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January 1st Polar Bear Swim at English Bay

Posted on January 2, 2017

CityMash.com - Brrrrr! Even a New Year’s Eve snow dump couldn’t keep polar bear swimmers from taking part in the popular New Year’s Day tradition: welcoming 2017 by taking an icy plunge into English Bay!

Since 1920, hundreds and thousands of Vancouverites have taken to the shores of English Bay on January 1st. The annual icy dip, hosted by the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club, invites brave souls to strip down and run into the chilly ocean as a refreshing start to the new year. 2017 saw as many as 1500 polar bear swimmers take to the water; the largest group of participants, 2500, came out in 2014. Swimmers were encouraged to come in costume and could even participate in a 100 metre swim race, if they dared. Check out some shots of the freezing cold action below:

Taking 2017 head on. #vancouver #polarbearswim #vanpolarbearswim

A photo posted by Steve Tan (@stevetan) on

Can you see me in the background? #VanPolarBearSwim #polarbearswim #vancouver #coldaf @spermwhaledale @kkamq

A photo posted by Trevor Mo (@tresor_mo) on

We did the thing! #polarbear2017 #polarbearswim #smellyalater2016 #vanpolarbearswim Photo stolen from @sabypops

A photo posted by Michelle | mishka | Hey you (@food.n.catz) on

Plunged right into 2017 ?❄️ #VanPolarBearSwim #thatssnowonthebeach #stillcantfeelmytoes #bucketlist

A photo posted by Cailin ☀️ (@cailindawn) on

Happy New Years! #vanpolarbearswim #vancouverisawesome #2017

A photo posted by Abby Wiseman (@abbywiseman64) on

Would you dare to do the polar bear swim?

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