This year marks the 92nd annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim at English Bay. At the beginning of each new year thousands of Vancouverites descend upon English Bay to take a dip in the frigid water. Will you be taking a dip? I know it sounds a little insane, however, each year a record for attendance is broken so it can’t be that bad. Can it?
The Vancouver Polar Bear SwimClub is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. Its initial swim was in 1920 when a small number of hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year’s Day. Led by their founder, Peter Pantages, the swim has grown from around 10 swimmers in that year to the record number of 2,128 official entries in 2000.
Will we see you there?