising appreciated.

 

Do you know about more places in Canada where Polar Bear Dips are held on New Year’s Day? Please email us the details or leave a comment below!

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