Polar Bear Swim, Vancouver

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    Polar Bear Swim
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    by crazy_vietgirl2 Updated Oct 13, 2004

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    If you are able to survive the New Year’s Party, get dressed and swing by to English Bay to watch or participate in the annual polar bear swim. The swim is held every year on January 1 no matter what the weather is, at 2:30pm in English Bay. If you are able to swim in freezing water then yes swim but most participants just dip in the water. Last year the swim attracted more 1,200 people who braved the freezing water in their speedos, shorts, costumes, and anything you can imagine. This year will be the 85th year so please come and join the tradition if you are in town. You might ask WHY? Some say it’s a fun and refreshing away to start off the New Year and some might say all those people are just plain crazy. However, what I do know is, it is fun to watch. Maybe one day I will be a participant but for now being a spectator and cheering for the swimmers is my calling.

    *I will bring my camera to the next swim so I can post them on here for you to see

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    Polar Bear Swim

    by sunnywong Written Jan 2, 2004

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    The Annual Polar Bear Swim takes place in the first day of every year at English Bay, Vancouver. Costumes are the highlights of this event.

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